Chengdu Skiing Tour
Flexible Itinerary for Tailoring
Would you like to ski in a snowy wonderland but don't want to travel all the way to Harbin or Beijing? No problem! Chengdu is easily accessible and ideal to make a short and cost-effective skiing tour for a family and skiing enthusiasts. Follow the three steps below to plan a skiing trip with China Highlights!
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Chengdu and Volunteer program Panda base
Our day volunteering at the Panda Base was truly unforgettable. Helen, our guide, provided us with invaluable insights about Chengdu and the pandas, enriching our tour with her knowledge and expertise. We're grateful to Helen for accompanying us throughout the day and showcasing the highlights of China.more
Feb 2024, Eliaquim
Chengdu at it`s best
We had a booking with China Highlights through Silvia Ye who guarenteed a perfect organisation. In Chengdu our guide was Helen. She was the diamond of all. Speaking fluently English, full of interesting stories, laughing and talking all the time. We missed her the rest of our tour. We highly recommend to go to Chengdu for 3 days when visiting China, especially with Helen.more
Feb 2024, Peter
Chengdu with friends
Bella, our tour guide in Chengdu, was excellent and very thoughtful. She picked us up from the train station (despite it being a free and easy day we wanted). She shared options for afternoon tea, places of interest around our hotel and helped us make dinner reservation at a local premium szechuan hotpot restaurant. During our stay in Chengdu, she took us to see the adorable pandas at the Panda Breeding Base, the beautiful Renmin Park (Chengdu People’s Park), the lively Jinli Old Street (pedestrian mall) and the Chengdu Opera (a must see - world famous face changing show). Bella is very attentive to our needs and preferences, and always made sure we were well taken care, comfortable and happy. We had so much fun together, laughing, joking and sharing stories. Food was excellent (best left the ordering to her). She is one of the best guide we had in China.more
Jan 2024, DLiew
Helen is the best! She is super knowledgeable and helpful with everything. Will definitely be using China Highlights and Helen when I bring my family back to Chengdu.more
Jan 2024, Riley
Chengdu a great city
We had a great time visiting the Pandas, Michael was punctual, organized. He showed us around the great city of Chengdu,its museum,the Old Town, The Tea House,and while we were in the city park we saw a Chinese old lady in a wheelchair singing an Chinese Peking Opera Tune loudly and clearly.She said she is 90 years old and she comes to the park often just to sing and we asked her if she knows any song in English,she said yes and belted out a classic (you raised me up over the mountain) in perfect English. Absolutely amazing.She lived through the Civil War,Japanese Invasion, the Cultural Revolution,You can't plan an experience like this.more
Jan 2024, Peter W
We went on a tour guided by Helen…
We went on a tour guided by Helen around Chengdu to see many cultural highlights. We were excited with the extensive knowledge. She speaks English very well. She was also always in a good mood and make us comfortable and we could see she is very passionate about her job. She gave us some gifts on Xmas day. Overall we are very grateful to have had Helen as our guide. Not to mention the great day we spent with the pandas. She took very good pictures for us and it's just a memorable day.more
Jan 2024, Monica
Our tour led by Helen from Chengdu was amazing
Helen guided my family and I around Chengdu to see many cultural highlights. Her extensive knowledge and proficient English speaking skills enhanced our experience greatly. The historical facts that she shared with us made us even more excited to see the landmarks and left us in awe at every visit. She was also always smiling and her kind attitude during the tour made us feel that she was very passionate about her job and valued our experience a lot. She was very thoughtful, even giving us presents on Xmas day. She also recommended the best dishes in interesting restaurants that catered to my family’s taste. Overall we are very grateful to have had Helen as our guide because we know our holiday was so so much better due to her thoughtful pre-planning and positive demeanour!more
Jan 2024, Nicole
Awesome trip in Chengdu guided by Helen
Our tour guide, Helen is superb and amazing. She is very knowledged and detailed with all the details and history of the destination. She is able to navigate through the attraction places easily, making the whole experience less tiring and easy to access.She is also very caring and detailed with taking care of us, making the trip very comfortable and enjoying.more
Jan 2024, 文文
We had a lot of fun in ChengDu. The trip was nicely planned and organised. We had Helen as our guide in ChengDu. She was very friendly and knowledgeable, explained everything well. It was a great experience and would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in travelling to China.more
Jan 2024, AdLee
Helen was the best tour guide I’ve experienced! Can’t recommend her enough for anyone visiting Chengdu!
