Sichuan Delights

​Travel back in time to China’s western hinterlands and discover a place where traditional customs have remained unaltered for centuries.

Journey Overview

Travel back in time to China’s western hinterlands and discover a place where traditional customs have remained unaltered for centuries. Explore the mystical mountain of Qing Cheng, one of the cradles of Taoism, where pandas roam through bamboo forests and temples are dotted throughout the landscape. Immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of Chengdu, where locals while away the day sipping tea and chatting in bamboo chairs. Treat your tastebuds to the famously sweet and spicy Sichuan cuisine. You have never experienced China like this before.

Journey Highlights

  • Find sanctuary in the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain retreat
  • Get up close to intriguing giant pandas in a wild panda research centre
  • Visit the sacred Qing Cheng Mountain, the birthplace of Taoism
  • Take a pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist mountain, Mount Emei
  • Witness the largest stone carved Buddha in the world
  • Visit the home of China’s most famous poet, Du Fu
  • Drink like the locals with a tea ceremony in Chengdu
  • Marvel at the Sichuan Opera's ancient face-changing act
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Chengdu – Qing Cheng.

Arrive at Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, and transfer to the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. Settle into your luxury retreat at the gateway to the majestic Qing Cheng Mountains. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain (Six Senses Suite) 

Day 2: Qing Cheng.

Meet some of China's best-known residents at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, a new non-profit panda breeding and research centre. Learn about efforts to breed and conserve this endangered species as you watch the pandas snooze, play and devour bamboo.

Continue to Qing Cheng Mountain and experience "the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven”. This mountain holds a sacred place in history as one of the most significant Taoist mountains in the country. Immerse yourself in nature’s miracle on a hike (optional) through the lush green hills and waterfalls, where the acolytes of Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu saw wisdom and perfection in nature’s balance.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain (Six Senses Suite) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Qing Cheng.

Journey to the Dujiangyan Ancient Irrigation Project and admire the dam constructed more than 2,000 years ago by a Daoist bureaucrat. Learn how the dam still provides Chengdu with a stable year-round water supply and has turned the region into China’s wealthiest food-basket. Next, take in centuries-old pagodas, temples and buildings on a visit to picturesque Jiezi Ancient Town. Stroll amongst the thousand-year-old ginkgo and splendid machilus (Japanese Bay) trees in this endearing town.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain (Six Senses Suite) |Meals: BL

Day 4: Qing Cheng - Emeishan.

Journey onwards to Emeishan, the gateway to the highest of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains. Drop your bags at the hotel, then head out to Baoguo Temple amongst hillsides of rhododendrons. Built in the 16th century by Emperor Kangxi, the temple provides a window into the peaceful Buddhist life. Next, pause at Fuhu Temple, which means “calm down a tiger”, to see a beautiful, well-maintained complex where all the monks are female. 
JZ Hotel Emei (Deluxe Garden View Room) | Meals: B

Day 5: Emeishan.

Make the pilgrimage to Mount Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Experience one of China's great devotional wonders, dotted with over 20 active Buddhist monasteries and furrowed by hundreds of kilometres of precipitous stone stairways. Take the cable car to the middle of the mountain to visit Wannian Temple. Sitting over a thousand metres above sea level, this 17th century temple is famous for its statue of Buddha Samantabhadra. Enjoy a leisurely downhill hike (around two hours) via the serenely beautiful Qingyin Pavilion. Savour a well-earned lunch at nearby Qinghu Restaurant, before returning to your hotel to spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
JZ Hotel Emei (Deluxe Garden View Room) | Meals: BL

Day 6: Emeishan - Chengdu.

Visit a local village near Mount Emei and spend some time enjoying village life, drinking tea, tasting fresh produce and chatting with the locals. Continue on to Leshan, where the world’s largest statue of Buddha will take your breath away. Conceived by the Buddhist monk Hai Tong, this 71-metre-high Buddha image has been carved out of a cliff on the bank of the turbulent Min River. Get your first glimpse of the Buddha on a boat ride before hiking to the top. Continue overland to Chengdu and settle into The Ritz-Carlton.
The Ritz-Carlton (Club Room) | Meals: BL

Day 7: Chengdu.

Discover the mix of serene parks and startling modernity in China’s fourth city. Soak up the vibe in a local market before heading to the former residence of China’s most famous poet, Du Fu. Step inside the thatched cottage for a glimpse into Du Fu’s life and see his original calligraphy and poems. Then, take a stroll around People's Park, where mah-jong, tai chi and tea-drinking are popular pastimes amid the Zen-style gardens. Head to a local teahouse where a fascinating tea demonstration awaits. After a mouth-watering Sichuan lunch, stroll along the ancient street of Jinli amongst the charmingly restored buildings. Here, you’ll find something exciting to eat at every turn, from delicate “dragon” wontons to “sweet water” noodles. Finally, head to the city’s Tibetan Quarter to browse traditional arts and crafts, long chuba sheepskin coats and traditional Tibetan food. marvel at Sichuan Opera's face-changing act. This 300-year-old art form sees performers switch masks with every swipe of their hands.
The Ritz-Carlton (Club Room) | Meals: BL

Day 8: Depart Chengdu.

Transfer to Chengdu International Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Sichuan Delights

Located at the picturesque gateway to the majestic Qing Cheng Mountains, Six Senses Qing Cheng has been designed to complement the UNESCO ... Read more

JZ Hotel Emei

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Nestled at the foot of majestic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Emei, in the heart of an ancient landscape, Emei JZ Hotel is the first ... Read more

The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

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The historic tea culture of Chengdu weaves its way through this contemporary hotel, set on the site of a former imperial palace. The Ritz ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

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