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Biking to Pandas and Buddhas
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!
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance185.2 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance32.9 miles
Home to the iconic Panda, China's Sichuan province is home to revered cuisine and treasured regional culture. But go deeper into this ancient land and you'll find legends of sacred mountains and rivers, interwoven with the ancient lore of China's cultivation culture. Let these secrets come to light as you cycle through wild countryside and get a feel for the real Sichuan.
This action-packed tour of Chengdu starts off with the first highlight - the Dujiangyan Panda Valley. The famous Panda center offers refuge and doting for these magnificent, rare animals with rearing and breeding programs. These giant pandas are the symbol of China and the research center provides education, and raises awareness of the plight of these great creatures and their environment.
The tour then moves on to discover the history of two ancient towns. Then it’s on to Mengding Mountain, famous for its tea culture, where you'll take a walk in the Mengdingshan Royal Tea Gardens, a pure delight with its atmospheric pavilions and walking paths. China’s tea growing history can be traced back to the Western Han Dynasty over 2,000 years ago. Reputed to be the birthplace of Chinese tea cultivation, tea trees planted at Mending by a herdsman were believed to be the very beginning of China's tea history.
You'll next visit UNESCO Heritage listed Mount Emei, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China and traditionally regarded as a place of enlightenment. The unsurpassed views are one of the great spectacles of Mount Emei as and yet another highpoint of the tour in all senses of the word! The ride then follows the river to the town of many temples Leshan. The last day of the tour takes you on a walk through bamboo forests and to Huang Long Xi, a picturesque town where many Chinese movies have been filmed.