On this 2 days' trip in Chengdu, we will take you to visit the most popular highlights and food. First day to visit the Panda Base to see the adorable pandas, and have the cooking class experience. Next day, visit the oldest irrigation project in the world, the only one gets preserved and still be used. Meanwhile, the half-day adventure hike in Mt. Qingcheng takes you into the home of Tai Chi where you will witness the Taoist way of life.
Meet the adorable pandas in Chengdu Panda Base;
Enjoy a tea taste in the courtyard ;
Visit local spice market to learn variety ingredients;
Join the cooking class and learn local dishes;
Marvel at the oldest surviving irrigation system in the world in Dujiangyan;
Hike to one of the most famous mountains in China, known as the birthplace of Taoism;
After picking you up in your hotel lobby at 08:00am, we will drive for about half an hour to Chengdu Panda Base. We will spend whole morning walking around different panda enclosures. We will probably see more than 30 pandas, and even cubs and red pandas.
Then lunch is scheduled after the 2-hour visit in the Panda Base. We will drive to Wenshuyuan Monastery area, where we will have a short walk tour there. We will try the different local snacks like Guokui(Chinese Hamburger), Dandan noodle, Dumplings, etc. After our food tour, we will enjoy the relaxed laid back life by sipping a cup of green tea in the courtyard.
Later, we will move to a nearby local spice market to explore the secret of Sichuan Cuisine. We will take you into an appealing local market to explore it and you'll find or obtain some necessary ingredients or spices that will be used in the cooking class afterwards.
After finishing the spice market, you'll ramble through back streets to the cooking class place, a hidden gem-a traditional Sichuan style courtyard. When you arrive there, you can have a break with Sichuan Gaiwan tea. After that, you'll start the cooking process which will be guided by a professional chef. You'll enjoy the dishes that cooked by yourself with some beers or beverages.
You will drive about 1.5 hours to Dujiangyan City, where take you for an immersive exploration of Chengdu's famed UNESCO World Heritage site - Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. You will visit the famous Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was built in 256 BC. And it still is playing an important role in the southwestern Middle Kingdom. Those ancient people were so smart and sacrificial that they were able to make a system which have been handled the problems of Water Diversion, Desilting and Flood Discharge for more than 2000 years. That is the reason why Sichuan gains the name as the Land of Abundance.
After our lunch in Dujiangyan city, we will drive about half hour to Mount Qingcheng, the birthplace of Taoism. The mountain is great for a half day trip and also has a ton of temples covering its 36 different peaks. Trekking up and down the mountain takes around 3-4 hours to complete depending on your hiking speed. The hike takes you up the mountain and through many different Taoist temples. The hike is really pretty, and if you go the entire distance you will be led throughout many different remote parts of the forest. We will choose the cable car up and down which makes our hiking much more easier, and the cable up takes us half way up the mountain. 4,134 feet up to the top of the mountain, you'll find yourself at the Laojun Pavilion Temple.
After that we will walk down to the bottom along the same way and meet our driver there, go back to downtown Chengdu, the end of trip.
English-speaking tour guide service fee
Transfer service from the hotel to Dujiangyan Panda Base and return
All entrance fee as listed on this trip including cable car and shuttle bus in Mt. Qingcheng
Local snacks for the lunch on day 1
3 dishes cooking class experience for dinner on day 1
Lunch in the local restaurant on day 2
Afternoon tea break in local tea house
Driver and guide’s meals on this trip
Dinner on day 2
Gratuity to the guide and driver
It is a moderate hiking tour in Mt. Qingcheng which needs 3 hours, 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.