Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, the natural habitat of the famous and endangered giant pandas. This tour takes you on a day trip from Beijing to learn about Chengdu’s history and to see these wonderful animals.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Beijing airport for your flight to Chengdu. Your flight number will be given after the tour is confirmed. Upon arrival at the Chengdu airport, your expert local guide will escort you to a comfortable, private vehicle to experience what Chengdu has to offer in a day.
In the morning, you’ll first visit the Giant Panda Bear Research Center. The center has two types of 'accommodations' for giant pandas - the captive cages and the semi-natural enclosures. Most of the giant pandas in the center stay individually in the captive cages, which are in fact large enclosures, each consisting of an indoor room and an outdoor courtyard. The semi-nature enclosures are very large wild areas protected by border fences. Pandas in these areas will soon be released back into the wild, and these enclosures help them adapt to this natural environment.
Although food has to be provided, the giant pandas will sleep, eat and recover their natural survival skills there until they can be released back to the wild. A visit to this center is one of the best ways to see the pandas the way they are as close to their natural habitat as possible
You’ll have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, and your guide will translate each dish you'll be served.
Afterwards, you’ll visit the Chendu Wuhou Temple, which was constructed in memory of Zhuge Liang, who was a well-known strategist and statesman during the Three Kingdoms Period. Your tour guide will help to provide you with some historical background to help you better understand what the displays in the temple mean.
The temple is located in a southern suburb of Chengdu, and covers a surprisingly big area of 37,000 square meters. It is unsure when exactly this amazing example of Chinese architecture was built, but the atmosphere here is great and the temple is one of the best known sights of the city.
Across from the temple is the Jinli Promenade, a trading and folk art street imitating ancient-style buildings of this region. "Jinli" is the name of an old street in Han-dynasty Chengdu, meaning "make perfection still more perfect and hide the universe in the universe". The ancient Jinli was one of the oldest and the most commercialized streets of its time.
The promenade offers a lot of local culture, including local snacks your tour guide can help you decipher. There are other specialties and souvenirs on offer, but don’t forget to bargain for them!
From here, hop back in your private vehicle for the transfer to the airport in time for your return flight to Beijing or your hotel in Chengdu city center.
- Single or round-trip flights from Beijing to Chengdu
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle in Chengdu
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Meal as per the itinerary (food only)
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Transfer service in Beijing