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Experience two of China's provinces; Yunnan and Sichuan. See the wonders of these two fascinating provinces which offers the scenic views of Stone Forest, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the astounding Tiger Leaping Gorge and the Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
Explore the fascinating Stone Forest
Relax in tranquil Dali
Discover Ancient Lijiang
Get up close to the Giant Pandas
Walk in the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park
Enjoy the panoramas of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Wendy Wu Yunnan & Sichuan Itinerary:
Days 1-2 – Arrive in Kunming
Fly 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 treelike in a fascinating illusion of woodland. Return to Kunming where you can sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner.
Day 4 – Discover Dali
Transfer to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek at the China of times-gone-by. Begin your tour in the local atmosphere of the fascinating old quarter and lively market. Next, visit the age-old Three Pagodas and cruise on Erhai Lake. 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. 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.
Day 6: Lijiang
Pop over to Xizhou village to browse in 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
A magnificent mountain massif, the 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 breath taking views. Return to Lijiang.
Day 9 – Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and home of the Giant Panda. In Chengdu, take a wander through People's Park to see Match Makers Corner and have tea in a traditional tea house.
Day 10 – Leshan Grand Buddha
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha. The 71 metre Buddha is carved into the hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers. Completed in 803, it is said that the Buddha's presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. A short boat trip will give you an even better perspective. Continue to Mount Emei.
Day 11 – Mount Emei
Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built here, on its peak, in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring. If the weather is right the summit offers extraordinary views over the river below.
Day 12 – Nine Valleys Village
Travel to Chengdu for your flight to Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park).
Day 13 – Nine Valleys Village
A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, Nine Villages Valley is considered one of China's most beautiful areas. Named after the nine typical Tibetan settlements scattered through the valley, the park is a World Biosphere Reserve, full of endemic flora and 140 species of birds. Whilst the scenery transforms with the seasons it is always spectacular and you will spend time in the depths of it, revelling in your arresting surroundings.
Day 14 – Huanglong Pools
Hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposit, tumble gently down through the bright green forests of the Huanglong Valley. The whole area is studded with waterfalls and, as it is relatively undiscovered, is a pleasure to explore. Visit Huanglong Temple before your flight to Chengdu.
Day 15 – Pandas
A visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre 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. This afternoon visit Wuhou Temple, dedicated to Zhuge Liang, and Jinli Street, a lively road lined with antique shops and restaurants. This evening dine on mouth-watering Sichuan cuisine.
Day 16 – Fly Chengdu to UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of China on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by both a National Escort and local guides. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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