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How to Spend 2 Days in Chengdu

How to Spend 2 Days in Chengdu

With two days to spend in the Sichuan capital, you’ll have time to see the giant pandas; gawk at the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and take in the sights and sounds of this busy city of 14 million people. Read on for tips on how to make the most of your 48 hours in Chengdu.

Day 1: City Sights

**Morning:**Get an early start to see one of Chengdu’s most popular attractions, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Join a guided tour for hassle-free transportation from your hotel to observe these gentle giants as they eat breakfast and play in their naturalistic enclosures. You’ll also have the chance to see red pandas and other regional species, and if you’re lucky, you might get to see baby pandas in the center’s Panda Nursery. 

**Afternoon:**Take the afternoon to explore the streets of Chengdu, the gateway to Southwest China and Tibet. Hit the pavement for a walking tour of the city’s historic shopping streets, or pedal past the city’s most famous sights by bike. Consider visiting Wenshu Temple, Qingyang Palace, or the busy Song Xian Qiao antique market. Opt for a private sightseeing tour for greater flexibility to see what you want and skip what you don’t.

**Night:**After a day of sightseeing, reward yourself (and your tastebuds) with the fiery flavors of Sichuan during an evening food tour of the city. A local guide can take you to the best city eateries to sample some of the foods Chengdu is famous for. Book a hot pot tour to enjoy the city’s most famous food, or choose a back-alley food tour to try everything from noodles to savory pancakes. 

Day 2: Giant Buddha

**Morning:**Now that you’ve had a taste of Chengdu, rise early for a day trip into the countryside to see one of the region’s most famous attractions, the Leshan Giant Buddha. Most day trips to this statue—the largest of its kind in the world—start with a 2-hour drive through the countryside, followed by time to hike to the temple atop the Buddha’s head or explore the surrounding temples.

**Afternoon:**It’s possible to spend an entire day at the Giant Buddha statue. If you’ve visited the top and bottom of the statue in the morning, take the afternoon to take a river cruise to see it from the water, or visit Wuyou Temple, where you’ll find one of the best spots for viewing the statue. Some tours also include an afternoon visit to a local fishing village for insight into the day-to-day lives of Sichuan’s residents.

**Night:**End your trip with a bang by booking seats at a cultural show. Sichuan opera is a popular option, with its unique face changing, folk music, acrobatics, and folk dance. It’s possible to combine an opera performance with a traditional Chengdu hot pot dinner.

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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer

Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer

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Spend a morning with some of China’s most famous residents at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center from Chengdu. Led by a professional panda keeper, meander through the facilities and observe the pandas while you learn about their breeding and life stages. Also, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Red Panda area to learn more about this quiet yet territorial mammal.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$87.00
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$87.00
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Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu

Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu

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Experience the mesmerizing melodies and intense action of the Sichuan Opera during a performance in Chengdu’s Shufenf Yayun Teahouse. Marvel at dazzling dancers and astounding acrobats as they deliver an extravagant spectacle of color and culture. Upgrade to enjoy unrivalled stage views from luxurious seats and pleasure your palate with snacks to accompany a Sichuan tea. For the ultimate experience, opt for ear grooming, a Chinese massage and a show costume dress up session that comes with a complimentary photograph.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

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At over 230 feet tall (70 meters), the 1,300-year-old Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world and attracts visitors from around the globe. Keep yourself from getting lost in the crowds of this UNESCO-listed attraction by visiting with the comfort and convenience of a private tour, which includes informative commentary, transportation from your hotel, and a side-trip to a local fishing village. This tour also includes all entrance fees, high-speed train tickets, and lunch.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$219.00
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Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit

Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit

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Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Chengdu on an enriching full-day tour of the spectacular city. On this private tour, venture to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to spend several hours observing adorable pandas, and then absorb the sacred ambience of the Zen Buddhist monastery during a leisurely lunch. Sip refreshing tea at a traditional teahouse in the picturesque park, and then meander through the narrow alleys of Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Upgrade to immerse yourself in the melodious magic of the Sichuan opera.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$147.00
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All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

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Combine a trip to the Chengdu Giant Panda Base with a visit to the Leshan Giant Buddha on this full-day private tour from Chengdu. With a private guide, travel via high-speed rail and private transfer. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

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Absorb the mammoth magnificence of the world’s largest stone Buddha statue on a private full-day tour of the Grand Buddha of Leshan from Chengdu. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the colossal size of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument and take an illuminated journey down trails that weave around the structure. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a flavorsome Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel on this enriching excursion.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$214.00
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Chengdu Evening Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Chengdu Evening Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

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Set out in the evening with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dinner dishes in Chengdu on this tour. Explore pedestrian alleyways, hidden parks, and small temples where you visit favorite local eateries. Experience Chengdu's cuisine and culture by eating at the same places that local people do.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour in Sichuan Culture Show with Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu

Private Half-Day Tour in Sichuan Culture Show with Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu

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Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Chengdu during an incredible Sichuan Opera show and traditional dinner. Depart from your hotel in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach and venture within a traditional restaurant to devour the local delicacy of Sichuan hot-pot. Sated, prepare to feast your eyes upon a colorful spectacle of acrobatics, music and comedy as you watch the extravagant Sichuan opera from a seat in a prime position. 
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  • 4 hours
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$100.00
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Private Chengdu Half Day Bike Tour

Private Chengdu Half Day Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience on a half-day bike tour of Chengdu, led by a knowledgeable local guide. Immerse yourself in the traditional culture of the city as you visit the favorite haunts of locals to see how they pursue daily leisure activities. Visit legendary landmarks like the Wenshu Temple and the Qingyang Palace and cycle between impressive monuments at a leisurely pace tailored to your ability. Gain fascinating insight into the rich heritage of Chengdu as you absorb its unique ambience on this energizing and enriching excursion.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$67.00
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$67.00
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