Helen was the best tour guide that my family and I have had on our international holiday trips so far! We were always kept entertained and fascinated by Helen’s extensive knowledge about Chengdu’s cultural highlights and fluency in both English and Mandarin. Helen was extremely personable and empathetic, always going out of her way to cater to our needs and ensure we always felt safe and comfortable.more
Jan 2024, Rachel
Chengdu splendida città
Siamo stati a Chengdu città molto bella e vivace. Accompagnati da Helen guida molto attenta precisa cordiale e simpatica…the top!!! Con lei siamo stati a conoscere il panda gigante e il panda rosso. Poi abbiamo gustato il tè in una tipica casa da tè e fatto una piacevole passeggiata prima nel bel parco cittadino molto frequentato e poi per la città. Siamo stati molto bene!! Grazie Helen sei stata splendida. The top!!!more
Jan 2024, Trisia
Excellent New Year's vacation in Chengdu! Happy memories!
Great thanks to our guide Sandy, who accompanied us tirelessly! He knows a lot about the city and every corner of Chengdu, as well as the culture of Sichuan: he lead us to amazing places and knew how to make excellent recommendations for the Opera and restaurants.The vehicle was very comfortable and Sandy was very generous to bring snacks for everyone and organize the best meals during the trips, to conclude memorable holidays!more
Jan 2024, Pioneer02494454516
Wonderful Times in Chengdu with Aaron Huang
With the help of our tour guide, Aaron Huang, we were able to see many tourist attractions in Chengdu. We went to the famous Panda Research centre located a short distance away from the city . Our grandchildren loved the sight of so many cute pandas. We also went up to a mountain by cable car, the children had a good time playing with snow.Last but not least, we would like to thank our tour guide Aaron Huang who impressed us with his very excellent and fluent English, and he always answered our questions clearly and patiently. He is indeed a very professional tour guide and we highly recommend him to anyone who intends to visit Chengdu!Thank you Aaron again for going all the way to make our holiday in Chengdu such a memorable experience!Hope we will meet again!more
Jan 2024, Inspire39398
Fanstric trip to Chengdu with Helen!
Helen brought me to some amazing hidden restaurants I would not be able to try otherwise. Helen was a top photographer and I really appreciate the photos she took during my time there. If you are going to Chengdu make sure to go with Helen!more
Jan 2024, David
The Best Trip to Chengdu
Fifi is a super guide. She handled all ticket purchases and car orders professionally. I felt respected and very welcomed by her and the car driver. Fifi could recommend VEGETARIAN and VEGAN meal options for me. She even sought after restaurants that I had recommendations for, then did planning to fit them into our day schedule. I’m so happy!!more
Jan 2024, Blake
Chengdu con Pablo 🇨🇳
Toda la experiencia fue muy agradable y se supieron sortear los problemas con el mal tiempo, los retrasos, la baja movilidad de mi mamá, y los itinerarios muy apretados.Seguramente recomendaremos a China Highlights a nuestros amigos y familiares, pues tanto en Chengdu como en otras 3 ciudades que hemos visitado, siempre han superado nuestras expectativas.more
Jan 2024, Kolombian_traveller
Helen you are our STAR! Thanks
Our perfect honeymoon!When we decided to visit China for our honeymoon our first desire was making it the trip of a lifetime.China Highlights made it absolutely perfect!The itinerary was incredible and we could personalize and improve our experience - thanks Helen!!more
Jan 2024, Luca
Our perfect honeymoon!
All the tour guides and the drivers provided an amazing service and they went out of their way to help us throughout all the stages of our journey. Particularly, we want to say a HUGE thank you to:Helen in Chengdu: you are a STAR! All your kindness, explanations about panda’s life and tips on the best places inmore
Dec 2023, Sara
An unforgatable experience
Dear Helen! We are slowly relaxing from the fatigue of our wonderful three-week trip to China, and all that remains are the unforgettable memories and experiences. These include the experiences I spent with you in Chengdu; the Panda Breeding and Research Center, Chengdu Kuanzhai Lane, Jinli Old Street and Shufengyayun Opera House. Thank you very much for your attitude, your attentiveness,more
Dec 2023, Geza
Great Panda Volunteer program!
Went to the one day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer program and it was a very enjoyable experience. Leeky was very helpful in arranging our itinerary and even helped us change the date of the program when we could not attend the earlier date. Jason was our guide during the program and he was very knowledgeable about the pandas. He made our visit a very worthwhile experience. Highly recommend this program!more
Dec 2023, hrlee
There are three ski resorts around Chengdu: Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort, Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort, and Emeishan Ski Resort.
Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort
Referred to as the Oriental Alps, Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort, covering an area of over 375 hectares, is considered to be one of the most successful ski resorts in China. Located in the west of Chengdu city, it takes about 2½ hours to get there by car.
China's best alpine ski resort
As a well-equipped ski resort, Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort maintains a minimum stock of 2,000 rental ski sets as well as a fleet of 35–40 snowmobiles that can be rented. In recent years, more and more tourists have flocked to Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort, so queuing is inevitable from time to time, especially on weekends and during the Spring Festival holiday.
