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Top 8 Reasons to Visit Sichuan

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Known as "the Land of Abundance", Sichuan boasts rich tourism resources, a unique geographical environment, and a profound history and culture, including many breathtaking natural and cultural landscapes.

With the development of China, more and more foreign people have traveled to the country. Sichuan, with its beautiful scenery and lovely pandas, has become an emerging tourist destination.

1. Sichuan Is the Best Place to See Pandas

Sichuan is the home of giant pandas. There are 16 giant panda nature reserves. More than 80 percent of the country’s pandas live in Sichuan.

wolong panda centerOur customers are making cakes for pandas.

You can go to a panda base to observe their lifestyle, explore the habitat of wild pandas, and even have an opportunity to get close to these charmingly naïve pandas.Wolong Panda Center is recommended. It is less crowded than other panda centers and is considered to be the real hometown of wild pandas.

Want to feed the giant pandas and clean their enclosures? Want to have the rare experience of entering the red pandas' enclosure to touch them and photograph them? Eager to hold an adorable panda cub and feed it?

You can do all of these at Wolong Panda Center by taking part in the giant panda keeper program and the programs involving red pandas or baby pandas.

2. Sichuan Has Amazing Natural Scenery

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Sichuan lies in the hinterland of China with a diverse topography. High mountains surround the flat alluvial plain and rivers surge in the deep valleys. This gives rise to wonderful natural landscapes.

To see beautiful natural scenery, you mustn’t miss Jiuzhai Valley National Park and Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area. Water is the spirit of Jiuzhaigou and the lakes are characteristic of the area. The water in the lakes is blue and clear all year round, showing different tones with the change of light and the passing of seasons.

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is famous for its colorful lakes, snowcapped mountains, beautiful valleys, and virgin forests. Seen from a distance, Huanglong's numerous travertine formations look like an enormous golden dragon arching across the valley, winding its way between the snowy mountain peaks.

3. Sichuan Has Many Historical Attractions

leshan giant buddhaLeshan Giant Buddha

More than 2,000 years of history has left many precious historical heritages in Sichuan. 

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is the world's tallest and largest Buddha. It was carved into the side of a mountain. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO together with Mount Emei, which is characterized by lofty ancient trees, impressive waterfalls, pristine brooks, and numerous Buddhist temples.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Built in 256 BC, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is an amazing feat of engineering and construction. It is a wonder of the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This waterworks is still used to irrigate 5,300 square kilometers of land in the region.

jinsha museumJinsha Museum

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum has been hailed as one of the major archaeological discoveries in China in recent years, where the 3,000-year-old Sun and Immortal Bird (the symbol of Chengdu) was discovered.

Sanxingdui

Sanxingdui is the largest museum in Southwest China, with a large number of precious relics, and it is grandly called "the origin of the civilization of the Yangtze River".

4. Sichuan Is a Food Paradise

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When it comes to Chinese food, the first thing that comes to most foreign people’s minds is kung pao chicken. Kung pao chicken is one of the representative dishes of Sichuan cuisine.

When you travel to Sichuan, you will find there are various delicacies beyond kung pao chicken. Here are some famous and delicious foods that you mustn’t miss: hot pot, liangfen (cold slices of mung bean jelly in a spicy vinaigrette sauce), and hongtang guokui (a huge pie filled with brown sugar).

See Top 11 Popular Sichuan Dishes.

5. Sichuan Is a Good Destination to Enjoy a Leisurely Life

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, is recognized as the most leisurely city in the province. If you are looking forward to visiting a place where you can free yourself from the stress of work and enjoy a vacation, Chengdu is your best choice.

renmin parkEnjoy a leisurely life in Chengdu Renmin Park

Chengdu, a modern and leisurely city, provides various forms of entertainment. There, you can visit a local park that is a stage for life in Chengdu. You will see people playing mahjong, drinking tea and chatting, dancing, or just napping.

You can also visit a local family and learn to cook traditional Sichuan dishes and play mahjong with them. Alternatively, watch a unique face-changing performance.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy afternoon tea and listen to the history of Chengdu as well as some fun stories that only the locals know. At night, you can go to Chunxi Road, the famous commercial street, to shop and try the local snacks.

We can offer such spotlight experiences in your Chengdu tours.

6. Sichuan Is a Good Place to Experience the Tibetan Culture

The Tibetan people in Sichuan live in Ganzi (or Garzê) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Aba (or Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture) in western Sichuan. It is the second largest Tibetan area in China with more than two million people.

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You can visit Jiaju Tibetan Village, voted as one of the most beautiful ancient villages by the Chinese National Geographic in 2005. The village consists of about 140 Tibetan homes, each with a distinctive crown-shaped roof, red eaves, and white walls.

A visit to Kangding can lead you to explore the Ancient Tea Horse Road, through which Tibetans from the west used to trade horses with tea porters from China in Kangding.

Yading Nature Reserve, at the southern edge of Daocheng County, has been considered as the most sacred place in western Sichuan Province by Tibetan pilgrims. It has breathtaking natural scenery that includes alpine views under a blue sky, flowing rivers and lakes, broad pastures, and snowcapped mountains.

7. Sichuan Has Convenient Transportation

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Sichuan has the most developed transportation network in Southwest China. You can fly to Chengdu from many international regions, such as Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Kuala Lumpur.

It is also easy to travel to Chengdu from many cities in China. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and many other cities have direct flights and high-speed trains to Chengdu.

The transportation in the province is also very convenient. Bullet trains operate from Chengdu to Leshan, Chengdu to Mount Emei, and Leshan to Mount Emei, with the traveling time being no more than 2 hours. There are also direct flights from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.

8. Chengdu Has a 144-hour (or 6-day) Visa-free Policy

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Chengdu has a 144-hour (or 6-day) visa-free policy for international stopovers using Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

Starting from December 1, 2019, Chengdu's 144-hour visa-free transit policy will be extended to 10 surrounding prefectures (Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya 'an, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Luzhou, and Yibin) covering more Sichuan attractions to the south: the Giant Buddha, Bifengxia Panda Base, etc.

Check more information on Chengdu's 6-Day Visa-Free Policy and Visa-Free Touring.

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