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1 Day Panda and Sichuanese Cooking Class

1 Day Panda and Sichuanese Cooking Class

Date: All Year Round & Everyday

Price: From 199USD/PAX

Trip Focus: Panda + Cooking Class

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding-Sichuan Cuisine Museum

Trip Code: P003

Overview



The city of Chengdu is known for a variety of different things, two of the most notable of these are the city’s pandas and cuisine. Known widely as the “hometown of the giant panda” and the “heaven of good food”, Chengdu is home to the largest captive panda population in the world and is also recognized as a UNESCO international city of gastronomy. In this tour from AbsolutePanda, our experienced team of local guides is well equipped to provide you with the perfect travel experience here in Chengdu. Over the course of one day, you will have the best opportunity to view giant pandas as well as creating and sampling some of the dishes that have made Sichuanese cuisine famous worldwide. For those who wish to see what makes Chengdu unlike any other place in the world, this itinerary is a perfect choice.



Highlights:



  See the largest captive population of pandas in the world at the Chengdu Panda Base.

 Eat like locals. Savor the spice and flavor of authentic Sichuan cuisine in popular local restaurants.

 Visit a local market with a local guide to check the fresh ingredients. 

 Learn about Chinese food culture and more stories behind in the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.

 Cooking class experience, create some of Sichuan’s most iconic dishes with the guidance of a local cooking instructor.



Introduction to trip destinations and activities:



Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Holding the distinction of the world’s largest panda base, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base) attracts tourists and wildlife enthusiasts worldwide. Conveniently located a short drive away from downtown, this state of the art research facility comfortably houses more pandas that anywhere else at home and abroad. During your visit, you will see pandas ranging from young cubs to lumbering adults as well as the elusive and adorable Red Panda. Additionally, the scenic, garden-like atmosphere of the panda base is especially ideal for Urban Birding like Red-billed Leiothrix, Ruddy Shelduck, Chinese Blackbird, Spotted Dove and so on.

 


Culinary Workshop

For those looking to learn the age-old techniques behind Sichuan’s world-famous cuisine, this tour provides the perfect primer. Under the close instruction of our resident cooking instructor, your group will learn the ropes of cooking Chengdu’s iconic spicy delicacies. Dishes such as Kung pao Chicken, Homestyle Tofu and Double-boiled Beef are just some of the recipes that have attracted worldwide attention to this city.



Sichuan Cuisine Museum

In Sichuan Cuisine Museum you will discover the secrets of making the famed Doubanjiang(Pixian Chili Bean Paste), a spicy bean paste used in Sichuan cuisine. Then learn more at the Museum where displaying various culinary artifacts and books by authors known for their contributions to Sichuan cuisine. Hear many Sichuan food facts, from the historical developments of the cuisine to the trade and commerce related to this industry. Learn about technological advancements in pottery and cooking techniques and the culinary effects in art and literature, and see maps showing the subtle variations in flavor among the different areas of Sichuan.



Visiting a Popular Local Restaurant 

Chengdu is host to a slew of authentic local dining experiences that are ideal for the foodie traveler. Over the course of your day with our team, we will be happy to expose you to the mom and pop restaurants that populate the streets of Chengdu.


 








How Can We Make This Trip Special?

a. A Team of Passionate Guides Specializing in Different Fields.



b. Different Price Options to Better Meet Your Travel Style.


AbsolutePanda offers different price choices for certain short-term tours. Please see the details on the Dates & Prices page of this tour.


 

Dates and Prices



1. Date Availability

This trip is available all year round.



2. About Different Price Options

The AbsolutePanda team works hard to provide the highest quality tour experiences at a fair price. However, after working in the travel industry for more than 20 years, our team knows that no two travelers are alike in terms of their travel style, personal interests, choice of guides and preferences in restaurants and hotels. For AbsolutePanda, our client’s satisfaction is a top priority. To meet the needs of different clients and ensure they enjoy a trip suited to their preferences, we have created a variety of different price options for our trips. These options vary from the guides they use, the quality of vehicles, accommodations, and restaurants. Our trip price has the following options, please read the explanations above and the includes and excludes for each price option below:

These standard prices are made based on a minimum of two travelers. The trip size is 2~10 persons per group.


