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12-Day Chongqing, Chengdu, Leshan, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang and Shanghai Tour

Classic Zhangjiajie and Panda Tours

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich history of China as you explore the bustling streets of Chongqing and Chengdu. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha in Leshan and venture into the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie, the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Immerse Yourself in the Beauty of Wulong's iconic Three Natural Bridges

Three Natural Bridges

Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Dazu Grottoes

Dazu Grottoes

Marvel at the Famous Hallelujah Mountain in the Movie "Avatar"

Hallelujah Mountain

Step Into the Rich History of Fenghuang Ancient City

Fenghuang Ancient City

Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Chongqing Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Chongqing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Chongqing| The Wulong Three Natural Bridges

Embark on an unforgettable Wulong tour with the convenience of a private car, driver, and tour guide. In the morning of both days, you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to the various attractions. At the end of each tour day, you will be safely transferred back to your hotel, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Wulong's iconic Three Natural Bridges. These magnificent bridges soar up to 100 meters in height and span 30 meters in width. Most visitors opt to hike around the bridges and explore the stunning gorge on foot, taking in the awe-inspiring natural scenery along the way.

DAY 3 Chongqing| The Fairy Hill National Forest Park

Explore the enchanting Fairy Hill National Forest Park, a renowned attraction just 180 kilometers away from downtown Chongqing. Delight in the picturesque landscapes, diverse outdoor sports, and the opportunity to experience both summer and winter activities in this remarkable park. Add this captivating destination to your itinerary for an unforgettable adventure in China.

DAY 4 Chongqing | The Dazu Grottoes

Embark on a captivating one-day tour of the Dazu Grottoes by starting with a convenient hotel pick-up from your guide. After a scenic two-hour drive, you'll arrive in Dazu Country and begin your exploration of two beautiful areas: Baodingshan and Beishan. The Dazu Rock Carvings showcase remarkable artistry, combining intricate sculptures with scientific principles like mechanics, optics, and clairvoyance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as the "Artistic Palace of the Tang and Song Dynasties." After the tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.

Located 83 kilometers west of Chongqing and 256 kilometers east of Chengdu, Dazu is a county within Chongqing Municipality. Spread across 75 sites, the Dazu Grottoes boast over 50,000 stone sculptures carved between the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). These mesmerizing grottoes are mainly found on Baoding (Treasure Peak) Mountain, Beishan (Northern) Mountain, Shimen (Stone Gate) Mountain, Nanshan (Southern) Mountain, and Shizhuan Mountain.

DAY 5 Chongqing to Chengdu | The Hanging Village

Experience the breathtaking Hanging Village, a remarkable sight where 13 floors of traditional-style shops cling to the cliff face alongside the river. Explore a variety of options, including arts and crafts, clothing, modern stores, as well as an array of food stalls and souvenir shops. With many areas under cover, you can comfortably browse the offerings. Don't miss the top-level theater, which presents mesmerizing shows, featuring a mix of traditional and modern performances.

DAY 6 Chengdu to Leshan | Leshan Giant Buddha

Embark on a scenic cruise to catch a breathtaking view of the Leshan Giant Buddha. Situated to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, this magnificent statue is perched on Lingyun Mountain where the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River converge. As you cruise along, marvel at the largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world.

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring presence of the Leshan Giant Buddha. Located on Lingyun Mountain, where the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River meet, this colossal stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue is a true wonder. Explore its grandeur and take in the historical and spiritual significance of this renowned masterpiece.

DAY 7 Chengdu to Zhangjiajie | Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Embark on an exciting one-day tour to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the expansive 600-acre reserve. Enjoy the lush natural environment with abundant bamboo.

Visit the nursery to see the successful breeding program and observe pandas at play. Explore the panda museum to learn interesting facts. Lunch is included. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

DAY 8 Zhangjiajie | The National Forest Park

In Zhangjiajie, you will visit the National Forest Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the unique pillar-like formations shaped by erosion over time. Explore the park's vast forest-covered area, including Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby villages inhabited by Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui people.

Please note that accommodations and meals in mountain areas like Zhangjiajie and Huangshan are simple. Adjust your expectations accordingly for the best experience. Get ready to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

DAY 9 Zhangjiajie| The Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge

Today, our guide will lead you to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, which is a stunning natural attraction that has recently been developed into a wonderland for visitors. It offers a combination of majestic mountains, flowing streams, intriguing caves, towering cliffs, and lush forests. One of the highlights of this scenic area is the world's longest and highest glass bridge. Imagine the thrill of walking on this bridge, suspended 300 meters above the ground! It's definitely an experience you wouldn't want to miss during your tour.

If walking on the glass bridge isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. We have an alternative route that allows you to still enjoy the attraction without stepping on the glass bridge. However, if you decide to take on the adventure, please note that for safety reasons, carrying a camera on the bridge is not allowed. You can, however, bring your cellphone or GoPro to capture those unforgettable moments.

DAY 10 Zhangjiajie | Tianmen Mountain

Visit the Tianmen Mountain, the awe-inspiring heart of Zhangjiajie! As the highest peak in the area, this majestic mountain offers unrivaled views of ancient trees, stunning karst formations, and scenic roads carved into cliff sides. Hop on the world's longest cable car ride, a thrilling 30-minute journey from the city center, and ascend to the mountain's summit.

At 1430 meters above ground, you'll find the renowned Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, a remarkable observation platform that extends from a sheer cliff. This narrow 1.6-meter-wide, 60-meter-long glass walkway offers brave souls not only breathtaking views of the mountains below but also the exhilaration of treading nervously above such heights. Some have even likened this experience to the famous 'skywalk' at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.

Don't miss the chance to explore this remarkable natural wonder in China. Savor the beauty and thrill of Tianmen Mountain, an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

DAY 11 Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang | Fenghuang Ancient City

Step into the rich history of Fenghuang Ancient City, strategically located on the picturesque banks of the Tuo River at the western border of Hunan. Often referred to as Phoenix City, it derives its name from the mythical bird of ancient times. During the day, the city exudes a serene and timeless ambiance, while at night, it transforms into an enchanting world filled with lanterns and bustling activity.

DAY 12 Zhangjiajie to Shanghai Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Shanghai Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS3,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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