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1 Day Panda and Sichuanese Cooking Class

1 Day Panda and Sichuanese Cooking Class

Date: All Year Round

Price: From USD199/PAX

Trip Focus: Panda + Cooking Class

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - Family cooking/culinary school

Trip Code: P003

Overview


The city of Chengdu is known for a variety of different things, two of the most notable of these are 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 are 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 a chance to create and sample some of the dishes that have made Sichuanese cuisine famous world-wide. For who wish to see what makes Chengdu unlike any other place in the world, this itinerary is the perfect choice.


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.

Create some of Sichuan’s most iconic dishes with the guidance of a local cooking instructor.

Enjoy a leisurely day of exciting activities in one of China’s greatest tourism cities.

Navigate Chengdu with an experienced team of local guides.

Visit a local market to collect fresh ingredients.



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 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 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.


 

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 world-wide attention to this city.



 

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.





 

Hot Pot

By far the most iconic of Chengdu’s dishes, a trip to Sichuan is incomplete without tasting the spicy broth of an authentic hot pot. A particularly social meal, hot pot is best enjoyed with a group of friends sitting around the boiling brazier of soup and spices.







Other place to know Sichuan culinary culture
Kuanzhai Alley
Jinli Street and Wenshu Monastery
Spice Market
Local food market 



 


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

Basic

Copper Panda

Silver Panda

Gold Panda

Price Quotation

 Not Available 199USD/PAX 230USD/PAX 280USD/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!
 


 


Itinerary


Chengdu Panda Base-Local food market-Local family cooking class/Culinary School


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

7:40-12:00 Visit Chengdu Giant Panda Base. Also called Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu Giant Panda Base is the largest panda sanctuary in the world with more than 100 pandas with different ages.

12:00-12:30 Drive to Xingxibei restaurant to eat authentic Sichuan cuisine, the most famous Chinese cuisine featuring with various flavors with abundant food materials.

12:30-13:30 Lunch time.

13:30-14:00 Drive to a local market.

14:00-14:30 Explore the food market which has a variety of materials for Sichuan food.

14:30-18:00 Make Sichuan food of your own in local family or culinary school upon your choice.You can join together with local housewife to learn family cooking in Chengdu or learn from professional cook masters in culinary school.


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

19:30 Drive back to your hotel


As the four most famous cuisine in China, Sichuan cuisine has a long history and rich culture inside it. This itinerary is a sample according to our knowledge and the experience program for Sichuan cuisine can be very limited by time. Please feel free to tell us your ideas and interests, we will modify the itinerary at your request.Our goal is to provide a itinerary that most suits you with best performance.
 

Map


Map for Cooking workshop(Mum's Kitchen Program):
 


 Option 1:Mum's Kitchen Trip Map
 


Map for Option 2:



Option 2: Sichuan Cuisine Museum Trip Map



Sichuan Cuisine Museum Map

Accommodation

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 

FAQ

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 for the cooking program. Starting with our shopping trip in the local market all the way to preparing and enjoying the meal! 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. This class is certain to be a fun and enjoyable experience for guests of any skill level.


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 a slightly lemony overtones and creates a numbness in the mouth of those who eat them. Most of our guests love the flavor, and even want to bring back 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?
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. Recently, the panda base has suspended their program of holding a panda cub.

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

Testimonial


“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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                Mum‘s Kitchen brings you close to Sichuan Cuisine

                                                                         
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