Sichuan is home to a host of nuggets to discover. Animal lovers will visit the giant panda research and breeding center, next to Chengdu, without hesitation. The endangered pandas are safe from threats here. Observe them discreetly between the bamboos. The nursery is a necessary detour. Your heart will melt in front of the newborns. A few dozen kilometers away, Mount Qingcheng reveals one of the high places of Taoism. In the luxuriant vegetation hide temples, pagodas and a cave. Time stands still for this spiritual outing. A 2-hour drive from your hotel in Chengdu, Leshan is enchanted. Admire from a boat the grandeur of the Buddha carved in the 8thth century. 232 feet tall, it will not go unappreciated. You can continue your journey to Emei, sacred mountain of Buddhism. When you return from your stopovers, come recharge at our Golden Tulip restaurants.