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Sichuan highlights tour

By Yuewei Yang

May 5

Sichuan, a must-visit destination in China, is endowed with breathtaking scenery and profound culture, which appeals to travelers from home and abroad all year round.

Sichuan, a must-visit destination in China, is endowed with breathtaking scenery and profound culture, which appeals to travelers from home and abroad all year round.

Sichuan, a must-visit destination in China, is endowed with breathtaking scenery and profound culture, which appeals to travelers from home and abroad all year round. Check out this to help schedule your tour.

Day 1: Jiuzhai Valley 九寨沟

 Jiuzhai Valley [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Jiuzhai Valley [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Qi Jiajie]
It is said that if anywhere could be called heaven on earth, Jiuzhaigou Valley would be one of them. It is a great masterpiece of nature with dreamlike scenery, combining blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests, snow-covered mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang peoples.

Transport: Fly from Chengdu to Jiuhuang Airport, which is about 88 kilometers or half an hour from Jiuzhai Valley.

Ticket Price: 220 yuan/person (April 1-Nov.15); 80 yuan/person (Nov.16-March 31)

Opening times: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (April 1-Nov.15); 6:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Nov.16-March 31)

Day 2: Huanglong 黄龙

Huanglong [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Wang Jiang]
Huanglong [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Wang Jiang]
Huanglong is well known for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest. Huanglong’s beauty is beyond mere words: it must be witnessed in person to truly appreciate this ‘Fairy Land on Earth’.

Transport: take a coach from Jiutong bus station to Huanglong any time between 6:30 a.m.- 7:30 a.m.

Ticket Price: 200 yuan/person (April 1-Nov.15); (Nov.16-March 31) 60 yuan/person

Opening times: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Day 3: Dujiangyan Irrigation Project 都江堰

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Hao Jianping]
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Hao Jianping]
Constructed over 2,200 years ago, Dujiangyan is the oldest and sole surviving non-dam irrigation system in the world. The project continues to provide a crucial role in draining off floodwater, irrigating farms and providing water for more than 50 cities in Sichuan Province.

Transport: It is best to catch a bullet train from Chengdu Railway Station to Dujiangyan City, only half an hour’s journey, and then Bus No.4 to Lidui Park (离堆公园) station.

Ticket Price: 90 yuan/person

Opening Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Day 4: Mt. Qingcheng 青城山

Mt. Qingcheng [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Bo]
Mt. Qingcheng [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Han Bo]
Qingcheng Mountain is a famous Taoist mountain in China, and is also a natural attraction due to its evergreen scenery. The mountain was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 and was portrayed in the DreamWorks animated film “Kung Fu Panda 2.

Transport: Bus No. 101 goes directly from Dujiangyan to Qingcheng Mountain, taking about 30 minutes. There are also buses from Chengdu to Qingcheng Mountain every day, which take about 2 hours.

Ticket price: 90 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Day 5: Giant Buddha in Leshan 乐山大佛

Leshan Giant Buddha [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Wang Tingquan]
Leshan Giant Buddha [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Wang Tingquan]
With a height of 71 meters, the Leshan Giant Buddha is the biggest stone carved seated Buddha in the world. It is said to have been built to calm the turbulent waters that plagued passing boats on the river Min (岷江).

Transport: Leave Chengdu for Leshan City by coach. Take  Bus NO.3 to the stop of the Giant Buddha Temple.

Ticket price: 90 yuan/person

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. (April 1 – Oct. 7); 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 8 – March 31)

Day 6: Mt. Emei 峨眉山

Mt. Emei [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Mt. Emei [Image Credit: china.org.cn]
Mt. Emei is the highlight of  the itinerary in Sichuan Province. As one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, Mt. Emei features some 26 temples, including 8 major ones, which frequently hold Buddhist ceremonies.

Transport: Leave Leshan City for Emeishan Tourism Passenger Centre by coach. Take a bus or taxi to the gate of Emei Mountain Scenic Area – Baoguo Temple (报国寺).

Ticket Price: 185 yuan/person( Dec.15- Jan.15); 100 yuan/person (Jan.16-Dec.14)

Opening hours: all day.

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