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3 Days Chengdu City Highlights Tour

Chengdu

Highlights

Visit:
Chengdu Panda Base
Wenshu Temple
Renmin Park
 
Dufu Thatched Cottage
Jinli Old Street
Experience:
Spend some happy hours with the cute giant pandas;
Taste spicy Sichuan cuisine at local restaurant;
Enjoy the special atmosphere of this leisure city.

Sampling Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the Hometown of Giant Pandas! You’ll be met by our local guide at the arrival hall of Chengdu airport / train station and escorted to your hotel in downtown area by a private, comfortable and non-smoking vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to explore this leisure city.

Optional activity: Enjoy the typical Sichuan cuisine (like Hot Pot) for dinner in a local restaurant.

Sichuan Local Cuisine - Hotpot

Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, drive about 15km to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (simply Chengdu Panda Base). This base is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk through the verdant bamboo-framed path, gain fascinating insight into the progression of baby pandas to young adult pandas to adult pandas, and admire the delicate newborns in a special infant panda area. Continue to enrich your memory to observe the adolescent pandas between the age of one and five eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling and climbing trees. Listen to the importance of this vital maturity period and capture photographs of these enchanting and endangered creatures as they relax in their natural environment.

After the memorable panda visit, get to the largest and best-preserved Buddhist monastery - Wenshu Monastery located in bustling downtown Chengdu. Walking in the quiet spiritual temple, you’ll marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architectures and precious Buddhist statues, scriptures and relics.

Later, pay a visit to Renmin Park to truly feel the essence of leisurely pace and lifestyle of Chengdu. Sit down, order a pot of fragrant Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends in a-hundred-year-old teahouse, watch local indulging themselves in different kinds of folk activities, like napping, enjoy special ear cleaning, playing Mahjong, dancing and doing water calligraphy! Next will be an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street, a lively paradise full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows and other activities. Time will steal away as you explore along the old streets!

Optional activity: In this evening, watch Sichuan Opera and be entertained by Sichuan performing arts using stick puppets, face masks, fire spitting, rolling lights, folk music, acrobatic and dance in Shufeng Yayun Teahouse (usually performs during 20:00~21:30).

See Adorable Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base

Enjoy some leisure moment in Renmin Park

Worship in Wenshu Monastery

Day 3 Chengdu Departure (B)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll pay a visit to Dufu Thatched Cottage, a park as well as a museum in honor of the famous poet - Du Fu who was the greatest realist poet in Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) and has been famed as the Sage of Poetry. Wander in the peaceful park and explore Gongbu Memorial Hall, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, the Hall of Great Poets, Ruins of Tang Dynasty, Flowery Path etc.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you the airport / train station for your flight or train to next destination or home.

Dufu Thatched Cottage

Recommended Add-on Options

+ 2 more days to enjoy the fairyland on earth - Jiuzhaigou

Both Huanglong National Park and Jiuzhaigou National Park were listed as Natural World Heritage Sites for the superb landscape. Take two days that you can fully immerse yourself in the Fairyland on Earth to appreciate travertine lakes, green and purplish pools, waterfalls, forests and mountain scenery.

Jiuzhaigou Valley Gorgeous Autumn Scenery

+ 4~5 more days to cruise on the magnificent Yangtze River

Taking a relaxing cruise sailing on the Yangtze River is a popular way to get a short break during your China tour. You’ll not only enjoy many colorful cultural activities and entertainment programs onboard, but also enjoy three to four shore excursions to deeply know the authentic life along Three Gorges and witness the world-famous Three Gorges Dam.

You can take: 1) 4 Days & 3 Night Downstream Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang; 2) 5 Days & 4 Nights Upstream Cruise from Yichang to Chongqing.

Magnificent Qutang Gorge

Quotation Includes:

  • Entrance fees of the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.(Exceptions: If the western breakfast is not available in some of the hotels, breakfast would be either Chinese breakfast or Chinese and western breakfast.)
  • Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds or a king size bed; All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast; Please note double bed room is on request basis which is subject to Hotel's availability and re-confirmation upon check-in.
    Service, room facilities and breakfast might be not up to standard in some remote areas.
  • Transportation: Flights or train as listed in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing As listed in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide;
  • Service of local guide and van is for a maximum of 8 hours during the full day individual tour packages.

    * Please note that our English-speaking guide and driver provided for you in each city or area will not fly with you from one city to another.

  • Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & Government Taxes.
  • Luggage Transfers between airports, trains and hotels.

Price excludes:

  • Flights (Economy class) not as listed in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary.
  • Visa Fees: Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry to China. We can send you a free official invitation letter to assist you in obtaining your visa after the reservation deposit is received.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Life Tourist insurance. Please kindly note that the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own.
  • Optional activities.

Read what other travelers think about this China trip / Yangtze cruise trip. We only accept reviews from actual, confirmed travelers who purchased the tour / activity from us, so you can be sure the reviews are unbiased and authentic.

Hi Evelyn,

We really enjoyed our recent trip.

Everything was very good.

Booking with your company was easy with great communication.

We felt it was good value for money.

Onboard the room was clean and tidy and very well organised with meal times and excursion leaving times.

Many thanks,

Simon

Simon - June 10, 2024‚ , 

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you so much for reaching out. I apologize for the delay, we have been very busy in our last few weeks of our China trip.

In regards to feedback for the 12-day cruise, it was fantastic. We were the only people on the boat who didn't speak Chinese and yet we felt so welcome and included. The staff (whether they spoke any English or not) went out of their way to treat us with kindness and incredible hospitality. One of the cruise managers, Leila, often came and interpreted for us exclusively while the other cruise manager was explaining things in Chinese. The tours were fantastic. We were able to learn so much about the different areas that we visited and every location was beautiful. And the food! Everything we ate was delicious. The chefs did an amazing job in providing wonderful food for every meal.

We have one very strange request. Whilst on the boat, there was a sauce there called noodle companion. If you could put us in touch with anyone who might know the recipe, we would be so grateful. We've been trying to find it on our whole trip through China because it was so delicious.

All in all, this was amazing experience and one of the best things we did in China. Thank you again for helping us organize it and please let us know if there's anything else you need from us.

All the best,

Courtney

Courtney - May 31, 2024‚ , 

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Sichuan Local Cuisine - Hotpot
See Adorable Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base
Enjoy some leisure moment in Renmin Park
Worship in Wenshu Monastery
Dufu Thatched Cottage

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