Mt.Emei lies in the southern area of Sichuan basin. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious and is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. There are two scenic areas at Mt.Emeish, one is at half of Mountain - most temples, pavilions are at the below half mountain, also the monkey area. The other is the main peak- Golden summit, which is 3099 meters above the sea level, seemingly reaching the sky. Standing on the top of it, you can enjoy the snowy mountains in the west and the vast plain in the east. In addition in Golden Summit there are four spectacles: clouds sea, sunrise, Buddha rays and saint lamps.
Stone forest (Shilin 石林 in chinese) is one of the first state-level key scenic spots approved by the state council in 1982. It is the most typical karst landscape in the world, covering 350 square kilometers. It is known as "the natural beauty museum". Shilin has been awarded the "world geological park" and "world heritage site" by the United Nations literature and education department.
The stone forest is a geological phenomenon, the Stone Forest was a vast of sea during the Paleozoic era—almost 270 million years ago. Later, the movement of tectonic plates altered the earth's crust, this caused the sea to recede and its limestone bottom appeared, thereby forming land. Due to the constant seeping of rain through the cracks in the limestone, some of the stone formation dissolved and the fissures broadened, producing a group of great sculptures in different shapes, all molded by nature.
In fact, stone forest is a unique landform. In the field of international geology, it was called a Karst landform. Karst is a plateau liking the Northwest of Slovenia and Northeast of Italy, where the typical Karst landform has been formed. Karst landform refers to the soluble rock on the earth surface which has been dissolved by water and has resulted in such phenomena as corrosion, sediment, collapse subsidence and accumulation.So in the stone forests, wo can see stone peaks, stalagmites, dolines, and underground rivers, and so on. In some data said The Stone Forest of Kunming is the best developed and most beautiful one.
Inside of stone Forest, we would certainly be amazed by the vividly shaped stones like fresh lotus, fighter’s sword, kissing birds, flying phoenix, and big mushroom. Just use your imagination .One of the most famous one was called Ashima. It looks like a Sa’ni girl.Sani is a part of the Yi minority,the local minority. She was praised highly in the fairytales of Sa’ni people.Her name is Ashima,long time ago, Ashima fell in love with a handsome Sa’ni boy named A’Hei, because of persecution from another bad guy named Rebubala.They couple couldn't have been together in the end. So, it’s called a story of Romeo and Juliet in the Stone Forest.
The musical and dance film “Ashima” is award the best musical and dance film in 1982 Santander first international music festival in Spain. Because Ashima is wide known,even a local cigarette brand named Ashima for fame, after years, they have been stopped by government.
Entrance ticket: 175 yuan/person
Opening time: 7:00am-18:00
Tips : There will be a 3 km walk or golf car(25 yuan which is faster and easier,we suggest you take it) from the ticket center to the actually entrance, visiting from 3hours to 5 hours depends how you wanna see it.
Dali ancient City
Dali ancient City located in the western part of yunnan province. The history of the ancient city dates back to Tang dynasty. The ancient city was built in 1382, covering an area of 3 square kilometers.Dali is political, economic and cultural center in yunnan during tang and song dynasty which is about 500 years of history. Based on the distribution of the ancient town 14 above city-level key units to be protected, bearing the Dali historical culture, religious culture, national culture,which is Dali tourism core area.
Shuanglang is a small fishing village near the erhai lake at the begining.It located in the southeast of eryuan county and the east bank of erhai lake. Shuanglang is about 7 kilometers long.
The Chongsheng Temple And The Three-Pagoda
The Chongsheng Temple And The Three-Pagoda are 1.5km northwest of Dali old city, and the west is at the peak of cangshan, east to erhai, and about 1500 meters from the foot of the mountain. It is the largest ancient temple in the history of Dali, and there was a royal temple during the reign of the emperor.The standing out pagodas are showing the remarkable achievements of the ancient people in architecture.
The Yangtze is 6380 km long, It is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The river is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country. The three gorges of the Yangtze river are located in the hinterland of China. It is 193 km long and is made up of Qutang gorge, Wu gorge, Xiling gorge.
The first gorge is qutang gorge. Qutang gorge is 8 kilometers long and is the shortest one in the three gorges.It is also a great and steep isthmus. At the end of the entrance, the two sides of the cliff are less than 100 meters, such as the gate of the qutang gorge, and we call it "kui men(夔门)" which is the picture at the back of chinese money 10 yuan notes.
The second gorge is Wu gorge, and it is the longest one of the three gorges. Wu gorge is the most significant section of the three gorges, like a zigzag gallery, full of poetic sentiment, which can be said to be connected with the scene and the landscape. It will take about 2 hours to go through when you take cruises.
