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Sichuan’s Natural Wonders

Embark on a botanical and wildlife exploration of Sichuan during this special adventure. Discover this humid province’s wondrous flora and fauna, ranging from the fancifully named moon bear to the signature giant panda, while exploring primeval forests and secluded waterfalls. Golden snub-nosed monkeys, boulder-strewn gorges, and bejeweled lakes await you. You’ll visit local villages and experience Tibetan culture in the natural oasis that is Jiuzhaigou, where scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed.

Cultural Immersion, Nature & Wildlife, Expeditions

  • Venture out into the night in search of nocturnal creatures
  • Feed pandas hand to mouth while volunteering at Dujiangyan Panda Base
  • Explore Taoist Qingcheng Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 1
Chengdu (B)

View the fancifully named moon bear at the Moon Bear Rescue Center. Energy levels permitting, pay a visit to Bamboo Park, where herons and egrets mingle amidst 140 species of bamboo.

Day 2
Qingcheng Mountain – Dujiangyan (B)

Pass by waterfalls and bamboo forests as you hike up UNESCO World Heritage Site Qingcheng Mountain. Admire China’s cuddly black and white icon at Dujiangyan Panda Base. If you are up to it, enjoy a face-changing Sichuan Opera show in the evening.

Please be aware that visitors are not currently permitted to hug pandas in China’s panda reserves. This is subject to change, so contact us for the most up-to-date information. However, Dujiangyan’s Panda Keeper program is a wonderful alternative that allows a unique look into the daily life of these iconic animals.

Day 3
Min Mountains (B)

Follow along the twists and turns of the Fu River to a traditional village to visit a hunter turned farmer. Continue on to a picturesque Qing Dynasty Muslim village. Arrive in a wild panda nature reserve, a 100,000 acre sanctuary that contains one of the most diverse and intact ecosystems in Asia.

Day 4-5
Wild Panda Nature Reserve (B)

Guided by experienced rangers, explore the reserve during morning and evening excursions while enjoying nature trails and stunning vistas of waterfalls, boulder-strewn gorges, and misty peaks. Though sightings are extremely rare, we hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive wild panda. Embark on a nocturnal walk or drive with the possibility of encountering creatures of the night such as leopard cats, civets, and hog-nosed badgers.

Day 6-8
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve (B)

Admire the thousand-armed statue of Guanyin, carved from a single block of wood, in the Ming Dynasty Bao’en Temple. Arrive in the iridescent surroundings of Jiuzhaigou. Hike through the primeval forests of Jiuzhaigou. Make your way to the secluded Pearl Shoal Waterfall and Five-Color Pond, where brilliant blue and green hues intermingle in multicolored harmony. Share lunch with a Tibetan family in their home, located in one of Jiuzhaigou’s nine Tibetan villages. Visit a reserve that protects no less than 1,600 golden snub-nosed monkeys.

Please note that due to a devastating earthquake in 2017, access is limited within Jiuzhaigou National Park. Contact us for the most up-to-date information on access and available experiences.

Land cost per person on twin sharing basis.
Please call us for a customized quote.

Includes:
  • All accommodation based on double-occupancy including breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals, as indicated in the itinerary, and drinking water
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
Excludes:
  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers