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8 Days Chengdu & Leshan & Emei & Yangtze Cruise Tour

Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise - Yichang

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TOUR CODE: TCT-CTCD-08C
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

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OVERVIEW
This tour includes all the cultural and natural highlights both in Chengdu and Yangtze River. In the hometown of Giant Pandas, you’ll not only have a close contact with the cute bears, but be marvel at the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. While the relaxing Yangtze cruise will take through the beautiful Three Gorges and magnificent Three Gorges Dam project.
  • Day 1Pickup from airport and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Visit Chengdu Research Base, Wenshu Temple, Jinli Old Street
  • Day 3Drive to visit Giant Buddha, then ascend the Mt. Emei and stay overnight on summit
  • Day 4Visit the summit and descend the mountain and drive back to Chengdu
  • Day 5Bullet train to Chongqing, visit Ciqikou Town, Three Gorges Museum. Board on the cruise ship
  • Day 6Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 7Yangtze River Cruise
  • Day 8Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam. Fly out of Yichang
8 Days Chengdu & Leshan & Emei & Yangtze Cruise Tour Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Chengdu Arrival (D)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Chengdu---home of giant pandas. Upon arrival, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Rest of the day will be free for you to relax.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
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    chengdu hotpot

  • chengdu street food

    chengdu street food

Day 2 Chengdu (B,L)

Highlights: Today you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple, then wander around Jinli Old Street for shopping.                                                                                                           

Chengdu Panda Base: Which is 10km from Chengdu downtown, and takes 35 drive to get there. The panda based was founded in 1987 with with 6 giant pandas that rescued from the wild. Through 2015, it has had 161 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 108. Located in the base, the Giant Panda Museum is the world’s only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant panda.

Wenshu Temple: Located in the northwest of Chengdu, the Wenshu Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in China. The present temple grounds were built in 1697 of the Qing Dynasty. Wenshu is the Chinese word for the future Buddha Maitreya, whose presence was found during the construction of the original temple in the form of persistent lights. Here you can find a fine cup of green tea and the best vegetarian food in the city. A tourist district called Wenshufang is around the temple, it is great place for food, souvenirs ,etc. 

Jinli Old Street: Originally built in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinli Street is 350m long and a concentration of Chengdu nightlife, snacks and folk culture. There are many cafes and bars here - including Starbucks. They blend modern elements with the old buildings harmoniously. It is enjoyable to sit on a wooden or bamboo chair with a cup of delicious coffee. When night falls, the whole street is decorated with beautiful red lanterns on the each eave of the ancient buildings. 

Recommended paid add-on Sichuan Opera show (RMB260=USD43/per): As one of the oldest and most interesting opera forms in Southwestern China, Sichuan Opera is an important part of Chengdu culture and a perfect combination of local dialect along with the customs, folk music, and dances from other regions. Besides the normal singing, and martial arts, Sichuan Opera has many unique features that set it apart, features such as fire breathing, changing faces, and juggling pottery. When enjoying the performance, visitors always amaze at different facial make-ups that are changed fast and mysteriously.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
  • wenshu temple

    wenshu temple

  • chengdu panda base

    chengdu panda base

Day 3 Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Mt. Emei (B,L,D)

Highlights: On this day you will be driven about 2 hours to Leshan Giant Buddha, then drive 30 minutes to Mt. Emei, from where you will take 2 hours park bus from the bottom of the mountain up to the cable car station on the hill top, then take 10 minutes cable car up to the top, after the cable car ride, walk 20-30 minutes or so to your hotel at the summit.

Leshan Giant Buddha: Located 125km away from downtown Chengdu, and covers 2.5 square kilometers, the 71m-high Giant Buddha is the biggest Buddha statue in the world. It sits in a cliff overlooking the confluence of Min, Dadu and Qingyi River. A local saying goes: "The mountain is a Buddha, and the Buddha is a mountain".  Legend has it that an eminent monk Hai Tong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) often saw boats capsize in the turbulent river. Shipwrecks were a common place. Wishing to protect passing boats and calm down the rough river currents, the monk vowed to build a Maitreya Buddha. He made great efforts to collect the funds for the construction.

Accommodations: Stay overnight on summit of Mt.Emei
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    leshan giant buddha

  • leshan giant buddha

    leshan giant buddha

Day 4 Mt. Emei - Chengdu (B,L)

Highlights: Today's morning you will get up early to witness the famous sunrise at Gold Summit, and walk around to see the other sites of the mountain. After the tour you will be take cable car and bus down to the bottom, then drive 2 hours back to Chengdu. 

Mt.Emei: Located 150 km away from downtown Chengdu, Mt. Emei is one of the four most famous Buddhist mountains in China due to its pleasant weather, gorgeous natural scenery, and ancient Buddhist architecture. With an elevation of the mount is 3,099m, around 1,000m higher than the other three Buddhist sacred mountains. The mountain is characterized by ancient pines, clean brooks, picturesque waterfalls and sea cloud. In 1996, it was listed as an UNESCO's Natural and Cultural Heritage site.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
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    mount emei

  • mount emei

    mount emei

Day 5 Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise (B,D)
Transfer Via: Bullet train arranged by us

Highlights: Today you will be escorted to the train station for a 2-hour high speed train to Chongqing. Welcome to Chongqing! Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and escorted to visit Ciqikou Old Town, Three Gorges Museum. Then board your lifetime Yangtze cruise around 20:00-20:30.  

Ciqikou Old Town: Perched on a hill overlooking the Jialing River in the west of the city, Ciqikou Old Town, which means Porcelain Village in Chinese, dates back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). You will see lots of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, local shops, tea houses, local Sichuan street performance and more.

Three Gorges Museum: Opened in 2005. Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is the largest monographic museum in China occupies 40,000 square meters. The exterior of the museum has cambered walls and vitreous dome, representing the history & culture of Three Gorges Project and its origins. It is near People’s Square and the Great Hall of the People. It is also called the Chongqing Museum. 

Accommodations: Stay overnight on the ship
  • ciqikou ancient town

    ciqikou ancient town

  • three gorges museum

    three gorges museum

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)

Highlights: Today is the shore excursion to visit Fengdu Ghost City. This ancient complex is full of shrines to the gods of the underworld. Surrounded by misty mountains, this area was revered as a crossing-over point, a mix of the material and spiritual worlds. On this day, you will also enjoy Captain’s Farewell Party, Chinese Folk Dance and other cultural activities onboard. 

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Pearl on Yangtze River. The 12-storey, 100-foot high red pagoda stands in front of a mountainous area full of shrubs and trees. It needs some walk to climb up the pagoda stairs to experience the spectacular scenery from above. (Note: Wear comfortable shoes when visit Shibaozhai ashore.)

Accommodations: Overnight on the ship
  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B,L,D)

Highlights: Today is the shore excursion to visit Fengdu Ghost City. This ancient complex is full of shrines to the gods of the underworld. Surrounded by misty mountains, this area was revered as a crossing-over point, a mix of the material and spiritual worlds. On this day, you will also enjoy Captain’s Farewell Party, Chinese Folk Dance and other cultural activities onboard. 

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, a Pearl on Yangtze River. The 12-storey, 100-foot high red pagoda stands in front of a mountainous area full of shrubs and trees. It needs some walk to climb up the pagoda stairs to experience the spectacular scenery from above. (Note: Wear comfortable shoes when visit Shibaozhai ashore.)

Accommodations: Overnight on the ship
  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

Day 8 Yichang Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today you will have a shore excursion to visit the well-known Three Gorges Dam. As the biggest hydropower project in the world, the dam provides tremendous power generation and flood control service. Visit the Tanziling Park, Gorges Exhibition and have close look at the dam to know better of the largest construction projects.  The ship will keep sailing to Yichang Pier for disembarkation; you will arrive in Yichang around 13:00-13:30. Then be met by our guide and escorted to airport for the flight to next city.

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

  • yangtze river cruise

    yangtze river cruise

WHAT IS INCLUDE

Meals as listed in itinerary

Accommodation as listed in itinerary

Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

Private transportation with experienced drivers

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

China Visa

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

International flights to and out of China

Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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