Chengdu, China

Tourism Plan Information

2019 Sunshine International Program International Volunteer information
Volunteer overall dates July 13 - 26, 2019

Greetings Sunshine International Program volunteers!
An optional one or two day Tourism Excursion is planned for you.
$110 per day - stop at two attractions, dorm room, transportation, breakfast and lunch included.
Choose one day or two.
Hotel rooms remain available for couples @ $40 per night additional.
{If desired you may stay in the dorm room and plan your own tourism excursion.
Dorm room costs $10 per night in the four person dorm room, breakfast included.}

2019 SIP Tourism Excursion

Day One - July 26
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

As the world’s famous giant panda conservation base, scientific research and breeding base, public education base and educational tourism base, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, located at No. 1375 Outer North Panda Avenue, Chenghua District of Chengdu, Sichuan Province and covering an area of about 247 acres, is 10 kilometers from downtown Chengdu and about 30 kilometers from Shuangliu International Airport. The Base, as the “giant panda ex situ conservation ecological demonstration project”, is famous for the protection and breeding of endangered wild animals that are unique to China, including giant pandas and red pandas. It is honored as “the national treasure’s natural paradise and the people’s land of idyllic beauty” for its beautiful environment of overlapping mountains, clean water, lush trees, and chirping birds.


Dujiangyan Ancient Irrigation System

The Dujiangyan (Chinese: 都江堰) is an ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan City, Sichuan, China. Originally constructed around 256 BC by the State of Qin as an irrigation and flood control project, it is still in use today. The system's infrastructure develops on the Min River, the longest tributary of the Yangtze. The area is in the west part of the Chengdu Plain, between the Sichuan basin and the Tibetan plateau. Originally, the Min would rush down from the Min Mountains and slow down abruptly after reaching the Chengdu Plain, filling the watercourse with silt, thus making the nearby areas extremely prone to floods. Li Bing, then governor of Shu for the state of Qin, and his son headed the construction of the Dujiangyan, which harnessed the river using a new method of channeling and dividing the water rather than simply damming it. The water management scheme is still in use today to irrigate over 5,300 square kilometres of land in the region. The Dujiangyan, the Zhengguo Canal in Shaanxi and the Lingqu Canal in Guangxi are collectively known as the "three great hydraulic engineering projects of the Qin."



Day Two - July 27
Sanxingdui Museum

Situated in the northeast of the state-protected Sanxingdui Site by the bank of the Yazi River in Guanghan---a city famed for its long history and splendid culture, Sanxingdui Museum is a modern theme museum which is 40 kilometers to the north of Chengdu. Covering a total area of 530 yields, in which 11000 square meters serve as the main tableaus for the exhibits, Sanxingdui Museum had its foundation laid in August 1992, and opened to the public in October 1997. Integrating collection, preservation, academic research and social education all in one, the museum showcases kinds of precious cultural relics unearthed at Sanxingdui Site.

The cultural relics at Sanxingdui are precious cultural heritage of mankind, which contain rich historical, cultural and scientific value, and bespeak themselves as the most attractive ones amongst the multitude of the spectacular relics in China. Amongst the hoards of prize antiquities there are a variety of unique, grotesque bronzes, such as 2.62-meter-tall standing statue, 1.38-meter-wide bronze mask, 3.95-meter-high bronze tree, all of which stand out as treasures unparalleled. In addition, the gold ware represented by the gleaming gold scepter, and jade ware such as the blades with heavy motif, turn out to be undeniable rare jewels never seen before.


Mianzhu New Year Pictures Village

Mianzhu New Year Pictures is a member of the main four New Year paintings of China. It is a type of folk woodblock picture in the southeast of China and produced in Mianzhu County, Sichuan Province. It originated at the end of the Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty and flourished in the Guangxu Period of the Qing Dynasty. In the process of making it, people print ink line with woodblock and paint it in various colors.

The visitors can watch the production of New Year's pictures in person, listen to the history of the development of New Year pictures, and buy your favorite New Year pictures in the village.

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