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One-Day Chengdu Highlights Tour

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Availability : Departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Max People : 6 people per group
Trip Overview

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.

What to Expect
  • Visit the white-and-black cute pandas in a Panda Breeding and Research Center.
  • Experience the famous food most popular among Chengdu locals – Hot pot!
  • Visit the backstage of Sichuan Opera tea house to explore authentic local leisure activities.
  • Tea houses, earwax cleaning, mahjong… idle your time away in a local park like a Chengdu native.
The Design of the Day Trip
  • No shopping, no tricks, no queuing… mini-groups of 6 participants make full use of the day with this well-designed itinerary to explore the city.
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off. No need to worry about the complicated traffic system in Chengdu.
  • A local English-speaking guide will show you around, Our guides are professional and passionate about making sure you have a wonderful day!
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Detailed Itinerary

A Welcome Call Before Your Day Trip

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.

Just in case that if you don’t receive our emails or phone calls, please call our 24-hour hotline at +86-18074837277 or add WeChat ID: tracy-tang829 and we will put things right.

7:00 - 8:00Hotel Pickup

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.

Good to Know:
  • In order to escape the crowds, the tour guide might give you an earlier pickup time in the morning (at about 7am – 7:30am), you will be told by the tour guide during the welcome call.
  • We offer free hotel pick-up and drop-off services if your hotel/airbnb/accommodation is within the 3rd ring road of Chengdu City. 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 have at least 5 years of driving experience to ensure you have a safe trip. Our vehicles are comfortable and spacious, equipped with a safety belt on every seat, air conditioners, and unlimited bottled water.

8:00 – 8:40Drive to Chengdu Panda Base

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

9:00 –11:00Visit Pandas

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

Good to Know:
  • 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.
  • Some panda houses are a little away from fencing. We suggest you bring a telephoto lens if possible, so you can capture panda details.
  • Please DO NOT use flashlight. Particularly baby pandas, their eyes are very sensitive to light. Bright light may well hurt them.
  • Please DO NOT feed them with your own food. Your food is not good for them. They have their own daily diet.
  • Please DO NOT shout loudly at them, respect their living habits, they don’t like being disturbed.

11:00 – 13:00Drive to Chengdu and Enjoy a Hot pot Lunch at a Local Restaurant.

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.

Good to Know:
  • Don’t like spicy food? Don’t know how to use chopsticks? Don’t know how to order hotpot or know the local table manners while having hot-pot? Don’t worry. 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 show you how to 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 at restaurants then. 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.

13:30 – 14:30Visit a Local Chengdu Opera Tea House and Explore the Backstage.

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.

Good to Know:
  • What do they sing? Just some stories ranging from ancient times to present day. Performers tell audiences these stories in exaggerated and theatrical ways. The tour guide will give you a brief introduction to you when the show is on.
  • We usually call these venerable performers “Masters”. They are respected. And they’re happy to teach Sichuan Opera if you have great interest. You can also pay 128 yuan per person to try on opera costumes and do a little opera makeup (This part is optional and the fee is on your own expense.).
  • You won’t see the celebrated artistic performances like changing faces, rolling light, etc, because Chengdu locals don’t watch these performances in every day life.

Local opera troupers in Chengdu

Actors and actresses are making up at the backstage

Rehearsal before the show

14:50–16:30Experience the Unique Local Leisurely Lifestyle in Chengdu People’s Park

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

16:30–17:30Drive Back to Your Hotel

After visiting Chengdu People’s Park our trip comes to an end. You will be dropped off at your 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.

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 ticket, which cost 320 yuan.
  • If you would like to watch this opera please feel free to ask your guide to help you book tickets. Your guide will stay with you through 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)
$125 USD $110 USD Free


Price Includes:
  • Admission to Panda Base and local Sichuan Opera tea house.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking local guide service.
  • Chengdu hot-pot lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Tea and mahjong at Chengdu People's Park.
Price Excludes:
  • Earwax cleaning fee.
  • Tickets to watch the Sichuan Opera (Shu Feng Ya Yun) at night.
  • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (recommended).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Airport and train station transfer service.

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 tour days.
  • 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 make sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and ensure availability we usually require customers to make their booking at least 24 hours in advance. You can not book directly on-line within 24 hours for a last-minute booking.
But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent bookings, please call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability (usually trips are available) or send an email (not recommended as you may not get a response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com

How to connect to Whatsapp, Google, Facebook and other social media when you're traveling in China?

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 emails and other important information. For this reason, we highly recommend you to sign up for a VPN service (for example, ExpressVPN) before your trip, to make sure you can connect to the global internet.