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Chengdu Round Fly | 5 Days Leshan-Emei | Panda-Food
UNESCO World Heritage Site with BuddhismCulture Tour
Sichuan is a province in southwest China occupying most of the Sichuan Basin and the eastern most partof the Tibetan Plateau between the Jinsha River on thewest, the Daba Mountains in the north, and the YunguiPlateau to the south. Sichuan's capital city is Chengdu.
Chengdu is a city you never want to leave once you arrive. Reputed as a very “laid-back” city, it is so large and diverse abounding with options. You could visit the giant pandas, and support theefforts towards ensuring the survival of Chengdu iconic but endangered species.Or, you could take in other historic legacies, like Jinli Old Street, WenshuTemple, Three Kingdoms-era Wuhou Temple, the more recent Ming-Qingneighborhoods of the Kuan-Zhai Alley, or the ancient and still-operational DujiangyanIrrigation System.
Highlights of this Tour
Discover Chengdu's highlights and the world hetitages inLeshan and Mt.Emei on this 5-day classic tour, which not only offers you achance to spend happy hours with cute pandas, but also an amazing view of the Giant Buddha and the breath taking scenery from the Golden Summit - the top ofMt. Emei.
· Have fun with the Giant Pandas in the Breeding Research Base in a short distance;
· Experience traditional Chengdulife in Chengdu Old Street and get yourself some souvenirs.
· Take close looks at the largeststone Buddha in the world-the Leshan Giant Buddha;
· Appreciate the most splendidnatural scenery and historic Buddhist culture in Mt. Emei.
· Take a chance to contact with themost clear money in Mt. Emei
· See the nationaltreasury performance, Sichuan face opera
· Get a chance to taste the real Sichuan hotpot and experience the most spicy food in China
· Experiencing the Chengdu lifestyle with slow speed, taking the traditional tea and playing the Mahjong
Chengdu Research Base ofGiant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giantpandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, andthe captive panda population has grown to 83. Its stated goal is to "be aworld-class research facility, conservation education center, and internationaleducational tourism destination.
Mount Emei is a mountain in Sichuan Province,China, and is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Mt. Emei sits at the westernrim of the Sichuan Basin. The mountainswest of it are known as Daxiangling. A large surrounding area of countryside is geologically known as the PermianEmeishan Large Igneous Province, a large igneous province generatedby the Emeishan Traps volcaniceruptions during the Permian Period. At 3,099metres (10,167 ft), Mt. Emei is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.
Mt. Emei is one of the fourmost divine Buddhism Mountains in China. It is a sacred Buddhist haven. This Buddhist legacy mainly contained in the numerous temples andthe buildings bears witness to the unusual historical role of the mountain inBuddhism development since the religion was introduced to China over 2,000years ago. The mountain enjoys great popularity among Buddhists in China. Every morning streams of Buddhism pilgrims armed with joss sticks conquer the steepstairs of the mountain and swarm into the countless temples. Today the Buddhist culture has become the main body of Emei Culture. The Buddhist architecture, music, grottos and paintings in the mountain all reflect richreligious flavor and culture.
Mt. Emei is well-known for its enjoyable natural scenery, extensive Buddhist culture, abundant range of species andunique landform. Thus it gets such titles as 'Kingdom of Plants', 'Geological Museum', 'Animals' Paradise' and 'Buddhist Celestial Mountain'. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious. It is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. It is the highest one among all the famous sight-seeing mountains in China.
The Golden Summit,elevation 3,077 metres (10,095 ft), is the main peak of Mount Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sichuan, China. It is also acommon name for the Buddhist Huazang Temple built on the summit. The Golden Summit is the highest Buddhist temple in traditionally Han areas of China. It is known for its "four wonders": the sunrise, the seaof clouds, the "Buddhist halo", and the"divine light".
Mt. Emei Monkey
The goldensnub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is an Old World monkey in the subfamily Colobinae. They inhabit these mountainous forests of Southwestern China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level. The Chinese name is Sichuan golden hair monkey. It is alsowidely referred to as the Sichuan snub-nosed monkey. Of the three speciesof snub-nosedmonkeys in China, the golden snub-nosed monkey is the mostwidely distributed throughout China. In Mt.Emei, you would like to take a chance on seeing the smartest Monkey. They areclose to and kind to Human beings. You would feel very enjoyable to contact with these wild Monkeys in Mt. Emei.
Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddhais a statue of Maitreya which is a Bodhisattva usually represented as a verystout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunchexposed to view in sitting posture.Facingthe river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have beenbeautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet)high, and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in thatcity. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCOon the list of the World Heritage sites.
