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Private Chengdu & Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)

Overview

Trip Code: EYT-SC-32~34

Trip Name: Private Chengdu & Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)

Destinations: Chengdu & Sichuan; Jiuzhai Valley; Mt.E'mei; Tibetan Kham & Mt. Four Sisiters (6250m)

Durations: 6 days

Trip Start: Chengdu ; Trip End:Chengdu

Recommended departure season: All year round

Description

More than 6 days are available for you to stay in Chengdu & Sichuan, and you want to take the opportunity to travel around this one of the big provinces in southwest China called Sichuan (means: four rivers). It's possible to organize a private tour around Sichuan to view the main natural sights and experience the local cutural traditions as your different requests. Forget the guide book recommended hot spots, try to looking for your own insterests about your holiday, Don't hesitate to let us know about it, We are professional to work out tailor-made tours covering the must-visit attractions and less-known spots around Sichuan. Please take a look the following suggested possible tours offered by EYT TOURS, Feel free to contact us if you are in need of further assistance.


Tibetan Villages in west Sichuan


Main Sights in Sichuan:

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project;
Leshan Grand Buddha;
Mt. Emei (one of the four Buddhist mountains in China);
Huanglong National Park;
Jiuzhai Valley National Park;
Tagong Grassland and Monastery;
Jiaju Tibetan Village;
Mt. Four Sisters(6250m) of Qionglai Moutains on east Tibetan Plateau.

Experience:
Hike up to Golden Summit of Mt. Emei;
Scenic walk along the paved plank road away from the tourist crowds in Jiuzhi National Park;
Hilking up to Multi-color Pond of Huanglong National Park along hundreds of natural color ponds;
View the Mt. Four Sisters and hike into the Tibetan scenic foerests  along the Shuangqiao & Changping Valleys;
Stay at a local Tibetan Village in East Tibetan Plateau;
Watch Sichuan opera and Tibetan and Qiang minorities culture night perfomances.


Is this trip right for you?
Trip Theme:  Discovery Tour;
Trip Type: Private Tour;
Physical Rating: Easy to Moderate;
Accommodation: Upon Request;
Meals: Upon Request;
Transportation: by land; Domestic flights on request;
Trip Crew: One local guide, a driver can be arranged;
Departure : Upon request.


Mt. Four Sisiters in Xiaojin, west Sichuan

Suggested Trip Plans:

EYT-SC-32: Private North Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)
D1: Chengdu-Pingwu-Jiuzhai
D2: Jiuzhai Day Tour
D3: Jiuzhai-Huanglong-Chuanzhusi
D4: Chuangzhusi-Hongyuan
D5: Hongyuan-Gu'ergou
D6: Gu'ergou-Chengdu

EYT-SC-33: Private West Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)
D1: Chengdu-Luding-Kangding
D2: Kangding-Tagong-Danba
D3: Danba-Jiaju Village-Mt.Four Sisters
D4: Shuangqiao Valley -Changping Valley
D5: Rilong-Wolong
D6: Wolong-Chengdu

EYT-SC-34: Private South Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)
D1: Chengdu
D2: Chengdu Panda-Sanxingdui Museum-Chengdu
D3: Dujiangyan-Mt. Qingcheng Hiking
D4: Mt.Qingcheng-Leshan-Mt.Emei
D5: Mt. Emei Day Tour
D6: Mt.Emei-Chengdu


Jiuzhai National Park



Detailed Itineraries for Private Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)


EYT-SC-32: Private North Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)

