Panda Breeding and Research Center
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Jiuzhaigou Tibetan Music and Dance Show
When talking about Sichuan it is easy to imagine very spicy dishes, a mountainous region and a giant panda base. All of these features will be revealed to you in our Sichuan travel guide. Local dishes with colorful and hot peppers, small ethnic villages are lost in steep valleys and snow covered peaks are home to wild pandas in China. Visit Sichuan to experience the amazing landscapes and traces of Buddhism and Taoism.
In south-western China, there is a wonderful land isolated by huge mountains, titled, Sichuan. With an altitude ranging from 300 to 7,500 meters, the landscapes there are vary and the climate is pleasant.
As the cradle of Chinese giant pandas, it was long the seat of advanced civilizations including the Ba Shu. The population living in Sichuan today is as varied as its mountains. Chinese Han with Tibetans, Yi, Qiang and other peoples coexist in this region. Cultural diversity is important in Sichuan.
Although the area is accessible by train, it is better to take the plane to save time. While traveling inside Sichuan, we usually take the vehicle though road conditions are quite poor. It is very difficult to assess the situation of traveling there without being there. It will spend several hours in the car sometimes for just a hundred kilometers simply because of the condition of the roads.
During your Sichuan tour, it is possible to combine traditional visits with the off-beaten path activities. In addition to a panda visit in Chengdu and the impressive Dujiangyan irrigation system not far away, there are several sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, which are worth the trip. They include: Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park. For more adventurous visitors, go in the mountains between Sichuan and Tibet to discover the stunning landscapes of ageless snow covered peaks and lush meadows. The variety of scenery is so rich that Sichuan has become a paradise for hikers. When Tibet is temporarily closed to foreign travelers, the remote part of Sichuan Daocheng Yading is a very good compromise due to the immense similarities.
Mount Qingcheng is one of the sacred mountains of Taoism in China, Wenshu Temple is the home of Zen Buddhism and western Sichuan is inhabited by Tibetans, not to mention the traditional Confucian religion practiced by the majority of Han. All religions that find themselves mixed in Sichuan. Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are sometimes popular in some areas.
It’s hard to say which season is best to visit Sichuan because each season offers a new experience. However, if you want to go in the Tibetan region in the middle of snow covered peaks, avoid the winter because the road is unmanageable. Similarly, if you want to hike more on the Mount Emei, do not go there during the rainy season in the summer as the stairs are very slippery.