Yunnan & Sichuan
|Resort:||Yunnan & Sichuan|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
|Destination:||Asia, China, Far East Asia|
16 Day Yunnan & Sichuan Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO KUNMING
Fly overnight to Kunming. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: STONE FOREST
Spend the morning meandering through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand tree-like in a fascinating illusion of woodland. Return to Kunming and in the evening, sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles. Tonight, there is also the option to see a colourful showcase of Yunnans performing arts.
DAY 4: DISCOVER DALI
Travel to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek at the China of times-gone-by. Begin your tour by exploring the fascinating old quarter and lively market to soak up the local atmosphere. Next, visit the age-old Three Pagodas and later this evening, take a stroll down Foreigners Street.
DAY 5: ERHAI CRUISE
Spend the morning cruising the mirror-like waters of Erhai Lake, admiring the spectacular scenery provided by the Cang Mountains. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore the area.
DAY 6: TRAVEL TO LIJIANG
This morning, explore Xizhou Village, where you can mingle with traditionally-dressed Naxi women, and browse its lively local market. Drive to Lijiang, set in the foothills of the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the Black Dragon Pool, where there are wonderful views of the mountains.
DAY 7: JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN
A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain comprises several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a cable car, explore one of the beautiful high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back to Lijiang, visit Baisha old town to view the fascinating frescoes painted during the Ming Dynasty followed by a visit to the Embroidery School.
DAY 8: TIGER LEAPING GORGE
Journey to the 3,000-metre-deep Tiger Leaping Gorge. With its backdrop of snowcapped mountains, it is one of Chinas most extraordinary sights with spectacular and breathtaking views. Return to Lijiang and explore the old quarter; the quintessential Chinese old town and wander the jumble of cobbled streets, traditional wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges.
DAY 9: WULONG
Fly to Chongqing and transfer to Wulong an area of stunning natural scenery with towering limestone karsts, deep gorges, caves and natural bridges. Its remote location has ensured that the park is relatively unspoilt. It will come as no surprise that Wulong is a UNESCO World Heritage site!
DAY 10: THREE BRIDGES NATIONAL PARK AND LONGSHUIXIA
Today, visit Three Bridges National Park, a rare geological wonder consisting of three natural karst bridges: Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. Continue to Longshuixia Fissure, a narrow fault line that has been carved out by the river.
DAY 11: LESHAN
Take a scenic drive to Leshan and upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 12: GRAND BUDDHA
Take a day trip to see the 71-metre high UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddhas presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. View the Buddha from below on a short boat trip, which will give you a great perspective of the impressive rock carving. Later, continue to Emeishan.
DAY 13: EXPLORE MOUNT EMEI
Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built on its peak in the 1st century. Take a cable car to the summit and admire the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and surrounding landscape. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring.
DAY 14: CHENGDU
Travel to Chengdu and take a walk through the famous snack street Jinli! Tonight, there is an option to see a performance of the Sichuan Opera, famous for face changing.
DAY 15: PANDAS
Visit Chengdus famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about Chinas celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. Later, stroll through Peoples Park, visit a traditional teahouse and see Matchmakers Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. This evening, dine on mouthwatering Sichuanese cuisine.
DAY 16: FLY CHENGDU TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.