D1: Chengdu-Pingwu-Jiuzhai
A long day drive to Jiuzhai away from Chengdu in the early morning( about 480KM) and visit Bao'en Temple (Ming Dynasty) in Pingwu on the way to Jiuzhai Valley. Enjoy the dramatic landscape  and diverse local culture changes from Chengdu Plain to Tibetan Plateau.
D2: Jiuzhai Day Tour
Transfer into the Jiuzhai National Park by local bus and visit the legendary natural wonders: crystal alpine lakes; waterfalls; snow-capped peaks and primitive forests. Get out of the park in the late afternoon and stay overnight at Jiuzhai Valley.
D3: Jiuzhai-Huanglong-Chuanzhusi
Drive to Huanglong away from Jiuzhai in the early morning and view the amazing natural scenery on the way to Huanglong National Park, and hike up to Multi-color Pond behind the Upper Temple of Yellow Dragon. Drive back to Chuanzhusi, a town on the traffic hub between northwest Sichuan Grassland and Chengdu Plain, and the new built tourist airport- Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport next to the town.
D4: Chuangzhusi-Hongyuan
Head for Hongyuan along the National Highway 213, and view the first Bend of the Yellow River bordering Sichuan and Gansu, the alpine lakes on the grassland. Overnight at Hongyuan, a new Tibetan town on the northwest Sichuan Plateau.
D5:Hongyuan-Gu'ergou
Drive to Gu'ergou along a beautiful stream, explore Tibetan villages on the way to Gu'ergou, Enjoy the hot spring from the Tibetan Plateau if you like. The best season for this valley will be Sep. and Oct.
D6:Gu'ergou-Chengdu
Drive down the river and visit Qiang village on the roadside and view the reconstruction site after the 2008 Earthquake along Minjiang River. Send back to Chengdu and end the tour.

EYT-SC-33:Private West Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)
D1: Chengdu-Luding-Kangding
After left Chengdu Plain and head for Kangding along National Highway 318, view the dramatic landscape changes from Chengdu Plain to Tibetan Plateau; and visit Luding Bridge and arrive to the center of Tibetan Kham - Dardo (Kangding), a beautiful town surronded by high mountains.


D2: Kangding-Tagong-Danba
After cross Highpass Zeduoshan(4298m) and then down to Xinduqiao, also called 'the paradise for photographer'; and continue our journey to Tagong ( means: a favorite place by god) for view the Yala Mountains and Tagong Monastery. Head for Danba in the afternoon along a stunning gorge.

D3: Danba-Jiaju Village-Mt.Four Sisters

Visit one of the most beautiful Tibetan village listed by Chinese backpackers on line - Jiaju Village and  then head for Rilong in the afternoon along a beautiful river valley- Lesser Jinchuan River. view the four peaks of the Mt. Four Sisiters if possible when we get there.

D4: Shuangqiao Valley -Changping Valley
Visit the beautiful river valleys: Shuangqiao and Changping Valley nearby the famous Mt. Four Girls; Hiking or horse-riding can be organized if you like and stay overnight at Rilong.

D5: Rilong-Wolong
Head for Wolong after cross the Highpass- Balangshan , Wolong is one of the giant panda sanctuaries listed as natural heritage by UNESCO.D6: Wolong-ChengduVisit Yingxiu Earthquake Ruins and Dujiangyan Irrigation Project on the way back to Chengdu if you want. End the tour after send you back to your hotel.

EYT-SC-34: Private South Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)
D1: Chengdu
Arrive in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel, City tour & watch Sichuan Opera if time permitted.
D2: Chengdu Panda-Sanxingdui Museum-Chengdu
Visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and then head for Ganghan, visit the Ancient Shu ruins museum- Sanxingdui Museum, Back to Chengdu in the late afternoon.
D3: Dujiangyan-Mt. Qingcheng
HikingVisit Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in the morning and head for Mt. Qingcheng, a Daoist holy mountain. Take cable car up to Shangqinggong and then start hike down to the foot of mountain after visit the Tianshi ( Celestial Master) Cave, the biggest Daoist Temple on the mountain.
D4: Mt.Qingcheng-Leshan-Mt.Emei
Drive to Leshan along the beautiful rural Chengdu Plain, view the biggest Buddha by ferry and then continue our journey to Mt. Emei. Overnight at the foot of Mt. Emei.
D5: Mt. E'mei Day Tour
Transfer up to Gold Summit by local transport, and visit the Golden Summit Temples and Wannian Temple in the afternoon, Hike along a beautiful stream in the middle of Mt. Emei; Back to the foot of the moutnain in the evening, and enjoy the famous hot spring at night in the hotel.

