Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

Langzhong (optional extension)

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Mount Qingcheng

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Chengdu

CHINA

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Leshan

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Mount Emei

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Experience world renowned Sichuan cuisine • Visit the Giant Panda breeding centre • Admire the view from the Golden Summit of Mount Emei 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

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Boutique Asia – 7 day Sichuan Experience Chengdu • Dujiangyan • Mt. Qingcheng • Mt. Emei • Leshan

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Day 1: Arrive Chengdu You will be met upon arrival at Chengdu airport, then taken to visit the local ‘People’s Park’, an urban public park in central Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Built in 1911 as Shaocheng Park, it is the first public park in the city. Immerse yourself in local life and culture, here, residents play traditional Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy and engage in tai chi. That night, enjoy a special Sichuan hot pot dinner. (D) Chengdu Buddha Zen Hotel (2 nights) Day 2: Chengdu Visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Located just 10km from downtown Chengdu, the breeding research centre has been created to imitate the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. The centre also cares for other rare and endangered wild animals. That afternoon, you will visit the only museum in the world dedicated to the culture and history of a local cuisine. When you’ve finished feasting your eyes on the museum’s offerings, try your hand at reproducing some of the famous dishes at the cooking school in the museum. (BL) Day 3: Chengdu - Dujiangyan – Mount Qingcheng Visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. Throughout history, the city of Chengdu was constantly threatened by the frequent flooding of the Minjiang River. Over 2 millennia ago, a local Sichuan official and his son constructed a remarkable irrigation system, now the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world. Stand upon the Anlan Cable Bridge and behold the entire layout. Continue on to Mount Qingcheng and enjoy some mild hiking. The mountain, which has 36 peaks, is amongst the most important centres of Taoism in China. (BL) Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain Day 4: Mount Qingcheng – Mount Emei Visit the Dujiangyan Confucian Temple. Confucius, (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher who left an indelible mark on Chinese society throughout the ages. At the temple, you will learn more about this important historical figure and have a chance to wear traditional clothing, practice archery or calligraphy. A stone rubbing class and a stone painting class are also offered. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Mount Emei. (BL) Hongzhu Shan Hotel (2 nights)

Day 5: Mount Emei Head to the top of Emei Mountain, the primary peak, known as The Golden Summit, stands 3079.3 meters above sea level and appears to touch the sky. From atop the mountain, you will enjoy views of snowy mountains to the west and vast plains to the east. In 1996, UNESCO listed Mount Emei as a world natural and cultural heritage site. Continue on to Wannian Temple, 1 of 8 significant temples atop the mountain. The temple was built with no beams, and houses a bronze statue of Buddha Samantabhadra mounted upon a 6-toothed white elephant. After lunch return to the hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. (BL) Day 6: Mount Emei – Leshan – Chengdu After breakfast, visit the largest stone Buddha statue in the world, towering over 70 metres (229 feet) above the banks of the river. The average person is shorter than the Buddha’s big toe! The Leshan Buddha was carved over a thousand years ago directly into the cliff, and took over one hundred years to complete and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch travel back to Chengdu. (BL) Chengdu Buddha Hotel Day 7: Depart Chengdu Enjoy some time at leisure until your airport transfer. (B)

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Langzhong Ancient Town Extension Why not take an optional extension to Langzhong Ancient Town? One of China’s highly underrated tourist destinations, a 2,300-year-old historic city tucked away in remote northern Sichuan boasting a stunning medieval townscape. LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

Price per person from £579.

TOUR DETAILS

£1769 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner • Tours and transfers as specified including entry fees, on a private basis in air- conditioned vehicles • Service of English-speaking guide for all included sightseeing and transfers

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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