Seattle Chinese Garden
Cultural and Education Delegation
to Chongqing & Sichuan
A visit to Seattle’s sister city and Washington State’s sister province with the Seattle Chinese Garden is a special travel opportunity that surpasses the usual group tourism experience. Seattle’s sister city since 1983, Chongqing is a vibrant, modern metropolis in a dramatic, mountainous setting at the juncture of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. Sichuan is one of China’s most beautiful provinces, rich in mountain landscapes, diverse peoples, and cultural treasures.
Seattle Week in Chongqing — March 18–23
Seattle city officials will lead a diverse delegation of Garden friends, members from the education and nonprofit sectors, and also corporate representatives participating in the concurrent “business track” during Seattle Week in Chongqing. Delegates will depart Seattle on March 16 on a nonstop Hainan Airlines flight to Beijing, with a one-night layover there. Foreign Affairs Office and Parks Bureau officials welcome us to Chongqing as “lao pengyou” — old friends — and are arranging an excellent schedule of cultural and educational site visits and programs. The delegation will stay at a centrally located four- or five-star hotel.
One highlight will be a day exploring the 8th China-Chongqing International Garden Expo, a 472-acre expanse featuring more than 70 gardens from diverse regions of China and around the world. The visit includes a ceremony at Expo’s Seattle-style garden, designed by Jones & Jones Architecture and Landscape, one of our local partners in building the Seattle Chinese Garden.
Natural and Cultural Wonders of Sichuan Province (March 23–30)
Optional extension to Chongqing week
Travelers eager to delve into China’s natural, cultural, spiritual, and archeological heritage will find many treasures in Sichuan. En route by motor coach from Chongqing to Chengdu, the delegation will visit the Dazu Buddhist Stone Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, location of one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas and 10,000 other figures carved into cliff faces more than 1000 years ago.
Three full days in Chengdu and environs include visits to gardens, temples, teahouses, the amazing Sanxingdui Bronze-age archeological finds, the famed Panda Breeding Center (a beautiful park-like complex with towering bamboo), and traditional old neighborhoods and colorful markets. We also anticipate a visit to the studio of one of China’s most famed sculptors. Then we embark on a three-day, two-night trip including Emeishan, a sacred mountain of old temples and exquisite scenery, the giant sitting Buddha at Leshan, and a traditional village with authentic old buildings, stone bridges, and pagodas. Weather this time of year is generally pleasant, and the Sichuan countryside is an expanse of golden yellow with canola fields in bloom.
Return to Seattle Via Beijing
The delegation flies from Chengdu to Beijing on Friday, March 30. Delegates may fly back to Seattle on Saturday, March 31, or spend extra days sightseeing in Beijing, departing on Monday, April 2, or may arrange independent travel after either the Chongqing or Chengdu portions.
For details and registration, please download pdf files for the tour itineraries and costs, the Terms and Conditions information and registration form.
Sandy Marvinney (Sichuan Tour and Chongqing Week)
Seattle Chinese Garden
Member, Board of Directors
Hong Qi Wagner (Chongqing Week)
President, Seattle Sister City Association