Sichuan’s Natural Wonders

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9 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Chengdu
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

Get close up to China’s most elusive wildlife on this animal adventure. You’ll discover rare moon bears at a rescue center, go in search of leopard cats on a night hike, and join a ranger expedition for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view a giant panda in the wild.

About this Journey

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.

What we love
  • Venturing out into the night in search of nocturnal creatures
  • Feeding pandas hand to mouth while volunteering at Dujiangyan Panda Base
  • Exploring Taoist Qingcheng Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Where you're going
Jiuzhaigou Chengdu map
Itinerary

Day 1 Chengdu

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 2Qingcheng Mountain – Dujiangyan

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 • Energy levels permitting, 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 3Min Mountains

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 - 5Wild Panda Nature Reserve

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 - 9Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

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.

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

Recommended Hotels

Local Boutique Hotel Chengdu

This local boutique hotel is decorated with Tibetan Buddhist paintings and woodcarvings and is situated near historic Wenshu Temple.

Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

5 star

Overlooking the provincial capital’s central Tianfu Square, the contemporary-styled Ritz-Carlton Chengdu offers guests a cosmopolitan experience in the heart of the city.

Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • 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
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