D6: Mt. E'mei-Meishan-Chengdu
Head for Meishan from Mt. Emei, visit China Bamboo Arts Muesum and traditional villages and towns on requests on the way back to Chengdu.

Budget and Quotation for Private Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)


All Sichuan private tours suggested by EYT TOURS are 100% Tailor-made, Your entire holiday is designed around your requirements; Explore your interests at your own speed; Select your preferred style of accommodation; Create the perfect trip with the help of our specialists. The budget will depend on your request and reality of the destinations. Our travel specialists will try our best to lower the budget while enhancing your travel experience.We promise to offer best tours, best choice and best prices.


Services & Budgets for Chengdu private tours offed by EYT TOURS

1 Transportation

1) Airport/ Railway and Ground Private Transfer

EYT TOURS offer different air-conditioned vehicle(5-55seats) including luxury cars, overland jeeps(4×4), minivans, small buses and tourist coaches on all tours according to your requests.

2) Suggested public transportation such as taxi or subway if you like in Chengdu

3) Domestice flights to Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport can be booked on requests

4) Please ask for the latest price before you go, the budget will depend on different realities.

2 Accommodation

With the most comprehensive range of accommodation throughout Chengdu & Sichuan and we can provide you with unlimited choices in style, location, quality and price be it backpackers, hotels, resorts, luxury retreats, lodges, hosted luxury Bed & Breakfasts - the choice is yours!  Simply provide our trip adviser of EYT TOURS with either your quality requirements or budget and they can tailor the accommodation choices to suit. You also can book accommodations online by yourself if you like.

3 Activities & Sightseeing

You can combine as little or as much into our recommended itineraries as you choose. With EYT TOURS providing different and varied activities and sightseeing options, the choices are endless. If your itinerary is themed we can tie in the activities to suit, like traditional cultural performances, special style adventure activities, local flavor food & traditional style accommodation, local community visits and outdoor pursuits.

4 Meals & Special Meal Highlights

Chengdu & the rest of Sichuan is well known for its Sichuan cuisine and amazing local flavor food( such as Sichuan snacks, hotpot etc.) so this forms integral part of any holiday. EYT TOURS can include a range of meal options from hotel restaurants, local restaurants, Chinese and Western breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as special theme events. Ask for an itinerary inclusive of all or some of your meals and take advantage of group price savings.

5 Private guide

The Best Guides make the difference between a good trip and an outstanding one.Tour leaders, local tour guides can be arranged on requests. You will always be greeted on arrival at each destination airport/railway station/port. Enjoy the professional private guided services during you stay in Chengdu, At every departure, your guide will say bye to you after your checking in and going through the security check. All guides led by Myles Ma, one of listed Senior English-speaking Guides by China Tourism Administration from EYT TOURS, have travelled extensively or lived in Chengdu and around. You will have the same guide throughout the planning process.

6. Government taxes & travel agency's responsibility insurance.

Budget excludes:

1.Round way international airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.

2.Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.

3.Any meals not specified in the itinerary.

4.Tips for guides, escort, drives, porter, etc.

5.Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.

6.Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.

7.Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of EYT and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.

8.Any items not specified in the plan.

Trip Notes for Private Sichuan Discovery Tours (6 Days)


Travel Season & Climate
Chengdu enjoys a mild climate. It is warm and wet all year. The annual temperature averages 16°C. The temperature is not so high in summer,  but it is very muggy because it is humid. The temperature is generally above 5°C during winter.  And it is usually very cloudy and humid. It is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter, so the whole year is suitable for tourists. The best tourist season: March to June; September to November. The rest of Sichuan surrounded by high mountains, the mountain climate is diverse, the temperature is different in the daytime and at night time. For Kangding and west Sichuan, Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong, the Golden Summit of Mt. Emei warm clothes and sun cream is needed, Please bring umbrella, rain coat or water-proof jacket when you visit around Sichuan esp. from June to Aug.


