Western Sichuan Road Trip with Classic Destinations - 8 Days (Leshan Emei Kangding Danba Siguniang)
Sichuan offers you a chance to see different cultures and sceneries in a single trip. It has many classic destinations such as Chengdu, Leshan, Mount Emei and Dujiangyan, as well as many wild destinations, such as Kangding, Tagong, Danba, Mount Siguniang. All these classic destinations and wild destinations are not very far away from each so you can travel at a very leisure pace. You will visit the World Heritage Sites of Leshan Giant Bhuda, Mount Emei and Dujiangyan Irrigation System, also enjoy beautiful Tagong Grassland, featured Tibetan Village of Danba and alpine snow mountains and wild forests and valleys in Mount Siguniang.
Please note this trip is costumizable and can be cut short to 5 or 6 days.
Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan - Emeishan
Today, we will go to visit two sacred Buddhist places which are also great place to get amazing both visual and heart touching. Firstly, drive about 2 hours to Leshan city to see the famous Giant Buddha. Sculptured on the cliff facing River, Leshan Giant Buddha is 71 meters high, and has sit here for more than one thousand years. You will walk the plank road built on cliff to get close observation of the Buddha.After about 2 hours’ stay at Leshan, drive about 40 minutes to next Buddhist kingdom – Emeishan. Take a short visit to Baoguosi Temple which is one of most influential Buddhist temple of Emeishan.Check in hotel, and take a good rest.Day 2 Emeishan Tour
Today is a full day visiting on Emeishan. Firstly, take sightseeing bus to the upper station – Leidongping where you hike about 30 minutes to get to the Jieyingting Cableway Station. Then you can take cableways to the top of Emeishan – Golden Summit, or hike about another 2 hours up the stone steps. The experience on the Golden Summit is fabulous – sparkling golden Buddha statue, grandiose temples, endless stretching cloud sea, fresh air, etc.After the sightseeing, take sightseeing bus back to the foot of mountain, then to to check in your hotel at Emeishan City.Day 3 Emeishan – Ya'an
Prepare yourself for the drive to next destination - Ya'an (about 2~2.5 hours driving). In Ya'an, you will visit Shangli Ancient Town which used to be an important town on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. During the Long March, the Red Army once stationed in the town and left many slogans carvings on the stone. Shangli Ancient Town is surrounded by beautiful mountains and river. Here you can see not only century-old streets, wood resident house, towers, ancient archways, but also enjoy beautiful surrounding of green mountain and tranquil rivers. In the summer and autumn days, there are many art students come to the town to study and paint the bridges and waterside scenes.This evening, you can choose to stay overnight in the ancient town, or go to Ya'an city, which is about 30km from the Shangli.Day 4 Ya'an - Kangding
This morning, you will have a short driving from Shangli to visit Mengding Mountain (alt: 1456 meters). With more than 2000 years history of tea planting, Mengding Mountain ins regarded as the Cradle of World's Green Tea Culture. In Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty, Mengding Tea was selected as the tribute tea for the royal families. Nowadays, the local farmers still plant teas on the mountain. You can see vast green tea plantations on the mountain.After the visit drive to Kangding for about 3 hours and stay in KangdingDay 5 Kangding - Tagong - Danba
Have a morning walk in the town of Kangding to experience local Khampa Tibetans and the modernization of this town before drive over Zheduo Pass at 4300 meters. Have a quick stop by the pass if weather is good and continue driving pass Xinduqiao before arrive in Tagong. The drive takes about 3 hours. Lunch before hiking on the Tagong Grassland. Start the walking from a Nunnery and view the beautiful Zhara Latse, a 5800 meters’ holy mountain in Tagong and visit ancient Tagong Monastery.Keep drive from Tagong to Danba. Overnight in Danba.Day 6 Danba - Mount Siguniang
Today the trip starts by walking in the traditional Tibetan village of Jiaju, a very beautiful village considered one of the most attractive traditional villages in China. The Jiaju Village has unique watchtowers and their distinctive Jiarong houses. Spend two hours wondering in the village, then drive about 2 hours to enjoy a leisure natural sightseeing in Shuangqiao Valley where you can see peaks, primitive forest. Shuangqiao is one of the three opened valleys of Mount Siguniang. It is over 30km long and a valley that you can see lots of snow mountains. Tourist buses are used for visiting this valley. The valley is with a series of “scenic spots”, which are the places where you get off the bus and take photos. A road was built in the valley however one can still choose to walk between the bus stops. The buses are running like public buses: you can get off and get on at the bus stops. After the visit to Shuangqiao, drive to Rilong for accommodation.Keep drive from Shuangqiao Valley to Rilong Town. Overnight in Rilong.Day 7 Mount Siguniang Changpinggou Valley Hiking
Today, you will hike into Changping Valley with a 10-minute riding of bus to get to the starting point and walk on wooden planks in the bushes and forest. Total walking time is up to 7-8 hours and up to 20km with flexibility. The walking trail is not steep and the first 4 km is well-paved boardwalk. Walking for around 12km into the valley one can reach Muluozi, the foot of Mt. Views of Mt. Siguniang from its west are totally different from that of the south. It shows you the big steep wall of this big mountain.Return to the town by the road you come. Have a good rest.Day 8 Mount Siguniang - Chengdu
Depart Mount Siguniang via Balangshan Pass en route visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a 2000-year old human construction and a display of ancient Chinese wisdom. After the visit drive back to Chengdu.
Attractions Visited in This Tour
- Leshan Giant Buddha
- Mountain Emei
- Shangli Old Town
- Mt.Siguniang( four girls)
- Danba Tibetan Fortressed Village
- The Dujiangyan Dam