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One-Day Chengdu Highlights Tour

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Availability : Depart on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Max People : Max. 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

When people talk 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 with 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.

What to Expect
  • Visit cute pandas in the best possible way: no waiting, fewer crowds and closer proximity!
  • Experience the famous food most popular among Chengdu locals – hotpot!
  • Tea houses, earwax cleaning, playing mahjong… idle your time away in a local park like a native of Chengdu.
  • Visit the Temple of Marquis and Jinli Street to discover the ancient heroes and stories of the Three Kingdoms Period, about 1,700 years ago.
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!
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Detailed Itinerary

The Day Before Your Day Trip

You’ll receive an email from Trippest before 6 pm, with information and contact details of your tour guide, your driver and your vehicle number. Also, you’ll receive a phone call from your guide, who will tell you the exact pick-up time for the next day’s trip.

If for any reason you don’t receive our email or phone call (it’s never happened before), please call our 24-hour hotline at +86-13978318907 and we will put things right.

Good to Know:
  • Due to state control of internet security in China, many popular websites and APPs are blocked, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WhatsApp etc. It is very possible that you may not be able to receive your emails and other important information. For this reason, we highly recommend you sign up for a VPN service (for example, Nord VPN) before your trip, to make sure you can connect to the global internet.

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

Your guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby (or at the appointed location) at the appointed time (usually 8 am) with a Trippest banner so 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, a must-do while in Chengdu. Yes, let’s visit the cute national treasures – the pandas!

Chengdu is a paradise for pandas. At least 5 places are open to the public for seeing pandas in the city and its environs.

Due to time constraints, however, we usually take visitors to one of the three main bases nearest Chengdu: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base (Chengdu Panda Base), Panda Valley, and Dujiangyan Panda Base (Panda Paradise). You can examine the differences between these bases in this article: The 5 Best Places to See Giant Pandas in Chengdu

We choose different panda places for the best possible experience, according to our research on visitor volume and weather conditions. Usually, it goes like this:

  • During high season (from May. 1 to Nov. 30), we visit Panda Paradise in Dujiangyan, as it is less crowded and you can get a closer view of the pandas. (If it’s a rainy day we visit Panda Valley, where you can see the pandas in-house.)
  • During low season (from December 1 to April 30), we visit Chengdu Panda Base where you may have a chance to see cute newborn panda babies.
Good to Know:
  • We DO NOT offer the photo-with-pandas program, in order to protect both visitors and pandas. According to some Chinese rules and regulations, it is illegal.
  • We DO NOT recommend panda volunteer programs in Chengdu, in order to protect pandas. We doubt there is always a real spirit of volunteering. If you really love pandas, please give them their freedom and keep your distance.
  • The best time to visit pandas is in the morning, as they are more active in the morning and they usually rest in the afternoon.
  • In order to escape the crowds, we start 30 minutes earlier in the morning (at about 7:30), if we visit the Chengdu Panda Base.
  • We offer free hotel pick-up and drop-off services if your hotel is within Chengdu’s 3rd ring road. For further distances, there might be an extra cost for the transfer. Please provide your hotel information on the booking form.
  • Our drivers are licensed and experienced with at least 5 years of driving experience to make sure you have a safe trip, while our vehicles are comfortable and spacious, equipped with a safety belt on every seat, air conditioners and unlimited bottled water.
  • We buy trip insurance for each tourist, to watch out for your safety.

9:30am–11amVisit Pandas

To make sure you have a better experience, we have designed the best possible routes to avoid crowds and queues, and save your time, so you have more time to see pandas and take photos with them!

Good to Know:
  • In order to capture panda details, we suggest you bring a telephoto lens.
  • In order to protect pandas please do not use flashlights, do not feed them with your own food, and do not shout loudly at them.

Baby pandas in Chengdu Panda Base

Cute pandas are playing games

11:00–14:30 pmDrive to Chengdu and enjoy a hot-pot lunch in a local Chengdu restaurant.