Getting There & Away

AIR
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the largest international airport in southwest China. Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Chengdu Airlines and other carriers link Chengdu with all major Chinese cities and fly direct to Lhasa in Tibet. By the end of 2011,there were 138 scheduled domestic routes and 48 international (regional) routes. Chengdu International Airport aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China.

TRAIN
Chengdu is an important railway hub in China's southwest, with train to Chongqing, Kunming in Yunnan and Xi'an in Shaanxi. New lines under construction include conventional line to Lanzhou and new high-speed lines to Mianyang, Leshan and Chongqing. There are two major passenger stations servicing Chengdu. They are Chengdu Railway Station (the "North Station") and the new modern Chengdu East Railway Station, which was opened in May 2011. From Chengdu, you can also travel by train to Lhasa.

BUS
Speedy expressways in eastern Sichuan link Chengdu with Chongqing, Xi'an, Guiyang and other major cities of Sichuan; Heading north and west of Chengdu, road conditions deteriorate, but you can travel to Gansu via Jiuzhaigou and Zoige or to Qinghai along scenic National Hwy 213, To get to Yunnan you can head south via Ya'an, Panzhihua or travel the southern Sichuan-Tibet Hwy through Litang and Xiangcheng to Shangri-la(Zhongdian).


Helpful Chengdu Travel Tips

Panda-visit
The world famous breeding & research center for giant pandas was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. Now it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chengdu.Try to visit this base in the morning,when the pandas are most active.

In order to better protect wild giant pandas, Chengdu has established nature reserves in Dujiangyan City, Chongzhou City, and Dayi County. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 kilometers outside Chengdu.

On January 11, 2012 six captive-bred pandas were released to a "semi-wild" environment in Dujiangyan, Chengdu. Scientists believe that success in the reintroduction project would potentially help save the endangered giant panda.

Sichuan Giant Panda sanctuaries

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, lie on the transitional alp-canyon belt between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. It is the largest remaining continuous habitat for giant pandas and home to more than 80% of the world’s wild giant pandas. The reserves of the habitat are 100-200  km away from Chengdu. It is a core habitat with unique natural conditions, complicated landforms, and a temperate climate with diverse wildlife. For longer panda adventure trips, please let EYT TOURS know about it, the experts from EYT can tailored trip plan as your expectations.

Traditional Teahouses

With over a thousand years of history, Chinese tea culture is perhaps best exemplified by the bamboo chairs and wooden tables found in the hundreds of tea houses throughout Chengdu, with jasmine tea being served as the local staple. As early as the Western Han period, both tea trade and tea culture were very prosperous in Sichuan with Chengdu as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road. Sichuan Teahouse has long been the centers of neighbourhood social life, they are where people gossiped, played cards, watched opera performances, had haircuts, even had their ear wax removed! Today, with EYT guide help, you still can find the crowded traditional teahouses in Chengdu.

Sichuan Opera & Tibetan and Qiang Cultural Performances Booking

Chengdu is the home of Sichuan Opera,which dates back more than 250 years ago. It's nothing like western opera; many performances feature slapstick, glass-shattering songs, men dressed as women,gymnastics and even fire-breathing. One highlight is face-changing in which performers swap masks, seemly by magic. It has been one of the popular night show in Chengdu or Mt. Emei, performances run nightly from 8pm to 9:30pm regularly; In Jiuzhai Valley, there is a famous night performace for Tibetan and Qiang, it is also great to watch at night after the day time hiking in scenic park, you'd better book in advance if you like, EYT TOURS can help you book the show in a discounted price.
  
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