Chengdu
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  • Chengdu Panda Research Base Tickets and Private Tour
  • One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

    2. One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

    If you love pandas, what better way to get up close with them and contribute to their welfare than this 1-day volunteer program at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan? An experience you'll never forget, not only will you work alongside members of the Panda Base staff, you'll be visiting them in their home, learning about conservation and helping to conduct behavioral scientific research on giant and red pandas. You'll arrive at the Research Base entrance around 08:30, where you'll be met by conservation education staff who will act as your translator and guide, before they escort you to the panda enclosure to meet the keeper—your teacher for the day. You'll work alongside the keeper who will assign you tasks including cleaning the pandas' enclosures, food preparation or, one of the highlights – feeding the pandas with apples tied to bamboo rods. You may also have the chance to help bathe t...

    Great one day experience as a Panda keeper! my personal guide was super helpful and friendly and we had a great day together as the facility :)

  • Chengdu: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

    3. Chengdu: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

    Explore Chengdu according to your interests on a full-day, fully-customized tour with a flexible departure. After pickup from your accommodation by your English and Mandarin-speaking driver, head off into the city in a stylish new car with up to 5 passengers for up to 8 hours. With a wealth of attractions on offer at all the major sightseeing spots, your guided tour will give you a personalized experience in Sichuan paradise.  Immerse yourself in the rich, storied culture of the region, or explore the lush natural areas surrounding the city. Get up close and personal with China’s most famous animal at the Giant Panda Breeding Center. Step back in time as you amble down Jinli, a street containing buildings built in Qing Dynasty-style. Marvel at the wealth of culture contained at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the sacred Green Ram Temple.  Along the way, take your guide’s recommendati...

    Fantastic Tour with Kay Yang. Best Tour I have ever been on. Kay Yang was very knowledgeable and all in all the tour was awesome.

  • Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area and Panda Park Day Tour

    4. Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area and Panda Park Day Tour

    Discover 2 of the most popular UNESCO sites near Chengdu as you learn about 2 giants - The Giant Panda and Giant Buddha on this full-day tour. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel located within the 2nd ring of downtown Chengdu. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is just a 1-hour drive away at the edge of the city. Spend approximately 2 to 2.5 hours exploring the breeding center. See over 170 pandas from tiny pink newborns to giants which reach up to 1.5 meters tall. Admire the adorable panda babies running around their play enclosures, laying in the pool, or climbing the trees. Next, head over to the historic Leshan Buddha located is 2.5 hours away along the expressway. Stop for a quick lunch, then discover the world's largest sitting Buddha statue which is about 71 meters high crafted out of a cliff face. If the situation allows, th...

    Was so much fun, had an excellent guide, spoke perfect English and was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this to any travellers wanting to see the pandas and the Leshan giant buddha.

  • Chengdu Panda Base: 4-Hour Private Tour with Pickup/Drop-Off

    5. Chengdu Panda Base: 4-Hour Private Tour with Pickup/Drop-Off

    Explore the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on a half-day tour. After pickup from your accommodation, head off into the panda paradise with your English and Mandarin-speaking guide. Once there, discover a more than 30-year-old famous panda center full of knowledge and fun, and get up close and personal with China's most famous animal. While in the venue, you'll also get to witness the awe-inspiring Red Panda, just one of the many highlights the park has to offer. After a day of discovery at the park, your guide will take you back to your accommodation in Chengdu. During your drive, your informative guide will give you plenty of recommendations for a delicious Sichuan meal or snack, making sure you get the most out of your stay in Chengdu.

  • Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

    6. Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

    Experience the Giant Buddha of Leshan, one of Chinese Buddhism's holiest sites, on this amazing full-day tour from Chengdu. Dating from the 8th century, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is the largest carved stone Buddha and the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. It was cut from the cliffs of Lingyun Shan in the hopes of calming the turbulent waters of the three rivers that flow together under its gaze. Stairs are carved into the cliff that connect the area at the Buddha's feet with the land above, allowing you to view this astonishing sight from a range of vantage points. Views are stunning over elbows and knees, taking in the river scene and Leshan's skyline. Upon arrival in Leshan, we have lunch at a restaurant within sight the Giant Buddha. We'll boat along the waters below to admire the view before climbing above. We'll then explore the Giant Buddha and enjoy fantastic views of the...

  • Chengdu Panda Center & Leshan Giant Buddha Full–Day Bus Tour

    7. Chengdu Panda Center & Leshan Giant Buddha Full–Day Bus Tour

    After pick-up at your hotel lobby in Chengdu city centre between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The center has two types of accommodation for giant pandas - the captive cages and the semi-natural enclosures.  After this visit, drive to Leshan, where you can take a break for lunch on arrival. Then, visit the Leshan Giant Buddha by foot. The Grand Buddha is a 71 meter–high sculpture carved into one of the large cliffs by the river. In addition to the Grand Buddha, there are also numerous smaller carvings of various Buddhas on the Grand Buddha Cliff Road. See the various temples and shrines scattered about, the beautiful Haoshang bridge, and some wonderful small waterfalls. Finally, drive back to Chengdu City, where the bus will drop you at Tianfu Square.

  • Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

    8. Chengdu to Bifengxia Panda Center Private Transfer by Car

    Overview The Bifengxia base was established as a safeguard for the captive Giant Panda population at the Wolong Center. This private transfer takes you from Chengdu Airport to Chengdu Hostel and Bifengxia Panda Center. Service for 2 days from Chengdu Hostel. Construction began in October of 2002 on the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda, Bifengxia Panda Center at Ya'an City, Sichuan Province. The Center opened in the Fall of 2003. This Giant Panda base is a branch of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, (CCRCGP) Wolong Nature Center, under the Department of Forestry. Before construction, the Bifengxia base was a maiden forest with no power, no road and no housing. Dr. Tang Chunxiang, Assistant Director and Chief Veterinarian, described the base as a "blank paper, waiting for great events to occur." In...

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What people are saying about Chengdu

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Excellent all day tour, we were picked up from our hotel at 7:30 am and dropped off in the city center at around 8 pm. Tour involves a lot of driving between the two locations so be mindful of that in advance.

Was so much fun, had an excellent guide, spoke perfect English and was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this to any travellers wanting to see the pandas and the Leshan giant buddha.

We received a call the night before letting us know the pick up time. The tour guide picked us up in the morning from the lobby, spoke English. He was very friendly and helpful throughout the tour.

Mark, our tour guide, was exceptional. He was extremely knowledgeable and ensured we had a perfect visit. I would highly recommend this trip and our guide.

Fantastic Tour with Kay Yang. Best Tour I have ever been on. Kay Yang was very knowledgeable and all in all the tour was awesome.