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Why Should I Visit Sichuan

Jiuzhai Valley

(Above picture / Jiuzhai Valley)

I believe when you have chose China as your tour destination, you must have this questions, “where should I visit in China,” “which city in China has beautiful sceneries”. In the following, I will tell you why should you visit Sichuan and why Sichuan should be on the must-see lists of China tour. Sichuan is very beautiful, attractive, and totally worthy your visit. Brief speaking, it is a hot spot for tourists in China and tourists from other countries.

yes Giant Panda. Sichuan has Giant Panda, an adorable animal popular in the world and it is regarded as represent of Chinese diplomacy.

yes Fascinating Scenery. Sichuan has well-trodden attractions, with breathtaking picturesque natural sceneries. I bet you must have heard of Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong.

yes Untouched Land. Popular less-trodden destination in Sichuan is Ganzi area. And Ganzi has enormous ravines and valleys, rugged snow mountains, pure village life, and tranquil grasslands.

yes Holy Land. Sichuan is also a sacred place of Buddhism and Taoism, famous for Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in Buddhism, and Qingcheng Mountain and Qingyang Gong in Taoism.

yes Sichuan Food. Sichuan food is renown in the world, and it is must try food in a Chinese restaurant. You should really have some Sichuan food in Sichuan, which will be an exhilarating experience to you.

Wanna know more about Sichuan’s fascination, please follow me and read the following words. Definitely it won’t let you know.

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Sichuan Facts & How to Get to Sichuan

Where is Sichuan China

china map
(Above picture/ China map/ the Blue circles Sichuan Province)

Sichuan China is in the southwest of China, and borders on Chongqing(Yangtze River Cruise), Shannxi province( Terracotta Warriors), Gansu province( Silk Road Tour & Dunhuang  Mogao Grottoes), Qinghai province(Qinghai Lake), Tibet province( Lhasa, Mount Everest), Yunnan province( Shangri-la, Kunming, Lijiang), and Guizhou province( Guiyang & minority villages). Sichuan is a big province with tremendous and wonderful attractions for tourists and visitors, so does its neighbor provinces.

How to Get to Sichuan

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

(Above Picture/Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport)

International Flights to Sichuan. Sichuan has an international airport and several domestic airports. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has over 100 international flight courses, covering main countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Oceania, like Netherlands, Germany, France, Spanish, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

International Flights to Chengdu Sichuan
City Sydney Log Anglos New York Vancouver London Bangkok Singapore Delhi
Flight Duration 11 hours 18 hours 19 hours 18 hours 11 hours 3 hours 4 hours 10 hours

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
(Above Picture/ Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport)

Domestic Flights to Chengdu. Chengdu has over 200 domestic flight courses, flying to almost all cities in China.

Domestica Flights to Chengdu Sichuan
City Beijing Shanghai Xi’an Hangzhou Kunming Li Jiang Guilin
Flight Duration 3 hours 2.5 hours 2 hours 3 hours 1.5 hours 1.5 hours 1.5 hours

Transport within Sichuan

Chengdu-Jiuzhai Valley & Huanglong Chengdu-Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei Chengdu-Ganzi, Daocheng & Yading Chengdu-Ya’an
flight   flight  
bus bus bus bus
  train   train

Tour Destinations in Sichuan

Sichuan tourist map
( Above Picture/ Sichuan Tourists Map)


Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, is regarded as leisure paradise in China, famous for giant panda, Sichuan gourmet, and Kuan Zhai Alley. Attractions in Chengdu are Dujiangyan Irrigation Systeem, Wuhou Temple, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Qingcheng Mountain, Qingyang Gong, People’s Square, Jinli Old Street, and Kuan Zhai Alley, etc.

Don’t miss: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, People’s Square, and Kuan Zhai Alley. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the closest place to see panda in Chengdu. People’s Square is for tourists to see local leisure life, have cups of tea, play Tachji and watch Sichuan folklore perfermances. Kuan Zhai Alley is a place where you can see Chengdu history and eat Chengdu gourmet.

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Leshan is in the south of Chengdu, about 140 km from Chengdu, with 2 hours driving. Highlights of Leshan are Leshan Giant Buddha and Bo Bo Chicken. Leshan Giant Buddh, a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage, is a stone Buddha sculpture carved from a mountain standing along Min River(Min Jiang). Leshan Giant Buddha is the biggest stone carving of Buddha in China with a height of 71 meters.

Don't miss: Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area. There are two ways to see Leshan Giant Buddha: option 1— climb the mountain and have a close look, and option 2— take a boat on Min River and capture the whole picture of Leshan Giant Buddha


Emei is in the west of Leshan and south of Chengdu, about 160 km from Chengdu. Emei is close to Leshan, and tourists usually go see Leshan Giant Budda and Mount Emei together.

