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1 Day Chengdu Panda Base & Sanxingdui Site

1 Day Chengdu Panda Base & Sanxingdui Site

Date: All Year Round

Price: From USD180/PAX

Trip Focus: Panda + Chengdu History

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum.

Trip Code: P002


In China’s southwest reaches is the traveler’s paradise of Sichuan province and its capital city, Chengdu. It is within the city limits of this bustling metropolis that tourists can discover the comfortable lifestyle, vibrant culture and exciting attractions that make Chengdu a world-class tourism destination.  Known for its extensive history, distinct tradition, flavorful cuisine and abundance of giant pandas, it is impossible to find anywhere else in the world like Chengdu.

During this one day tour from AbsolutePanda, our skilled team of local guides will show you the best this city has to offer. As we explore Chengdu, you will witness watch adorable panda cubs, explore the city’s captivating history and taste the food that has made Chengdu famous world-wide. For any guest looking to do it all in one day, this is the tour for you! 

Trip Highlights

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

Savor the spice and flavor of authentic Sichuanese cuisine in popular local restaurants.

Explore the captivating history of Sichuan’s ancient Shu civilization at Sanxingdui Museum.

Wander the scenic streets and alleys of this world class tourism city.

Observe the harmonious mixture of innovation and tradition distinct to 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 offer different price choices for certain short-term tours. Please see details in Date&Price page of this tour.

Introductions to the 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 attracts tourists and wildlife enthusiast alike from around the world. Conveniently located a short drive away from the center of the city, this state of the art research facility comfortably houses more pandas that anywhere else in the world. 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.

Kuanxijiayan Restaurant

Located near the city’s panda base, Kuanxijianyan is perfect for tourists looking to sample the boldly flavorful cuisine that makes Chengdu famous. With a name translating to “household banquet”, this establishment sticks to the authentic cooking traditions that have developed in Chengdu for centuries. Our team prefers this restaurant for our clients and feel it is a perfect representation of what Sichuanese cuisine is supposed to taste like. Relax and dine like a local as you eat classic Chengdu dishes like kung pao chicken, spicy homestyle tofu, double boiled beef and many others.

Sanxingdui Museum

Located about 50km from Chengdu in the nearby city of Guangyuan, the Sanxingdui Museum features a vast collection of artifacts dating as far back as the Neolithic era. The culture responsible for these artifacts, the Shu, established the foundation of their magnificent culture in the Sichuan basin over 3,000 years ago. During your visit to the museum, you will have every opportunity to learn about the Shu civilization’s mysterious past through an extensive variety of engaging exhibits. Among the vast collections of priceless relics are ceramic artwork, jade, gold and unique bronze masks.

(Please note:The comprehensive hall of Sanxingdui museum is currently closed due to renovations. Sanxingdui museum has two exhibition halls - the Comprehensive Hall which with many kinds of relics and the Bronze Hall. The comprehensive one is under redecoration and closed until 24th,January 2020. Instead there is a temporary exhibition arrangement outside the hall, but it should be noted that this exhibit is smaller in collection size. )

Sichuan Hotpot

Indisputably the most famous Sichuanese dish, hotpot is a world-famous culinary experience that is native to Chengdu. Sitting around a boiling pot of spicy broth, you are welcome to cook a variety of different meats and vegetables to your liking. For those who don’t eat spicy food or meat, there are also non-spicy and vegetarian options available.   

Additional optional activities
Searching for the best in Chengdu’s street food
Sichuan Opera performance (*highly recommended)
Urban bird watching (Chengdu Panda Base and Seasonal Chengdu Yazi River birding)
Chengdu City night walk



Dates & Price

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 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.

Price Categories


Copper Panda

Silver Panda

Gold Panda

Price Quotation

 Not Available 180USD/PAX 212USD/PAX 255USD/PAX


a. Basic Panda Price 
For travelers who only need a driver and a car to take them to the place designated in the itinerary; basic panda options are perfect. This price range is only available for trips we think our clients can handle without the supervision of our team. This option only includes the cost for the private car (driver, fuel, toll and parking) to take you to the tour destinations and back to your hotel.  The price does not include your discretionary tips to the driver and other entrance tickets.
b. Copper Panda Option 
For travelers who are looking for a skilled guide who speaks English and show them around. You can choose this price option.

