Fairyland Tour to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong

CD-4: 5-Day Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong Scenic Tour
From: $1439
Panda Photography Nature Culture

You will visit China's fairyland —Jiuzhaigou — a colorful wonderland with clear water, a verdant virgin forest, and authentic Tibetan customs. The Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center and Jinli Ancient Town in Chengdu are included to enhance the tour experience.

Highlights

  • Meet the lovely pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Wander in the old districts of Jinli Street for trinkets and local snacks
  • Walk alongside the streams, waterfalls, and limestone landscapes in Huanglong Scenic Area
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views in Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

What's Included

  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotel
  • Flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Public shuttle buses in Jiuzhaigou National Park
  • Chairlift going up the mountain in Huanglong National Park
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar.31Deluxe ClassSuperior Class
2-5 People$1469$1439
6-9 People$1209$1129
Apr.1 - Oct.31
2-5 People$1829$1459
6-9 People$1549$1149

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Chengdu Arrival

Your private driver and guide will be ready for you when you arrive in Chengdu. Sit back in a comfortable, non-smoking car, leave the hassles to your guide, and enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation
Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class).

Day 2The Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center and Jinli Ancient Street Tour
The Panda Breeding and Research Center

In the morning you will first visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center, about 10 kilometers (six miles) north from central Chengdu. You will visit the nursery to see the highly successful breeding program, stroll among the bamboo groves and shady walkways, and view the pandas at rest or play. It is best to go early in the morning to see the pandas feeding at around 9:30am, when they are most active during the day.

Lunch is at a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan-style dishes. You can ask for less-spicy dishes or no spices at all.

In the afternoon, you will discover attractions in Chengdu urban area: Wangjiang Park and Jinli Ancient Street. Wangjiang Park is situated on the bank of the Jinjiang River, offering graceful bamboo forest scenery and romantic anecdotes. Jinli Ancient Street is one of the most ancient streets in Southwest China. There you can stroll along and discover the stalls selling local arts and crafts, traditional Chinese goods, and local delicacies in front of the rows of the Qing Dynasty style ancient buildings.

GOOD TO KNOW

March to May is the "falling in love period" for pandas. If you visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center between late August and December, you will have a greater chance of seeing tiny newborns in the Sunshine Nursery House.

Accommodation
Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class)

Day 3The Huanglong Scenic Area Tour (including flight to Jiuzhaigou)
Huanglong Scenic Area

Your private guide and driver in Chengdu will accompany you to the airport this morning. It takes about one hour to fly from Chengdu to Jiuhuang Airport. You will be picked up and transferred to have lunch. After lunch, start your visit in Huanglong Scenic Area.

Huanglong Scenic Area, the best-preserved plateau wetland in China, is neighbored by Jiuzhaigou. Colorful pools, snowcapped mountains, verdant forests, and peaceful valleys are its four highlights. The chairlift going up is included to save you time and strength. You can walk back down through the scenic area to enjoy the view at a relaxing pace.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to a hotel near Jiuzhaigou (about two hours' drive) and enjoy a local dinner.

GOOD TO KNOW

The options of restaurants in Jiuzhaigou are quite limited, so dinners are recommended and included in the hotel you will stay in.

Accommodation
Jiuzhai Resort Hotel (superior class)/Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort (deluxe class)

Day 4The Jiuzhaigou Tour
Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

After breakfast in the hotel, you will spend most of your day exploring the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, a wonderland named for its nine Tibetan villages. The valley winds its way across some 80 kilometers and covers an area of 720 square kilometers, and you will visit its main three gullies depending on the schedule: Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley, and Zechawa Valley. Private vehicles are not allowed inside, so your guide will accompany you to take a public bus in the scenic area and tour around.

There you will appreciate the picturesque natural scenery with clear alpine lakes, overlapping waterfalls, colorful forests, snowcapped mountains, Tibetan customs, and blue ice. Get your camera prepared. A buffet lunch is arranged in the Nuorilang Restaurant, the only restaurant in the Jiuzhaigou area. If you like, we can also arrange a picnic lunch for you.

At the end of the tour, your guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel for dinner.

GOOD TO KNOW

Tips for visiting Jiuzhaigou:

Go early: The scenic area starts selling tickets at 7am. Get into the park as early as possible so that you will not only have more time, but will also avoid the tour group crowds.

Go up first: The most spectacular scenery is at the higher parts of the scenic area. You will see the highlights first if you take the public shuttle bus to the top and walk or ride down. Head first to either Long Lake or Swan Lake, then go down to the Nuorilang junction, then go up the other fork. Later in the day, you can see the lakes between Nuorilang and the entrance.

Accommodation
Jiuzhai Resort Hotel (superior class)/Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort (deluxe class).

Day 5Jiuzhaigou Departure (Flight Not Included)

Your private guide and driver will wait for you in your hotel lobby after breakfast. They will accompany you to the airport and help you check-in for your next destination.

Trip Notes

1. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.

2. Possible altitude sickness

At Jiuzhaigou, the altitude changes a lot in different areas. For example, the entrance of the valley is at about 2,000 meters, while the airport is at about 3,500 meters. The altitude sickness varies from person to person, so it is suggested that you consult your doctor. Visitors with heart disease and high blood pressure should be careful and take precautions when traveling to Jiuzhaigou. When in Jiuzhaigou, do not do any strenuous exercise, or drink wine. Keep warm and eat more vegetables and fruits. Take some common medicines with you. If you like, our guide can prepare a small oxygen bottle for you, just in case.

3. Get close to pandas

The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program which allows you to take pictures holding a panda for about one minute by donating CNY 2,000 yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas per day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance. This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please take enough CNY cash, as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

If you want to get closer to the pandas and do something for them, you can join the volunteer program, which is available at Dujiangyan Panda Valley (90-minute hour's drive from Chengdu) andBifengxia Giant Panda Base (2½ hours' drive from Chengdu). The program may last for one to three days and the activities may include cleaning and weighing fresh bamboo, feeding the pandas, and cleaning the panda enclosures.

Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip using our professional knowledge and experience.

4. Suspension and Reopen of panda photo and volunteer program

In order to protect the giant pandas from canine distemper infection, all the panda bases stopped the panda interconnect activities since January, 2015. Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program and the program to take photos holding a panda since March, 2015. The reopening date of these programs at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is still TBA.

5. Payment Methods:

We now offer 3 payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars and Great Britain Pound directly with your credit card or debit card, even if you don't have PayPal account.