Price Categories

Copper Panda

Silver Panda

Gold Panda

Price Quotation

199USD/PAX

230USD/PAX

280USD/PAX





Option 1: Copper Panda  

For travelers who are looking for a skilled guide who speaks English and show them around. You can choose this price option.

In this tour, the Copper Panda Price Service includes:

1. A guide with fluent English from AbsolutePanda Tour Team;
2. A private car serving the full duration of this tour;
3. The entrance and shuttle tickets listed in this itinerary;
4. Meals as listed in the itinerary;
5. China domestic travel insurance.


The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.

Example Guides:

1) Claude: A Sichuan local who is fluent in English, passionate, and is well-versed in general knowledge about popular destinations. He can work as a driver and guide for small groups.

2) Melinda: A detail-oriented guide who is fluent in English. Melinda is knowledgeable about general information about our popular tour locations.

3) Michael: An American living in Chengdu, Michael is a passionate guide and is adept at interpreting Chengdu from the perspective of a westerner.



Option 2: Silver Panda 

For travelers who hope to have a guide who knows certain specialized fields very well and can share the knowledge in-depth in a certain field like birding, flower-watching, Buddhism, food, photography, etc. so that they can make the best use of their travel time and meet their personal taste best.

In this tour, the Silver Panda Price Service includes:

1. A guide who has excellent knowledge pertaining to a certain field from Absolutepanda team;
2. A private car serving the full duration of this tour;
3. The entrance and shuttle tickets listed in this itinerary;
4. Meals as listed in the itinerary;
5. China domestic travel insurance.


The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.


Example Guides:

1) Shay: One of AbsolutePanda’s resident birding experts, Shay speaks English and is a detail-driven guide.

2) Cory: A botany expert and photographer who speaks English, Cory is a passionate guide who excels at leading clients.

3) Lily: An English speaking guide, Lily is especially skilled at leading clients on tours that involve Yoga and Taiji.



Option 3: Gold Panda 

For travelers who want to travel in luxury, the gold panda option is the right choice for you. With this level of service, your group will enjoy the best restaurant and transportation options available. We will provide the details concerning your trip. Please feel free to ask us any questions concerning this package option.

In this tour, the Gold Panda Price Service includes:

1. An expert guide from AbsolutePanda Tour Team;
2. A nice private car with serving the full duration of this tour;
3. The entrance and shuttle tickets listed in this itinerary;
4. Meals in popular restaurants as listed in the itinerary;
5. China domestic travel insurance.

The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.


Example Guides:

1) Bella: A fluent English speaker, Bella is a knowledgeable birding expert and is well versed in Chinese food and local culture.

2) Philip: A local guide with fluent English and basic Japanese, Philip is an exceptional photographer and birding guide who has keen interests in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese cuisine. 

 

Notes: 

To AbsolutePanda team, our clients' overall satisfaction with their trip is the top priority. We've created different price options to make it easier for you to choose a tour that fits your style and budget. The basic option is not available for this trip as we feel it is difficult for our clients to enjoy this trip without the help of a guide. If you prefer to travel in a different style than the options we've provided here, please feel free to contact us. 

For travelers who hope to tailor-make the day programs with their specific travel preferences in mind (transportation, hotels, special privileges, and famous local experts) tailor-making a tour is the best way to ensure your desires are met. Please contact us with your specific needs and we will make an itinerary based on your expectations. Once you confirm, we work out the cost and send it to you. Please feel free to ask any questions to learn more.

Please note that guides with specialized knowledge are not always available, especially during our busy season from April to October. If you have an on-planning trip, please contact us as early as possible so that we will block the date of our expert guide for you.

 

When you put your trust in our team, we are certain to help you enjoy an unforgettable travel experience in Chengdu!


 


Itinerary


Summary of the trip:

Chengdu Panda Base-Local Market-Sichuan Cuisine Museum

This day-trip is designed for those who love Panda and interested in Chinese cooking during your short stop by Chengdu. Visiting the adorable Chinese national treasure—giant panda and tasting Sichuan local food is the must-do in Chengdu. Chinese food is loved by people all around the world. It is well known for its delicious taste and abundant types of dishes. Sichuan Food is ranked among the top four most famous cuisines in China. 


Trip Details:

7:00-7:40  Start from your hotel and drive to Chengdu Panda Base.