After visiting those cute pandas we’ll drive to the Shujiuxiang Restaurant near the People’s Park 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 helps to 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 now hot-pot is famous the world over. You may have seen hot-pot restaurants in your own country, right?

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.

Good to Know:
  • Don’t like spicy food? Don’t know how to use chopsticks? Don’t know how to order hotpot or understand table manners while having hot-pot? Don’t worry, we have considered all these questions. We can order two-flavor hot-pot, allowing you to taste both spicy and non-spicy flavors. Your guide will help you order food and help you eat hot-pot like a local.
  • Locals in Chengdu like to eat hot-pot in the evening. That’s why you’ll see long lines of people queuing for food. But we’ll have hot-pot at midday so we don’t have to wait, and we’ll enjoy it in a more comfortable environment.

14:00–15:30 pmExperience the unique local leisurely lifestyle in Chengdu People’s Park

After a delicious hot-pot lunch we’ll walk to Chengdu People’s Park and you’ll see how Chengdu locals spend their free time and 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 put down your burdens. Let’s have a cup of tea and enjoy life just as these Chengdu locals do!

Tea-house in Chengdu People’s Park

Ear-wax cleaning in Chengdu

Ladies are dancing in the park

Marriage market in Chengdu

15:30–17:00 pmVisit the Temple of Marquis and Jinli Street

Chengdu has not only pandas and food, but also a long history. The most famous part of its history is that of the Three Kingdoms (220–280 AD), more than 1,700 years ago.

You might hear about one of China’s four most famous classic novels, Romance of the Three Kingdoms; and yes, a lot of the book’s stories happened right here in Chengdu.

The temple we will visit is the graveyard of Liu Bei, the Emperor Hanzhaoliedi. Liu began to build his mausoleum here in 223 AD.

Now the temple has also become a place of memorial for a famous prime minister in ancient China named Zhuge Liang, an outstanding politician, strategist, litterateur, calligrapher and inventor in Chinese history.

Want to know those wonderful stories of the Three Kingdoms and be amazed by the wisdom of ancient Chinese heroes? Your guide will tell you the stories.

The Statue of Zhuge Liang in the Temple of Marquis

After visiting the Temple of Marquis, we’ll walk to a famous street nearby – Jinli Street. This used to be one of the busiest streets in ancient Chengdu, and now having been renewed and maintained, Jinli preserves the feeling of the ancient Three Kingdoms: featuring ancient architecture, tea houses, hostels, pubs and bar, theatres, foods and snacks, handicrafts and all kinds of stores, it is an absolutely fantastic place for food and shopping!

Jinli Street in Chengdu

Yong ladies dressed with ancient costume at Jinli Street

17:00–17:30 pmVisit a Tibetan residential street

After visiting the Temple of Marquis and Jinli Street we’ll visit a Tibetan residential street tucked away in the center of Chengdu. Most inhabitants of this street are Tibetan.

Walking around you’ll feel like you’re in Lhasa, with Tibetan culture all around. Moreover, you’ll have an opportunity to taste the popular local snacks in the street.

17:30–18:30 pmDrive back to your hotel

After visiting the Tibetan street our trip comes to an end. You can continue to shop and eat in Jinli Street (your guide will be more than happy to recommend the best shops and restaurants to you) or of course, to go back to your hotel. Your driver will drop you off at the hotel (or other appointed place).

Night Activity Recommendation: (This is not included in the itinerary)

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. Amazing and funny!

Good to Know:
  • This play starts at about 8 pm and lasts about 1.5 hours.
  • In order have a better experience we suggest you book VIP tickets, which cost about 200 yuan.
  • If you would like to watch this opera please feel free to ask your guide to help you book tickets. Your guide will escort you for the whole show and finally send you back to your hotel in Chengdu. If you choose to watch the show, your guide can also recommend a restaurant for dinner nearby (this isn’t included in the price).
  • Please note that if you decide to watch the show it means you agree to give up taking our vehicle back to your hotel. You’ll need to pay the taxi fee back to your hotel, which usually costs around 30–50 yuan.
Share Your Experiences

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.

Dates and prices
Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
$159 USD $149 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.
FAQs

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