Tour Provider: Wendy Wu
Duration: 17 Days
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING
Fly overnight to the relaxed city of 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
Meander 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 where you can sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge noodles, for dinner. Tonight there is also the option to see a colourful showcase of Yunnan’s performing arts (at your own expense).
DAY 4: DISCOVER DALI
Drive to Dali, a charming town that offers a glimpse at the China of times-gone-by. Begin your touring in the local atmosphere of the fascinating old quarter and lively market. 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 – keep an eye out for cormorant fishermen. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, with the option of riding up into the Cang Mountains, an area noted for its diverse flora and fauna, by cable car (at own expense).
DAY 6: TRAVEL TO LIJIANG
Pop over to Xizhou village to browse the local market. Drive to Lijiang set in the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the Black Dragon Pool, where there are wonderful views of the mountains, before mingling with traditionally dressed Naxi women in the bustling backstreet markets.
DAY 7: JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN
The magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back to Lijiang, admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and visit the Mu Family Embroidery School.
DAY 8: TIGER LEAPING GORGE
Over 3,000 metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular – prepare for breathtaking views. Return to Lijiang and explore the old quarter. The quintessential Chinese ‘old town’ wander the jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges.
DAY 9: LIJIANG – CHONGQING – WULONG
Fly nearly 2 hours to Chongqing. On arrival, you will be transferred by coach around 3 hours to Wulong Karst National Geology Park, an area with stunning natural scenery, including towering limestone karsts, deep gorges, caves and natural bridges.
DAY 10: THREE NATURAL BRIDGES & LONGSHUIXIA FISSURE
This morning you will visit Three Natural 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. The gorge is 5km long and 500m deep. You will climb down several hundred steps, then travel further down by elevator before walking several hundred steps to the bottom of the gorge.
DAY 11: WULONG – LESHAN
Travel around 6 hours west to Leshan, home of the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument, the Leshan Grand Buddha. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
DAY 12: LESHAN – EMEISHAN
Today you will visit the Leshan Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Drive around 30 minutes before taking a short boat ride in front of the statue to grasp the size of this structure. You will spend around 1 hour at Leshan and will need to get on and off the boat. Continue approximately 1 hour to Emeishan, one of the earliest sources of Buddhism in China.
DAY 13: EMEISHAN
Spend a full day exploring spiritual Emeishan. There are many pathways to allow exploration of the steep cliffs, lofty peaks and towering trees. Take the cable car up to the golden summit from Jieyin Temple. You will walk for approximately 2 and a half hours from Wannian Temple to the Wuxian Gang Parking lot. From here you will be transferred back to your hotel in the evening.
DAY 14: EMEISHAN – CHENGDU
In the morning, depart for Chengdu, a drive of approximately 2 hours. On arrival, you will be transferred to the famous snack street in Chengdu – Jinli Street.
DAY 15: GIANT PANDAS
A visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated icons. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. Later take a stroll through People's Park to see Matchmaker's Corner and choose to take tea in a traditional tea house. This evening dine on mouth-watering Sichuan cuisine.
DAYS 16-17: CHENGDU TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
As two of the most fascinating, diverse and colourful provinces in China, Yunnan and Sichuan are utopias of wonder, from the lofty peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the colourful calcite pools of Huanglong, to the lovable nature of the Giant Panda.
Your Guided Holiday Includes:
Price is based on 5 April 2020 departure. Other dates available.
Yunnan - Admire panoramic views around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Leshan – See the awe inspiring Leshan Buddha, the largest pre-modern sculpture in the world
Wulong Gorge – Walk through the picturesque gorge of Wulong
Giant Pandas - Come face to face with these lovable creatures at Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre
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Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share in Australian dollars and based on 5 April 2020 departure. Tour prices and dates are correct as of 8 January 2020 but are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Prices include international flights from Australia. Valid for sale to 31 Mar 2020 unless sold out prior on selected flight-inclusive group tours departing selected Australian cities. New bookings only. Not combinable with any other offer except loyalty discount. Based on twin-share. Single supplements apply. Advertised prices include savings. All services are subject to availability. Based on special economy class fares, surcharges may apply once airfare is sold out. Airline fuel surcharge (where applicable) included and subject to change. Due to airline schedules, domestic connection to international flights, or extra nights’ accommodation may be required at additional expense. $300pp non-refundable deposit payable within 3 days. Second non-refundable payment of $1,000pp due within 3 weeks. Visit wendywutours.com.au for full terms and conditions. Please speak to your travel consultant for further details.