As the largest panda base in the world, Chengdu Panda Base is a must-go place in Chengdu for you to take a close look at the rare and cute giant pandas.
Sichuan is not only the gateway to Tibet, but also the second largest Tibetan area in China. For those who plan a trip to Tibet, this half day tour gives a good opportunity to experience the culture shock by walking around Tibetan Quarter nearby Wuhou Temple; Qingyanggong Taoist Temple is the largest Taoist location in downtown Chengdu, and understanding Taoism is one of the most efficient ways to dive into Chinese culture as it plays an important role in shaping Chinese ethics, societal frameworks and aesthetics.
Panda Base walk;
Learn about Taoism by visiting the largest Taoist location in Chengdu;
Tibetan Quarter visit to learn about Tibetan culture including Tibetan food taste;
Jinli Old Street Tour;
8:00-8:30 Pick up and go to Chengdu Panda Base
You will be met by your guide and driver in your hotel, holding the logo of SunriseChina Expeditions and your name sign.We driver about half an hour to go to Chengdu Panda Base.
08:30-11:00 Chengdu Panda Base Tour
Walk around different enclosures to see the pandas.
11:00-15:00 A Taster of Tibet:Tibetan Quarter Visit
Drive back to Tibetan Quarter nearby Wuhou Temple; Known as Little Lhasa, Chengdu's colorful Tibetan quarter is as close as one can get to Tibet without traveling to the remote Sichuan countryside or crossing the border to Tibet itself. Wander down Wuhouci Heng Jie, directly opposite Wuhou Temple, and take in the sights: monks wrapped in maroon robes counting beads behind their backs, vendors selling yak butter on the street, and shop after shop of Tibetan Buddhist religious icons, prayer flags and wheels, tapestries, incense, wildly patterned leather boots, and beads of every hue, size and price.
We will not only walk around this Tibetan Quarter, but also taste Tibetan food like yak meat, drink yak butter tea, together with a Tibetan culture demonstration by our guide.
15:00-17:00 Qingyanggong Taoist Temple Tour
Chengdu is a dynamic city – some people say it is the fastest growing city in the world! Skyscrapers and shopping centers are being built up quickly everywhere in the city. However, there are still some peaceful places left, where you can rest your stressed soul. One of them is Qingyang Temple – the place where Laozi is to be said that he spoke the Tao Te King (also: Dao De Jing 道德经) to one of his disciples, which is one of the main books (besides the famous I Ching/Yi Jing 易经) of Daoism.
Learn about Taoism by visiting the largest Taoist location in Chengdu and freshen your knowledge of Taoism both as a religion and an ancient philosophy.
17:00-19:00 Jinli Old Street Tour
Just outside Wuhou Temple is Jinli Street, a narrow street of shops, restaurants and craft stalls. The architecture of this quaint pedestrian street mirrors the Qing Dynasty style of the temple making it one of the most popular Chengdu places of interest.
English-speaking tour guide service fee
Air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver
Entrance fee to Chengdu Panda Base and Qingyanggong Taoist Temple
Tibetan yak Tea taste
Tibetan lunch in the local restaurant
Gratuity to the guide and driver
The quoted price is for a 10-11 hour tour per day. If you use more than 6 hours or less than 11 hours per day it will still be considered a full day.
It is a soft walk in the panda base and downtown of Chengdu, a pair of comfortable walking shoes is necessary.
Vegetarian food is possible, if you have any food allergy, please tell us ahead of time before booking this tour.