Independence and National Parks

This trip is curated for two very independent travelers, who love to wander at their own pace and are nature lovers. Please note that this trip is intentionally planned with minimal services. We recommend this only if you wish, and if you are an experienced and independent traveler, and preferably have visited China before.

Hotels, internal transportation with China, guides as needed are pre-arranged. You will have ample opportunities to explore at a leisurely pace.


The focus of this trip was on 2 National Parks and one of the Four Sacred Mountains.

Zhangjiajie is China's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zhangjiajie is famous for its awe inspiring mountain peaks (parts of which was the inspiration of the movie “Avatar”), quiet valleys, rich forests of varied flora and fauna.

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, (Jiuhaigou), home to nine Tibetan villages, is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and known for it’s blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, amazing wildlife and spectacular fall colors.

Chengdu is one of the gateways to Jiuzhaigou, and the Panda Breeding Center is one of the highlights. Traveling to Emeishan, one of China’s sacred mountains with local Chinese pilgrims is an unforgettable experience.

This trip includes 3 star hotel accommodations with 2 nights in the cultural city of Nanjing, 3 nights in Zhangjiajie National Park and 4 nights in Chengdu, 1 night at the summit in Emeishan, 3 nights in Jiuhaighou National Park, all in country flights, airport transfers, guided visits to Panda Breeding Center.


Day 1, Arrival into Nanjing

Your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2, Nanjing

Your guide will provide an orientation tour which includes Zhonghua Gate and Ming Tombs. Rainbow Bridge if time permits.

Day 3, Nanjing to Zhangjiajie

Free day in Nanjing to explore till late evening transfer to airport for flight to Zhangjiajie.

Day 4, Arrival Zhangjiajie

Usually flight arrives at 1:10am. Guide will pick up and transfer to hotel.

One way transfer to park and entrance fees to Zhangjiajie Park are included.

Day 5, Zhangjiajie

Park entrance fees included. Free day to explore on own

Day 6, Zhangjiajie

Park entrance fees included. Free day to explore on own

Day 7, Zhangjiajie - Chengdu

Park entrance fees included. Free day to explore on own. Again late flight and transfer to airport. Hotel check out at noon.

Day 8, Arrival Chengdu

Guide will pick you at hotel at 8.30am for a visit to the Panda Breeding station and the Leshan Buddha. Lunch is included today.


Day 9, Chengdu to Emeishan

One way transfer from your hotel to the base of Emeishan at the cable car station.

Proceed up Emeishan on your own (you can hike up or take the cable car.) Check into the hotel on your own.


Day 10, Emeishan to Chengdu

If you can try get up in time for the sunrise. If the weather is clear, the sunrise should be one of the highlights of your trip. Make your own way by cable car. Your driver will be waiting for you. Transfer back to Chengdu. Check into hotel on own.


Day 11, Chengdu to Huanglong – Jiuhaigou

Transfer to airport for flight to Huanglong. (Gateway to Jiuhaigou National Park.)

On arrival your guide will meet you Proceed for a tour of Huanglong before checking into your hotel in Jiuzhaigou. Lunch is included today.


Day 12 + Day 13, Day free in Jiuzhaigou

2 days to explore park on own. Park entrance fees are included.


Day 14, Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu

Make own way (taxis available) back to airport at Huanglong for flight to Chengdu.On arrival Chengdu, make own way to Hotel


Day 15, Chengdu to Home

Make own way to airport and check in


Rates include:

Air fares Nanjing –Zhangjiajie – Chengdu – Huanglong – Chengdu

3 star Hotel accommodations on a double occupancy basis with daily breakfast.

Nanjing – round trip transfers with orientation tour on arrival including entrance fees to Zhonghua Gate and Ming Tombs. Rainbow Bridge if time permits.

Zhangjiajie – round trip transfers , park entrance fees.

Chengdu – transfers as indicated, 1 day with guide/driver for Leshan Buddha and Panda Breeding station.

Round trip transfers from your hotel to base of Emeishan, cable car station.

Jiuzhaighou – Arrival transfer with tour of Huanglong, including RT on cable car, and drop at hotel in Jiuzhaigou. Park entrance fees are included.

Selected lunches (02)

Rates exclude:

All dinners, most lunches

Tips to guides and drivers

Departure transfer from Jiuhaigou to Chengdu hotel and transfer from Chengdu to airport.

Travel insurance, visas.