7:40-12:00  Visit Chengdu Panda Base(Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding). Tour the facility to see the largest captive panda population in the world as well as red pandas. 


12:00-12:30  Drive to a local restaurant to eat authentic Sichuan Cuisine. This food style has become one of the most famous in China. The distinct flavor of this culinary style features a variety of flavors and key ingredients.

12:30-13:30  Lunchtime.

13:30-14:00  Drive to a local market.

14:00-14:30  Explore the Food Market in search of ingredients that will later be seen in the cooking workshop.

14:30-18:00  Visit and make Sichuan-style cuisine of your own in Sichuan Cuisine Museum under the instruction of professional chefs in culinary school.

18:00-19:00  Enjoy the food you have cooked.

19:30  Drive back to your hotel.


 

Notes:

1. As one of the four most famous culinary styles in China, Sichuan cuisine has a long and rich history in this country. This itinerary is a sample based on our experience of leading this tour in the past, however, the experience program for Sichuan cuisine can be very limited by time.

2. Please feel free to tell us your ideas and interests, we will modify the itinerary at your request. Our goal is to provide an itinerary that best suits your wishes.



You could revise this itinerary from the following aspects with different activities:

1. Urban Bird watching;
2. City Flora watching;
3. Biking around streets;
4. Cooking class;
5. Shadow puppet experience.


 
Other places you may be interested in:

1. Wide and Narrow Alley;
2. People’s Park & Wangjiang Bamboo Park;
3. Wenshu Monastery;
4. Dufu Thatched Cottage;
5. Wuhou Shrine;

6. Wangjian Tomb(King of Shu during 847-918) ;
7. Songxian Bridge Antique Market;
8. Chengdu Museum;
9. Sanxingdui Site Museum;



Contact us for what we can do for you to facilitate your travel planning. 

For more options for tours around Chengdu please click here.
For more ideas about the destination of Chengdu please click here.
For more photos about Chengdu city please click here.

 

Map


 Sichuan Cuisine Museum Trip Map

Accommodations


 
AbsolutePanda firmly believes travel is an art. To ensure every trip traveling with us is a great travel art for our client, the AbsolutePanda team does all we can to consider every possible detail. The choice of hotels is definitely an essential part to make a great trip. After many years of running a travel business, we have built up our network of cooperative hotels at different levels. We understand people are different in the choice of hotels when they travel. If you hope to use some specific hotels, please feel free to let us know, we are very happy to book it for you at a competitive price so as to make the hotel choice better meet your personal taste, budget and travel style. We can either reserve a hotel with competitive price for you or simply include the hotel into your trip cost. You are welcome to contact us and tell us your requests, we will do our best to create the best travel itinerary for your private use.
 
The followings are a list of hotels at different styles and luxury levels we often use for our trips. 

1. Three International-brand Hotels in Chengdu:

• Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu
• The Temple House
• The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu


Located in Jinjiang District, just beside one of the Chengdu Landmark-Anshun bridge, Shangri-La Chengdu offers one of the best hotel services in Chengdu. It served many VIPs and Political leaders when they were visiting Chengdu. Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu is also a very good starting point for a city day tour with a 25-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport, and 30 minutes to Chengdu Panda Base.



2.Three Local Brand Hotels:

• Tibet Hotel 
• Buddha Zen Hotel
• Chengdu Huanhuahongtai Hotel
 

Chengdu Huanhuahongtai Hotel


Chengdu Huanhuahongtai Hotel is an exquisite boutique hotel featured with Ancient Shu culture as the theme. Located on the bank of Huanhua Creek, it is a rare quiet place in a noisy city with active vegetation coverage, with clean air, and a pleasant environment. Hongtai Hotel is also adjacent to Wuhou temple, Huanhuaxi park, Dufu thatched Cottage, and very close to Jinsha Site Museum, Qingyang Taoist Temple and Qintai road.



3. Three Economic Hotels:

• The Hotel Zen Urban Resort
• Minshan Anyi Hotel
• Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
 

The Hotel Zen Urban Resort 

The Hotel Zen Urban Resort is a zen-themed boutique hotel. It offers well-designed rooms with modern facilities in Chengdu. Like its name, Hotel Zen Urban Resort gives its client a special quiet place in the city to rest. The Wuhou district, where the hotel locates, is a great choice for travelers interested in culture, spicy food, and local food.




