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11 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Taoping – Songpan – Chuanzhusi - Huanglong – Chuanzhusi - Jiuzhaigou – Wenxian - Guangyuan - Xi’an – Beijing
On the trip, the classical China travel destinations like Xi’an and Beijing are combined with Sichuan, the hometown of panda. The giant panda and the hidden natural wonders - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong will make a profound impression on us.

We experience the leisure life in Chengdu firstly and then departure to Dujiangyan, being close to cute pandas, visiting the ancient irrigation project, the world cultural and natural heritage and encountering Taoist in Two Kings Temple (Erwang Miao). We continue to Taoping Village, visiting the traditional residences and watchtower architectural complex of Qiang Minority. Afterwards walking and sightseeing in the two World Natural Heritages - “fairy tale world” Jiuzhaigou and “jade pond" Huanglong.

Leave Sichuan for Xi’an, one of the four ancient capitals in the world, by the high speed train. Here, we visit the world cultural heritage Terra Cotta Warriors, the ancient city wall, and feel the glory of imperial city in the ancient times.

Afterwards we take the high speed train to Bejing, the capital of China, to visit Forbidden City (Gu Gong), the royal palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties, a world cultural heritage. Besides, we take a walk at the Tian’an Men Square and in the Summer Palace, a royal garden of Qing Dynasty, where its halls, kiosks, corridors, bridges, hills and lakes shouldn’t be missed. Hike at the Mutianyu Great Wall and feel the essence of the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty.
Highlights
China Classic Tour with Panda, Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou
DAY
1

Arrive in Chengdu

Enjoy Chengdu leisurely daily life, Kuanzhai Xiangzi, drink tea in People’s Park

Arrive in Chengdu, capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Pick up and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon stroll in the beautiful old block of Chengdu - Wide Alley and Narrow Alley (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi), they are the relics of the Manchurian garrison since 1718 and consist of 3 parallel lanes with the old classical houses, which are unique in southern China just like the northern Chinese architectural style presented by Hutong. After a careful renovation in June 2008, the pubs, teahouses, restaurants and guesthouses concentrate here, and in no time at all, it becomes the "lobby of leisure capital Chengdu". A walk here gives you a first impression of the "city of loafers". Then visit the People’s Park in the city center, have a seat in an old teahouse, enjoy your covered-bowl tea in a comfortable environment with bamboo chair and bamboo table, the tea culture of Chengdu is well known throughout China.
Overnight at 4*Xinliang Hotel
Teahouse in Renmin Park in Chengdu
Teahouse in Renmin Park in Chengdu
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
2

Chengdu - Dujiangyang - Taoping

Panda in Dujiangyan Dujiangyan Irrigation System

In the morning drive to Dujiangyan to visit Panda base. China Giant Panda Protection and Research Dujiangyan Base (also known as "the Panda Paradise", “Dujiangyan China Giant Panda Park”) was supported by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and is located at Huaizhong Road, Shiqiao Village, Qingchengshan Town, 18 km from the urban area. Dujiangyan Panda Base is the the third part of giant panda protection network, is also the last part. Here is the place where can be in close contact with a group of lovely panda. Dujiangyan covered the panda habitat in western China, so it is easy to carry out protection, breeding, aid, and research work here. After that go to the Irrigation System that was built around 250 BC by Li Bin, a governor of Shu Prefecture in Qin State. The great project still works well today after more than two thousand year’s function, which not only puts an end of the water disaster to the local people but also makes Chengdu Plain “the land of abundance”. While visiting the water conservation work, you may find that the methods of harnessing the river the ancient people used are so simple but useful. In 2000, Dujiangyan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then drive to Taoping Village of Qiang Minority.

