Huanglong Scenic Area in Sichuan

Cycling via Tibetan Mountain Villages to Jiuzhaigou

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu

Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals, ready to take you to your hotel.

Day 2: Chengdu to Guanghan(no cycling today)
giant panda

After visiting the pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center, you will start your journey with your guide and driver towards Guanghan. On the way you will stop in Baoguang Temple, one of the most important centers of Buddhism in Southern China.

Good to Know

The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program which allows you take pictures with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a 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 bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

Day 3: Guanghan to Mianzhu (no cycling today)

A visit to Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan is not just the building with wonderful relics from the Shang Dynasty sacrifiacial pits, but the actual

The journey takes us from Guanghan to Mianzhu this afternoon.

Day 4: Mianzhu to Beichuan(no cycling today)

Mianzhu is famous for printing pictures with wooden blocks, still practiced by the local farmers. Our guide and driver will take you to Beichuan, through farmland and small villages.

Day 5: Beichuan to Pingwu

After visiting the Beichuan Earthquake Relic, which was built to commemorate the 2008 disaster, we begin our hard ride into the northern mountains. You’ll reach a town called Pingwu by late afternoon. Bao’en Temple is an interesting wooden structure from the Qing Dynasty, and well worth a visit before settling in for the night.

Day 6: Pingwu to Huanglong

Today’s route first follows a river valley, in Danyun Gorge, and then winds its way up with 12 zig zags to the top of mountain range. Once at the top your reach 3200m before continuing to Huanglong. The scenery is as breathtaking as the climb.

Day 7: Huanglong Scenic Area
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Today offers a chance to rest and recuperate while you explore the Huanglong Scenic Area, at the foot of Minshan Mountain. It belongs to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and is known for its unique ponds, naturally formed from calcite and appearing as if they were lined with gold, filled with dazzlingly turquoise water.

A grand Huanglong Temple Fair is organized every year July 12th to 15th.

Day 8: Huanglong to Chuanzhusi

The first part of today’s cycling is a 20km hill climb until you reach a pass at 4,000m, and stop for a view of the top of Xuebaoding, a sacred mountain for Tibetans. A descend to Songpan Ancient Town and various Tibetan villages follows, until arrival to Chuanzhusi.

Day 9: Chuanzhusi to Jiuzhaigou

At an altitude of 2,200m the surrounding mountains dominate the scenery as we traverse a vast plateau and descend towards the river valley.

Day 10: Back to Chengdu

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Day 11: Depart Chengdu
suzhenggou waterfalls jiuzhaigou sichuan

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. The Scenic Area is vast, composed of three major areas: Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley and Shuzheng Valley, and contains nine Tibetan villages, which is where the Chinese name Jiuzhaigou (meaning Nine Valley Gorge) comes from. One of the most famous sites is the Five-Color Pond, a mesmerizing sight, it’s no wonder this area is so popular with photographers.

A shuttle bus for sight-seeing is provided for people in the park; there is no alternative for effective transport.

Day 12:

Your guide will take you to the Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport for your flight to Chengdu, where you will be picked up and taken to your hotel.

Day 13:

A guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport, and make sure your check-in goes smoothly.

Good to Know
If you would like to extend your trip, or need onward travel arranged, please contact our travel advisor. At China Highlights we are about ‘Discovery Your Way!’ and we offer a tailor made service for free. All of our tours are carefully designed tried and tested tours to give you a base to work from, so feel free to make changes and put your unique touches in this trip.

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