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Chengdu, China
1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Gain an overview of the city of Chengdu on this guided tour of the city featuring its major historical and contemporary attractions. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors wanting to learn about the city’s ancient history and modern life from a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and includes a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
  • Visit the historic Wenshu Monastery and Kuan-Zhai Lane
  • Learn about contemporary day-to-day life at People’s Park
  • Typical Sichuan-style lunch at a local restaurant included
  • Private transportation including hotel pickup and drop-off
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Professional licensed English-speaking tour guide
Private transportation according to the itienerary
Tasty lunch in local Sichuan style restaurant or hotpot(depend on which tour option you choose)
Transportation per itinerary
Jasmine tea in People's Park
Free hotel pick-up and drop-off within 3rd ring road
Personal expense
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up&drop off surcharge iif hotel is out of 3rd ring road

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer free hotel pick-up&drop-off within 3rd road

Departure Time

7:40 AM
Begin your tour of Chengdu with pickup from your centrally located hotel. Board a private vehicle and drive to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on the outskirts of the city.

Tour the panda conservation and research center with your guide to learn about this endangered species’ behavior and environmental needs. Your guide knows the best spots for viewing pandas away from the crowds.

Then, continue to Wenshu Monastery, a Buddhist temple from the Tang Dynasty known for its artwork and relics. Tour the historical neighborhood and local market outside of the monastery, and stop for an authentic Sichuan-style lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit the People’s Park in central Chengdu. Relax in bamboo armchairs and sip jasmine tea like the locals while learning about day-to-day life in Chengdu. On your way out of the park, walk down Kuan-Zhai Lane, a street notable for its historic importance and contemporary charm.

Return to your hotel or any other specified drop-off point at the end of your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
Morning, meet your guide at hotel lobby and drive out of downtown Chengdu to the world famous Panda Breeding Center. As you spend the morning exploring this panda wonderland, your experienced guide will take you on the quieter paths,  while providing insightful facts about giant pandas. As you begin your tour, you will see the center’s more sedate adult pandas, but your walk takes you to the “teenage” juvenile panda enclosure, where five or more three year old live in a large open enclosure, making for wonderful photographs. At the top of the hill, the panda nursery and kindergarten house the most adorable baby pandas. You might see them drinking milk or eating bamboo, rolling around on the grass, or occasionally fighting.  Depending on the weather, they could be climbing trees or snoozing under them. Unpredictable, but always entertaining!. The Panda Breeding Center also protects the endangered red panda – a type of raccoon, with a long tail and beautiful red fur.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chengdu Renmin Park
After leaving the Panda Breeding Center, your guide will take you to  taste authentic Sichuan style dishes in local restaurant.(You can upgrade to hotpot lunch) After lunch, you will visit the People's Park, a green oasis in the cement forest of Chengdu.   Sit in bamboo armchairs and sip a cup of jasmine tea in a traditional tea house while mingling with the locals and experiencing the relaxed Chengdu life. Inside the park, you will see many of the everyday activities, including dancing, singing, and match making!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuanzhai Alley
As you leave the People's Park, a short walk will take you to the Kuan-Zhai Alleys (Wide-Narrow Alleys), a well traveled Chengdu landmark. Here you will see the historical remains of the old Chengdu city and experience the leisure lifestyle of Chengdu locals. Walking through the alleys, you will enter both the most local and ancient yet international and stylish part of Chengdu. This city tour will conclude around 4pm and your guide will escort you back to your hotel. To enrich the experience and ensure the flexibility ,you can choose the following tour options at the time of booking • City Tour with standard lunch • City tour with local special hotpot lunch(half spicy&half non spicy hotpot can be arranged) • City tour with hotpot lunch+Sichuan Opera(VIP seat)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please provide address of your hotel at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off within 3rd ring road
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY West China Go Travel Service

