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Enjoy Your Day of Panda and Cooking Class

Just stop to be a gourmet? You can do more in this culinary capital of Asia! Join our Sichuan cuisine class and show your family the exotic touch from an ancient oriental country!


Giant panda cubs in Chengdu Panda Base

This China Panda interaction tour 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 are 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. 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 ---mother of AbsolutePanda’s founder, a master chef who has the secret family recipes. You will finally enjoy the works you made at the end of the day. The China Panda base visiting and cooking class day tour would be definitely the highlight of your stay in Chengdu. 

  Mrs.He and her apprentice


Cooking class

Cooking class


• Visit Chengdu Panda base---the base with most giant pandas in China;
• Visit local market with a local guide;
• Make most popular Sichuan food by yourself with the local chef;
• Learn about Chinese food culture and more stories behind.

What can you learn in Mum's Kitchen?

• Cooking skills, such as cutting; prepare your pantry
• Sichuan traditional dishes  
• Chengdu Dim Sums, such as “dandan noodle”
• Dumpling making
• Sichuan pastries
• Sichuan pickles (more than one day needed)
• Home-made rice wine
• Sichuan hotpot
• Traditional Tibetan food, such as yak butter tea (winter only)

Your menu could be customized upon your interest of the list above. You could choose the dishes you love the most and we will help you prepare your menu! 

How do you learn Sichuan cuisine?
Step 1. Visit the local food market with your local chef/guide to obtain a better understanding of the cooking ingredients
Step 2. Lecture on 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. 


What makes AbsolutePanda excellent?
We are the only travel company who focus on wildlife in China
Since 2003, our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts have helped thousands of groups to gain in-depth understanding about Panda, their companion animals, stunning scenery in panda habitat along with the history of local culture.
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We define our quality by unique itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small groups and professional guides. If you can find any other travel company who is able to offer tours of same quality with better price, we are willing to reimburse you with the difference.
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Beyond luxury accommodations, meals and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an absolutely authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.
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We believe the best way to help the wildlife is love and appreciation. By bringing nature lovers to enjoy beauty of nature in China, we hope that local people can realize the beauty of wildlife and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful creatures living near their village.


Video of Chengdu Panda Base:

Giant Panda is a playful animal. The video shows you a moment of their daily life. Playing is what they do most of the time in spite of eating bamboo. Our day tour in panda base has always been a noteworthy experience in your trip in China.

Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients for cooking class

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Schedule of the activities (The time is for your reference only)

We can customize this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange an private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.


Available all year around.

Group Size & Price:

Group Size: from 2-6 pax

Price: USD139/pax


Date & Price notes:

1. Prices are per person for small group and are given in US Dollars or equivalent amount of Chinese money based on exchanging rate of that day.

2. The price includes cooking class, the service of an English-speaking guide, and private vehicle, entrance tickets at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

3.The itinerary can be customized for families, and friends and bigger groups over 6 persons.

How long is the cooking program?

We will spend the whole afternoon for the cooking program, start from shopping in the local market, lecture about Chinese cuisine, food preparation, cooking, finally to enjoy your artworks on the dinner table. There are plenty of famous dishes to choose to learn, and we will advise you the best combination according to your interest. 


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

Absolutely, we welcome anybody wants to learn, and we want to keep you informed and entertained at the same time. 


What’s Sichuan pepper? 

We have been using Sichuan pepper for more than a thousand years in the history. In ancient time, Sichuan pepper is a tribute to the emperor, and is commonly used in Sichuan cuisine. The unique aroma and flavor is not hot or pungent as black, white, or chili peppers. Instead, it has slightly lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth. Most of our guests love the flavor, and even want to bring it home.

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? 

Though the time needed to see the Panda Research Base in Chengdu varies due to different interests of people in pandas, normally, it takes about 2-4 hours to see the panda there. Now Chengdu Research Base (the full name should be Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) has suspended their program of holding a panda cub. But Dujiangyan Panda Base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda still have this program available.


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“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

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