A central feature of Sichuanese social life.
2 Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chengdu
One of the few zoos in China where the animals are clearly happy, healthy and well cared for.
Crowded but enjoyably touristy village of Qing-dynasty shops and temples.
4 The Big Buddha, Leshan
You will never forget the first time you see this gargantuan riverside statue looming above you.
5 Emei Shan
A tough climb is rewarded with gorgeous scenery and monasteries that make atmospheric places to stay.
China’s most exquisite collection of Buddhist rock art, illustrating religious parables and cartoon-like scenes from daily life.
7 Cruising the Yangzi
Relax as your boat glides past the magnificent scenery of the towering Three Gorges.
8 Horse-trekking, Songpan
Get really out into the wild and give your feet – though not your seat – a rest.
Gritty Tibetan monastery town in the heart of Sichuan’s wild west, where monks and cowboys tear around on motorbikes.