 
If you need help in booking your hotel accommodation, please feel free to email our team at info@absolutepanda.com 


FAQs



Here are some top asked questions from our clients for your reference:


1. How long is the cooking program?

We will spend the whole afternoon at the cooking program. Starting with our visit to the local market all the way to preparing and enjoying the meal! There are famous dishes to choose to learn, and we will advise you on the best combination according to your interest.



2. I know nothing about the cooking, can I still join the program?

Absolutely, we welcome anybody who wants to learn. This class is certain to be a fun and enjoyable experience for guests of any skill level.



3. What are Sichuan peppers?

Sichuanese cuisine has featured the Sichuan pepper for more than a thousand years. In ancient times, the Sichuan pepper was given as tribute to the emperor for its flavorful qualities. The unique aroma and flavor are not hot or pungent like black, white, or chili peppers. Instead, it has slight lemony overtones and creates numbness in the mouth of those who eat them. Most of our guests love the flavor and even want to bring back home.



4. How much time would we need to see the Panda Research Base? I’ve heard it might be possible to hold a panda cub, could you tell me about that?

The time needed to see the Panda Research Base in Chengdu varies due to different interests. Normally, it takes about 2-4 hours to see all the pandas there. The program of holding a panda cub was suspended.



5. What is the process of the Cooking Class?

Under the guidance of our senior chefs, visitors change into chef uniforms and start a cooking class to cook three typical Sichuan dishes, getting sensational experience from firing in the wok, quick stir-frying to a marvelous presentation. Then our chief executive chef will give comments on students’ outcomes and award them with a “rookie master chef ” certificate.


6. How do you learn Sichuan cuisine?

Step 1. Visit the local food market with your local guide to obtain a better understanding of the cooking ingredients.
Step 2. Lecture on the history of Sichuan Cuisine and Chinese food culture.
Step 3. Prepare the pantry and practice cutting skill.
Step 4. Start cooking.
Step 5. Enjoy a good meal with the dishes you have made. 


7. What other cooking classes for choice?

We can also offer classes with a local family like Mum's Kitchen to give our clients options based on the kind of experience you want. Mum's kitchen aims to show you the unique culinary art of Sichuan cuisine. You can not only see but make an authentic homemade Sichuan dinner with Mrs. He, a master chef who has the secret family recipes. The local family course will provide a culturally immersive experience. If you are interested in this option you are welcome to email us.

Here is a video for your reference.




Read more our FAQs or feel free to contact us for further questions, AbsolutePanda is more than glad to answer and offer help.


Testimonials


We believe travel is art and we also know people are different. Each client has a different understanding of art. Our goal is to do our utmost to make a travel experience that most suits you. Below are the testimonials that come from the clients who chose the service of the AbsolutePanda team.

“Outstanding "personal touch" Tour Company”

Having just returned from a three day trip to Chengdu, China using Absolute Panda as our tour Guide I am compelled to write this review. Philip and Bruce, our tour guide, were outstanding in their knowledge, support and attention to detail. Everything, down to the final details, were planned meticulously. We visited the Research Panda Base, enjoyed the "Changing Faces" Show, went down the old lanes and alleyways and parks and had great fun with our Sichuan cookery lesson from Mama, (Philip"s mum). The whole team gave that "personal touch" to our trip and we would not have seen half as much if we had guided ourselves. They have convinced us that using the services of a tour guide is essential if you want to see the best a place has to offer. Wholly recommend Absolute Panda. Thank you so much for all you did for us.

————Camaz from Canada


From Patti & Richard 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
————Jessica

 

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Trip Photos



A peacock is wandering in the Chengdu Panda Base.



During the breeding season, you have a chance to see the newborn panda cubs.



Bamboo shoots are among the favorites of pandas.



An adult panda is eating bamboo stems.



Find the secret ingredient (Pixian Chili Bean Paste) in the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.



Sichuan Cuisine Museum.



The delicious Sichuan Dishes that were cooked by customers.



Discover more stories about Sichuan food in the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.


 
More photos coming soon.
 

 

Videos

 
            
                                                                         
   This video is provided by Sichuan Cuisine Museum
 

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