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Half-Day Chengdu Pandas and Hot Pot Tour

Half-Day Panda & Hot Pot Tour
Half-Day Panda & Hot Pot Tour
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Availability : Depart on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

As the most well-known and adorable residents in Chengdu, pandas are always the most looked-forward-to and eye-catching superstars. For animal lovers, you can’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the pandas’ world and learn fascinating insights about their behavior and history as well as some fun facts.

With our carefully-designed half-day tour, you’ll enjoy spending time with these black and white bears, exploring the local cuisine-rich culture and the laid-back lifestyle, and having a tasty hot pot.

What to Expect
  • Start your trip later. Get ample sleep and prepare for your trip in the morning.
  • Visit the pandas in the best possible way. Get up close to the pandas without standing in long queues.
  • Enjoy a tasty hot pot in a restaurant without too much crowding.
The Design of the Day Trip
  • No shopping, no tricks, no queuing… mini-groups of 6 participants make full use of your day with this well-designed itinerary to discover the city.
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off. No more worries about the complicated traffic system in Chengdu.
  • A local English-speaking guide will show you around, professional and passionate about making sure you have a wonderful day!
  • Connect seamlessly with your onward train or flight.
Detailed Itinerary

The Day Before Your Day Trip

We will send you an email before 6pm with the following information:    

  • Driver’s contact details and information
  • Tour guide’s contact details
  • Registration number of the vehicle that will collect you    
  • In addition, your tour guide will call you to give you all the relevant information regarding your trip the next day. This information should include the collection time at your hotel.    

Just in case you fail to receive an email or a telephone call from your tour guide, you can contact us at any time via this number: +86-18807734970. Your trip advisor will be able to help you.

Good to Know
  • Due to Internet security concerns in China, you might be unable to access popular websites and applications. These websites include YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Due to this situation, you might not receive your emails or other relevant information. To avoid this, we recommend that you access a VPN service before you travel to China. This will ensure that you can get all your relevant information during the trip. 

8am–9:30amHotel Pick-Up and Drive to Dujiangyan or Chengdu Panda Base

You will find your guide waiting for you at a previously agreed place, which is usually your hotel’s lobby, at an appointed time. For easy recognition, your guide will be holding a Trippest banner.

You will then link up with your group, which will have a maximum of six members. This mini group tour is good for you to have a better experience.    

After collecting all of your group members, you will head to your first destination where you will have the opportunity to see giant pandas.

Where you will go to see them depends on the season, and you can see why the different venues are chosen when you read this article: The 5 Best Places to See Giant Pandas in Chengdu

For the ultimate panda viewing experience, we try to offer you the best options depending on the weather and period that you are traveling to Chengdu in. Generally, there are two different alternatives depending on the season that you visit in:

  • May – October (peak season). You will go to Dujiangyan Panda Base during this hectic period to avoid crowds of tourists. However, if it rains you might fail to see the pandas and we will take you to an indoor location at Dujiangyan Panda Valley instead.  
  • November – April (off season). This period is usually less crowded, and you will go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you can see the achingly adorable baby pandas.      
Additional Information
  • We don’t provide activities where you can touch pandas, such as holding pandas or joining volunteer programs.
  • Pandas are lively in the morning. Therefore, you will leave your hotel half an hour earlier to see the liveliest pandas during the day if you visit the Chengdu breeding base.
  • Keep a safe distance from the pandas during the visit. Don’t cross over the fences.
  • Take note that you will only receive free transportation if you reside within Chengdu’s three ring roads.
  • To ensure professionalism and safety, Trippest only employs drivers with over 5 years of experience.
  • We do not use vehicles that are more than 5 years old and all of our vehicles undergo regular inspections. The vehicles are also insured and air-conditioned.

We ensure your safety by equipping the vehicles with working safety belts. In addition, we offer unlimited bottled water. All you need to do is inform your trip advisor if you have any special needs with regard to the vehicle (such as special seats for children) and the matter will be catered to. 

To fully guarantee your safety, we buy trip assurance to cover each individual section on the trip.   

9:30am–11amVisit Pandas

Our trips are designed to make sure that you enjoy a good day without wasting any time so you can spend more time with these cute pandas. Staring at them and not having to do anything alone ensures you have a delightful time. Enjoy the peaceful time available with the pandas and commit the experience to memory by taking photos and videos.

Additional Information
  • Carry a long lens if you want detailed pictures of the giant pandas. Keep in mind that you mustn’t use your flash when taking photos.  
  • You should also resist the urge to feed the pandas.
  • Don’t shout at the pandas, no matter how excited you are.

11:00–14:30 pmEnjoy Chengdu’s Hot Pot

After an exciting morning, you may be hungry. Visit a popular local restaurant – Shujiuxiang Hot Pot Restaurant near People’s Park – to enjoy the most popular local food in Chengdu — hot pot.

The meal is so popular in China that there are approximately 3,000 restaurants offering hot pot in Chengdu. If you love spicy food, Chengdu is a food paradise.

Don’t worry if you are not a fan of spicy food as we will offer other dishes for you to eat. Eating in China is also an interesting learning opportunity during your trip. Your guide will show you how to use chopsticks effectively and the process of eating hot pot. We arrange for our customers to enjoy lunch with local people so that you can understand more about the local culture and lifestyle. 

Additional Information
  • You’ll find that there are many people queueing up for seats during lunchtime but we will try to make a reservation in advance to avoid wasting your precious time.
  • You will have enough time to enjoy your hot pot and learn more about the hot pot’s history and culture from your guide.

14:00–14:30 pmReturn to Your Hotel or Go to the Train Station/Airport

Having a good meal is the ending to your half-day tour in Chengdu. After finishing it, you will be driven back to your hotel or the train station/airport. We also offer a transfer service between your hotel and the airport/train station.

You can click here to book this service or to learn more about it. Don’t forget to inform us before you travel to ensure perfect connections during your trip.   

Additional Information
  • If you wish to take a flight out of Chengdu, we advise you to book it after 5pm so that you have enough time to get to the airport.     
  • If you wish to take a train out of Chengdu, we advise that you book a train departing after 4pm. This will ensure that you enjoy your activities without fear of missing the train.
  • After your trip, you can share your experiences on Facebook or TripAdvisor. We wish you a pleasant journey in Chengdu!
Dates and prices
Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
$139 USD $129 USD Free


Price Include:
  • Admission to Panda bases and the Temple of Marquis.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guide service.
  • Chengdu hot-pot lunch at Shujiuxiang Restaurant.
  • Tea and snacks at Chengdu People's park.
Price Exclude:
  • Tickets to watch the Sichuan Opera at night.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Your personal expenses.

What is the hotel pick-up and drop-off area?

The hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the 3rd Ring Road of Chengdu.

For further distances, you need to hire a taxi to the appointed hotel which your tour guide will tell you the day before the trip.

A Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Area Map of Chengdu City

What is your cancellation policy?

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for canceled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms of cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

What if I want to make a last-minute booking?

In order to making sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and make sure the availability we usually require customer make their booking at least 24 hours in advance and that’s why you can not book directly on-line for a 24-hour last-minute booking.
But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent booking, please make a phone call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability (usually it is available ) or send an email (not recommended as you may not get the response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com