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Historic culture? – check.  World famous cuisine? – check.  Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites? – check.  Face to Face with one of China’s living national treasures? – Oh Yeah!!!  Experience all of this and more on a family-friendly trip to Chengdu, long known for it’s relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. 

We’ll explore the historic Wide and Narrow Alley and courtyards of the Qing Dynasty that have now become a popular entertainment and nightlife spot, then have a VIP view of the unique Sichuan performing art of Bian Lian, or Face Changing.  The next day, we’ll spend the morning observing giant Pandas up close and personal at the Panda Breeding and Research Center.  We’ll see giant pandas in every stage of development, babies to adults, and watch as they play, nap and munch native bamboo.  Sheer Panda-mania!  Then we journey to Dujiangyan to visit an ancient irrigation system (still vitally important today and just recently named a world heritage site) and other cultural spots nearby.   Tonight’s dinner is on your own, and you can wander through nearby Taikoo Li, Chengdu’s hip shopping, dining, and entertainment district, in search of enticing meal options or get top recommendations from our local guide.  

Day 3 we’ll take a boat cruise to yet another world heritage site, the Leshan Grand Buddha Statue, carved out of a hillside in the 8th Century and the largest Buddha statue in the world.  It is said that twenty people can sit on one toe of the Buddha.  For an up close view, you can climb the stairs that go up and around the Buddha.  If that’s not your thing, you can relax in the restaurant near the base of the Buddha, or even hang back in the city and explore more of Taikoo Li.  

And if you want to continue this great adventure, sign up for the optional overnight extension to Emei Mountain, the third world heritage site on this trip, and one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.  Buddhism was introduced into China in the 1st century CE via the Silk Road from India to Mount Emei, and it was on Mount Emei that the first Buddhist temple in China was built.  We ascend by cable car to the Golden Summit.   At over 10,000 feet elevation, we’ll see snowy mountains in the west, and vast plains in the east.  Near the top, there are many Buddhist monasteries and we’ll explore some of these before we descend by cable car, return to Chengdu, and fly back to Shanghai.  What a trip! 

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Please email travel@seashanghai.org under subject type “Chengdu” and include your membership number, mobile phone number, WeChat ID and roommate preference. Reservation closing date when the tour is fully subscribed. SEA coordinators are Dave Barth, mobile:177 4089 2429, WeChat ID: advntrguide and Felice Kuta, mobile: 185-0171-8367, WeChat ID: felicerobinkuta.