Head over to the birthplace of Chinese tea cultivation
Explore China's lesser known but breathtaking sights
Leave the skyscrapers behind and delve into China's natural side
Apart from pandas, eat your heart on seeing other adorable animals

Biking to Pandas and Buddhas

7 days
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$1,930 USD

The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which provincial capital Chengdu is located, is known as the "Country of Heaven" and often translated as, "Land of Milk and Honey". You will leave China after this tour with more understanding of its ancient culture, an insight into the agriculture and natural environments and a camera full of photos of stunning landscapes, towering mountains and playful panda bears!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    185.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    32.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Main Destination
  • Distance
    185.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    32.9 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrive Chengdu

    Meet in Chengdu for a trip briefing and bike fitting. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city until the welcome dinner where you can try the traditional Sichuan hot pot, a popular spicy dish.

  2. Day 2Meet the Pandas

    First a transfer to the new Dujiangyan Panda Valley, where you'll spend a few hours meeting the lovable pandas. The bikes will be waiting for a ride when you finish your visit. Then cycle from the valley to Jiezi Old Town, then on to Anren Ancient Town. The terrain is primarily flat and will be easy riding.

    Upon reaching Anren in the afternoon, you will cycle into the historic town which is famed for having 27 mansions built during the period of the Republic of China. There is the opportunity to visit a cultural museum and take a quick peak at a small museum and hotel dedicated to Mao.

    • 40.4 miles
    • 118.1 ft
      925.2 ft
      807.1 ft
  3. Day 3It''s all about Tea

    Today you'll head for the hills as the tour begins its climb up into tea country. There will be a stop to visit a tea factory and learn about the process before having lunch in Mingshan town. In the afternoon, continue climbing up to Mengdingshan mountain, the birthplace of Chinese tea civilization and tea culture. The gradient is gentle as you ride up to the hotel where you can freshen up and change into walking gear. Take a break from the saddle and use a gondola to be transported to the top of the Mengdingshan Royal Tea Gardens, home to the world's oldest living tea trees and where China's finest green tea were grown to serve royalty. Spend another 1-2 hours walking on peaceful trails and visiting temples.

    • 37.3 miles
    • 1,961.9 ft
      3,759.8 ft
      1,797.9 ft
  4. Day 4Mengding to Mt Emei

    Today starts easily as you zoom back down the hill to Mingshan and head south towards the village of Caoyuthan. Here you'll cross a river by small ferry and continue riding along a riverside road, then cycle through a tall gorge and past scenic sites. After lunch, you will ride through the backside of Mt. Emei, the highest of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. Then at around 70 km (43mi) the climbing starts and the group will hop into the van to reach the hotel in the village of Linggongli.

    • 43.5 miles
    • -2,204.7 ft
      3,021.7 ft
      5,226.4 ft
  5. Day 5Explore Mt. Emei

    Today starts early to explore Mt. Emei. After a one and a half hour bus ride, the group takes a cable car to the top of the mountain where many temples and shrines await. You'll then head down to the main entrance of the park, walking part of the way to take in the many temples tucked away in the forest. In the afternoon the ride continues toward Leshan. If time allows, there will be a short boat ride to see the world's largest seated Buddha, a 71 meter (233 ft) tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty, carved out of a cliff face. The night will be spent in Leshan.

    • 18.6 miles
    • -400.3 ft
      597.1 ft
      997.4 ft
  6. Day 6Leshan – Huanglongxi

    Today is a ride up north following the Min River. On the first stop you'll go for a walk through a secluded network of paths in a peaceful bamboo mountain forest. After lunch at a local riverside restaurant, you'll have the option to cycle or take the van part of the way on the 92 km (57 mi) stretch along the river to Mt. Xianshan. The final destination is Huanglongxi, a quaint town with classic Chinese architecture where many famous Chinese movies have been filmed. The village sees a lot of day visitors, but few people spend the night here and you'll have the ancient alleys for yourself to explore. As it's the last night of the tour, there will be a farewell dinner for the group.

    • 46.6 miles
    • 150.9 ft
      1,578.1 ft
      1,427.2 ft
  7. Day 7Departure

    You'll be transferred directly to the airport in time for your departure flight. Or, in case you are extending your stay in Chengdu, you can be dropped off at a city hotel.