When people visit about Chengdu, pandas are always on the agenda! That’s only right, as the nearly-extinct pandas should thank Chengdu for offering them the best living conditions on earth, and for its massive efforts to help pandas with breeding and training to live in the wild.
But we Chengdu people should also thank those cute pandas, as pandas have brought great renown to the city, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world!
Chengdu, however, has more than just pandas! You’ll find that the city also has an amazing food culture, over 3,000 years of history, and a unique local lifestyle! If you only have one day and want to experience the best that Chengdu can offer, then this trip is just for you.
You’ll receive a welcome call from your guide between 7pm and 8pm, he/she will tell you the exact pick-up time for the next day’s trip. If you are not available at that moment, the tour guide will leave a message for you.
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The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby (or at the appointed location) at the appointed time (usually between 7am and 8am) with a Trippest banner so that you can recognize him or her immediately. You’ll join a group with no more than 6 members – a good size for a better tour experience.
After picking up all the group members we will head to our first destination – Chengdu Panda Base. As you know, Chengdu is a paradise for pandas. Now at least 5 places are opened to the public for seeing pandas in the city and its environs. In order to make the best of your time and make your visit the best possible experience, we choose Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base (Chengdu Panda Base). You may also have a chance to see cute newborn panda babies here.
Regarding the other bases, you can learn more about the differences among them in this article: The 5 Best Places to See Giant Pandas in Chengdu
To make sure you have a better experience, we have designed routes to avoid crowds and queues, and save time, so you have more time to see pandas and take photos!
Pandas are more than good-looking and cute, they are special! Join us to learn the full story of how and why they live in Sichuan. The Giant Panda species has been downgraded from endangered to vulnerable, and you will learn what humans have done to protect these cute national treasures.
Baby pandas in Chengdu Panda Base
Cute pandas are playing games
It’s about 40-minute driving back to Chengdu downtown. We’ll drive to a local restaurant to have a Chengdu Hot pot lunch.
While in Chengdu you should not miss hot-pot! It is not only a meal but also a local cultural phenomenon. Because of the hot and humid weather in summer and cold and wet weather in winter, Chengdu locals love to eat hot-pot, especially spicy hot-pot, as hot-pot is traditionally believed remove the moisture in your body to keep you healthy.
Nowadays there are hot-pot restaurants in almost every street in Chengdu, more than 30,000 in the city, and hot-pot is famous the world over. You may even have seen hot-pot restaurants in your own country.
Today we’ll head to one of the most famous hot-pot restaurants in Chengdu, highly recommended by local people, to experience the original Chengdu hot-pot.
In the grass-root style opera house, lots of old fans gather round here everyday, meet up with friends and enjoy the show. You can be one of them, watching the performance and drinking tea. But the most interesting part of this place is backstage, you will have a chance to go there to see how the actors and actresses makeup and rehearse.
Local opera troupers in Chengdu
Actors and actresses are making up at the backstage
Rehearsal before the show
After the opera show, we’ll head to Chengdu People’s Park and you’ll see how Chengdu locals spend their free time, and you’ll observe their unique culture and leisurely lifestyle.
You’ll see people gathering in tea houses, drinking tea, and playing mahjong. You’ll see earwax-cleaning services, old ladies singing and dancing, and parents putting advertisements in the marriage market for their adult children.
Slow down, and let go of your burdens. Let’s have a cup of tea and enjoy life just as these Chengdu locals do!
Playing mahjong and drinking tea in Chengdu People’s Park
Earwax cleaning in Chengdu (optional)
Ladies are dancing in the park
Marriage market in Chengdu
After visiting Chengdu People’s Park our trip comes to an end. You will be dropped off at your hotel (or other appointed place).
Chengdu people have a colorful nightlife. In addition to all kinds of modern pubs and bars, you can see there are many theaters in Chengdu. Sichuan Opera is very popular in the city.
We recommend that you watch Sichuan Opera in Shu Feng Ya Yun. You’ll have a chance to experience the celebrated changing faces, hand concepts, suona horns and all kinds of distinctive local arts performed by local Chengdu artists.
We encourage you to share your happy experiences of the day with friends on Facebook or via TripAdvisor. This gives more people the chance to see the beautiful scenery of Chengdu. Follow us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trippest/ for updates and our trip photos. We hope to see you again soon.
|Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|$125 USD||$110 USD||Free|