China - Buddhas & Monasteries

11 Days, from AU $5,100

 Gyarong Tibetan Girl in Danba

Panda, Chengdu 

Giant Buddha, Leshan

 Drive from Bamei to Danba

Biddha on Mt Emai, Sichuan

Rhododendron, Kangding

Gyarong Tibetan Girl

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A few hours drive out from Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, leads to Tibetan Khampa areas on the East Edge of the Plateau, where wild animals, snowy mountain peaks, rapid white waters, ancient block towers and colourful prayer flags form a lovely scroll painting of ‘Wilder Side of Sichuan’.

Our Classic itineraries cover the key attractions with carefully selected experiences to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Classic itineraries include time for relaxation or for adding extra activities. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Chengdu

Today arrive at Chengdu airport and meet your guide who will bring you to your hotel. Enjoy the reminder of the day at leisure.

Dinner tonight is arranged at a fine local restaurant, an introduction of Chinese cuisine (with the assistance of your local tour leader).

Day 2: Chengdu

You will have some leisure time in the morning until you meet your guide and driver. You will be transferred to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that is situated in the north suburbs of Chengdu. About 50 pandas live in the semi-natural environment in this base. Then get back to town to enjoy a leisure tea time at a lovely local teahouse at the Wenshu Temple. Don’t miss the night ritual ceremony by the Buddhist monks at the Temple. Enjoy a nice vegetarian dinner near the temple.

Day 3: Chengdu – Leshan – Emei Shan

Depart in the morning for Leshan. On the way we shall take a countryside walking in a tranquil village in south Chengdu. The walking is not demanding and very enjoyable. We will walk on a small path through a valley and mountain ridge, passing farmland, an orchard, brushwood and meet with local people.

On arrival, visit a local farmhouse and learn how to play Chinese Mah-jong, then enjoy a local home cooked lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Leshan for its famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Take a boat cruise on the Min River to view the mighty Grand Buddha from a floating perspective. Drive to the foot of Mount. Emei and visit Bao Guo Temple, the largest Buddhist temple at the mountain foot.

Day 4: Emei Shan Excursion

Being one of China’s Four Buddhist Holy Mountains, Emei Shan is noted for its profound history, secluded Buddhist Temples, dense forests and amazing landscape on the Golden Summit. Since ancient times Emei Mountain has been described as "Beauty Under Heaven". Temples were built as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD) and Buddhism was introduced to the mountain during the Jin Dynasty.

After breakfast you will take a shuttle bus and cable car up to the Summit. Hike on zigzaging mountain trails descending to Jieying Hall and further onwards to Leidong. The view is spectacular. Later in the afternoon proceed to the Crouching Tiger Monastery to explore the mighty 500 Arhats Hall.

Day 5: Emei Shan – Kangding

Leave in the morning for Kangding. On the way you shall stop at Liujiang, a lovely and peaceful Old Town in Western Sichuan Province. Today the 800-year-old town is a showcase for the typical old-town wooden structures in Sichuan. Enjoy a leisure stroll in the old town by the river. The drive from Liujiang onwards to Kangding is extremly scenic as you pass through Erlang Shan and continue to the Tibetan highland. Kangding is the traditional gateway to Tibet from Sichuan. Enjoy some free leisure time upon arrival Kangding.

Day 6: Kangding – Tagong

In the morning you set off for Tagong. Take a photo break at Xinduqiao before continuing the drive to Tagong Grasslands where you visit the Lhagang Monastery of Sayka Sect. When weather is good, you can view holy mountain Yala from a distance. Take a leisure walk through the gilded Golden Stupa in Tagong and local village visit can be arranged when time permits.

Day 7: Tagong – Danba

The Yak River leads you to Danba. On the way you can view the snowy peak Yala. You will visit Huiyuan Monastery near Bamei and stop at DingGuo Hill near a Tibetan Bön Temple. The local people in Danba are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. It is said that they are the descendants of the people of the ancient Xixia Kingdom, who merged with the local people after they fled from Gansu and settled here. Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Upon arrival Danba you can take photos at Suopo Village. Buildings were made out of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls.

Day 8: Danba

The morning time offers you a great opportunity to capture the true colours of the Tibetan Village Jiaju. Take a walk to the higher viewing terrace from where you can view the holy mountain Morduo just opposite the village. After breakfast you shall leave for Zhonglu Tibetan Village where you can go on a lovely walk passing through bushes, farmlands, peach and pear treks, and most impressively admire the Stone Towers of the backdrop of the mountain ridge in NW Sichuan. The hiking lasts approx. 4-5 hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the walk. Later of the day you get to Suopo and drive back to the town.

Day 9: Danba – Ya’an

Today you will leave in the morning for Ya’an. Drive along Dadu River before getting to Luding. Take a break at Luding to explore the Ancient Luding Bridge, used by the Chinese Red Army when they crossed this part of the province in the 1930s during their expedition on the Long March. Check in hotel and enjoy some free leisure time in Ya’an.

Day 10: Ya’an – Chengdu

This morning you shall visit these lovely Giant Pandas at Ya’an Breeding Institute. Take a hike in the green valley of Bifeng Gorge. Later in the afternoon transfer back to Chengdu to enjoy a savoury Sichuan Hotpot Dinner.

Day 11: Chengdu Departure

Check out in the morning and transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of the amazing Western China Journey.

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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All  transportation during tour.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
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