Encounter Pandas in the Impressive Landscape
4-Day Mount Siguniang and Wolong Tour
Mount Siguniang, meaning "Four-Girls Mountain" in Chinese, is treasured by nature-lovers for its well-protected flora and fauna, along with its picturesque mountain scenery.
To make the most of this trip, we combine the exploration of Mount Siguniang National Park with a visit to the Wolong Gengda Panda Research Center, which is home to over 30 giant pandas. If you wish, you may choose to take your photo next to a giant panda there.
- Explore Mount Siguniang and enjoy the fresh air
- Stay overnight in a mountain hostel and get close to nature
- Visit the lovely pandas in the Wolong Panda Research Center
About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
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Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrivals hall. A comfortable (no-smoking) private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel, where your guide will help you to check-in.
The tour will start with a long drive from Chengdu to Mount Siuniang: 5 hours to drive 200 km (124 miles). We will arrange for a private guide and air-conditioned vehicle to pick you up from your hotel and you can have a nap during the journey. To break up the long drive, you'll stop at Yingxiu Town, about 2 hours from Chengdu. There is a 2008 Earthquake Memorial Site there, the ruin of Xuankou Middle School. The buildings remain as they were after the quake and the whole area has been cordoned off and made into a memorial site.
You may if you choose have a walk in the town and pay a short visit to the Memorial Site. Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant.
Continue the car journey and you'll arrive at Mount Siguniang at around 3 pm. Your private guide will accompany you on a walk around the mountain area for a relaxing afternoon. Dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant.
Your tour will start after breakfast in the hotel. Listed as a World Heritage site in 2006, Mount Siguniang National Park is home to a diversity of animals, many of which are rated in China as first-priority protected species, including the Sichuan golden monkey, white-lipped deer, clouded leopard, and giant panda.
Over 1,000 plant species have been recorded in the National Park. The tour will cover a visit to Shuangqiao Valley and Changping Valley. We will arrange a shuttle bus for you, to save time and energy. It is a round trip of about 4 hours, with 30-minute stops at each site. Your guide will accompany you on the tour and arrange lunch and dinner for you.
After breakfast, head back to Chengdu. During the tour, we will stop at the Wolong Panda Research Center. Wolong National Nature Reserve is regarded as the real hometown of wild pandas.
Tragically, the Wolong Panda Center was largely devastated by the catastrophic 2008 earthquake. The new Wolong Panda Research Center was opened to the public in May 2016 and China Highlights was the first tour company to inspect it.
You will see pandas of different ages there. After the tour, have lunch near the center and continue on your journey back to Chengdu Airport. Flights taking off after 7 pm are recommended, to ensure you have enough time.
1. Getting Up Close to Pandas
Wolong Panda Research Center has different kinds of programs allowing you to get intimate with the giant pandas, baby pandas and red pandas. If you are interested to add these into your tour, please feel free to inquire.
Activities may include cleaning the enclosure, weighing and cleaning bamboo, making panda cakes, and feeding the pandas. At the end of the program you will receive a panda keeper certificate.