About Sichuan

Sichuan, a province in Southwestern China, has a brief name of Shu, for during the Three Kingdoms period, Liu Bei established the Shu Kingdom here, and the current name is an abbreviation of "Four circuits of rivers” during the Northern Song Dynasty.

Sichuan has more than 15 minority groups and Han people in a population of 100 millions in 485000 square km, and mostly are Han people, Yi, Tibetan, Hui, Qiang people, and known the China as the only ethnic enclave of Qiang people, and the biggest ethnic enclave of Yi people.

It’s true that each of these minorities has its own charm, ethnic style and folk custom. Some of the ethical festivals like Leshan Great Buddha International Tourist Festival, Southland Ice and Snow Festival, Liangshan Yi Minority Torch Festival and Zigong Lantern Festival have become Sichuan's unique tourist resources.

Gifted with lush mountains and exquisite waters, Sichuan is also rich in historical and cultural resources, such as the Emei Mountain, Qingcheng Mountain, and Long Valley, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Leshan Giant Buddha, and Jiuzhaigou (Nine-Village Valley). The Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan is the home to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base where visitors can see many newly born panda babies playing together. Sichuan has three places listed as the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, the Huanglong Scenic Area, and Emei Mountain including the Leshan Giant Buddha.

Known as “The Land of Abundance”, Sichuan is listed as one of China's major producers of rice, wheat, cotton, rapeseeds, raw silk, oil-bearing crops, meat, and fruit, and also holds a significant place in production of medicinal herbs, pigs and cattle. Sichuan's major industrial products are metals, coal, petroleum, machinery, electric power, well salt, chemicals, electronics, textiles and foodstuff etc.

Collection of Sichuan Orphanages

Based in China, Lead to China works closely with Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China. This section contains detailed information like each orphanage address, photos, travel stories, visit arrangement, and travel tips.

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12 Days Sichuan Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, Orphanage City, Xian, Beijing

  • We can arrange the visiting to all the Sichuan orphanages
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
  • Private guide/ vehicle and diver offer you valued sevice
  • No forced shopping activities

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Small Groups: 2024 LTC Heritage Tours-A


Summer Schedule: Jun 10th, Jun 24th

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Customize Your Own Return Trip

It is another option for those who want a more flexible time frame to work with as well as independence in where you want to go. We'd be happy to guide you regarding any of our programs. Read more...

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Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.