Don't miss: Mount Emei. Emei mountain is a sacred mountain of Buddhism, high and steep, with spectacular natural scenery. Buddhism culture is an important part of Mount Emei, reflected Buddhism buildings like temples, paintings, etc, with ancient sites like Baoguo Temple.

Daocheng Yading

(Above Picture/ Daocheng Yading)


Ganzi or Garze is in the west of Chengdu and Ya’an, and it is a less-trodden destination in China with gorgeous natural scenery, unpolluted and tranquil. Garze is famous for its plateau scenery, crystal lakes, colorful forests and majestic snow mountains. Its original highland scenery and rough roads are attractive to hikers and adventurers.  Kangding is the capital of Garze, and it is usually the first stop travelling to Garze. Flight to Kangding, then bus to other attractions.

Don't miss:  Hailuogou Scenic Area, Daocheng Yading, and Mount Gongga. They are renown attractions in Garze. But please pay attention to altitude sickness, because Garze has an average altitude of over 3,500 meters.

Aba/ Jiuzhaigou

Aba lies in the northwest of Chengdu and the north east of Garze, and well known to people for Jiuzhai Valley, Huanglong Scenic Area and Siguniangshan National Park. Beautiful natural scenery, pure countryside, and minority village are all attractive to people enjoying rustic life.

Don't miss: Jiuzhai Valley, Huanglong Scenic Area and Siguniangshan National Park


Giant Panda

Giant Panda

Giant Panda is a jewelry among animals, adorable and cute. Giant Panda is well known to the world as a national treasure of China, and people from over the world would see it because it is a representative of Chinese diplomacy and some of them lives in other countries. Giant Panda is endangered and rare animal, under national protection, living in panda breeding bases.

♦ Giant Panda facts

Giant Panda’s only home is China, mainly in Sichuan China. In Sichuan, tourists and visitors could go to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Bifengxia Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the closest to Chengdu downtown.

Giant Panda

What does Giant Panda eat?

Giant Panda likes to eat bamboo leaves.

Is Giant Panda bear?

Yes, Giant Panda is a bear native to China.

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Jiuzhai Valley & Huanglong

Jiuzhai Valley
Above Picture/ Jiuzhai Valley)

Jiuzhai Valley Scenic Area is very large, composed of several parts, with over 10 small attractions, like lakes, waterfalls, and forests. In here, people could see crystal blue water, mirror-like pools, colorful lakes and mountains, beautiful waterfalls and hear sacred myth.

Huanglong Nature Reserve
(Above Picture/ Huanglong Scenic Area)

Huanglong Scenic Area is famous for its colorful lakes, and those lakes change their colors under sunlight. Huanglong’s lakes  are very beautiful for changes which are due to lake ground.

Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong Scenic areas are hidden treasures of nature, and they were less-trodden and now are in good protection. Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong are close to each other, and they are must see places in Sichuan.

Best to time Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong: April to October, especially September and October. If you want to see snow scenery, it would be gorgeous too.

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Mount Emei & Leshan Giant Buddha

Mount Emei
(Above Picture/ Mount Emei/ Cloud Sea)

Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha facts: Mount Emei is located in Emeisha, Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan, but they are close to each other, only 40 km. This two places are historical and cultural tour spots with fabulous natural sceneries.

Mount Emei is a sacred steep mountain to Buddhism and, and. Mount Emei is one of the best places for hiking and mountain-climbing, and its steepness, highness and beauty have been praised for a long time by tourists.

Leshan Giant Buddha
(Above Picture/ Leshan Giant Buddha)

Leshan Giant Buddha is a sculpture of Buddha carved out of a mountain standing along  a river. Leshan Giant Buddha is famous for its long history and profound culture. Leshan Giant Buddha has been made for over 1,000 years, and it has been protected well due to its well design of water protection.

Best time to Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha: April to October. Tourists could go to Mount Emei in winter for snowy winter scenery and skiing.

Mount Emei
(Above Picture/ Mount Emei/ Snow Scenery)

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Daocheng Yading

Daocheng Yading
( Above Picture/ Daocheng Yading)

Daocheng Yading facts: Daocheng Yading is a land loved by God, and benefited with best sceneries, like holy mountains covered by snow all year round, vast grasslands, colorful and layered forests, and turquoise lakes. Its picturesque beauty and holiness have captured eyes of tourists from home and abroad.

