[UNESCO World Heritage Site] – Chengdu, China

Located in the Southwest of China, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province which is renowned as being the “Heavenly State”. A central city for over 2000 years, Chengdu is well known for its rich historical and cultural background and it is also a natural habitat for the adorable giant pandas. With popular nicknames like “The City of Hibiscus, “The Turtle City”, and “Land of Milk and Honey”, Chengdu is an exciting city that you should not miss. It is certainly a hidden gem in China with five of its historic sites listed as World Heritage Sites. And most of these sites are only about a 2 hour drive from Fraser Suites Chengdu.

Frasers Hospitality ChengduHuanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area – Famous for its multi-coloured lakes, deep valleys, snow-capped mountains, limestone formations, and dense forest, the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a must-visit attraction in Chengdu. Home to several endangered animals such as the giant pandas and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey, the natural area has been awarded the World Heritage Site status by the United Nations heritage committee. Due to its calcium carbonated deposit patterns, the valley resembles a golden dragon winding its way through the forest, mountains and glaciers. Thus, it was given the name “Huanglong Valley” which means “Valley of the Yellow Dragon” in Chinese. With nicknames such as ‘World Wonder’ and ‘Fairy Land on Earth’, Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is definitely a charming magical landscape that one should not miss.

Quick Tip: We suggest visitors, particularly young kids and old people, to get oxygen bottles at convenience stores to avoid oxygen deprivation at higher altitudes.

Opening Hours: 9.10 am to 4.40 pm
Admission Prices: 200 RMB in peak season (April 1 – November 15), 60 RMB in low season (November 16 – March 31)

Photos of Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site, Jiuzhaigou County
This photo of Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area – Be sure to make a trip to Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest for more scenic views. Being only slightly more than a two hour drive to Jiuzhaigou Valley and Historic Interest Area from Fraser Suites Chengdu, this site is definitely worth the effort. Renowned for its large multi-level waterfalls, majestic snow-capped mountains, and colourful ribbon lakes, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest is considered by many to be the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has a seemingly dreamlike scenery. Regarded as the Holy Mountain and watercourse by Tibetan people, the area is home to a diversity of flora, fauna, and animals including giant pandas, Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey, Szechwan takin, mainland serow, common goral, and Thorold’s deer.

Opening Hours: 7am to 7pm in peak season, 8am to 6pm in low season
Admission Prices: 220 RMB in peak season (Apr.1 to Nov.15); 80RMB in low season (Nov.16 to Mar.31)

Photos of Mount Emei (Emeishan), Emeishan
This photo of Mount Emei (Emeishan) is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area – Home to the world’s largest Buddha statue (Giant Buddha of Leshan) standing at 71m, Mount Emei Scenic Area is a popular World Heritage Site with exceptional cultural significance and breathtaking summit views. Located at the southwestern part of the Chengdu Plain, Mount Emei Scenic Area is a 140 minute drive from Fraser Suites Chengdu. The first Buddhist temple in China was established on the summit of Mount Emei in the 1st century A.D. Over the years, more temples were built here and the area was slowly developed into one of  Buddhism’s holiest and is now one of the most important religious site in China. Mount Emei is also an area of abundant and diverse vegetation with some trees more than 1,000 years old. If you wish to avoid the long hike up the mountain, you can hop into the cable car and get to the top in no time! Note: Additional entrance fee is required to access the temples on the mountain.

High Season (Jan.15 – Dec.14):
Entrance Fee: 150 RMB
Jinding Cable Car: Opening Hours: 05:30 – 18:00; 65 RMB (upper)/  55 RMB (lower)
Wannian Cable Car: Opening Hours: 06:40 – 18:00; 65 RMB (upper)/  45 RMB (lower)

Low Season (Dec.15 – Jan.14):
Entrance Fee: 90 RMB
Jinding Cable Car: 30 RMB (upper)/ 20 RMB (lower)
Wannian Cable Car: 30 RMB (upper)/ 20 RMB (lower)

Photos of Mount Qincheng, Chengdu
This photo of Mount Qincheng is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System – Located in the west of Chengdu, Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System which are just two hours away from Fraser Suites Chengdu are two truly scenic attractions in China. With a long history that began in the 3rd century B.C., Dujiangyan Irrigation System is an important example of the water management and technological advancement in the era. Today, Dujiangyan Irrigation System still functions well and continues to serve the farmland of the Chengdu plains. Mount Qingcheng is another famous heritage site in Chengdu. Here you will find ancient temples with interesting Taoist architecture designs set along the lush greenery on Mount Qingcheng. Mount Qingcheng is also regarded as a very important cultural site where Taoism – one of the most influential religons of Eat Asia – was first originated.

Frasers Hospitality ChengduSichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries – Want to observe and have a face- to-face experience with the world’s highly endangered giant pandas? Visit China’s largest and most popular panda reserves, Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries! Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries is home to more than 30% of the world’s giant panda population. Offering a more intimate experience with the cute pandas, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries has wildlife observation spots for explorers, tourists, as well as animal-lovers to observe these pandas. Although the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries is a three hour drive from Fraser Suites Chengdu, it is definitely worth traveling the extra mile to look at these pandas. Other than the giant pandas, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries is also a refuge to other endangered animals such as the red panda, the snow leopard and the clouded leopard. Do check out the animal and plant specimen museum in the Sanctuary to learn more about these highly endangered animals and over 5,000 species of flora in the area.

Frasers Hospitality ChengduFor a comfortable stay in Chengdu, make Fraser Suites Chengdu your choice of stay. You’ll enjoy the most sophisticated, spacious living between the Central Business District and Tian Fu Square, also a major public transport hub. Adjacent to a high-end shopping mall, this Chengdu hotel apartment is close to commercial and shopping complexes as well as plenty of entertainment and dining options.

Conceived by renowned international architects and featuring décor by acclaimed interior designer from Hong Kong, Fraser Suites Chengdu is nothing less than breathtaking – both inside, and out. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is a mere 16km from the city’s downtown area. Fraser Suites Chengdu is well-served by major transportation links and is ideally situated close to a major entertainment hub, so you’ll always find plenty to do and see.

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