For those who want to combine the experience of the real country life and Taoism culture together, this off-the-beaten-track country walking tour is absolutely recommended. On this private day trip, we will take you to walk up to the tea hill and explore the mysterious Taoist Temples.
Enjoy a real off-beat hiking route in Mt.Qingcheng to have a wonderful bird view of Chengdu Plain;
Discover tea factory at the top of the mountain and gain the knowledge of tea production;
Visit the hidden Taoist Temples and learn the relevant culture;
Participate in Chinese Tea Ceremony and try different kinds of tea;
8:00-9:30am: Meet and transfer to the start point
After picking you up in your hotel lobby at 08:30am. We will drive about 1.5 hours to a tea hill nearby Mt. Qingcheng, northwest to Chengdu. Around 10:00 am we will arrive there. We will start our walking tour from an elegant tea house where we may taste tea after our hiking.
9:30-15:00pm: 4 hour mountain hike to explore the Taoist Temple and tea plantation
The hiking route is a 10-kilometre loop line which takes about 4-5 hours. This is a real off-beat hiking route to enjoy the country views that even the locals seldom know. We will first walk half way up the hill from where we can have a wonderful bird view of Chengdu Plain. It will give us a clear idea of how Chengdu Plain spreads out. Then route to the top, we will cross the tea plantation and the factory where you can see how different kinds of tea are made from the same-looking leaves.
Apart from tea culture related experience, you will also see the village life, enjoy the scenery and learn about Taoism as we go further. The villagers living on the hill still remain the traditional lifestyle. We may see them cutting branches in the orchards or fertilizing vegetables in the fields. It'll be fun to greet them and chat for a while. The higher we get, the better views we will have. Once we get to the top, we will first encounter a hidden Taoist Temple called Zhangrenguan, which is regarded as the true birthplace of Taoism. It is said to have a much longer history than Taoist temples on Mt. Qingcheng. Even as old and shabby as it is, there are still 4 to 5 Taoist priests practicing Taoism there.
Further down the track, we will walk about 15 minutes to a local farmer's house and we will have a picnic lunch with coffee or tea here. And there are two more mysterious temples hidden in forests, but we can still see people from cities coming there to meditate and practice Taoism. If we are lucky enough, we may have a chance to talk to them and learn about Taoism.
15:00-16:00pm: Chinese Tea Ceremony Break
Finally, we will walk down along the valley trail and meet our driver on the road. And then drive to the local tea house to relax ourselves.The tea lady there will share with us the knowledge of Chinese Tea Ceremony, and we will try 2-3 different kinds of tea.
16:00-17:30pm: Go back to downtown Chengdu
It takes us about 1.5hrs back to downtown Chengdu, the end of trip.
Pls notice that this is a rough schedule for the full day tour, it may be affected by the traffic conditions.
English-speaking tour guide service fee
Air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver
Afternoon tea break in the local tea house
Driver and guide’s meals on this trip
Walking sticks are offered for the afternoon mountain hike
Gratuity to the guide and driver
The quoted price is for a 9-hour tour per day. If you use more than 6 hours or less than 9 hours per day it will still be considered a full day.
It is a moderate hiking tour in the mountain area which needs 3-4 hours, a pair of comfortable walking shoes is necessary.
If it rains on your travel date, we will change to walk Mt Qingcheng since the trail will become quite slippery.
Vegetarian food is possible, if you have any food allergy, please tell us ahead of time before booking this tour.