Begun in the year 713 inthe Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took peoplemore than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, the Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story.Having such a long history and such worldwide fame, the renovation of the Buddha has received extensive attention both athome and abroad. The Buddha was nearly destroyed by the erosion of wind andrain before 1963 when the Chinese government began the repairing work. Atpresent, the maintenance work is in progress under the instruction of expertsfrom UNESCO.
Sichuan Hot pot is atypical food cooking for Sichuan people and it has been famous around the China,one of the most famous variations is the Sichuan hotpot, to which Sichuan pepper is added. It is usual to use a variety of differentmeats as well as sliced mutton fillet. A Sichuan hotpot is markedly different from the types eaten in otherparts of China. Quite often the differences lie in the meats used, the type ofsoup base, and the sauces and condiments used to flavor themeat. The typical dipping sauce contains sesame oil and is mixed with crushed fresh garlic and chopped spring onions.
Chengdu delicious food
Sichuan on the tip of the tongue has collected the food of the streets and alleys of Sichuan. Sichuan cuisine has always been one of the classic cuisines of China, and it is famousfor its spicy world. Here, you can not only browse to see the Sichuan cuisine,but also the history and culture of Sichuan cuisine. China, with its5,000-year-old splendid culture, not only fascinates the world, but also has adelicious cuisine that makes the world linger.
Sichuan Face opera
We cannot talk about face changing without mentioning Sichuan opera. Sichuan Opera is one of many local operas in China, popular in the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou. Face changing is not simply changing one’s facial make up in a casual way, but is aspecial technique in the performance of Sichuan Opera. It refers to the changing of masks in quick succession to show different emotions and feelings of the character in the play. It is said the origin of face changing has something to do with the resistance of wild beasts. In ancient times, when coming across a ferocious animal, people used to draw different patterns ontheir faces to scare the animal away and keep themselves safe. Later on, suchtrick was applied to the stage performance of Sichuan Opera, and the unique artof face changing has thus come into being.
Sichuan Mahjong experience
Besides food and beautiful natural landscape, Sichuan is famous for its slow-rate life style.Playing Mahjong is definitely the most typical representative. Mahjong isa tile-based game that was developed in China during the Qing dynasty and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played byfour players (with some three-player variations found in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia). The game and itsregional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asiaand have become popular in Western countries too. The game has also beenadapted into a widespread online entertainment. Similar to the Westerncard game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.
Basic Trip Information
Activity Place: Sichuan Province
Activity Date: Private Tour provided if you want to go with your family or friends!
Note: by taking the plane plan, your trip has been shortened in 3 days to avoid two-days travel on the train by comparison with Train Plan (5 days in total). For example of 7th Tour, the actual trip date by taking plane is Mar. 29th-Mar 31th.
12th Tour: May.23th-May.27th
For people who are not in Beijing and who want another trip date, feel free to contact us 18701009257.
Trip Plan Schedule: In order to satisfy different demands on transportation, CET has put forward three different trip plan schedules (All plans have same schedules in visiting Chengdu), as shown below:
Plan A (Round fly)
Normal Price: 2685 RMB/pax, pay the deposit185 RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Group Discount (including VIP): 2655 RMB/paxif 3 or more than 3 seats booked together, pay the deposit 155RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Note: The left 2500 RMB trip fee willbe collected when this trip is confirmed.
Because of the fluctuation of flight tickets fee, the Plan A cost might be increased before few days of departure.
5.23 : Around 1:00 pm, Beijing-Shijiazhuang (taking fast-train within 1 hour) (For saving your money, we highly recommend this route). Flight Information: Shijiazhuang-Mianyang (16:50pm-19:20pm)
5.24: Mianyang city-LeShan Buddha-Mt. Emei (Fast train or local CET bus)
5.25: Mt. Emei-Chengdu (Fast train or local CET bus)
5.26: Chengdu city-Mianyang city-Shiajiazhuang. After the tour is over, you need to take flight back to shijiazhuang. Flight ingormation: Mianyang-Shijiazhuang (20:10 pm-22:30 pm)
5.27: By taking hard sleeper of Comnon train from Shijiazhuang to Beijing west station (around 2:00 am- before 6:00 am), you would arrive Beijing before 6:00 am.
Plan B (High-speed train)
Normal Price: 3085 RMB/pax, pay the deposit185 RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Group Discount (including VIP): 3055 RMB/paxif 3 or more than 3 seats booked together, pay the deposit 155RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Note: The left 2900 RMB trip fee willbe collected when this trip is confirmed.
