Day01 Chengdu – Pingle – Shangli In the morning drive from Chengdu to Pingle Ancient Town, an important town on the ancient South Silk Road. When walking through the ancient town, you can feel the former prosperity. Afterwards drive over the Lianhuashan to ancient town Shangli. Old Town Shangli is called an “ink and Wash Landscape” painting. Situated in the Western Sichuan Basin, the town was once the important post on the Silk Road of the South and the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail in history. Overnight at simple hostel in Shangli
Day02 Shangli – Bifengxia – Mengding Shan – Chengdu In the morning drive to Bifengxia Panda Base, about 19 km from Ya'an City. The Bifengxia Panda Base has been long famous for the forest coverage, waterfalls, river and breathtaking landscapes. After the violent earthquake in Sichuan, the panda base in Ya'an became the largest panda reserve in the world, with over 80 giant pandas. There are over 20 research laboratories and feeding centers including Panda Breeding Spots, Panda Kindergarten, Panda Hospital and the Research Centers. Then drive to Mengdingshan Mountain, known for its growing of the Chinese tea, is one of the main sources in the history of Chinese tea. Hiking in the mountain, visit of Tiangai Temple and of the museum about the history of tea on Mengdingshan Mountain, built in Emperor Yu's Palace in Tiangai Temple. Late in the afternoon drive back to Chengdu.