Western Sichuan’s Golden Circle
6-Day Sichuan Adventure Tour
You probably already know Chengdu for its giant pandas. But did you know that there is a large area to the west of Chengdu (western Sichuan) that is a paradise for China’s adventurers and photographers? The stunning landscapes and rich Tibetan culture attract travelers to explore this amazing area.
Starting from Chengdu, take a 6-day trip to discover incredible western Sichuan, including snowclad mountains, forests, grasslands, and Tibetan villages. Be one of the first to journey into beautiful Yala Snow Mountain Scenic Area. Before tourists could just get a glance from far away Tagong Grassland, but now we can see it up close!
Tour 'Wow' Points
Discover the Less-Known but Fabulous Yala Snow Mountain
See sacred Yala Snow Mountain up close, and feel the stillness of time and space during the hiking. Its virgin peak has never been climbed. A newly-opened scenic area, its beauty is recognized but not spoilt by crowds.
Explore the Real Hometown of Wild Pandas
Visit the less crowded Wolong Panda Center. Then hike in the forest of the Wolong National Nature Reserve to learn about the life of wild pandas.
Indulge in the Scenery of the Valley of the Eastern Alps
Explore Siguniang (‘Four Sisters’) Mountain to capture the beautiful natural views of peaks, lakes, streams, and forests. Enjoy the feeling of being in the embrace of spectacular and wild nature.
Immerse Yourself in the Tibetan Culture
Feel the spirit of Tibetan Buddhism in a monastery located by the great snow mountain. Skip the commercial Tibetan village and discover the true Tibetan lifestyle in the authentic one.
Enjoy a Picnic on the Grassland
Stroll on the Tagong Grassland and set a little camp right by a stream. Enjoy a hotpot or steaks in the open air.
Stray into Another Planet
Visit Moshi Park, a hidden treasure that is not known by the public. Be amazed by a stone forest that cannot be found in any other part of the world.
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98.8% positive customer reviews among 10,000+
Fantastic Chengdu family visit
We explored wonderful Chengdu and surroundings in 4 days. City tour in a relaxed way with delicious local snacks, really nice! Spectacular new dinosaur museum, Dujiangyan (combined Panda and dam in one outing, very recommendable), Leshan Buddha. All above super cool with the kids (ours are 7 and 4). Emei Shan impressive, maybe a little long driving to explore it and watch out for the hotels there, not all are nice and in the town itself there is nothing. But we were blessed with perfect weather on the top and perfect views. Eating hot pot is spectacular in Chengdu, but watch out how spicy it can be. Michael is just a perfect tour guide! He speaks super fluent German and has a very relaxed and competent style of explaining, which made the whole tour so nice. We love Chengdu and will definitely come back!more
Apr 2023, Stefan P
Giant Pandas - Giant Buddha - Mount Emei
We had a wonderful 3 days in Chengdu area,visiting the Panda breeding Center, Leshan Giant Buddha and hiking at Mount Emei.We have been travelling several times with Chinahighlights and everything was well organised as usual. Our guide Michael (fluent in English and German) was great showing us the beauty of Sichuan. We can highly recommend travelling with him and Chinahighlights.more
Mar 2023, steffenwet
Two amazing tours
Both tours were led by excellent guides who knew a lot about everywhere we went, and were very helpful and friendly. The agent was equally helpful and quick in responding to questions which was ,especially in covid restrictions time, extremely convenient.more
Jul 2022, Elizabeth
Panda Keeper for a Day at Dujianyan Sichuan
This is was the second time that we had signed up for the program Panda Keeper for a Day, this time at the Dujianyan Panda Base, about 1 hour drive away from Chengdu. Great experience again. We will surely do it once again.more
Mar 2022, Thomas
Amazing Tibet experience in Sichuan
Henry was an informative guide who went out of his way to ensure positive experiences. Mr Wu was not only a safe and attentive driver on sometimes rough roads but also a great photographer, capturing shots of us as we toured. Henry went out of his way to talk to anyone around to help bring the place alive through stories so we had the opportunity to meet so many locals, real people, and hear about their lives. Another highlight was the opportunity to climb a 1000 year old watchtower in Danba and meet the local family who managed it. Truly magical. Henry was also a consummate foodie who provided us with great local food recommendations along the way.more
Jul 2021, Deborah J
Amazing visit to panda bases in Chengdu and Woolong
Jason was terrific; he understood our interests in pandas and he made our outings very enjoyable. We plan to return to Chengdu to visit pandas and will be asking for Jason again.more
Dec 2019, victoriadH3461ED
