Explore the Sichuan province on this 4-day China tour add-on. Visit the engineering marvel of Dujiangyan and spend a day volunteering at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base witnessing these magnificent creatures up close. Spend some time exploring the bustling city of Chengdu and get a taste of the cuisine and local life in this region of eastern China.
Day 1 : Arrive Chengdu Day 2 : Dujiangyan & Mount Qingcheng Day 3 : Panda Base Volunteering Day 4 : Sanxingdui Museum
Explore World Heritage Sites in Dujiangyan & Mount Qingcheng
Volunteer at the Panda Base and enjoy a chance to feed the pandas
Visit Sanxingdui Museum, home to influential artifacts
Arrive to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province. Boasting lovely scenery and mild weather, delicious food and long history make this a popular city to visit. Meet your new guide and enjoy lunch first before heading south to the Wuhou Temple. This centuries-old temple has been built together with other existing structures, and the final existing renovation dates back to 1682. Visit the exhibitions here and learn about the various leaders and their history in the region.
Drive next to Wanjiang Pavilion Park, located along the bank of the Jinjiang River. This park is renowned for its cultural heritage, including the Xue Tao Memorial, which commemorates the once famous poet from the Tang Dynasty. The park is spread over 177 acres and holds close to 150 different species of bamboo. Spread along the river as well are local tea houses and other amusements. Wander the area as you enjoy a favorite pasttime of locals.
This evening, explore Broad & Narrow Alleys, the first tourist attraction in Chengdu and its city's old historical remains. Step into the most local and ancient, yet international and stylish part of Chengdu city!
Today drive 1.5 hours north to Dujiangyan city. This beautiful city is well known for its irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to its construction in 256 BC. Explore this irrigation system built on the Min River and learn about the methods used to complete this massive feat. This man-made marvel, created to bring water to the once dry Chengdu Plain, has made this Sichuan region one of the most fertile and productive regions in China to this day. Still in use today, the system irrigates millions of acres of land around the Chengdu Plain. Wander the walkways around the structure and learn about its construction at Erwangmiao Temple.
After lunch, go to nearby Mount Qingcheng, the early residence of one of the Taoist founders and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Qingcheng's path is lined with temples and sanctuaries and is a great retreat from the bustling city life. Spend several hours on the tranquil mountain route, enjoying the peace of the natural surroundings. Hike for about 2 to 3 hours today before heading back to the city.
Leave early this morning to arrive at the Panda Base for orientation for the day of volunteering. The Panda Base houses more than 20 panda bears in various enclosures.
Enjoy a brief tour of the Panda Museum before setting out to perform your duties as a panda bear keeper, such as cleaning cages and picking up droppings. Learn as well to make panda cakes, which you then are able to feed to the pandas before your own lunch break.
Return from lunch and enjoy your own brief tour of the Panda Base facility before returning a second time for the keeper's duties and feeding time. After your day of work is complete, receive your certificate and drive back to Chengdu in time for dinner and a face-changing show in Chengdu, a traditional aspect of Sichuan opera and a fascinating spectacle to watch.
Day 4 Sanxingdui Museum
This morning drive about two hours to nearby Guanghan to visit the Sanxingdui Museum. This museum is located near the ruins of Sanxingdui, an important archeological site which is now believed to have been a main capital of the Shu Kingdom from almost 3,000 years ago. These artifacts have had global influence in shaping new theories regarding the origins of the Chinese population as a whole. Explore the exhibitions before returning to the Chengdu airport for your flight on to your next destination.
*Another option today is to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.