5 Reasons Why You Should Go On a Sichuan Tour

Are you a panda lover, or you are a food enthusiast? Sichuan is a fantastic province in China to explore nature, hug a giant panda, or enjoy the exceptional cuisine.

If you are planning to visit China and you still can’t decide which part of this beautiful country to visit, then Sichuan can be your dream destination.

There are so many reasons why you should go on a Sichuan tour, and we will give you the top 5 reasons why you should pack your bags and go on this fantastic trip.

Amazing Natural Scenery

Sichuan is that part of China where you can enjoy astonishing and unique natural landscapes. If you are a nature lover, you can not miss visiting Jiuzhai Valley National Park and Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area.

Jiuzhai Valley is a top-rated tourist destination. It is located in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, about 490 km north of Chengdu.

Jiuzhai Valley Scenic Area is extensive, and tourists can be amazed by the beautiful blue lakes, unique waterfalls, and virgin forests. Also, great attractions are mirror-like pools and colorful lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Huanglong Scenic Area is also famous for its beautiful colored lakes, which change their colors under sunlight.

When you book the Sichuan tour, be sure that your route is included visiting one of these magical and fairyland parks.

See Giant Pandas

You do not have to be a lover of these beautiful creatures to have a wish to visit them. Pandas are merely luring you to see them and melt away from their cuteness.

Sichuan is their home, especially Chengdu. Near the capital of Sichuan Province, you can find four most popular Panda Bases, and in one of them, you can volunteer and be so close to giant pandas.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding or just Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 with six pandas rescued from the wild. There are two facilities under Chengdu Panda Base and are located in Chengdu and Dujiangyan. Both facilities are excellent for visiting pandas, but they do not allow volunteering or taking photos with pandas.

Wolong Panda Base is located in Shenshuping of Gengda Town, about 2 hrs drive from Chengdu. Thanks to the Wolong Nature Reserve, the scenery of the Panda base are stunning. Sixty pandas are living in the base. Wolong Panda Base offers an opportunity for volunteering and taking photos with pandas.

Dujiangyan Panda Base is one of the most famous panda bases since it’s close to Chengdu city, which is about 1.5 hours of driving. The Panda base was built in 2014.  Today about 45 pandas are living in the base. And this Panda Base also offer a volunteering program and taking photos with pandas.

Bifengxia Panda Base It’s about 2hrs drive from Chengdu city. It serves the purpose of breeding and nursing.

Learn more about Sichuan History

Sichuan, also known as “The Land of affluence,” is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. According to archaeological findings, in this land lived primitive people who had worked and reproduced as far back as over 2 million years ago. If you want to learn more about lost civilizations, you should include visiting the Jinsha Museum and Sanxingdui Museum in your Sichuan tour.

Jinsha Museum complex is located about 7 kilometers west of the center of Chengdu in the Qingyang District. In this museum, you can see many of the thousands of gold, bronze, jade, and stone objects at the museum building. The museum contains a 74-acre park complex, where are the four main places of interest and also the most visited places in the museum.

Sanxingdui Museum is located about 40 kilometers northeast of Chengdu. Sanxingdui Archeological Site has artifacts dating as far back as over 3,000 years ago. It is considered to be the largest museum in southwest China and has a large number of precious relics.

These museums are two reasons why you should book a Sichuan tour next year.

Visit Historical Attractions

Sichuan is a home of many historical attractions, but one of the most famous is Leshan Buddha, which is a must-see on a Sichuan tour.

Giant Leshan Buddha is the tallest and largest stone Buddha in the World, with 71 meters high and 24 meters wide.

It is located in the southern part of Sichuan province, near the city of Leshan. From downtown Chengdu, there are 1.5 hours of driving.

There are two ways to visit Giant Leshan Buddha, on foot and by boat.

Unforgettable cuisine

One of the many things Sichuan is known for is the unique cuisine. You can not miss trying some of the famous dishes during the Sichuan tour.

Popular dishes among the tourists and also for the Chinese people are Mapo Tofu, Pork lungs in chili sauce, Szechuan style chicken, rabbit brain, Sichuan noodles, and Sichuan hot pot.

Sichuan noodles are the most popular noodles in China.

And a must-try dish is Sichuan hot pot, especially if you go on a Sichuan tour in winter. What makes Sichuan hot pot so popular is the soup, which will give eaters wonderful flavor. Except for the soup, there are various dishes prepared, including meats, vegetables, and noo

Final thoughts

I hope these five main attractions will make you visit and experience one of the many Sichuan tours for 2020. Make sure that at least three of these are included in your trip, to make your journey the most exciting experience ever.

Also, the most popular attraction in Sichuan is Mt.Emei, which is often included in an itinerary together with Leshan Buddha. Also, a very famous attraction is Mount Qingcheng, which has famous Taoist temples and offers well-prepared paths up the peaks.

While you are in Chengdu, do not miss to visit Sichuan Opera. A different type of opera, where you can enjoy mask changing, fire-spitting, and other parts of the show.

In one word, Sichuan is an incredible place to spend your days of vacation. If you choose the right Sichuan tour, I am sure that you will have an unforgettable journey.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.