Luxury Sichuan Tours
Sichuan is a marvelous destination composed of many travel highlights along its beaten paths. It is home to four of the world’s heritage sites. They include the Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Emei Mountain, Huanglong and Jiuzhai Valley sites. On the beaten path itinerary to Shangri La in Yunnan, whether going to Tibet or to Gansu it is an opportunity to experience incredible landscapes and culture.
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Trip Length: 6-8 days; Price & Date: Upon Request
Jiuzhaigou Valley is approximately 4800 meters above sea level and covers over 72,000 hectares. The valley itself is a unique ecosystem where stunning karst rock formations and a majestic waterfall can be found. The valley is home to over 140 bird species and other endangered animals, as well as plants.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
Trip Length: 8-10 days; Price & Date: Upon Request
Bifeng Gorge is not only ideal for you to observe giant pandas, but also a paradise for glimpsing the enticing landscape. It consists of two major valleys, the left one extending 7 kilometers and the right one 6 kilometers. The two valleys form a V-shaped area that is an ideal summer resort for holiday relaxation.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
Introduction to Sichuan
Located in southwestern China, Sichuan is a large province of 55 ethnic groups, in which 14 have lived there for over three generations. According to their respective percentage in the population (from largest to smallest), the 14 ethnic groups are the Yi, Tibetan, Qiang, Miao, Hui, Mongolian, Tujia, Lisu, Man, Naxi, Buyi, Bai, Zhuang and Dai. According to the statistics of the fifth nationwide population census in 2000, the population of ethnic minorities in Sichuan is approximately 4.15 million. Currently, the three autonomous prefectures, include Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Liangshan, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Ganzi as well as Qiang and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, have been found in Sichuan.
The Culture of Sichuan
In the markets and streets as well as the village roads throughout Sichuan, you can see teahouses with unique Sichuan styles. Sitting in bamboo chairs, people gather around wooden tables, hold special tea wares exclusively owned by the teahouse and take a sip of fragrant tea.
What the visitors see and experience by is what the culture of Sichuan has to offer. The culture of Sichuan originated from today’s Sichuan province. It exerts an influence on areas such as Tianshui to the north, Hanzhong as well as eastern Yunnan and western Guizhou to the south, and it survives and prevails in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Like any other culture in China, it is an important part of Chinese culture with a long history and striking local features. The Sanxing Pile historic site was unearthed in Guanghan, Sichuan in 1986 proving that Sichuan culture has been prosperous as early as 4000 years ago.
The Best Time to Visit Sichuan
Sichuan is located in the subtropical area. It is influenced by complicated topography and distinctive monsoon circulations with a unique climate. Its eastern region has a mild subtropical climate and western plateau climate. 3000-4000 meters above sea level is in the cold temperate zone, 4000-5000 meters the sub-polar zone and over 5000 meters there is permanent ice and snow zone. The mountainous areas in southwestern Sichuan has a vertical climate zone climate, featuring south subtropical zone climate, mid subtropical climate zone climate, north subtropical zone climate, warm temperate zone climate, temperate zone climate and plateau climate from the south to the north.
Sichuan - the Hometown of Pandas
The mild climate in Sichuan, also known as the land of abundance, provides favorable conditions for the growth of wild plants and animals. The Hengduan Mountain Ranges are home to one of the three largest forest areas and one of the five largest grazing lands in China. Such rare trees as Metasequoia, the living fossils, silver fir and redwood account for more than 1/5 of the rare trees in China. There are over 50 species of rare wild animals under state protection there including pandas, golden monkeys, yakins and white-lipped deer. Among them, pandas are the most precious.
85% of Pandas, a rare species that are crowned as national treasures, inhabit the extensive mountains in northwestern Sichuan. This is why Sichuan was called “the hometown of pandas” for a long time. The cute pandas are one of the rare animals that are popular are also an emblem of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Giant Pandas Breeding and Research Base can be found in northeastern Chengdu. The Qiang and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Aba is home to one of China’s three largest natural reserves and the WWF has founded the Giant Pandas Research Center there. The Tong Village standing in Baoxing Hill of Ya’an is the place where pandas were first discovered. Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, the two pandas presently living in Taiwan, are also from Bixia Peak Base of Ya’an.
A Brief Introduction to the Catering in Sichuan
Sichuan cuisine is one of the eight most famous cuisines in China and there are many variations. A saying describes Sichuan dishes like this, “The dishes are rich in taste and diversity.” In people’s minds, Sichuan food is generally famous for its spicy taste. Sauté, home-cooked, fried and boiled food are characterized by unique flavors in Sichuan. They are scrumptious! Double-cooked pork slices, fried chicken, duck smoked with tea leaves and steamed fish in soy bean sauce allure the guests with their unique fragrances. The delicious Sichuan dishes are famous throughout China. Famous dishes include Mapo tofu, cold dish with eight flavors, duck smoked with tea leaves, sliced meat with crispy rice, pork shreds with fish seasoning, kung pao chicken, hot and sour beef tendon, sauté meat dumplings with pork slices, double-cooked pork slices, diced beef with water flour, stir-fried duck tongues with bamboo shoots, poached sliced beef in hot chili oil, braised Dongpo pork hock with brown sauce, steamed beef with rice flour, boiled fish with pickled cabbage and chili, along with others.
The Sichuan opera is one of the most intriguing features of Sichuan and Chengdu and is home to various operas. As early as in the Tang Dynasty, there spread the saying, “The Sichuan operas top those elsewhere.” During the period of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, based on local lantern operas, Sichuan opera is performed in the local dialect with a combination of various rhythm schemes as high-pitched tune, the sound of Chinese fiddle, the melodies of the Kun opera and martial arts was created. The words of the Sichuan opera are vivid and humorous, featuring striking local style. Since most of the stories of the opera stem from people’s daily lives, they are quite popular among the people.
There are a myriad of theatrical plays at the Sichuan opera. A saying has widely spread stating, “The theatrical pieces of the Sichuan opera are way too many to enumerate.” The most prevailing plays are as followed: The Tale of Madam White Snake and Jinshan Pagoda , The Stories under the Shade of Willow Trees, The Stories behind the Jade Hairpin and The Romance in the Colorful Mansion. When it comes to Sichuan opera, there are a number of stunts you can’t miss such as lifting, eyes magic show, face changing, fire throwing (from the mouth) and knife-hiding magic show. How impressive they are! Amongst them, the most famous stunt is face changing. You can watch face changing performances in Sichuan Theater, which is located on 20th Zhuangyuan Street. You can also watch them in Shunxing Teahouse in the Exhibition Center, Shufeng Square in the People’s Park and Shufeng Liyun Opera House in the Cultural Park.
Luxury Hotels in Sichuan
Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu 5*
Located at the heart of downtown Chengdu, Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu is Shangri-La Group’s flagship store in China's southwestern region, overlooks the picturesque scenery of Jinjiang River nearby. Next to Languifang Commercial Street-a fashionable catering landmark of Chengdu, it is 10-minute drive to the shopping center-Chunxi Road Commercial Street. Besides, the hotel is furnished with serviced apartments. Free access to the Internet is available in the room as well as business center. Your mobile devices can also be connected to Wi-Fi no matter where you are in the hotel.
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