We have just completed the Chengdu leg of our trip to China organised by Robert Hui at China Highlights. Our Guide for the 2 Day trip was Daisy Du who made us feel very welcome and helped us check in and ensured our rooms were satisfactory then gave us directions of where to go for the best food. The next day Daisy took us straight to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research centre. It was fantastic to see the Pandas so close. It’s a little sad that they are in captivity but it is essential to increase the breeding rate and so save these wonderful animals from extinction. We saw Pandas of all ages and sizes including a tiny little baby that was only 36 day old. After an extremely tasty lunch picked for us by Daisy she then took us into the people’s park and showed us the tea houses and dating area where parents can advertise their single ‘30 something’ children to potential partners. The day ended with a wander around Jinli Old Street where you can buy anything from food to souvenirs to furniture. We have had the best time in Chengdu helped no end by the friendly, helpfulness of our guide Daisy who knew all the best places to go and sights to see. Thank you Daisy, a great time was had by all. ---jayne_Stu Halifax, United Kingdommore
Nov 2019, jayne_Stu
Wonderful Chengdu tour with Jason
With other two friends I have visited Chengdu in September 2018 and our tour guide was Jason, who has been really amazing with us.He had the smart idea to bring us to the Pandas reserve very early in order to avoid the crowds, even if we were visiting Chengdu right during the Chinese national holidays.After the Pandas reserve, we visited the tea park and the city centre, where Jason could give us a lot of information about Chengdu. Jason gave us also very nice suggestions about places to visit in the evenings during our free time. Totally recommended!!! ---Vittorio C Berlin, Germanymore
Nov 2019, Vittorio C
Cecelia is your guide in Chengdu
We had a great time in Chengdu seeing the pandas and other excursions. Cecelia, our guide, picked us up with a bag of fruit and a wealth of knowledge. She took great care of us, got us through lines quickly and brought us to great restaurants. We even took a cooking class. Highly recommend her. --Robert D,Seattle, Washington, USmore
Oct 2019, Robert D
Chengdu and Wolong Panda base with Aaron
Aaron picked us up from the airport and drove us straight to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. We had a very enjoyable time touring the Research Center with Aaron. Even though he has probably been to the research center many times he seemed just as excited to see them as we were. Especially the babies! The next morning we headed to the Wolong Panda Base with a stop at the 2008 Earthquake memorial site. We had a great lunch in the small town of Gengda and then went on a hike in the Dengsheng Gorge with a local guide. The next day we did the panda keeper program which entailed cleaning cages (inside and out), feeding pandas, making panda cakes, watching a film about the program and walking around the base looking at the many pandas. After the program we drove back to Chengdu. While we were working Aaron took some great pictures of us cleaning and feeding the pandas. The next morning tour guide Snow took us to the train station. Aaron was such fun to be around, he spoke English wonderfully and gave us great info about the pandas. ---Cougfan Auburn, Washington, USmore
Oct 2019, Cougfan
Panda keeper program
Had a wonderful time on the panda keeper program which we booked through China Highlights. We generally avoid doing organised tours whenever possible as we prefer to do our own thing. Cecilia was our guide for the day and quickly made us feel at ease in her company she was interesting, knowledgeable and enthusiastic everything you want in a guide. The whole day was great and Cecilia certainly enhanced the experience, she took lots of photos for us throughout the day which was brilliant as it’s difficult getting photos together, she also provided us with buckwheat tea and biscuits which was a lovely touch. A big thank you to Cecilia. --Maria & Peter Foulgermore
Sep 2019, Mariafoulger
During this whole trip, at anytime , if we need to modify our schedule or activities, Aaron and the driver can accommodate. They are friendly, knowledgeable, good communicator, flexible, and dedicated to making sure our needs are met. Aaron, thanks for making this an unforgettable trip for us! --Venture114992more
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Visit the Wolong Panda Research Center and take a safari in the wild pandas' backyard, the Dengsheng Gorge. Stay overnight in Rilong Town.
Explore Mount Siguniang National Park, including the Shuangqiao and Changping Valleys. Feel the embrace of snowy mountains and valleys. Stay one more night in Rilong Town.
Head to Danba, visit Zhonglu Tibetan Village which is rated as one of the most beautiful villages in China. Meet local Tibetan people, and visit a local family. Climb up into their traditional diaolou home, and learn about their customs.
Stay overnight at a Tibetan-style hotel in Zhonglu Tibetan Village.
Leave beautiful Tibetan village for the Holy Yala Snow Mountain. Lead by your professional guide, you will have a light walk to discover the main three sights of Yala Snow Mountain, capture the stunning views with no crowds.
Stay overnight at a hotel inside Yala Snow Mountain Scenic Area.
Visit the only royal Tibetan temple — Huiyuan Temple in Kham Area. Explore Moxi Park to see the unique geographical landforms. Then, have a picnic lunch on Tagong Grassland.
Stay overnight in Kangding City.
After breakfast, return to Chengdu for your flight to your next destination. Visit historical Luding Bridge for a shot break on the way.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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Tour code: cd-81
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