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.
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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:
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!
Baby pandas in Chengdu Panda Base
Cute pandas are playing games
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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!
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|Adult (age 12+)||Child (age 2 – 11)||Infant (age < 2)|
|$159 USD||$149 USD||Free|