What’s more to see - Panda, Tibet and Chengdu, Sichuan
Mount Siguniang National Park was approved for establishment in 1994 by the State Council of the People's Republic of China. An application for World Heritage status as part of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary: Wolong, Mt. Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains was submitted to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), leading to its inscription as a World Heritage site in 2006. The National Park is a category II national park under the IUCN’s Management Categories of Protected Areas.
Panda - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
The giant panda is a rare and beloved animal that only inhabits the six major mountain ranges in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces of China. With a population of less than 2000, the species is included on the endangered list by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is protected by China’s Wildlife Protective Law as the special-class protected animal. Giant pandas are appreciated and cherished by humans the world over; their familiar black and white faces and rounded ears endearing them to children and adults alike.
Sichuan Opera (Chuan Ju) originated at the end of the Ming (1368-1644) and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). With immigrants flooding into Sichuan, different dramas were brought in to blend with the local dialect, customs, folk music and dances. Gradually, brisk humorous Sichuan Opera, reflecting Sichuan culture, came into being.
Face changing is the highlight of Sichuan Opera. It is said that ancient people painted their faces to drive away wild animals. Sichuan Opera absorbs this ancient skill and perfects it into an art.
Chengdu - UNESCO City of Gastronomy
Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which has served as capital of China's Sichuan province. It is one of the three most populous cities in Western China (the other two are Chongqing and Xi'an).
Climate and clothing
- Mount Siguniang in autumn is changeable, at this time, people in the scenic spot always pay attention to the weather conditions to put on more or less clothes accordingly. And it is better to take a sweater, vest or thin clothes, and then take a coat that wear in morning and evening.
- As for Chengdu the average daily high temperature is around 16 °C (61 °F), and the lowest temperature is about 10 °C (50 °C). It is generally cloudy or foggy at this time of year, but it rains very little (8 mm total). It won't feel dry because of the foggy climate. Long trousers and a shirt or blouse and a coat will do.
Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorised itinerary from CTS.
A few months before departure, you will receive a service voucher which you can use for acquiring a visa. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.
Participants must book their flight in to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) with arrival no later than 1Nov 2017 12:00 p.m.
Your departure from China can be arranged as you prefer, but kindly note that the optional departure transfer only goes to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU).