1 Day Panda Base and Chengdu City Tour
Date: All Year Round & Everyday
Price: From USD196/PAX (2-10 pax per group)
Trip Focus: Panda + Chengdu City
Status: Open to Booking
Route: Chengdu Panda Base-Jinsha Museum-Jinli Street-Sichuan Face-changing Show
Trip Code: P001
Chengdu,the capital city of China’s Sichuan province, is an exciting destination for those looking to experience the tradition and natural beauty that this country has offered. Known by a variety of nicknames, Chengdu is famous for its fiery cuisine, long history, traditional art styles and for being the ultimate destination to view giant pandas. In this comprehensive and classic one-day tour from AbsolutePanda, our team of experienced local guides are determined to show you exactly what makes this city so alluring to visitors and so comfortable for locals.
During you stay in Chengdu, we will waste no time in showing you the greatest that this city can provide. This holistic tour itinerary will include a visit to the largest captive panda population in the world, attendance to a traditional Sichuan opera performance, gourmet meals showcasing Chengdu’s world famous cuisine and a tour through one of China’s oldest archeological dig sites. For those who want to see this city from ever angle, this is the tour you are looking for.
1.See the world's largest captive population of pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base).
2.Savor the distinct taste of authentic Sichuanese Cuisine in popular local restaurants.
3.Explore the captivating history of Sichuan’s ancient Shu civilization at the Jinsha Site Museum.
4.Witness the wildly energetic and age-old theatrical traditions of the Sichuan Opera; featuring Face-changing performers, fire-breathing, and much more.
5.Take a step back in time as we stroll pass the markets and street performers of Chengdu’s Jinli Ancient Street (the most beautiful street by CNN travel in 2019).
6.Experience the colorful culture and unique lifestyle of Chengdu’s Tibetan district/Street.
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 offer different price choices for certain short-term tours. Please see details in Date&Price page of this tour.
Introduction to This Trip’s Destinations:
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 from around the world. 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 Bird Watching like Red-billed leiothrix,Ruddhy Shelduck, Captive Peacock ,Swan and so on.
Tucked away in the older regions of the city, Xingxibei restaurant has served the people of Chengdu since 1989. Showcasing the bold and iconic flare of traditional Sichuan Cuisine while blending inspiration from Northwestern culinary styles, Xingxibei offers the staples of authentic Sichuan Cuisine with a twist. We prefer this restaurant for our clients for its ability to showcase the distinct flavor that makes Chengdu an internationally recognized UNESCO city of gastronomy.
Jinsha Site Museum
Long before the modern era, the Shu civilization established the foundation of its magnificent culture in the Sichuan basin. Lying dormant for roughly 3,000 years, the secrets of this mysterious kingdom remained hidden until 2001 when archeologists unearthed remnants of their ancient metropolis here in Chengdu. Considered the first major Chinese archeological breakthrough of the 21st century, researchers found vast mountains of riches including ivory, jade and gold. This cutting-edge facility showcases the art, culture and lifestyle of the ancient Shu in a sprawling museum complex as well as an open-air dig site.
Located at the eastern boarder of the Tibetan Autonomous region, Sichuan is home to more Tibetans than any other province in China. As a result, the city’s sizeable Tibetan district offers all the comforts of home for Tibetans here in Chengdu. Nicknamed “Little Lhasa”, the sidewalks are crowded with monks clad in red and orange robes, vendors selling Buddhist artwork and the aroma of cooked yak meat and incense. As we navigate the alleyways and shops of this section, you are certain to be captivated by the unique aesthetic of Himalayan culture.
Ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful streets by CNN Travel in 2019, Jinli has a long history tied to the foundation of Chengdu. For more than 2,000 years, Jinli has gained acclaim across China as one of the Shu kingdom’s oldest commercial streets. Featuring traditional Qing dynasty architecture and modeled after the romance of the three kingdoms, the atmosphere of Jinli street has something for everyone including delicious street food, hand crafted souvenirs and live entertainment.
Sichuan Opera Face-changing Show
Widely considered one of China’s distinct regional theatrical styles, Sichuan opera is endemic to Chengdu. Opera house performances here feature a cavalcade of different acts that draw crowds of visitors for their daring exploits and artistic execution. As an audience member, you can relax and drink tea as costumed actors breath fire and quickly swap between ornate masks in a blink of an eye. These shows host a variety of acts ranging from life-like puppets and comedy to traditional instruments and singing. For anyone visiting Chengdu, your visit is not complete until you’ve witnessed Sichuan opera.
Dates & Price
1. Date Availability
This trip is available all year round.
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 in the guides they use, quality of transportation vehicles, accommodations and restaurants. Our trip price has the following options, please read the explanations about includes and excludes for each price option below:
These standard prices are made on the basis of minimum two travelers. The trip size is 2~10.
a. Basic Panda Price
The Copper Panda Price includes the charge for a English-speaking guide, and a private car with a driver to take you to the tour destinations and back to your hotel. The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.
1) Claude: A Sichuan local who is fluent in English, passionate, and is well-versed in general knowledge about popular tour destinations. Can work as driver and guide for small groups.
2) Melinda: A detail oriented guide who is fluent in English. Melinda is a knowledgeable on general information pertaining to 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.
c. Silver Panda Option
The Silver Panda Price includes an English-speaking guide who has excellent knowledge pertaining to a certain field, and a private car with a driver who will take you to the tour destinations and back to your hotel. The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.
Shay: One of AbsolutePanda’s resident birding experts, Shay speaks English and is a detail-driven guide.
Cory: A botany expert and photographer who speaks English, Cory is a passionate guide who excels at leading clients.
Lily: An English speaking guide, Lily is especially skilled at leading clients on tours that involve yoga and taiji.
d. Gold Panda Option
The Gold Panda Price includes a knowledgeable guide who speaks fluent English, lunch at a popular local restaurant, and a nice private car (a popular international brand) with ample space and a driver who take you to the tour destinations and back to your hotel. The price does not include your discretionary tips to the serving crew (driver and guide) and any other entrance tickets.
Bella: A fluent English speaker, Bella is a knowledgeable birding expert and is well versed in Chinese food and local culture.
Philip: A local guide with fluency in English and basic Japanese, Philip is an exceptional photographer and birding guide who has keen interests in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Chinese cuisine.
Chengdu Panda Base-Jinsha Museum-Sichuan Face-changing Show
12:00-12:30 Way to Xingxibei restaurant, a local authentic Sichuan cuisine restaurant with special dishes that you can hardly find elsewhere.
19:10-19:40 Drive to Sichuan Opera theater
The itinerary above is the most in-depth Chengdu one-day experience.We can also tailor-make your own travel plan according to your request.As a modern metropolis with 3000 year history and best tourism city of China, scenic spots and things to do and to see in Chengdu is way more than we can conclude.This itinerary is a sample according to our knowledge about this wonderful city. If you want to add or cut some sites or activities in order to satisfy your needs, please feel free to tell us, we will modify the itinerary at your request.Our goal is to provide a itinerary that most suits you with best performance.
You could revise this itinerary from the following aspects with different activities：
Other Place You may be interested:
1.Wide and Narrow Alley
4.Dufu Thatched Cottage
7.Songxian Bridge Antique Market
Chengdu Panda Base and Chengdu City Tour Map
1. Three International-brand Hotels in Chengdu.
• Shangrila Hotel Chengdu
2.Three Local Brand Hotels
• Tibet Hotel
3. Three Economic Hotels
• The Hotel Zen Urban Resort
If you prefer to have multiple days of volunteering and stay in a hotel near the Panda Base where you volunteer, please tell us, we can book a hotel at a walking distance from volunteering site and make the arrangement for your volunteering days so that you can enjoy a great time in your own hassle-free way.
Whenever you need any help for hotel booking , you are welcome to email us via email@example.com
Here are some top asked questions from our clients for your reference:
1. Do we really have to get up so early?
We recommend arriving at the panda base as early as possible to beat the crowds. Pandas are typically the most active early in the day and will spend the afternoon sleeping. Additionally, pandas will sleep more often during the summer when the temperature is warmer.
We believe travel is art and we also know there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes. Each client has different understanding of art. Our goal is to do our utmost to make the travel of art that most suits you. Below are the testimonials come from the clients who chose the service of AbsolutePanda team.
We just came back from a 10-day-family trip in Chengdu organized by AbsolutePanda. It’s been an amazing experience and we’re super happy with the travel agency.
We must say that AbsolutePanda met all our expectations!
From the very beginning Melinda helped us to plan the trip answering all our questions right away, providing detailed information and suggesting activities and places of interest for both adults and kids until we had the final route. Claude, our guide during the whole trip, was extremely kind, patient and helpful. He speaks good English and he took care of us all the time paying attention to every detail and making our trip very pleasant and fun. His knowledge of birds and other fauna as well as of the history of the places we visited made our tour very interesting and enjoyable.
I would definetively recommend AbsolutePanda to anyone thinking in a custom made "Panda Trip"!
Reviewed September 28, 2018
Excellent private tour!
We just returned from our second private tour with Absolute Panda and it was a fantastic experience. Our first trip with Absolute Panda in 2015 left us with a good impression of the quality of tour service provided, so very naturally we chose to travel again with Absolute Panda this time. Philip himself led our tour and that really set our minds at ease because our itinerary was pretty tough due to the winding roads and altitude sickness. I started my planning with Philip almost half a year ago and he was meticulous in his efforts and extremely receptive towards our itinerary ideas. Throughout the months, he constantly updated us about the travel conditions. Nearing our travel date, he followed up closely on any possible events that could thwart our travel plans, and made alternative suggestions to ensure that we still get to enjoy our trip. During the trip, Philip and our driver took great care of us and did their best to accommodate our requests. He also demonstrated his deep knowledge of his culture and Chinese history. He was quick to rectify any issues we encountered during the trip such as the hotels too. My family was truly pleased with the quality of service that has been provided by Absolute Panda, and would certainly travel again with them if we were to visit China again!
Reviewed July 12, 2019
Amazing way to experience the Pandas.
Review of: One-Day Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base Volunteering and Irrigation System Tour
My family and I (3 kids 11, 9 and 7) got to have the experience of a lifetime in the Panda volunteer program. Bella was an amazing tour guide and what a treat to be able to not only get very very close to the pandas but to also help in their daily routines and upkeep so that the world can enjoy these beautiful bears. I never thought that my kids would be so happy to clean and prepare animal enclosures, but it was a blast that they will never forget. Aside from cleaning we got to prepare bamboo for the pandas, make panda cakes, and the highlight of the trip - feed the pandas directly and take videos and photos the entire time. We had a very nice lunch with the staff (option to go offsite but this made the trip 100% authentic and I highly recommend). We did not do the irrigation tour but opted to go to a local park/tea spot near a lake where locals hang out with Bella. Here we had tea and people watched (as they watched us also lol). In Chengdu you can see some interesting things like people getting ear massages by professional ear technicians using all sorts of wild brushes and instruments (you can even get one if you are adventurous enough). All in all I highly recommend this tour and again thank you so much Bella for a wonderful day with our family.
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