Explore Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan

Explore Qingcheng
Mountain and Dujiangyan

Reconnect with nature and absorb the breath-taking beauty of Mount Qingcheng,
the birthplace of Taoism. Marvel at the magnitude of the Dujiangyan
Irrigation System, an incredible feat of ancient engineering.


Mount Qingcheng is considered to be the birthplace of Taoism and is one of the most important Taoist mountains in China. This ancient cradle of faith is dotted with picturesque and ancient temples, all enhanced by a spectacular view.

The whole mountain is covered with evergreen forest, from which it gets its name ‘Qingcheng’, which translates as ‘mountain of green’. The Dujiangyan Irrigation System dates back 2,200 years to a time when the city of Chengdu was subjected to frequent floods caused by the flooding of the Minjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. This irrigation system still controls the waters of the river and distributes it to the fertile farmland of the Chengdu plains.


Explore Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan

08:00 - 18:00

Our exciting exploration today reveals the birthplace of Taoism and two exciting UNESCO-listed sites. The driver and guide will collect you from the hotel and take you on a two-hour drive to Mount Qingcheng. On the way to the 2,400-metre-high peak, you can enjoy sublime views of slopes dotted with ancient Taoist temples and palaces. The knowledgeable guide will relate the history of the sites and will explain the religion and philosophy of Taoism. Prominent sites include the Yuanming Palace and Tianshi Cave. Dating back to the Sui Dynasty (518-619), Tianshi Cave is surrounded by mountains in three directions. Inside the temple is a 1,000-year-old ginkgo tree which, according to legend, was planted by Zhang Daoling, the founder of Taoism.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an ancient water conservation project that dates back to 256 BC. Since this time, the Chengdu Plain has been free of flooding and the people have been living peacefully and affluently off the riches of the fertile land. This incredible feat of engineering still works perfectly and currently benefits over 50 cities. Dujiangyan is now the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and a landmark feat in the development of Chinese engineering. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. This tour reveals this amazing site in all its glory.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying inside downtown Chengdu. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as the Panda Research Centre, Qingcheng Shan District, the Dujiangyan District, any cruise and ferry terminal and Chengdu International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request; In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions
  • It is recommended to bring a rain coat, good walking shoes, insect repellent and a water bottle with you


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