162 km
2 hours 35 minutes
Overnight at Shalang Hotel
Breakfast
Panda in Dujiangyan
Panda in Dujiangyan
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
3

Taoping – Songpan

Taoping Village of Qiang Minority, Songpan Ancient Town

In the magnificent valleys along the upper Min River, picturesque villages of the Qiang nationality with their characteristic stone houses and striking towers attract visitors’ eyes: beautiful, idyllic, prominent and mystical. The Qiang nationals are descendants of an ancient ethnic group of China. "Qiang" is a historical ethnic group of China, which was found on 3,000-year-old oracle bones. Over time, records of other nationalities in China such as Han (Han Chinese), Zang (Tibetan), Yi, Naxi, Bei, Hani and Lisu emerged. Their way of life is the evidence of ancient traditions practiced. The villages with the tower-like stone houses testify the advantageous of a high-building life, especially in the epochs of warlike conflicts. In the morning visit the Taoping village of Qiang minority. The village is located in the epicenter of Sichuan's major earthquake on May 12, 2008 and has been severely damaged. As part of the reconstruction program, the Qiang national stonemasons and villagers have masterfully restored their village from the rubble heaps. Then drive to Songpan Ancient Town, which was known as Songzhou Town and was considered as the “Northwest Portal of Sichuan”.

196 km
3 hours 43 minutes
Overnight at Fengyu Shangyuan Hotel
Breakfast
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority
DAY
4

Songpan - Huanglong – Jiuzhaigou

Walking and sightseeing in national park Huanglong (Yellow Dragon)

The Huanglong National Park (since 1992 UNESCO World Heritage Site) is on the southern mountain range of the Minshan Mountains. The main attraction of Huanglong National Park is Huanglong Valley, with 3.5 km long, at an altitude between 3100 and 3600 meters and with countless travertines. The water, which origins from the snow-capped peaks and irresistibly makes its way down into the valley, over time created a spectacular and breathtaking karst landscape with countless terraced pools or ponds, often shining in blue, turquoise and green. Running from south to north, the valley is located below the snow-capped main summit of the Minshan Mountains - Xuebaoding (5588 m). The Yellow Dragon Valley, according to the Huanglong Valley Translation, allegedly owned its great name from the Huanglongsi Monastery, which is located in the upper part of the valley and is originally a Taoist monastery from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). When see from a distance, a yellow, scaly dragon winds in the midst of lush forests to the valley. Welcome to a magnificent natural landscape of China: The wooden walkway with numerous wooden promenades invites you to have a hike. Finally, take the cable car back down, and short drive to Jiuzhaigou.

140 km
2 hours 52 minutes
Overnight at 4*Jiuzhai Resort Hotel
Breakfast
Huanglong National Park
Huanglong National Park
Photo by Jiang Yuewu
DAY
5

Jiuzhaigou

Walking and sightseeing in national park Jiuzhaigou

In western China, in the north of Sichuan Province, between the Sichuan Red Basin and the eastern foothills of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau lies Jiuzhaigou - the Nine-village valley. In the midst of the magnificent mountains of the Minshan Mountains, Jiuzhaigou stretches for 50 kilometers and covers a total area of 720 square kilometers at an altitude between 1900 and 3100 meters. The Nine-village valley includes two mountain rivers, which merge in the middle of the area Y-shaped and thus form a chain of countless lakes, which string like pearls. According to a traditional story, a Tibetan mountain god fell in love with a goddess and one day gave her a precious mirror, brilliantly polished with wind and clouds. But the mirror fell out of her hand, splintering and tumbling down into the valley, where the 108 pieces of shards turned into crystal-clear mountain lakes shining in bright blue or dark blue, turquoise and green. There are lush brooks and waterfalls everywhere, magnificent bamboo groves and mixed deciduous and coniferous forests, snow-capped peaks and picturesque Tibetan villages. The Jiuzhaigou Natural Park was protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992. With the help of the environmental buses of the National Park, which commute between the Scenic areas, you have a fantastic view of Jiuzhaigou.

Overnight at 4*Jiuzhai Resort Hotel
Breakfast
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Photo by Yu Ning
DAY
6

High-speed train Jiuzhaigou – Wenxian – Guangyuan – Xi’an

Go to the historic imperial city Xian

In the morning drive via Wenxian to Gunagyuan (298 km, 5 hours 42 minutes), and then change to the high speed rail to Xi’an (D1938 1657/1906, 2 hours 9 minutes), the capital of province Shaanxi. In the evening arrive in Xian, meet with local guide at the railway station and transfer to hotel.

