Sichuan province

Panda - Sichuan - umSichuan province has the largest population in China. Located in the south west, it is best known for its breathtaking forests, mountain scenery, spicy cuisine as well as being the natural habitat of the Giant Pandas. Sichuan is also blessed with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The popular attractions are summarised below:

Mt. Emei

One of the four sacred mountains of Buddhism, at over 3000 metres high the views at the top are absolutely worth the effort to go up. Mt. Emei has been designated a World Heritage Site thanks to its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders, and historical Buddhist sites. The full day’s hike to the summit is an unforgettable experience undertaken by many, but minibuses and cable cars make faster alternatives for our travellers who are short on time.

Giant Buddha

Standing 71 metres tall this is the worlds largest Buddha statue, according to a local saying “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. The statue’s location is most striking – carved out of a cliff face by an 8th century monk called Haitong. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Dazu Rock Carvings

Dating from the 9th – 13th century the Rock Carvings are the coming together of Buddhism, Taosim and Confucianism. They are a wonderful example of the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the artists with respect to carving techniques and subject matter. They cover 40 locations in Dazu county, the most spectacular one is at Baodingshan.

Giant Pandas

These adorable black and white bears live in temperate-zone bamboo forests of Sichuan. They are one of the rarest animals in the world with an estimated 1,600 surviving in the wild. Since the devastating earthquake in 2008 the surviving panda’s from the Wolong Nature Reserve have been relocated to the Bi Feng Xia Panda Centre near the city of Ya’an. The centre welcomes both visitors and volunteers.

Jiuzhaigou

Jiu Zhai Gou can be described as an area of spectacular scenic beauty – forests, meadows, rivers, valleys, mountains, multi-level waterfalls and colourful lakes. Regarded as a holy mountain and watercourse by the Tibetan people, several Tibetan villages still remain in the valleys.