Chengdu-Jiuzhaigou-Mt. Emei-Changsha-Fenghuang Ancient City-Zhangjiajie 13 Days Tour
Today we board an international flight bound for China. Cross the International Date Line.Arrive in Chengdu. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the luxury hotel for rest and relaxation. Chengdu is the capital of "Heavenly State" (Tian Fu Zhi Guo), habitat of giant pandas and city of cotton-rose hibiscus. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as "Tian Fu Zhi Guo", literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to forty other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometres (270.27 square miles) with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.
In the morning, we tour the Panda Preserve Base and visit the old alley. In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Marquis Wu, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. Enjoy the famous Sichuan local cuisine for dinner tonight.
Day3,Chengdu - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou
In the morning, we fly to Huanglong, the world natural heritage site, famed for its peculiar karsts landscape and multihued ponds that are set off picturesquely by snow-top mountains, vertical ravines and vast forests. Finish sightseeing the main scenic spots in Huanglong, we drive to the fairyland - Jiuzhaigou, another world natural heritage site. Jiuzhaigou has been known for its natural wonders in terms of colorful waters appearing to be either magically peacock blue or emerald. All those who encounter it are overwhelmed by the breathtaking beauty of both its landscape and its lakes, springs, waterfalls, streams, rivers and shoals.
Whole day excursion exploring the fantasy of Jiuzhaigou including visits to Shuzheng Waterfall, Changhai Lake, the River View Pavilion and Tibetan Village. For dinner the minority traditional cuisine is served. After dinner, we are entertained by the Tibetan & Qiang folklore dance show.
Day5,Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei
After breakfast, we fly back to Chengdu. Transfer to lunch upon arrival. Later proceed by bus to Leshan, the tour of Leshan includes a cruise on Min River, and a view of Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest stone-carved Buddha in the whole world, described as "A mountain emerges as a Buddha, and a Buddha- a mountain". Finish sightseeing at Leshan, before we drive to Emeishan, enjoy the local cuisine dinner - Tofu Banquet.
A cable car ride takes us up to the Golden Summit. Sightseeing of Golden Summit at Mt. Emei. The Golden Summit rises over 3000 meters above sea level. There one may find an advantage point to appreciate sunrise, to view the sea of clouds, the Buddhist lamps and particularly the Buddhist flory which is most wonderful and captivating. Tonight we will enjoy Emei Vegetarian Dinner.
Day7,Mt. Emei - Dujiangyan - Chengdu
After breakfast, we travel to Dujiangyan, the ancient irrigation system. In the afternoon, we visit Qingyanggong, the best preserved memorial temple for Lao Zi. Return to Chengdu. For dinner, we enjoy a famous Hot Pot Cuisine, followed by the entertainment of Sichuan Opera. Sichuan opera is one of the principal genres of regional drama in China, it is particularly famous for its unique skills in changing countenance.
Day8,Chengdu - Sanxingdui Ruins - Changsha
In the morning, we drive to Guanghan to visit ancient mysteries in the Sanxingdui Museum. Fly to Changsha in the afternoon. overnight in changsha.
Day9,Changsha - Fenghuang (Phoenix Town)
After breakfast, we will visit the Yuelu Academy. Yuelu Academy was founded in 976, the 9th year of the Song Dynasty under the reign of Emperor Kaibao. Yuelu Academy as one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, it has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures since it was formally set up in 976 (the Northern Song Dynasty). Drive to Fenghuang (Phoenix Town). Fenghuang is located on the western boundary of Hunan Province in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. Fenghuang is Chinese for 'Phoenix', the mythical bird of good omen and longevity that is consumed by fire to be re-born again from the flames. Fenghuang (Phoenix Town) is so called as legend has it that two of these fabulous birds flew over it and found the town so beautiful that they hovered there, reluctant to leave. Upon entering the town the visitor will be impressed by its air of mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. This is a world that is dominated by the color green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuo River reflects the greenery. The bridges over the water and unique houses built on stilts display a harmony that is so often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings.
Day10,Fenghuang - Zhangjiajie
After breakfast, we will tour the town. Then drive to Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie is acclaimed for its fantastic formations of peaks, crystal clear water, spectacular karst caves and the unrivalled high percentage of forest cover. Arrive in Zhangjiajie in the evening. Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain is one of the most representative natural sceneries of Zhangjiajie, we will overlook Tianmen Cave today.For dinner we are served the local Tujia Minority Cuisine. After dinner, we enjoy the entertainment of special effect show “Tienmen Mountain Fox Fairy”.
Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Scenic Area is acclaimed for its fantastic formations of peaks, crystal clear water, spectacular karst caves and the unrivalled high percentage of forest cover and was listed as a world heritage site in 1992. Today our tour will start with a visit to Tianzi Hill. We ascend and descend Mt. Tianzi by cable car. Mt. Tianzi has been given a sobriquet "King of Hoodoos", it is characteristic of the area to have high and dense hoodoos. Then we will tour Yellow Dragon Cave, a huge limestone cave in which there are two underground rivers, four waterfalls, 13 caverns and countless stalagmites. Have a local flavor dinner.
Day12,Zhangjiajie - Beijing
Today we continue our sightseeing tour in Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Scenic Area. We will visit to another reserve - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the first authorized national forest park in China. Together with Suoxi Valley Nature Reserve and Tianzi Hill Nature Reserve, it makes up the famous Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Fly to Beijing in the evening.
After breakfast, you are transferred to airport for your return flight back to your home. End of tour.