West China Adventures has organized a journey to explore the Southwest China Area, including the bustling queen city of Chengdu, Dujiangyan Panda Park , Dujiangyan Irrigation System(UNESCO’s world cultural heritage), Tangjiahe Nature Reserve(for protection of wild pandas), Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys and Crested Ibises in Changqing Nature Reserve , and Black Snub-nosed Monkeys in Tacheng Nature Reserve.
The region where we explore is wild and scenic, with contrasting landscapes and cultures. We’ll meet groups of Tibetan , Qiang and Lili peoples in Southwest China.
We begin our expedition in the bustling queen city of Chengdu, also capital city of Sichuan Province. It is renowned for its tea houses , temple gardens and nice Sichuan food.
Out of Chengdu, we’ll meet a panda expert in Panda Base.By volunteering,take care of pandas under instructions of the panda center, with a life-time experience. Also visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, built 2,300 years ago, that’s still in use.After Dujiangyan, we’ll visit Shui Mo , a spectacular village of Qiang People.
Our breathtaking moment is to explore Changqing Nature Reserve, where we’ll marvel at Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys with very beautiful hair. Close to this place , in Caoba Eco-park, witness crested ibises, known as Oriental Precious Stone, that are noted for showing great loyalty to their lovers.
Although we will visit some remote places on this journey, all of the hotels are comfortable and well-maintained, with modern amenities. The roads we will travel are in good conditions. The itinerary will include short flights between Xi’an and Chengdu, Lijiang and Chengdu. Otherwise we’ll travel by motor coach.
We hope you will join us on this unique adventure to explore the cultures, nature reserves, national parks, and extraordinary scenic landscapes of Southwest China..
Day1 Arrive Chengdu,the bustling queen city of West China and capital city of Sichuan Province. Transfer to the hotel. This evening , celebrate your arrival with a Sichuan Food dinner .
Overnight in Chengdu(D)
Day2 Travel to Dujiangyan Panda Base. See giant pandas on the walking tour.Afternoon, we’ll visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, UNESCO’s world cultural heritage and built 2,300 years ago, which is still in use.
Overnight in Dujiangyan B.L.
Days 3-4 Volunteering(to work as a Panda keeper assistant under instructions of the panda base), with a life-time experience.
Overnight in Dujiangyan
Day 5 On a scenic drive along Ming River, the biggest tributary of Yangtze River, visit Shuimo,a remarkable village of Qiang Minority People. Observe the daily life of locals on the walking tour of old streets.
This is an awesome place for visitors to know more about Qiang People and their special culture.
Afternoon, head back to Chengdu.
Day 6 Drive to Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, where wild pandas are in protection.We’ll drive out of Sichuan Basin, and ascend gradually through the Fujiang river valley and into the foothills of the Minshan Mountains. Much of this area has been restored since the 2008 earthquake, but some evidence remains.A scenic climb up a tributary valley,past fields of mustard and cabbage, will take us to Tangjiahe, a nature reserve designated for endangered mammals,as well as rare pheasants and other wildlife. The temperate conifer forests in this valley are intact and support a high diversity of wild plants including stands of red-bud.
Overnight in Tangjihe Reserve Hotel B.D
Day 7 Tangjiahe, in the eastern Minshan mountain range,includes forested valleys encircled by high peaks.Much of the accessible part of the reserve is located at the biologically diverse middle elevations (4,000-6,000 feet) where the forest is surprisingly intact. Tangjiahe Reserve is famous for takins (a relative of the musk ox),giant pandas, a couple of monkey species, more than 200 bird species,and 3,000 plant species.While we may not see the rare, large mammals in such a remote and densely forested enclave,we will certainly have an opportunity for good birding and seeing many plants in bloom.
Explore Xiaocaopo(Short Grass Slope), Shuilingou(Water Running Valley), Linghougu(Smart Monkey Valley) Where we can very possibly see Daurian Redstarts ,shrikes,white-collared Yuhinas, golden pheasants, turtle doves, bharals, white-rumped munias and Tibetan Rhesuses even black bears.
Overnight in Tangjihe Reserve Hotel
Day 8 This morning, still we have some time for birding and watching animals .After that, head back to Chengdu . Time permits, browse Kuanzhaixiangzi, city mark of Old Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu
Day 9 Fly to Xi’an, one of four old capitals of civilization in the world, known as the cradle of Chinese Nation and famed as the capital of 13 dynasties. See the world-famous Terracotta Warriors .
Time permits, explore the Old City Wall.
Afternoon, continue the trip to Changqing Nature Reserve
Overnight in Huayang
Day 10 Changqing Nature Reserve
Changqing Nature Reserve focuses on protection of Golden Monkeys and wild pandas.Today we’ll have opportunities to witness Golden Monkeys with beautiful golden hair.
After that ,journey to Caoba , the World-Only natural habitat for wild crested ibises,
known as ” Oriental Precious Stones”.Especially, Crested Ibises show very good loyalty to their lovers .
Late afternoon, head back to Xi’an .
Overnight in Xi’an
Day 11 Fly to Lijiang.Explore the old town of Lijiang, UNESCO’s world cultural heritage. Naxi people , descendents of Tibetan nomads, have developed their unique culture and kept their traditions. Distinctive mythology , matrilineal descent , and an attractive pictographic language distinguish from other minority people in YunnanProvince. No wonder , seventy years ago, Joseph Rock,an American botanist and enthographer regarded it as his adopted hometown. Enjoy an idle walk in the old town where Naxi females sell their produce and homemade goods in traditional dress.
Drive to Tacheng(pagoda town), the nature reserve for protection of Yunnan Snub-nose Monkeys.
Overnight in Tacheng
Day 12 This morning, in Tacheng National Park, we’ll get close to see lots of Snub-nose Monkeys, known as “No.2 National Treasure” in China. Then browse a local village of Lili People.
Head back to Lijiang to connect the flight to Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu
Day 13 Head for Huanglongxi,an old town known as Chengdu’s Hollywood.Many movies have used it as their background. See old residences constructed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties along the slab-paved streets. On the walking tour , observe the daily life of local people. Cruise Luxi River with nice rural views.
Afternoon,head back to Chengdu.
This evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner before the nice performance of Sichuan Opera.
Overnight in Chengdu
Day 14 Transfer to the airport. Trip ends.