An Expedition Across Western Sichuan

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7 Days
About this Journey

Sichuan is one of China’s most distinctive provinces, known for its spicy food, diverse ethnicities and China’s ‘national treasure’ – the giant panda. Students will broaden their cultural understanding through hands-on activities unique to Western Sichuan such as visiting the Woolong Panda Base and the ancient Tibetan village of Danba.

Where you're going
Map of the expedition across western sichuan
Learning Objectives
  • History & Culture
  • Outdoor Education
Program Details

Day 1: Hot Pot and Sichuan Face-changing Opera

  • Meet your WildChina program leader at campus and transfer to airport
  • Arrive in Chengdu and transfer to hotel for check-in
  • Traditional Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner
  • Enjoy a Sichuan Face-changing Opera performance and be intrigued by this magical Sichuan art

Day 2: Woolong Panda Base

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • On the first leg of our Western Sichuan journey, we’ll stop by the Yingxiu Earthquake Memorial, where students will learn about the incredible force of nature and its chilling impact on Sichuan Province.
  • Enjoy lunch upon your arrival to Wolong nature reserve
  • Step into the picturesque scenery of the bamboo-covered mountainsides as we visit Wolong Panda Base and learn about wildlife conservation
  • Participate in a local farming service activity in a village home on the mountainside
  • Set up camp lower down the mountain.
  • Local Sichuan-sandwich dinner and nighttime camping activities

Day 3: Mount Siguniang

  • Wake up to the sound of the Chinese Er’hu in the distance and participate in morning exercises 
  • Departure for Danba
  • Stop at Mount Siguniang, for a short hike and enjoy a time of reflection in the shadow of the areas’ highest mountain, standing at 6,250 meters
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to Danba and check-in to the guesthouse
  • Free time to stretch legs and freshen up
  • Local Tibetan welcome banquet

Day 4: Danba

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Explore the ancient Tibetan villages around Danba, including the mesmerizing stone towers of Suopo and a visit to the artisans of Jiaju village
  • Local lunch – Students dive into local culture by participating in Tibetan art activities
  • Teambuilding activities and reflection session in the hills of Danba
  • Dinner

Day 5: Tagong Temple

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Visit Tagong Temple, a true hidden gem nestled in a valley that’s considered the gateway to Tibet
  • Participate in a Tibetan Philosophy brainstorming activity with prayer flags flapping in the distance
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to the Tagong Grasslands
  • Afternoon meditation and artist expression session on the spiritual grasslands
  • Transfer to a local guesthouse for a relaxing and peaceful night’s rest

Day 6: Kangding

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Transfer to Kangding, the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous District of Garze
  • Lunch
  • Take a stroll around town, and visit the Anjue Temple
  • Enjoy the vibe at the communal evening dancing in the town square. Feel free to join in as well! 
  • Dinner

Day 7: Departure

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Transfer back to Chengdu
  • Early Lunch
  • Transfer to the airport and take your chosen flight home

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