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SunriseChina Expeditions

Chengdu, China
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About SunriseChina Expeditions
SunriseChina Expeditions is the vanguard of authentic Chinese culture explorer. We are a team of crazy but experienced adventurers seeking to unveil a real China with grassroots approaches. We create distinctive trips that are mind-refreshing and soul-touching. So we invite you, to join us on the off the beaten path adventures, all the way to see a raw China for yourselves.
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Tracey B wrote a review Oct. 2019
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We had a fantastic time on a four day private tour visiting Sichuan's beautiful national parks, organised by SunriseChina Expeditions! Bruce was so helpful and really responsive from the very first email I sent. We sent him some ideas, and he sent back numerous options until we found the perfect tour for us. Jason our tour guide was excellent (great English, great suggestions for food and helped us spot heaps of birds and was more than happy to double as a photographer for us too), Mr Li our driver was also very professional and the car was new and comfortable. If you're thinking about a trip to Jiuzhaigou, don't hesitate taking a four day trip with SunriseChina Expeditions! Even though it's a long drive out of Chengdu, it is absolutely worth it - it will be one of the most beautiful things you'll see in your life! The other stops on the tour are also amazing - Songpan was a surprise highlight, one of the most picture perfect towns we have ever seen :)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from wuboc, Manager at SunriseChina Expeditions
Responded Oct. 27, 2019
Dear Tracey: Thanks for your great review, I am glad you had a great time with us in Chengdu, if you come to Chengdu again, pls find us:) All the best Bruce
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Susan wrote a review Oct. 2019
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The tour is well planned and organised. Everything runs seamlessly, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The organiser is experienced, and has done a fantastic job. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from wuboc, Manager at SunriseChina Expeditions
Responded Dec. 8, 2019
Thank you for your great review, look forward to your coming back in the future
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Lisa G wrote a review Sep. 2019
London, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
We expected wildlife and spectacular scenery, we were confident that we would see muntjac and takin and hoped to glimpse a black bear or golden cat. With the aid and enthusiasm of our excellent guide, Andie, and our driver, Mr Ren, in just two days we saw all of these and more. In the depths of sub-tropical, the Tangjiahe National Park forest we had close encounters with: a pit viper, a golden cat, Chinese goral, takin, muntjac deer, Tibetan macaques, a golden pheasant, boar, an hoopoe, an eagle and countless species of butterflies, birds and insects. We owed most of these encounters to an eagle-eyed Andie who could spot any animal moving or static either side of the valley up to 500m! The only animal we avoided such intimate encounters with were the leeches that lurked in the grass; luckily the combination of a raised pathway with long trousers and walking boots resulted in a leech-free experience for all. The takin, with their gold-hued fleeces, were on their way from the river to the upland meadows gathered in small herds of around a dozen. From a distance their eyes followed us along the trail and when close they happily stood their ground, seeming pretty indifferent to us (though that’s not to say one shouldn’t take precautions during such close sitings). The muntjac were often in pairs and were much more inclined to take flight – so a little trickier to photograph. The goral blended in with and browsed the cliffs and the pit viper slipped away after lying dormant. The Himalayan black bear was about 50m above and ahead of us and on the same trail. Initially we mistook it for the back of a panda but it stepped forward to get a look at us, revealing itself as a large big black bear. Fortunately berries were the only thing it was interested in eating - and its encounter with us did not change that. We experienced the full range of weather from warmth and sun on one day and rain on the other. Walking shoes, light walking trousers, a tee-shirt and water-proof were the order of both days, alongside cameras, plenty of water and snacks. As we ascended though the forest it felt somewhat like the UK’s Lake District but warmer, with bamboo and a lot more things to look out for in more ways than one. Humidity and low cloud gave the forest a mystical atmosphere, helped by the absence of any other people and the ongoing orchestral soundtrack of birds, mammals, insects. We enjoyed two days of walking and a night-time drive along a park track. The most fruitful hike was, unsurprisingly, the toughest. At the summit was the Gansu and Sichuan border and some stunning views that evoked the silhouetted Chinese mountain watercolours. The route served as a practical demonstration of the challenge faced by those people wanting to travel into Sichuan. On paper, a five mile hike with a 450m ascent is an easy half a day stroll – the reality is not so. The sub-tropical climate made it more difficult as did the fact that the trail was composed of many many flights of concrete steps. Andie’s declaration that there would be ‘a lot of steps’ an understatement. The hotel and national park research centre is ensconced half-way up the valley alongside a fast flowing mountain river in wonderful grounds frequented at night by boar and takins. It offered good, while fairly basic, accommodation. The restaurant was a setting for grander occasions than our party warranted. The staff were very friendly and the menu offered a diverse and tasty range of authentic Sichuan dishes – and every meal was served with buckwheat tea (another local specialty). Andie intuitively ensured our choices were a balance of both what we liked and new things to try. It was all good and included tasty vegetarian options. The drive to and from the centre of Chendu was seven hours. Roughly two hours on conventional roads and five on winding mountain roads with a lot of slowing moving traffic which lead to a lot of driving on the ‘other’ side of the road – I will add that this was well executed by our driver. On the road back we visited Qingxi, a walled city and original ‘old town’ on market day. It was fabulous and again with no tourists but us which meant we became an attraction in ourselves. The locals were super smiley and some politely asked us to feature in selfies and some group photos.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from wuboc, Manager at SunriseChina Expeditions
Responded Sep. 16, 2019
Dear Lisa: We really appreciate your good review and glad to hear that you had a great time with Andie in Tangjiahe. In August we did the survey trip there, unfortunately we saw nothing except the monkeys. So we were a little bit worried you would encounter the similar situation as us, but how lucky you were. Hope you everything is fine with you, and in the future if you come back to China again, pls let us know. All the best Noah
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PCOC13 wrote a review Apr. 2019
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions1 helpful vote
Look for Bruce. He has well knowledge for Chengdu and can communicated well in English. This was my 2nd Booking with Bruce Sunrise ChinaExpeditions. I contacted Bruce again 5D4N for Daocheng Yarding. Bruce had done a wonderful arrangement for air tickets and hotels for us. We stayed 3 days in Holiday Inn near Yarding n last night at Daocheng before going back to Chengdu . On the last night at Daocheng, Bruce happened to text me how was my stay and I just replied that the Daocheng Hotel was Super cold and he immediately contacted the hotel and they bought up a heater for us!. Thank you Bruce for being so thoughtful. We met up for lunch when in Chengdu and he also suggested us what places to go and even helped us book High Speed Train tickets when we decided to go outskirts of Chengdu for 1 day. To my surprise he actually bought the High Speed Train tickets and delivered to our hotel within 2 hrs after our lunch together. Me and my Husband were again Super impressed. Go look for Bruce if you decided to come to Chengdu.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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michelledtravels wrote a review Apr. 2019
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This was a great way to see some of the main sights of Chengdu (Qingyang Gong, Cultural Park, People's Park, Wide and Narrow Alley), try lots of tea, and eat some great snacks (I'm still dreaming about that guo kui we ate). Greenie was our guide and had a level of enthusiasm I didn't think was possible. Definitely recommended :)
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Date of experience: March 2019
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