The Xiling gorge is located in zigui county, yichang city, hubei province. It is the longest in the three gorges of the Yangtze river and is the most famous gorge in the Yangtze river.
Yangtse gorges has different and special scenery no matter which season you go to visit. And we recommend you to take cruises to see it which you can have a good view of this place.
Old Town of Lijiang is located in the ancient city of lijiang city of yunnan province. It is also known as dayan town, which is located in the middle of lijiang dam. It was built in the early song dynasty and Located in yungui plateau, the area is 7.279 square kilometers. The street in Old Town of Lijiang is built with water and water. It is paved with red breccia. There are four scenic spots, such as sifang street, mu fu and wufenglou. Lijiang is one of the second batch of approved Chinese historical and cultural cities, one of the two ancient cities that have succeeded in the declaration of the world cultural heritage of the whole city.
The Old Town of Lijiang has a variety of ethnic customs and recreational activities, such as naxi, dongba, divination culture, ancient town bar, and naxi torch festival. The Old Town of Lijiang embodies the achievements of urban construction in ancient China, and is one of the distinctive styles and styles of Chinese folk houses.
Main tourist attraction:
The Mu's Residence in the ancient city is the government of the tushisho, the old town of lijiang, which is located in the ancient city of lion. The eastern foot, built in the yuan dynasty (1271 ~1368 AD), was rebuilt in 1998 and changed to the ancient city museum. Mu fu covers an area of 46 mu, and there are 162 rooms.
There is a mountain in the southwest corner of the old town of lijiang, which looks like a city guarding the ancient city.
Lijiang dongba cultural museum
Lijiang dongba cultural museum, located at the northern end of heilongjiang province, was founded in July 1984, and was the first county museum in yunnan province. Covering an area of 30 mu, there are over 10,000 pieces of precious cultural relics, including 52 national relics. There are pavilions of wenbo hall, rare food museum and "dongba culture" and ethnic customs photography.
Wufenglou is located in the city of fuguo temple, the five fengfu building was built in 1601, the building is 20 meters high. Because of its architectural shape like five flying colors, the name of the five phoenix floors, the ceiling in the building has a variety of exquisite patterns. The wufenglou combines the architectural styles of han, Tibetan and naxi, which is a treasure and a typical example of ancient Chinese architecture.
Sifang street is the ancient and the snack street of the city, on both sides of the street there are dozens of small restaurant, every restaurant is yunnan rice noodle, and variety, so the street is also called "lijiang rice noodle street". Sifang street is the center of the old town of lijiang, which is said to be built in the shape of its seal. This is the most important hub station on the ancient tea horse ancient road. Since the Ming and qing dynasties, all parties have gathered together, and the ethnic cultures meet and live here, which is the center of lijiang's economic and cultural exchanges.
Opening time: all day (24hours /per day)
Notice: its free for all the people to entrance the old town of Lijiang. But the maintenance fee is 80 yuan that you need to pay.
The Forbidden City (Chinese name: Gugong故宫) , is located in the center of the central axis of Beijing. This imperial palace is the world's largest and most complete existing wooden structure type palace buildings. It was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO. From 1420 to 1912, the Forbidden City had served as the home of 24 emperors, their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Since 1925 the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum with extensive collection of artwork and artifacts.
The Forbidden City is a rectangle, with 961 metres (3,153 ft) from north to south and 753 metres (2,470 ft) from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,886 bays of rooms or 9,999 rooms in common myth. It is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court, is home to the official buildings where the emperor carried out national affairs and publicly ruled. The northern section, or the Inner Court, was where he lived with his royal family. Nowadays it is one way system to visit this palace, entering from Meridian Gate (south), passing through outer and inner court, finally exiting from Gate of Divine Prowess(north). Normally it will take at least three hours to half day to have a look of every opened hall, depending on your time and energy.
April 1st - October 31st: 8:30 to 17:00, last entry: 16:10
November 1st - March 31st: 8:30 to 16:30, last entry: 15:40
April 1st - October 31st: 60 yuan p.p.
November 1st - March 31st: 40yuan p.p.
Besides, you can book tickets online in advance. If you buy ticket on site, don’t forget to bring your passport.
NOTICE: Apart from the statutory holidays and the summer holidays (July 1 to August 31), the Palace Museum will be closed on Monday. If you want a better understanding of this fabulous palace, renting an audio guide is recommended (40yuan for one time)
The Terra Cotta Warriors Museum (Chinese name: Bingmayong bowuguan, 秦始皇陵兵马俑), built from 246BCE, is located 36km east of Xi’an. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and listed as a cultural heritage in 1987 by UNESCO. The terracotta warriors were created by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. He conquered and united China from a collection of warring states to a whole country. He built the Great Wall and amassed great works of art. Obsessed with protection for afterlife, 70,000 workers built his tomb and said to be filled with legendary treasures.
