9-Day Cycle Panda Kingdom, Sichuan province, China

Our Panda Kingdom Cycling Tour has been designed to offer cyclists an intimate look at rural Sichuanese countryside, as well as the rich cultural and religious history this province has to offer. Taking you through ancient towns which formed the beginnings of the ‘Old Tea Horse Road’ and religious sites with over 1500 years of history, we have carefully designed the route so that the ride takes you through tranquil roads and greenways allowing you to relax and enjoy the classic lush greenery of rural Sichuan.

Predominantly riding on greenways, small country roads and village tracks the ride is comfortable and manageable for most riding levels.

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Accommodation of 8 nights based on two people sharing one room
    • Entrance fees of tourists attractions we will take you to visit during the trip
    • English-speaking tour guide service
    • Bike & Helmet Hire
    • Water, snacks and local fruits on riding days
    • Entry/Admission - Sichuan Cuisine Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Panda Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Jiajiang Qianfoyan Scenic Spot
    • Entry/Admission - Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
    What's excluded :
    • Your international or domestic air tickets
    • Your visa fee, if there is any
    • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Extra cost of USD 350 for single room option
    • Your other personal expenses

  • Day 1: Arrive at Chengdu

    Stop At: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
    We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You are free to refresh and relax before we hold a briefing about the trip, later in the afternoon.

    With your guides, you will go through the itinerary and learn about local road safety and cultural considerations, as well having the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have. After being fully briefed, in the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of your journey. We will feast on some of the best food Chengdu has to offer and eagerly anticipate the coming journey that lies ahead.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Buddha Zen Hotel, a 4-star hotel

    Day 2: Cycle the beautiful countryside of western part of Chengdu Plain

    Stop At: Sichuan Cuisine Museum, No.8 Ronghua North Alley, Gucheng Town, Pi County 611741 China
    Departing from your hotel at 8AM, we will take a 1.5-hour drive to Wenjiang, a green and pleasant town on the edge of greater Chengdu and where we begin our cycling. Nicknamed ‘Chengdu’s Garden’, it is famous for cultivating Sichuanese Bonsai trees, which have a rich history of over 1000 years. The most beautiful examples of these are grown from azalea’s and the first 15km of our ride takes us past many garden centres specialising in this art, providing you with the opportunity to learn more about this tradition.

    After 15km we will join the Wenjiang – Pixian greenway, which will take us to our riding destination of the day, The Sichuan Cuisine Museum. The greenway immediately brings you into rural Sichuan life and this area is famous for cultivating spaces and restaurants for city dwellers to do what the Sichuanese do best; eat, relax and play mahjong. Extremely quiet and peaceful, we will ride through small villages, farmlands and bamboo whilst the Jiangan River occasionally comes into view, guiding us along. The only signs of life you are likely to see are people drinking tea and/or fishing.

    At about 40km, we will reach a gorgeous old hamlet settled within a bamboo forest and this will mark the end of our riding through the varied scenery of the greenway. Shortly after we will arrive at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum for an afternoon of visiting one of the world’s most famous cuisines.

    The museum is set within a beautiful complex with traditional buildings surrounding a well cultivated garden. We will then take a 30-minute drive to Dujiangyan, the city where we will spend the night.

    Riding Distance: 43km

    Elevation: +86m / -81m

    Road Quality: Predominantly concrete or tarmacked greenways in good condition, with one short gravel track.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Panda Hotel of Dujiangyan, a -star hotel

    Day 3: Dujiangyan Panda Valley to Anren Ancient Town

    Stop At: Panda Valley, Baima Village Yutang Town, Dujiangyan China
    We will start the day by taking a short drive to Dujiangyan Panda Valley and visiting the adorable giant pandas and cubs at this research base dedicated to rehabilitating pandas back into the wild. Panda Valley, although having fewer pandas, is much quieter than the research base in Chengdu city, allowing for a more intimate experience.

    From Panda Valley you will begin your ride on a calm country road which provides views of the mountains marking the beginning of the Tibetan Plateau on your right.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Jiezi Ancient Town, Jiezi Town, Chongzhou 611242 China
    We will then ride on to Jiezi Ancient Town, historically one of the last towns before the Tibetan Plateau on the Tea Horse Road. You will spend some time exploring the alleyways and learning about the history of this important riverside town, before sitting down to some traditional local food.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Anren Ancient Town, Anren Town, Dayi County 610000 China
    In the afternoon, our ride continues along one of Sichuan’s most beautiful, and less-explored, country roads, Chongqing Road. It will take you through beautiful countryside and villages, before we finish the ride on the outskirts of Anren, dubbed ‘China’s Museum Town’. We will drive the final 10km to Anren’s Ancient Town, where we will spend the night. With a more modern history than other ancient towns we will visit on this trip, being formed in the early 1900s, it is unique for having more of a focus on culture and education, with plenty of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and workshops to explore and enjoy in the evening.