298 km
5 hours 42 minutes
Overnight at the 4*Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
Breakfast
Tibetan Village
Tibetan Village
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
7

Xi’an

The Eighth Wonder - Terracotta Army, Grand Wild-Goose Pagoda, the best-preserved Chinese city wall

Xian's main attraction is the famous Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China Qin Shihuang (reigned 221 - 210 BC) who managed to unit China for the first time. The guardians of his grave offer you one of the greatest insights into the world of ancient China. In the morning visit the Museum of Terracotta Warriors. An inside museum has been built over these pits, covering a floor space of 20,000 square meters and displaying 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors, 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons-an assemblage famed as the Eighth World Wonder and a world cultural heritage site. Besides, visit Da Yan Ta (Big-Wild-Goose Pagoda) which was built by Emperor Li Zhi in 650 AD. Biking on the old city wall should not be missed. Built between 1374 and 1378, the city wall has a total length of 13.6 km and is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China.

Overnight at the 4*Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel
Breakfast
Terra Cotta Warriors
Terra Cotta Warriors
DAY
8

High-speed train Xi’an - Beijing

High-speed train to capital Beijing. Temple of Heaven

After breakfast transfer to the railway station, take a high-speed train to Beijing (G26 0918/1350), the capital of China. Upon arrival in Beijing, drive to the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan). Built in 1420 of the Ming Dynasty and expanded in the Qing Dynasty at present covering an area of 273 hectares, the grand temple served as the sacrificial place for the emperors of the Ming and Qing to worship the heaven, presenting gratitude for the harvest of this year and praying for another good harvest next year. It is the largest and most important of all imperial temples in China.

Overnight at the 4*5L Hotel
Breakfast
Heaven Temple
Heaven Temple
DAY
9

Beijing

Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, from Jingshan Park great view of the Forbidden City, Summer Palace

Stroll in the Tiananmen Square, the biggest one of its kind in the world, and the Forbidden City (Gu Gong), the emperor's palace that was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. The largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority that emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. Then climb to the "coal hill" (Meishan) of Jingshan Park lined with pines and cypress, a beautiful park just opposite the north gate of the Imperial Palace, for a great view of the Forbidden City - a rectangular basic building with golden roofs in the center of Beijing. In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace (Yihe Yuan). Numerous unforgettable photo opportunities are waiting for you. In the summer it was too hot for the Chinese emperors, so beginning in 1153, they built a summer residence in northwest of Beijing. The Summer Palace is the most successful imperial garden, one of the highlights of Chinese landscape and horticultural art.

Overnight at the 4*5L Hotel
Breakfast
Gugong
Gugong
DAY
10

Beijing

Hiking and sightseeing on the Great Wall at Mutianyu

In the morning go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu (about 70 km in northeast of Beijing). The local section of the Great Wall built in 1368 and restored in 1983, is particularly attractive with its numerous watchtowers along the picturesque ridge in green, gently undulating landscape. The Great Wall was built as a defensive line against attacks by warlike steppe people from the north, and was constantly expanded and strengthened, so the strategic passes with barracks, watchtowers and storage rooms were expanded to fortress. The Great Wall is one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see in the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It gradually becomes the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization. Have a walking on the Great Wall about 2 to 3 hours. In the afternoon return to Beijing.

Overnight at the 4*5L Hotel
Breakfast
Great Wall
Great Wall
DAY
11

Flight Beijing - Home

Leave China for home

Transfer to airport, fly back home.
Breakfast
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We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region Dujiangyan – Jiuzhaigou - Guangyuan. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel. Long journeys on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
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Kuanzhai Xiangzi | Photo by Liu Bin
Panda in Dujiangyan | Photo by Liu Bin
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority | Photo by Liu Bin
Taoping Village of Qiang Minority | Photo by Liu Bin
Songpan Old Town | Photo by Liu Bin
Huanglong National Park | Photo by Gao Tunzi
Huanglong National Park
Huanglong National Park
Huanglong National Park | Photo by Liu Bin
Huanglong National Park | Photo by Liu Bin
Jiuzhaigou National Park | Photo by  Yu Ning
Jiuzhaigou National Park | Photo by  Yu Ning
Jiuzhaigou National Park | Photo by  Yu Ning
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Terra Cotta Warriors
Old City Wall in Xian
Grand Wild Goose Pagoda
Heaven Temple
Gugong
Great Wall