28 days in Sichuan & Kashgar Itinerary

28 days in Sichuan & Kashgar Itinerary

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28 days in Sichuan & Kashgar Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  30​h
1
Chengdu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Songpan County
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Xiaojin County
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Emeishan
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Kashgar
— 4 nights
Fly:  40​h
End: Sao Paulo

5
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan) and Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), tour the pleasant surroundings at China Discovery-Day Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

Plan trip to Chengdu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Chengdu is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Chengdu. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in March, with highs in Chengdu at 21°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Songpan County.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System

3
nights
Songpan County

Songpan County ©
Though the area remains largely rural and the economy mostly geared towards agriculture, tourism in Songpan County has begun to develop, with a host of scenic areas and cultural sites to explore.
Songpan County is known for historic sites, nature, trails, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huanglong Scenic Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Erdaohai Lakes Scienc Spot, cruise along Chuanzhusi, and appreciate the views at Huanglong Valley.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Songpan County travel route planner .

Getting from Chengdu to Songpan County by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Songpan County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Zhaga Waterfall ©
Zhaga Waterfall

4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
Jiuzhaigou County is known for nature, wildlife, nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, identify plant and animal life at Upper Seasonal Sea in Jiuzhaigou Valley, and admire the sheer force of Pearl Shoal Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jiuzhaigou County online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Songpan County to Jiuzhaigou County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Xiaojin County.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls ©
Pearl Shoal Waterfalls

3
nights
Xiaojin County

Xiaojin County ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Xiaojin County: Bipenggou (in Li County) and Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve (in Wenchuan County).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Xiaojin County trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jiuzhaigou County to Xiaojin County takes 10.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Xiaojin County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bipenggou, Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve
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Mount Siguniang ©
Mount Siguniang

4
nights
Emeishan

Emeishan ©
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Explore Emeishan's surroundings by going to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) (in Leshan) and Ya'an Bifeng Canyon (in Ya'an). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Emei Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chunyang Temple, have some family-friendly fun at E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort, and take in nature's colorful creations at Emei Mountain Rare Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Emeishan trip maker app .

You can drive from Xiaojin County to Emeishan in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Emeishan

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Ya'an Bifeng Canyon
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Wannian Temple ©
Wannian Temple

4
nights
Kashgar

Kashgar ©
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Kashgar is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Karakul Lake, hike along Silk Road, hunt for treasures at Kashgar Live Stock Market, and steep yourself in history at Ga Er Ancient City.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kashgar online travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Kashgar in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kashgar can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kashgar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Silk Road
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Kala Kule Lake ©
Kala Kule Lake
Bu Lunkule ©
Bu Lunkule
Abakh Hoja Tomb
Abakh Hoja Tomb