5.23 : Beijing-Chengdu (G89，G571，G307, G349，around 10 hours)
5.24 : Chengdu-LeShan Buddha-Mt. Emei
5.25: Mt. Emei-Chengdu
5.26 : Chengdu city handing out
5.27: Chengdu-Beijing (G350, G574, G308, G90,around 10 hours)
Departure time from Beijing (D1): G89：06:53；G571：09:22；G307：09:38；G349: 15:13
Arriving time to Beijing (D5): G90 22：52; G574 19：53;G308 20：38; G350 14：46
Plan C (Common Train)
Normal Price: 2385 RMB/pax, pay the deposit 185 RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Group Discount (including VIP): 2355 RMB/pax if 3 or more than 3 seats booked together, pay the deposit 155RMB/pax when you book the trip.
Note: The left 2200 RMB trip fee willbe collected when this trip is confirmed.
5.23 : Beijing-Chengdu (hard-sleeper by Z49,around 25 hours)
5.24 : Chengdu-LeShan Buddha-Mt. Emei
5.25 : Mt. Emei-Chengdu
5.26 : Chengdu city handing out and takingtrain back to Beijing at night (K818, around 25 hours)
5.27 : Arriving Beijing
Departure time from Beijing (D1): Z49,11:26.
Arriving time to Beijing (D5): K818, 21:06.
Statement about theTrain Ticket:
CET will buy hard sleeping bed train tickets for you, once weget your tickets, we will inform you in our group or text you.We will try toarrange all of the participants in the same train firstly, but if there is notickets available, we have to take different train, please be cooperative.All the train tickets are sold randomly, so itis difficult to get the sequential tickets, hope you can understandand book the trip in advance.
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Statement about the Trip Fee
What is includes in the cost?
Round transportation fee for this trip
Accommodation: 3 night in 3-Star hotel （Plan A and Plan B）, 2 night in 3-Star hotel (Plan C)
Meals during this trip: All meals areincluded when you are in Sichuan Province.
CET Guide fee for the whole trip.
5 Days outdoor insurance
Local public transportation
What is not included in the cost?
Additional personal consumption
Entrance ticket: Leshan GiantBuddha 40 MB（20 RMB for students）
Entrance tickets: Mt.Emei 160RMB (80 RMB for students）and Eco-car 90RMB.
Entrance tickets: Base of Giant PandaBreeding 56RMB( 28RMB for student)
Single Room Supplement
Please Note: We want to have a positive effecteverywhere we go, we don’t take commissions or kickbacks, and we don’t take youon detours for shopping.
Quick Weather Info: Chengdu has afoggy, relatively mild, basin climate. Summers feel hotter, winters feelcolder, and the pollution seems worse due to the humidity. However manydescribe the climate of Chengdu as "pleasant", and it is, compared tothe harshness of the surrounding mountain areas you might visit,like Jiuzhaigou and Mount Emei.
About the Local Food: If there's onething Sichuan people do well, it's food, and nowhere is this more evident thanin the province's capital Chengdu, where "a dozen restaurants can be foundon every street". Whether you're looking to try some traditional hotpot ora simple noodle lunch, or fancy a break from the local oily fare, there'ssomething for everyone in Chengdu.
Full Itinerary Day by Day
D1: Chengdu Gather by all kinds of transportations
09:00 Accompanying withTourists from Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, Welcometo Chengdu! We will start to visit Leshan Giant Buddha. It will take almost 2 hours.
11:30 Lunch: LeShan Special meal
13:00 Then you will arrive Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved statue of Buddhain the world. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the Giant Buddha wascarved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoyspectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrowstaircases to the foot of the Buddha.
16:00We arrive Mt. Emei and we will visit the entrance of Mt. Emei, i.e. BaoguoTemple.
18:00 We will take the SichuanHot Pot while enjoying the national treasury performance, i.e. the Sichuan faceopera.
20:00 Check in
D3: Mt. Emei-Chengdu
06:30 Breakfast: Nearbyhotel
09:00 Taking the ecocar, we will arrive themiddle of the Mt. Emei, called Leidongping. Leidongping is located at LianwangSlope, with an altitude of 2430m. The snow here can last for a long time andthe slope is also very suitable for skiing, thus, a ski resort has been openednearby. On the way from Leidongping to Jieyindian, there are covered withalpine azaleas. Early summer is the most beautiful time for the azaleas, andbright purples and reds will cover the ground during this time. There is anazalea tree which is 13m high with 2.7m diameter. The tree is over 450 yearsold and it’s definitely the “Queen of Azalea”. Leidong Smoke Cloud is ameteorological phenomenon in the high and cold zone of Mount Emei. After anight rainfall, the smoke cloud will rise from the forests and sway with thewind, which forms a stunning and changeable scenery.
10:00 Take the cable car to arrive Golden Summit. With an altitude of 3079m, Golden Summit is the second highest peak of Mount Emei. It’s the symbol and essence of Mount Emei. On the summit, there isa small plain and a bronze hall. When the sun shines on the bronze hall, its brightness dazzles the eyes just like the golden light, thus there is called Golden Summit. Stand on the Golden Summit and look afar, Chengdu Plain, Ming River, Qingyi River, Dadu River, Gongga Mountain and Wawu Mountain are all beenseen. The Golden Buddha on the summit is the tallest Samantabhadra golden statue in the world. The statue is 48m high and weighs 660 metric tons. It’s agilded bronze statue which is designed by famous designer Li Zuyuan in Taiwan.The statue has ten heads in three layers, and they are facing ten different directions, which symbolize those Buddhas in the three periods of time and inten directions. In the Golden Summit, travelers can also see the four wondersof Mount Emei: Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Broken Spectre and Holy Light.
12:00 Lunch: take special vegetarian food atthe peak of Mt. Emei.
13:00 Take the cable car to visit the famousplace place of Yixiantian, where the wild Monkey lives. You can havezero-distance to communicate and enjoy with these monkeys.
17:00 Returning to Chengdu
19:00 Dinner and check in 3-star hotel inChengdu
D4: Chengdu Panda park-Wenshuyuan-Jinli
08:00 Breakfast: Nearbyhotel
08:30 Panda park: Chengdu Panda Base not only takes care of breeding pandas, but also focuses on providing interactive activities that teach people about pandas and their protection. Besides cutegiant pandas, there are also red pandas, black swans, and peacocks in the base.It’s a research center, so, unlike a zoo, it does not focus on displaying theanimals. Sometimes the giant pandas are all sleeping indoors, so that you can’tsee any of them eating, playing, or climbing outside. The base began with 6giant pandas rescued from the wild and after years of successful breeding programs they now have a total of 97 pandas. Visitors will find large, outdoor enclosures which make the center feel a bit less like a zoo. Admittedly, thepandas near the entrance seem a little gloomy under the constant gaze of large groups of tourists, but walk further into the park away from the crowds and youwill find contented looking pandas enjoying in their favorite pastimes:sleeping, eating and occasionally exerting some energy to cheekily push their brother or sister off the branch of a tree.
Taste the Sichuan specialty “slag surface” snacks. The slag surface, also known as the sheep slagsurface, is a famous traditional snack in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. It is ahousehold name in Sichuan, even in some big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai,Shenzhen, Wuhan, Lanzhou, etc. Slag noodle "small food shop. The key excipients for the slag surface are red oil sea pepper and pork bone soup
13:00 Visiting Wenshu Monastery. Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery) is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. Initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. In 1681, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi ofthe Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Cidu, an accomplished Buddhist monk, came to thetemple. He built a simple hut between two trees and for several years lived anascetic life there. Legend has it when Cidu was being cremated; the statue of Wensu (Bodhisattva Manjusri in Sanskrit) appeared in the flames, staying for along time. So people regarded Cidu as the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Manjusri. Thereafter, Xinxiang Temple became Wenshu Monastery.
15:00 Visit the Food Street Jinli. Chengdu isa city brimming with a strong leisurely ambience with Jinli Street as thetypical representative. At one end of Jinli Street is an imposing archway with'Jinli Street' carved on it. From there the lane, paved with green flagstones,winds through Chengdu for a length of 350 meters (382.8 yards). By combining the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period with the folk customs of Sichuan, the buildings on both sides including tea-houses, stores and hotels, are modeled onthe architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Provincefrom the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. The wooden steles and the brick-wallsexhibit an ancient charm.
19:00 For Plan A and Plan C tourists, it is time for you to go to airport or Railway station back to Beijing.
20:00 For Plan B tourists, Dinner and check in a 3-star hotel in Chengdu.
For Plan A tourists, you need to take plane from chengdu to beijing nearby cities, and then you can choose to stay one night in the city, then go back to beijing on the next day by taking the fast train (arriving before 9:30 am on the next day), or you can choose to take common train from the cities to Beijing directly so that you can catch the morning work on the next and CET will buy hard sleeper for you so that you can sleep on the train and you will arrive Beijing railway station before 5:00 am on the next day.
D5: Chengdu-Beijing (Plan B )
For all Plan tourists,you can arrive in Beijing at afternoon or evening (Train).