There are Chinese and Western bars and restaurants at the ski resort.
Yinxue Hotel: Opened in 2012, Yinxue Hotel is located halfway up Xiling Snow Mountain, very close to the cableway and shuttle bus station. A floor heating system is applied to keep the rooms cozy. You will need to take the cableway up to get to the hotel. Since the cableway closes at 5pm, it's recommended you arrive before 4pm to allow enough time for queuing.
Scandina Resort Hotel: Consisting of eight Nordic-style villas, the resort is considered to be the best hotel on Xiling Snow Mountain. There are only 38 rooms, so early booking is recommended.
A two-day tour with one night's stay in the resort is recommended:
Day 1: Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu and escort you directly to the resort. Arrive at noon, check-in to the hotel, and enjoy lunch. Start the skiing tour in the afternoon. Stay overnight in the resort.
Day 2: Enjoy more skiing in the morning and have lunch. Go back to Chengdu in the afternoon.
Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort
Newly opened on December 13, 2014, Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort is now the largest and best ski resort in southwest China. About 165 kilometers (102 miles) from Chengdu city, it is a 3-hour drive to get there.
New equipment and fewer tourists.
During the 2014–2015 snow season, Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort opened 13 pistes, with a total length of 4,200 meters (3 miles), including eight beginner pistes, two middle-level pistes, and three advanced level pistes. The resort can accommodate 5,000 tourists daily..
There are two restaurants at the resort which can accommodate 2,000 people at the same time, supplying Tibetan dishes, such as yak meat, mutton, and wild mushrooms.
Hemingzhuang Hotel: Hemingzhuang Hotel is the only hotel in Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort. It is a 4-star level hotel with over 80 rooms. All the rooms are decorated with wooden sauna boards that have a heating supply. Early booking is highly recommended.
If you are also interested in historical sites, you can combine the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project with the skiing tour in two days:
Day 1: You will be collected from your hotel in Chengdu and transferred to the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in one hour. After lunch, continue the drive to Jiudingshan Prince Ridge Ski Resort. Arrive, check-in, and play in the snow at the resort. Stay overnight in the resort.
Day 2: Enjoying skiing and head back to Chengdu in the afternoon.
Emeishan Ski Resort
Emeishan Ski Resort is located at the top of Mount Emei, close to Leidongping Parking Lot. To get there from Chengdu, it takes about 3½ hours to reach the entrance of Mount Emei, then another two hours to get to the ski resort.
Close to Mount Emei's Gold Summit and family-friendly
One alpine piste (2,000 meters/1.2 miles), one middle-level Nordic trail (3,000 meters/1.8 miles), one beginner piste, and a play and snow sculpting area for children.
There are a few local restaurants near Leidongping Parking Lot. The facilities are basic but the flavors are okay.
Hongzhushan Hotel: Located at the foot of Mount Emei, it takes only five minutes to get to the entrance by car.
It's recommended to combine the Leshan Giant Buddha and Gold Summit with skiing to make a three-day tour:
Day 1: Set off from Chengdu and arrive at the Leshan Giant Buddha in two hours. Climb up to the Buddha and then head to Emeishan City (one hour). Arrive in the late afternoon and stay overnight in a hotel at the foot of Mount Emei.
Day 2: Get up early as it takes about two hours to reach Gold Summit. After the Gold Summit tour, enjoy lunch near Leidongping Parking Lot and go down to the Emeishan Ski Resort to start skiing in the afternoon. Get back to the hotel at the foot of the mountain for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Check-out and go back to Chengdu.
The best time to ski around Chengdu is from mid-December to early March, when the snow conditions remain stable. The snow on the pistes quickly reaches a depth of 60 centimeters when it snows, and remains at 60–80 centimeters deep during this period.
Note: It's recommended to avoid the Spring Festival holiday and weekends, when there will be crowds of local people and queuing is definitely inevitable. What's more, the price will be higher on weekends and triple during holidays. (Weekends are Friday to Sunday. The Spring Festival holiday of 2016 is from February 7 to 13).
Submit your preference for a resort and starting date, and our professional trip advisor will tailor-make a private tour for you.
1. The Weather
The temperature at the resorts is around 5 °C to -10 °C (41 °F to 14 °F) during the snow season. Please prepare thick down jackets, hats, and gloves to keep warm.
2. Ski Gear
You can rent a set of ski gear (skis, ski boots, and ski poles) at the ski resorts. A deposit of CNY 300–500 is required for skiing. A deposit of CNY 300–600 is required for ski clothing rental, and the rental fee is around CNY 50–80 per day per person.