DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF CHINA

Into The Panda Home

TRIP OVERVIEW

Sichuan offers students an introduction to wildly delicious and spicy food—we'll stay away from too much lajiao pepper—and of course, China's adorable black and white Giant Panda. Adventure off the beaten path through diverse landscapes, spanning from the bustling city of Chengdu, to the northern grasslands and Jiuzhaigou National Park, and for the adventurous, the western Tibetan villages and spiritual snow mountains that intermingle within the Himalayan foothills. On this trip, students will delve into the wonders of Sichuan by getting close and personal with Giant Pandas, discovering Sichuan civilizations by visiting famous tourist attractions, exploring local life and interact with locals in the downtown and village.

Highlights:

Leshan Giant Buddha Statue

The looming Leshan Giant Buddha is a Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) relic that is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world at 71 meters. The Buddha, build in AD 713 by a Chinese monk named Haitong to calm the river waters, was crafted from a cliff face. It seems that so much stone from the carving process fell into the river below that it did indeed calm the area’s waters. While often crowded with tourists and battling the effects of pollution, Leshan is nevertheless an exquisite UNESCO world heritage site that is not to be missed for its impressive size and beautiful surrounding area.

Sichuan Opera

Quite different from Peking Opera - which is perhaps one of the most internationally-known types of Chinese operas - and even more so different from Verdi or Puccini, Sichuan opera is distinguished by the "face changing" technique originally achieved by blowing off the chalk of one painted mask to reveal another below. Elaborate acrobatic stunts, sharp wit and lively characters are hallmarks of Sichuan Opera.

Qingcheng Mountain

As the early residence of one of the Taoist founders and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qingcheng Mountain’s path is lined with temples and sanctuaries. As such, it is the perfect retreat from bustling city life and provides visitors with a profound sense of calm. Visitors spend several hours on the tranquil mountain route, enjoying the peace of the natural surroundings.

Dujiangyan
Along with the Great Wall and Grand Canal, the Dujiangyan Dam is one of the three great Chinese architectural masterpieces. Constructed in 256 BC, the Dujiangyan irrigation system is the world's oldest and a UNESCO-protected historical site. Originally, this dam contributed to Sichuan prosperity by preventing flooding and sending water to the basin, which resulted in the villagers’ prosperity. Now this system distributes waters of the Min River to the farmland of the Chengdu Plain to support a current population of over 10 million.

 

People’s Park

Commonly known as “People’s Park” this lively open green space in southwest Chengdu is full of exactly that: Famous for its popular teahouse where locals will often linger all day, people playing cards, people doing tai chi, people dancing and people squawking karaoke into microphones. Simply put, People’s Park is a people watcher’s dream.
Open from dawn to the wee hours of the morning, the admission is free and the atmosphere is unique. On one visit you may be swept up by the energy of an impromptu dance session whereas on a separate day you could be sitting in bamboo chair drinking tea and be offered to have your ears cleaned by an elderly ear-cleaning vendor.

 Paper making and Print activities:

Paper Making skill is one of the four China’s inventions in ancient times. We will arrange these two activities to let the students experience them.

Jinli Walking Street was Chengdu's busiest commercial street in the Qin and Shu Dynasty.  Restored in 2004, it offers a reminder of Chengdu's past, with ancient-style  architecture, local snacks stores, and shops selling local folk arts.


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