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.

Example Guides:

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
For travelers who hope to have a guide who know certain specialized field 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.

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.

Example Guides:

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

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, hotel and transportation options available. We will provide the details concerning your trip. Please feel free to ask us any questions concerning this package 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.

Example Guides:
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. 

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.
You just give us your trust, we will do our utmost to make your best travel memory!


Chengdu Panda Base--Sanxingdui Museum-Sichuan Hotpot

7:00 Drive from your hotel to Chengdu Panda Base which is the largest panda base in the world. A home to over than 100 pandas with different ages.

7:40--12:00 Visit panda base, enjoy a beautiful time with pandas.

12:00--12:10 Head to Kuanxijiayan Restaurant.Enjoy the authentic local Sichuan cuisines featuring with hot and spicy. Many most famous Chinese dishes like Mapo Tofu, Kung-pao Chicken, Twice-cooked pork are all belongs to Sichuan cuisines.

13:10-14:00 Drive our way to Sanxingdui Museum,the best representative for ancient Shu Civilization, featuring with astonishing huge bronze crafts with eye-opening design that you can not find anywhere else in the world.

14:00-16:00 Visit Sanxingdui Museum.

16:00-17:30 Drive back to Chengdu.

18:00-19:30 Sichuan Hotpot. Sichuan hotpot is famous for its variety of material which give you a wide freedom to choose what you like and experience the local hotpot restaurant culture.

19:30-20:10 Chengdu City Night Walk. We will take an after-dinner walk to watch the local people’s night life and rest ourselves in the laid-back lifestyle of this panda city.


20:10-20:30 Drive back to hotel.

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.





AbsolutePanda firmly believe travel is an art. To ensure every trip travelling with us is a great travel art for our client, AbsolutePanda team do all we can to consider every possible details. The choice of hotels is definitely an essential part to make a great trip. After many years of running 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 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. Please feel free to contact us and tell us your requests, we will do our best to create the best travel itinerary for your private use.
Following are a list of hotels at different styles and luxury level we often use for our trips. Please feel free to let us know what we can do for you to facilitate your travel planning. 

1. Three International-brand Hotels in Chengdu.

• Shangrila Hotel Chengdu
• The Temple House
• The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

2.Three Local Brand Hotels

• Tibet Hotel 
• Buddha Zen Hotel
• Chengdu Hongtai Hotel

3. Three Economic Hotels

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

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 info@absolutepanda.com 


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

We have been asked many interesting questions, here we only selected some of them, you can email us and send us your own panda questions, we are very happy to answer any of your panda questions.
Read more our FAQs or feel free to contact us for further questions, AbsolutePanda is more than glad to answer and offer help.


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.


Reviewed Mar 17, 2018

Excellent two days of tours- pandas, cooking, fab food, opera, and more!

My chef husband and I recently spent a month traveling thru China, and Absolute Panda Tours created two excellent & full days of touring for us in Chegndu and nearby! We got to see the darling pandas at play, and red pandas, as well, (early, before the crowds!), and then took an excellent, professional cooking class at the Cuisine Museum in Chengdu, where they make the famed aged Chili & Soy Sauces, and went to the market with the chef, and in the evening we went to the Opera (and the fab tea house next door), which was truly a wonderful evening. The next day they arranged for us to ride the steam train and see some of rural China, to take a boat to see the amazing LeShan Buddha, and then to have a totally delicious and fun Hot Pot Dinner! We enjoyed every minute! I planned the tour with them via email, and their English is excellent; their guides and customer service were tops, as were their vehicles and drivers. The meals they took us for were absolutely delicious- and as my husband is a chef, I don't say that lightly! We highly recommend them, and will definitely use them again if we're lucky enough to get back to Chengdu!



Reviewed Dec 9, 2019

1 Day Chengdu Dujiangyan Panda Base and Sanxingdui Museum Tour
This is my second time using Absolute Panda and they never disappoint. The trip was customized so we could maximize our one day in Chengdu. Highly recommend!
                                                                                                         —————— patriciao406


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