    Riding Distance: 73km

    Elevation: +115m / -334m

    Road Quality: Predominantly tarmacked country roads in excellent condition

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Four Points Sheraton, a 5-star hotel

    Day 4: Pingle Ancient Town to Shangli Ancient Town

    Stop At: Pingle Ancient Town, Pingle Town, Qionglai 611539 China
    We begin the morning by taking a 40-minute drive to the riverside town of Pingle. Pingle belongs to the county of Qionglai which is one of the best regions for producing tea in all of Sichuan. Thus, it has historically been one of the most important market towns along the ancient Tea Horse Road and the tea culture still stands strong to date. We will take a walk through the streets lined with traditional architecture to the riverside, which is lined with teahouses. The river banks here are very shallow and in the summer the teahouses set up tables and chairs so that the customers can soak their feet in the cool river, whilst playing mahjong and sipping on an endless cup of tea.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Shangli Ancient Town, Shangli Town, Yucheng District, Ya'an 625007 China
    From Pingle we continue our ride and from here our journey becomes more and more rural as we pass through stunning scenery and tree plantations. This section is more mountainous and after 30km we will reach the most challenging section of the trip – a 7km ascent taking you over a beautiful tea terrace mountain at an altitude of 1500m.

    The tough accent rewards you with stunning views over the valley and a 3km decent, winding down the mountain and taking you to White Horse Spring; a temple housing a peculiar spring which has its own tidal system. The tides of the spring are not fixed, sometimes happening several times a day and others not for days. However, the water level can dramatically change – it is said that when the water rises, it is accompanied by a sound like the wind blowing and, when it falls, it sounds like horse’s hooves clapping on the ground.

    From here it is only 5km to reach Shangli Ancient town. Another market town on the Old Tea Horse Road, it is one of the first towns Tibetan traders would encounter on their journeys. It is peculiar for its beautiful stone bridges and for being one of the main places where tea was fermented and pressed into bricks, to be made suitable for the long and arduous journey to Tibet. Set amongst forested hills, with traditional wooden buildings and a river cutting through the town, it is extremely picturesque. After exploring the town, we will have dinner by the riverside and then take a 30-minute drive to a boutique hotel in Ya’an city.

    Riding Distance: 45km

    Elevation: +1098m / -721m

    Road Quality: Predominantly tarmacked country roads in excellent condition
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Washe Hotel, a 3-star standard boutique hotel

    Day 5: Caoba to Hongya

    Stop At: Hongya County, Hongya County, Sichuan
    We begin the day by taking a 30-minute drive from the city to Caoba Town, where we mount up and continue our ride. Today we will mostly be following the beautiful Qingyi River, which runs all the way to the following day’s destination, Leshan. The first 5km will take you through tea plantations with terraced tea farms until we reach the second of our two serious ascents of the trip. The ascent winds up the mountain side through the occasional tea plantation for 5km until you reach stunning views and a 5km descent down to the reservoir on the opposing side.

    The descent is thrilling and ends by taking you alongside the reservoir on your right with an imposing red rock cliff, full of prehistoric vegetation, on your left, bringing you to the ferocious rapids pouring out of Caoyutan Dam. Passing over the dam, we continue to follow Qingyi river and with trees overhanging the road for much of the way, it makes for a very pleasant ride.

    At around 30km we leave the country road behind us and join our first of three single lane country tracks, which take us all the way to the day’s finishing point, Hongya, and allow for a much more ‘off-road’ biking experience. All three provide a much more intimate look at riverside rural life as they wind through forestry, bamboo and the occasional hamlet. The first closely follows the riverbanks, the second offers downhill riding through dense forestry and the third takes you through a flat plain with small villages and open paddy fields. After leaving these tracks behind us, it is a short few kilometers to our hotel which is set on the riverbank, allowing for a relaxing stroll to soak in all of the beauty seen in the day’s biking.

    Riding Distance: 55km

    Elevation: +402m / -476m

    Road Quality: The first half of the day is on tarmacked country roads in excellent condition and the second half is on smooth concrete tracks.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hongzhou Hotel, a 4-star hotel

    Day 6: Hongya-Leshan

    Stop At: Jiajiang Qianfoyan Scenic Spot, West of Jiajiang County, Jiajiang County China
    After a short drive we will begin our cycling by the riverside, quickly being surrounded by the beautiful Sichuanese countryside and again following the route of the Qingyi River, as it winds its way to Leshan. It is another day of varied scenery on a small road, with views alternating from the river and its cliffs to terraced tea plantations and dense forestry.

    After 30km we will reach two historical sites, set side by side in the cliffs in the gorgeous scenery of the river. The first is the Sichuan Hand Made Paper Museum. And, China is, of course, the first place in the world to have invented paper and Chengdu is the first to use paper money in China. The museum comprises of four exhibition halls set in buildings which more resemble a temple than a museum and they guide you through China’s and the local region’s paper making history.

