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sichuan vacation in Oct 2013

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sichuan vacation in Oct 2013

Planning to have a trip to sichuan with a friend in Oct 2013 for 10-13 days. Arriving in Chengdu 0n 13th Oct 2013 from beijing. Places to visit are Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Songpan, Leshan An Mt. Emei. Dont have the idea of planning the itinerary. Could anyone advice or help on that matter.Do advice on the weather, clothing ,transportation and accomodation. Lastly be leaving back to beijing from Chongqing. TQ

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Day 1 arrival in Chengdu &stroll around

Day 2 visit Panda Base &city sight seeing

Day 3 drive to Leshan for Giant Buddha,then stay in Emei

Day 4 day trip of Mt Emei

Day 5 drive to Chengdu airport for a short flight to Jiuzhaigou,stay in a hotel by the ticket office

Day 6 day trip of Jiuzhai Valley National Park

Day 7 drive to Huanglong National Park,stay in Songpan

Day 8 fly to Chongqing&stroll around

Day 9 city tour/day trip of Dazu Stone Carvings

Day 10 fly to Beijing

Add one more day after Day 4 if you love hiking.

Chongqing and Chengdu are warm in middle Oct,but please bring enough clothes to keep warm when you visit Mt Emei and Jiuzhaigou.

It depends on your budget what kind of accommodation you are going to stay.October is the peak season of Sichuan,especially Jiuzhaigou.Please make a loose budget for your trip.

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will end March suitable to go to Omeisan / Jiuzhai Valley National Park?

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Both Mt Emei and Jiuzhai Valley are cold at end of March.I travelled around Mt Emei last much,it is covered with thick ice at the Gold Summit. While Jiuzhai Valley,it even snows till May.But different seasons has different sceneries,if you come to visit those places in early spring,do bring enough clothes.

Should you visit Emei in middle Apr or early May,you may find many azaleas.

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Thanks wanderchina for your advise. Since am bringing kids, maybe you are right, can't plan to go to the hills/mountains ...

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My 2 sisters, mum & 2 nieces are coming in end March for abt 7 days, where will you suggest us to go?

Chengdu, China
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1 Chengdu Panda Base (half day)

2 Chengdu city tour,including parks,teahouse,folkcrafts,etc

3 Visit the Giant Buddha by boat

4 visit the middle waist of Mt Emei to see lovely monkeys by bus and cable car

5 visit the moon bear sanctuary if it is available during your stay in Chengdu

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Thanks Wanderchina for your suggestion. So you are suggesting one night stay in Omeisan? Is the Moon bear sanctuary same place around Omeisan or somewhere else?

The Giant Buddha by boat, are you suggesting we travel to Leshan, then boat, then bus or cable car to see monkey? Is the weather in March ok to go Omeisan? I had been there in December, it was snowing and cold. Hope the kids and my mum can take it.

Thanks.

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My husband and I visited Sichuan in November 2011. We arrived in Chengdu on 30 October. Stayed about 4 nights at the Millennium Hotel, not right in the centre but a short taxi drive away. It was a beautiful hotel and they had a fantastic English speaking concierge who was more than helpful with booking cars, cabs and theatre tickets. The first day we visited sights such as Jingli Old Street and Du Fu's Cottage. Day 2 we took a taxi to the Panda Research Centre. Day 3 We hired a driver to take us to Leshan and on the way we stopped at Huanglong Ancient town where some of the scenes from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" were filmed. We also attended a performance of Chengdu "Face Changing" which was worthwhile. Then we flew to Jiuzhaigou and spent 4 nights. We had intended visiting Huanglong Mountain and should have gone straight from the airport enroute to our hotel in Jiuzhaigou. Instead we opted to be easier on ourselves as we had a very early start. Unfortunately after that Huanglong was snowed in. November was a beautiful time to be in the park with all the autumn colours. This is a magical park and I'd love to return. One day we took a day trip to Songpan which is very doable.

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Stay at the foot of the mountain,as most hotels up the mountain are shabby.The temperature is OK in the middle waist of Mt Emei in late much.So there is no problem to catch sightseeing tourist bus to go up to middle waist,then catch cable car to see the monkeys.But you need to walk at least two hours for that day trip.

Moon Bear Sanctuary is in Northwest Part of Chengdu,and it is open on Mar 9 and 23 next month.

Visiting the Leshan Giant Buddha by boat can help you save some energies.That boat journey is short,and it only serves for the sightseeing.

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