After 2000 years since built, the place was discovered accidentally in 1974 by local farmers when they dug a well at the foot of Mt. Lishan. More than thousands of warriors, over 130 chariots and 150 horses have been discovered here. Each terracotta warrior has completely different facial expression. The Terracotta Warriors are the most significant archeological discovery of the 20th century in China. Now the museum consists of three Pits and one Relics Exhibition Hall. The clay figures represent all levels of an army-officers, armed warriors and ordinary soldiers. They are arrayed in battle formation, looking like imperial guards protecting a subterranean palace. Usually it will take between three hours to half a day in the museum.
Mar. 16th-- Nov. 15th: 8:30 to 18:00, last entry: 17:00
Nov. 16th-- Mar. 15th: 8:30 to 17:30, last entry: 16:30
Mar. 1st-- Nov. 30th: 150 yuan p.p.
Dec. 1st—Feb. 29th: 120yuan p.p.
The Wide and Narrow Alley (Chinese name:kuan Zhai Xiang Zi, 宽窄巷子) consists of three parallel ancient streets with courtyards, wide/kuan alley, narrow/zhai alley and well/jing alley. The history can be dated back to Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). At that time, the area was a city within the Chengdu city called Mancheng City or Shaocheng City, where the court quartered troops. As time passed by, the city decayed and only the Wide Alley and Narrow Alley were left.
In 2003, renovation work of the two alleys began, aiming to build a complex cultural and business street with the functions of tourism and recreation. After 5 years’ effort, the wide and narrow alley reopened to public with a new appearance. Nowadays, it is a popular entertainment and nightlife block as well as a famous tourism site, with lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured souvenirs. And it’s a good place to enjoy the folk culture and relaxing Chengdu life, such as trying various Chengdu snacks, famous hotpot, one of local people’s favorite rabbit head… Or why not trying the Chinese traditional ear cleaning? Except food experience, the 400-meter wall with bricks from different dynasties should not be missed in the well alley.
Opening time: 24hrs
Entrance ticket: Free
Wuhou Temple (Chinese name: Wuhouci, 武侯祠) is one of the most popular attractions in Chengdu. It is built to commemorate Marquis Zhuge Liang, the distinguished statesman and strategist for Emperor Liu Bei during the Three Kingdom Period(220---280), which is the symbol of wisdom in Chinese people's mind. The date of its establishment is unclear, only that it was built next to the temple of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shu. It was combined with the Temple of Liu Bei at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty; consequently, the entrance plaque reads 'Zhaolie Temple of Han Dynasty' (Zhaolie is the posthumous title of Liu Bei). However local people admired and appreciated Zhuge Liang more than Emperor Liu Bei more, they started to call it Wuhou Temple. The present construction dates from the Qing Dynasty in 1672.
The temple occupies a space of 37,000 square meters, and consists of five main buildings: the Front Gate, the Second Gate, Liu Bei’s Hall, Zhuge Liang’s Hall and Liu Bei’s Tomb. There are 40 tablets, 30 inscribed boards as well as 47 statues of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang, and other officials and military commanders of the Kingdom.The most valuable relic in the temple is the Tang stone tablet, erected between the first and the second gates. It was named Three Success because of the wonderful inscribed article, the excellent inscribed calligraphy skill, and the respected characteristics of Zhuge Liang mentioned in the article.
May 1st to Oct. 31st: 8:00--20:00, last entry 19:30
Nov. 1st to Apr. 30th: 8:00--18:30. last entry17:30
Entrance ticket: 60yuan p.p.
Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world; and a wonder in the development of Chinese science. The project consists of three important parts, namely Yuzui, Feishayan and Baopingkou scientifically designed to automatically control the water flow of the rivers from the mountains to the plains throughout the year.
Yuzui, like a big fish lying in the Minjiang River, is a watershed dividing the river into two parts: inner river and outside river.
Feisha Yan is a spillway that diverts the sand and stones of the inner river into the outer river. Baoping Kou, like a neck of a bottle, is used to bring water into the inner river from Minjiang. At the same time, Baoping Kou controls the amount of the intake water due to its reasonable location.
These three parts interact with each other perfectly to form an effective water conservancy project. During the low-water season, 60% of the Minjiang water is brought into the inner river for irrigation while 40% of the water is drawn into the outside river. The situation is reversed in the flood season ensuring the water supply for irrigation and protection from flooding on the Chengdu Plain.
There is a magnificent bridge called the Anlan Cable Bridge crossing the Minjiang River above Yuzui, which is the most scenic place in Dujiangyan. The construction of the bridge originally commenced before the Song Dynasty (960-1279). At that time, the body of the bridge was constructed with wooden blocks and the handrails were made of bamboo. Recently the wood and bamboo were replaced with steel and reinforced concrete to ensure the security of the visitors. Seen from afar, the bridge looks like a rainbow hanging over the river. From the bridge, you can clearly see the entire layout of the Dujiangyan system.
Leshan Giant Buddha (Chinese name: Le Shan Da Fo, 乐山大佛) is located about 150km south from Chengdu, about 2.5hrs’ drive on highway. The Giant Buddha is a stone statue of Maitreya (the future/Happy Buddha in Buddhism, symbolizing the good hope and future). In 1996 Leshan Giant Buddha was enlisted in the world natural and cultural heritage by the UNESCO
In the year of 713 A.D. in the Tang Dynasty (618--907), the cliff-carving project was led by a monk, named Haitong, at the confluence of three rivers. He hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traveling down the river. Wish that the stones and rocks from the hill might level up on the river bases and slow down the swift currents. In total, it took 90 years to complete the whole huge project. The hill is the Buddha, the Buddha is the hill. Leshan Giant Buddha is considered as the largest stone-carving Buddha figure in the world. The whole statue is 71-meter high. His head is 14.7-meter long and 10-meter wide, with 7-meter-long ears each of which can hold two persons inside.
You may wonder how this stone statue can be preserved for more than 1200 years. It is mainly due to the scientific drainage system. It was incorporated into the Leshan Giant Buddha when it was built. And it is still in working order. It includes drainage pipes carved into various places on the body, to carry away the water after the rains so as to reduce weathering.
Normally it will take 3 hours to visit the Giant Buddha Park and the Lingyun temple inside. However the zig-zagging path down to the foot of Buddha is steep and narrow, please check if you are suitable enough to do that. If not, boat trip is highly recommended by which you can easily see the panorama of the Giant Buddha on river.
Apr. 1st--Oct. 7th: 7:30--18:30
Oct. 8th--Mar. 31st: 8:00--17:30
90yuan p.p. for the Giant Buddha Park; 70yuan p.p. for boat trip about 30minutes
Jinli Ancient Street (Chinese name: Jinli Gu Jie, 锦里) is a modern commercial pedestrian street that embed into Chengdu ancient buildings, originally built during Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is located to the east of Wuhou temple, the most famous Three Kingdoms period relic museum in China. According to record, it was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'.
Over 550 meters in length, Jinli Ancient Street is the concentration of Chengdu nightlife, snacks and folk culture. There are many cafes and bars here - including Starbucks. They blend modern elements with the old buildings harmoniously. It is enjoyable to sit on a wooden or bamboo chair with a cup of delicious coffee. When night falls, the whole street is decorated with beautiful red lanterns on the each eave of the ancient buildings. These cafes or bars are the perfect place to take a break, rest, and soak up the local culture.
As well as the bars, Jinli Ancient Street is also the paradise for gourmand. It contains large amount of Sichuan snacks - Mapo Tofu, Fu Qi Fei Pian and so on. Very few people who visit this part of China leave without becoming hooked.
Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by old-world stores selling lacquer products, folk handicrafts, Shu Embroidery and calligraphies. You can browse leisurely or purchase some souvenirs for your friends.
Opening time: 24 hours
Entrance ticket: Free
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chinese name: Chengdu Da Xiong Mao Fan Yu Ji Di, 成都大熊猫繁育基地) is located 10km north from downtown Chengdu, covering an area of about 247 acres. It is famous for the protection and breeding of endangered wild animals that are unique to China, including giant pandas and red pandas.Established in 1987, the base rescued six sick and hungry pandas from wild. The base has never captured any wild giant pandas, but has bred 172 fetuses and 261 giant pandas, and the number of existing giant pandas has hit 176 in 2017 due to technological innovation. These captive giant pandas are the largest artificial breeding population in the world.
Compared to other panda bases in Sichuan province, the Chengdu panda base is a good option for those who have limited time in the city. At this facility, you will see pandas at different ages from baby to sub-adult to adult to senior pandas. One of most entertaining things to see here are these cute and cuddly animals making various funny movements while they eat and play. It’s such a vast area inside, so make sure you don’t miss any of the pandas. If you are more interested in infants, please visit the panda base between June to October, when panda mothers give birth.
Opening time: 07:30am—18:00pm, all year round
Entrance ticket: 58yuan p.p.