    A short walk along the riverside takes you to Jiajiang County’s Thousand Buddha Cliff. This is a particularly interesting buddhist site in China and, as you follow the red rock cliff alongside the river, you begin to see buddhist inscriptions which were carved into the rock by scholars from the Tang and Song Dynasties. Soon after you begin to see many Buddha’s, of varying sizes. Although many are missing heads, there are around 2,470 carved into the cliff side in total. Between 1500-2000 years old, they appeared during the same period as the famous Giant Buddha in Leshan. Far less visited than other buddhist sites of this type, they are an excellent ‘off the beaten path’ example of this facet of Chinese and Buddhist history.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), No.2435 Lingyun Street, Shizhong District, Leshan 614000 China
    After our fill of the local history, we continue riding the final 33km to Leshan, home of the largest and tallest carved stone Buddha in the world. A highlight of this section of the ride comes around 20km after the Thousand Buddhas – we will take a manageable uphill on a small road which rewards you with stunning views of tea plantations tiered out around and below you. Not long after we will join a dirt road following the river before driving the last 10km to the Giant Buddha. Built over 1200 years ago to watch over the quick rapids of the river below, the best way to see the Giant Buddha is from the river itself. We will take a short cruise to visit the site and appreciate the 71m carving calmly and majestically towering and watching out over above us.

    Besides the Giant Buddha, Leshan is also famous for its food. Before retiring for the evening, we will sample some of its best, including such dishes as Sweet Skin Roast Duck and tasty Bo Bo Chicken.

    Riding Distance: 64km

    Elevation: +446m / -514m

    Road Quality: Predominantly small tarmacked country roads and concreted tracks with one 3km section of a dirt and gravel track.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Leshan Mixun Hotel, a 4-star standard boutique hotel

    Day 7: Leshan-Huanglongxi Ancient Town

    Stop At: Qingshen County, Qingshen County, Sichuan
    The day begins with a 30-minute drive taking us to Guanmiao town and the biking begins on a single lane road that quickly begins to take you through farmlands, with mountains on your left. After a few kilometres, the Mingjiang River appears, which flows from the day’s destination, Huanglongxi Ancient Town.

    We will ride through a valley following the river with some gentle climbs and at 9km we will come to a beautiful descent which leads us towards some terraced paddy fields. The countryside continues until we reach Zhongyan Temple, which is inside a large park holding Buddhist carvings with over 1500 years of history. It is renowned for being a place of beauty and tranquillity and over the centuries scholars, Buddhists and poets would pay homage to the site, leaving the inscriptions and carvings that we can still see to this day.

    After taking a small hike inside the gardens to a natural spring inside, we will continue our ride through a bamboo lined road, with the river and its broad low-lying banks, accompanying us on the left, until we reach Yongshou township to finish the day’s ride. From Yongshou it is an hour’s drive to Huanglongxi, where we will spend the night.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Huanglongxi Ancient Town, Huanglongxi Town , Shuangliu District, Shuangliu County 610200 China
    Huanglongxi is another famous ancient town with history reaching back 1,700 years. Set beside the river, with three temples and winding alleyways it provides a particularly quintessential example of an old town and, as such, is often chosen by producers as a film location. Whilst a little more touristy than other Ancient towns we visit on this trip, it is beautiful and the riverside teahouses are perfect for winding down after a day’s ride. The streets are lined with shops and local snacks, including the famous ‘one noodle noodles’; a bowl of noodles which contain a single long thick noodle pulled by vendors who put on elaborate dances, and shows, to entice customers to their restaurants.

    Riding Distance: 55km

    Elevation: +302m / -270m

    Road Quality: Predominantly small tarmacked country roads.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Caston Huanglong Hotel, a 4-star hotel

    Day 8: Huanglongxi-Xinglong Lake

    Stop At: Shuangliu County, Shuangliu County, Sichuan
    We begin our final day of biking by riding straight from Huanglongxi Ancient Town for 20km to Tongzhi Dragon Kiln. We follow our final tranquil road taking us through the paddy fields, farmlands and rural villages that form the suburbs of Southern Chengdu.
    After winding through the countryside, we will reach Tongzhi Dragon Kiln and learn about traditional methods of pottery making. Built in the year of Tongzhi, the kiln has over 150 years of history and is still in use today. Traditional Chinese kilns are long in shape, resembling a dragon, providing them with their name and the kiln is set within traditional buildings, which are littered with old earthenware pottery.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
    After our visit to the dragon kiln, we continue riding in the direction of Chengdu city and our final destination, Xinglong Lake. The area around the lake has been ear-marked for development to meet the demands of the ever-increasing metropolis of Chengdu and we will slowly begin to leave the countryside behind us as we approach it. For now, though, the area is still extremely quiet and peaceful and we will conclude our week’s riding by navigating the circumference of the lake, before finishing and celebrating our achievements! Once you are redy to firmly leave the bike behind, we will drive you to your hotel for you to rest and rejuvenate before we join again in the evening for a final meal of celebration, accolades and cheer.

    Riding Distance: 50km

    Elevation: +84m / -102m

    Road Quality: Predominantly tarmacked country roads in excellent condition
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Buddha Zen Hotel, a 4-star hotel

    Day 9: Fly off from Chengdu

    Pass By: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
    Your last day is free for you to relax and enjoy as you wish in Chengdu. Of course, please let us know if you have any special requests and we will always do our best to accommodate you. After spending your day enjoying the remaining time you have in Sichuan, we will take you to the airport and bid you farewell!

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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