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day
Steven_G
, May 2021
Great Tour by Susan! Seamless entry to the Panda Research base, wonderful hot pot meal, very helpful pointing out details of the wide and narrow alleys and helping locate specific souvenirs and gifts, awesome seats to the opera. Made for a wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day!
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We had a great time in the full day...
JUAN R
, Nov 2017
We had a great time in the full day service tour with Amy, starting early on at the Panda Center, she helped us avoid the crowds and took us to very good viewing spots, then to the People's park, with clear explanations about daily life activities for the Chengdu city dwellers, nice Sichuan lunch after the Temple visit, and finishing visiting the old picturesque alleys.
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Very successful trip made more so...
andrew k
, Nov 2017
Very successful trip made more so by Winnie our guide She was very professional with a pleasant style but was also great fun to be with
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If you only have 1 day in Chengdu...
Carol-Ann L
, Mar 2017
If you only have 1 day in Chengdu, this is a great way to see the highlights! Our group of 5 coworkers was picked up at the hotel by a comfortable minibus and treated to the excellent narration of our guide Cassie. We started at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding first thing in the morning when the pandas were eating and the young ones were frolicking. Such fun to watch and Cassie knew the best way to navigate through this large park. On my own I probably would have wandered for hours and only seen half as much! The pandas are as awesome as the videos you've seen and stories you heard! We had a lot of ground to cover, so no time for souvenir shopping though. :- After the pandas we stopped at the Comrade's Cantina, a restaurant modeled after the communal eating establishments of the Cultural Revolution. The place was jammed, but Cassie made sure we had a great selection of food, probably the best meal I had during my 2 weeks in China! After stuffing ourselves, we headed back toward the city center for a walk around the historic Wenshu Buddhist Monastery. For those sensitive to scents, there is a lot of incense being burned. I had to resort to wearing a mask to ward off the smog and other vapors. Again, Cassie provided great explanations of the history of Buddhism, the monastery, and contemporary Chinese thinking. We made a quick stop at the shop across the street where the famous water noodles are made and served. The noodles themselves don't have any distinct taste, but the sauces they put on will burn a hole in your mouth! :- Next was Wide and Narrow Alleys, which is an old military installation turned into a tourist center. It was very crowded with restaurants and shops of all kinds - even Starbucks! Its definitely a place to people watch and shop if you like that. You can get your ears cleaned too - a uniquely Chengdu experience I was not brave enough to try. They put a pointy object in your ear and then touch the other end with a vibrating tuning fork. Apparently it feels good if you're brave! Our next stop was People's Park with a stroll through to see huge groups of line dancers, a boating lake, food booths, the Match Making Corner, and many tea houses. We stopped for traditional afternoon tea and Cassie taught us how to play Mah Jong. It was a relaxing ending to an informative tour. Highly recommended!
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I'm originally from Ireland and have...
Anthony F
, Feb 2017
I'm originally from Ireland and have been living and working in China for the past three and a half years. This was my first trip to Chengdu so I didn't know the city that well,so decided to take a tour with this company. It was a great investment. My guide Cassie and driver promptly picked me up at 8.15 am and off we went to see the pandas. We went nice and early,not a huge crowd and got to see at least 20 of those special creatures enjoying their breakfast. I also saw some red pandas there,fascinating. After a wonderful stay of about three hours we went to the Wenshu Temple,a serene place where many Buddhists like to visit and pray. After a break for lunchconsisting of a selection of small Sichuan dishes we went to the Peoples Park and drank tea. It was quite busy with many locals doing the same as us. It rained a lot so Cassie and I sat there talking for about an hour. Her English skills are good and she told me many things about Chengdu and the daily life there. We finished the tour at the Kuanzhai Alleys,a vibrant and interesting place. Then I was driven back to my hotel after a thoroughly enjoyable experience. So glad I took the tour,it was good value,Cassie was very informative and able to answer any query and the driver was prompt and well organized. Couldn't have had a better introduction to Chengdu! : Recommended.
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My daughter and I booked the...
colette b
, Jan 2017
My daughter and I booked the half-day tour of Chengdu and we happened to have Lily as our wonderful guide. Lily was prompt and cheery as she picked us up from the hotel in the morning, urging us to ask any questions we might have throughout the day. At the panda breeding center, she gave us lots of great tidbits on the park's history and operations, took us to several great panda viewing sites, and let us move through them at our own pace so that we never felt rushed. For lunch, Lily asked what kind of food and setting we were looking for and, when we said we were very open to new things, she suggested a simple, but unique vegetarian meal at a nunnery. Apart from being extremely delicious, the meal was definitely an unexpected highlight of the day as we shared the space in silence with the nuns and other diners. We then enjoyed a leisurely walk through the old section of Chengdu, stopping at shops and monasteries, and having all our questions met by very insightful responses from Lily. From there, Lily took us to the city center, showing us where we could buy post cards, pointing out local delicacies, and providing us a personal look into the dynamics of the city through her experience growing up there. To end the tour, she took us through the Railway Memorial Park, where she provided interesting backstory to the dance troupes and social groups meeting there. Finally, we had a nice, relaxing tea at the city's oldest teahouse, where Lily showed us proper tea etiquette and gave us an impromptu lesson on texting with Chinese characters. Upon saying goodbye, Lily reiterated that she liked to think of her tour guests as new friends and that we were free to contact her any time which we took her up on later that day in asking her for dinner suggestions. Her cheerfulness, openness, flexibility and attentiveness to our needs and style of traveling made her an impeccable guide, and the tour the best part of our visit to Chengdu. Thanks, Lily!
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my husband and I had an amazing time...
MARIA C
, Dec 2016
my husband and I had an amazing time at Chengdu, China thanks to our private tour guide Lily She is just awesome. She showed us the best places in Chengdu! Always in our hearts Lily, thank you so much! I would, recommend this company, Lily and driver are amazing, professionals, honest, et.
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Getting to the panda centre early...
John I
, Dec 2016
Getting to the panda centre early was a great advantage. While the centre is not crowded at this time of year it is still better to get there before the numbers build up. Nothing can beat the experience of seeing pandas in something approaching their natural habitat. And, the baby pandas are just incredible! The number of venues visited in the city was just right there is no point in trying to pack in too much. It is only by a leisurely-paced walk around the streets, parks and markets that one can get a good feel for the city and its people. The guide, Lily, was both charming and informative with excellent English and was able to explain various aspects of the local culture.

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