Dacheng Yading has several small attractions, including Chonggu Temple, Sanhuzhu Snow Mountain, Sela lake, and Luorong  Cattle Farm.  Travelling in Daocheng Yading is mainly on foot, because there are original rough mountain roads. It is recommended to tourists in good health who could walk for hours.

Daocheng Yading
( Above Picture/ Daocheng Yading)

Daocheng Yading Scenic Area is located in Yading village, Shangrila town, and Daocheng county, and it consists of holy mountains, riveres, lakes, highlands and grasslands. Daocheng Yading is renown for its pureness, and original natural scenery, and loved by tourists yearn for natural beauty  and also by photographers.

Best time to Daocheng Yading:  May - October.  During this period, tourist could see Spring, Summer and Autumn sceneries. In winter, it would be frigid because of snow, and sometimes tourists are not allowed to enter due to road closure in heavy snowy days.     

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Sichuan Snow World

Xiling Snow Mountain
( Above Picture/ Xiling Snow Mountain)

Xiling Snow Mountain is a snow paradise in Sichuan, located in Dayi county, Chengdu, about 95 km from Chengdu downtown. If you want to go to Sichuan in winter, Xiling Snow Mountain is a must go place. In here, you could see snow mountain scenery, climb snow mountains, and have fun in Xiling Ski Resort. Xiling Ski Resort is an outdoor snow world, and has set up over 20 ski programs for tourists and visitors. It is one of the biggest and best ski resorts in China, with 10 ski runs in line with international standards, and large fields for skiing. Tourists could experience craziest snow activities and enjoy themselves in this snow world.

( Above Picture/ Xiling Snow Mountain/ Spring)

Mount Emei Ski Resort is another ski resort in Sichuan, and it is located in Emei, being a part of  Mount Emei Scenic Area. In this two ski resorts, tourists could rent any skiing equipments, and there are hotels for tourists to stay over.

Best time to Xiling Snow Mountain and Mount Emei Ski Resort for Skiing: 12-3/ December to March.

Sichuan Gourmet

♦ Sichuan food is very popular in China and also in foreign countries. While travelling in Sichuan, tourists should really try some Sichuan food. Most popular Sichuan food are Mapo Toufu, Pork lungs in chili sauce(Fuqi feipian), Szechuan style chicken, rabbit brain, Sichuan noodles and Sichuan hot pot.

Sichuan food is renown for spicy, and peppers are putted in almost every dish people eat, especially in Sichuan hot pot. Szechuan sauce, Szechuan peppercorn and Pixian doubanjiang are popular condiments, and used to improve flavor.

Mapo Doufu
( Above Picture/ Mapo Toufu)

♦ Mapo Toufu is a classic dish of Szechuan gourmet, with enormous fans in the world. Mapo Toufu is an easy-made dish, and everyone could make a Mapo Toufu dish. Mapo Toufu ingredient: toufu, and ground beef(or minced pork meat).

Mapo Toufu condiment: Sichuan peppercorn, pepper, doubanjiang, minced garlic, minced ginger, and chopped green onion.

Sichuan hot pot
( Above Picture/  Sichuan hot pot)

♦ Sichuan hot pot. Chinese people like to eat hot pot, especially in winter. In China, three style of hot pot are very popular, Beijing hot pot, Sichuan hot pot and Chongqing hot pot. Sichuan hot pot is somewhat like Chongqing hot pot. The most important of Sichuan hot pot is the soup in hot pot, which will give eaters wonderful flavor. Except the soup, there are various of dishes prepared for eaters, including meats, vegetable, and noodles.

Most popular dishes to locals for Sichuan hot pot are cattle tripe, beef slices, duck intestine, and crispy meat. For those dishes, you could order what you want. But remember Sichuan hot pot is really spicy.

♦ Sichuan style chicken is a cold dish of chicken and chicken meat is in shreds. With various condiments, chicken could have different flavors.

♦ Sichuan noodles are regarded as Top 10 Noodles in China, which are full of Sichuan food style.

Sichuan Noodles
( Above Picture/ Sichuan noodles)

Chengdu, Leisure City to Visit

Kuan Zhai Alley

Chengdu  is the biggest city in Sichuan, a food destination, and famous for leisure life and Chengdu food. Chengdu, a city with high happiness index, has two famous streets and one park as its representatives for leisure life: Kuan Zhai Alley, Jinli Ancient Street and Chengdu People’s Park. Strolling along Kuan Zhai Alley and Jinli Ancient Street, enjoying Sichuan gourmet and Chengdu street food, having cups of tea in Chengdu People’s Park, and watching folklore performances in Chengdu People’s Park would be a great experience in Chengdu.

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