Sichuan Buddhist Culture Tour

CD11: 8 Days Private Tour of Guangyuan - Chengdu - Leshan - Dazu - Chengdu/ Chongqing
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Day 1 Arrival in Guangyuan
Sincere greetings & railway station-hotel transfer. Huangze Temple.
The guide and the driver will pick you up on time at the exit of the high speed train station in Guangyuan today. After checking in the hotel and having a short break, we will start the 8 days Sichuan tour from the Huangze Temple. It is built to memorize the only female emperor in ancient China - Wu Zetian. The sculptures on the precipices and inscriptions are highlights inside. After the sightseeing and before transferring you back to the hotel, the guide will also show you around in the downtown area.

Accommodation: Wanda Realm Hotel Guangyuan
Day 2 Guangyuan - Chengdu
Thousand-Buddha Cliff. Drive to Chengdu. (B+L)
Thousand-Buddha Cliff, Guangyuan
Thousand-Buddha Cliff, Guangyuan
In the morning, the guide will greet you at the hotel on the agreed time. Then we will drive to the Thousand-Buddha Cliff located on the Jinniu Road of ancient Shu by the Jialing River. It is first built in Northern Wei Dynasty (386 - 534). After about 1,500 years, the cliff, with a length of 388 meters (424 yards) and a height of 45 meters (148 feet), has been carved with more than 7,000 statues in over 950 niches. The main scenic spots are Lotus Cave, Dayun Cave, Weikang Cave, Suting Cave, etc. Among them, Dayun Cave in the center is the largest one with 234 statues. At noon, the guide will choose a suitable restaurant in accordance with your taste. Then head to Chengdu by about 4 hours' vehicle ride.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 3 Chengdu
Wanfo Temple Stone Sculpture Center/ Baoguang Temple, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, People's Park, Wide and Narrow Alley. (B+L)
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Chengdu
Exhibits in Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
The first stop of today's tour is Wanfo Temple Stone Sculpture Center in Sichuan Museum where you will see the delicate and abundant Buddhist statues. If it happens to be on Monday, we will tour Baoguang Temple instead as the museum is closed every Monday. The next stop is the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. It is renowned as the largest, best-preserved, most famous and most characteristic relics concerning the whereabouts of the famous poet Du Fu. Here, you will see the former site of the thatched cottage, plum garden and Cotang Temple. As for lunch, the guide will lead you to taste some local snacks at a nice local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we are going to the tea house in People's Park to have some tea and enjoy some leisure time like the local people do. Finally, head to the Wide and Narrow Alley to feel the prosperity of the local civil culture.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 4 Chengdu - Leshan
Drive to Leshan, Stopover at Thousand-buddha Rock, Leshan Giant Buddha, Zhanggongqiao Snack Street. (B+L+D)
We will drive to Leshan today. On the way, we will pass by Jiajiang County and pay a visit to the Thousand-buddha Rock there. This grottoes group is excavated by the folk spontaneously and can be dated to the early Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). 

Arriving in Leshan, you will have lunch at first. In the afternoon, the guide will lead you to the port and take the cruise along Min River to have a panoramic view of the Giant Buddha. Afterwards, the guide will accompany you to visit Leshan Giant Buddha on foot. It is the world's largest stone sculpture of Maitreya with a height of 71 meters and its construction lasted for about 90 years in the Tang Dynasty. Now, it has been on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. At night, follow the guide to Zhanggongqiao Snack Street to enjoy a dinner and feel the local living atmosphere. After dinner, send you to the local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel
Day 5 Leshan - Anyue
Drive to Anyue County, Reclining Buddha Yard, Mumen Temple. (B+L+D)
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
After breakfast, we will take the vehicle for about 2.5 hours to Anyue County, where is densely distributed with ancient stone carving statues. Upon arrival, the guide will arrange the lunch for you according to your taste. 

Then, we will travel to Reclining Buddha Yard in the suburb by powerboat to see China's largest reclining Buddha built in the Tang Dynasty. On the way, you can also feel the beauty and tranquility of the villages in southern China. Today's last stop is Mumen Temple built in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1911). The architectures appear to be constructed with wood, but actually stone. In the end, we will return to Anyue County and have dinner. We will stay in a hotel in Anyue tonight. After checking in, you can wander around in the bustling streets.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Anyue Famous Hotel
Day 6 Anyue - Dazu
Yuanjue Cave, Shiyang Town to visit Buddhist stone sculptures. Drive to Dazu County. (B+L)
Today, we will first head to the Yuanjue Cave near Anyue County. Then drive to the Shiyang Town. Around the town are scattered with plenty of delicate Buddhist stone sculptures dated to Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127). For instance, the Zizhu Buddha in Pilu Cave is renowned as the Oriental Venice; and the Bodhisattva Statue in Huayan Cave shows the prosperity of the society at that time. Anyue is also the main production base of lemons in China, so you will see the large areas of lemon plantations along the way. Besides, you can feel the lively and bustling atmosphere of the small town in east Sichuan Province. Finally, we will drive about 1.5 hours to Dazu County in Chongqing City. Stay overnight there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Dazu Ramada Plaza Hotel
Day 7 Dazu - Chengdu/ Chongqing
Dazu Rock Carvings. Drive to Chengdu or Chongqing. (B+L)
Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu Rock Carvings
We will spend the whole day exploring the last scenic area of our 8 days Sichuan tour - Dazu Rock Carvings with 1,030 niches and over 50,000 stone statues. The most famous among the carvings are the Baodingshan Rock Carvings and Beishan Rock Carvings. We will go sightseeing the former one in the morning and the latter one in the afternoon. The lunch will be arranged by the guide in accordance with your interest. Finally, the guide will transfer you to Chengdu or Chongqing per your request.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Day 8 Departure from Chengdu/ Chongqing
Airport or railway station transfer & see you off. A nice onward journey! (B)
Today, you will be escorted to the airport or train station according to your flight or train time. Wish you a smooth journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Airfares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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