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How to Spend 1 Day in Chengdu

How to Spend 1 Day in Chengdu

Home of giant pandas, an even bigger Buddha, and the famed fiery Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu is the hub of Southwest China and a gateway to Tibet. A day offers plenty of time to put your finger on the pulse of this city of 14 million people while seeing its two star attractions. Here’s how to make the most of your limited time.

Morning: Giant Pandas

Giant pandas have become a symbol of China, and Chengdu is one of the best places in the world to see them. Start your morning early with a guided tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You’ll get to see plenty of giant pandas playing, snoozing, or munching on bamboo, as well as red pandas, and if you’re lucky, baby pandas in the Panda Nursery (particularly if you’re visiting in summer). Learn about the breeding of captive pandas while supporting one of the world’s most successful breeding centers.

Afternoon: Leshan Giant Buddha

While it makes for a full day, it’s well worth the long drive to see the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during your visit to Chengdu. Take a boat trip along the river to see the world’s tallest Buddha statue from its base, or hike to the top for spectacular views of the region. Alternately, opt for a private or small-group sightseeing tour of Chengdu on foot or by bamboo bicycle. Learn more about Sichuan culture while taking in the highlights, including the Tibetan Quarter, Tianfu Square, People’s Park, and Wenshu Buddhist Temple.

Night: Night at the Opera

You can’t leave Chengdu without experiencing two cultural icons—hot pot and Sichuan opera—and it’s easy to combine them into one night on the town. Start with a meal at a traditional hot pot restaurant, where you can throw your favorite ingredients into the bubbling stock pot in the center of the table. After your meal, head to a Chengdu theater for an evening of acrobatics, music, comedy, and the face-changing performances that characterize the opera of this region. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more low-key, head out on an evening tuk-tuk food tour instead. 

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Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer

Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer

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Spend a morning with some of China’s most famous residents at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center or the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center from Chengdu. Led by a professional panda keeper, meander through the facilities and observe the pandas while you learn about their breeding and life stages. Also, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Red Panda area to learn more about this quiet yet territorial mammal.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$87.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$87.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu

Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu

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Experience the mesmerizing melodies and intense action of the Sichuan Opera during a performance in Chengdu’s Shufenf Yayun Teahouse. Marvel at dazzling dancers and astounding acrobats as they deliver an extravagant spectacle of color and culture. Upgrade to enjoy unrivalled stage views from luxurious seats and pleasure your palate with snacks to accompany a Sichuan tea. For the ultimate experience, opt for ear grooming, a Chinese massage and a show costume dress up session that comes with a complimentary photograph.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$20.00
From
US$20.00

Private Round-Trip Transfer: Chengdu International Airport (CTU)

Private Round-Trip Transfer: Chengdu International Airport (CTU)

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Avoid the hassle of making your way from and to Chengdu International Airport (CTU) with a convenient and cost-effective round-trip airport transfer. When you arrive in Chengdu, escape the crowded chaos of the airport and travel directly to your accommodation in an air-conditioned vehicle. Similarly, when your sojourn comes to a conclusion, travel to the airport in comfort and style and arrive well in advance of your departure flight.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$67.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$67.00
Price varies by group size

Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

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Combine visits to Chengdu Tianfu Square, the Leshan Giant Buddha, and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base in one full-day tour from Chengdu. Pickup and drop-off at select Chengdu hotels included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$101.83
Price varies by group size
From
US$101.83
Price varies by group size

Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit

Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit

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Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Chengdu on an enriching full-day tour of the spectacular city. On this private tour, venture to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to spend several hours observing adorable pandas, and then absorb the sacred ambience of the Zen Buddhist monastery during a leisurely lunch. Sip refreshing tea at a traditional teahouse in the picturesque park, and then meander through the narrow alleys of Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Upgrade to immerse yourself in the melodious magic of the Sichuan opera.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$147.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$147.00
Price varies by group size
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All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

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Combine a trip to the Chengdu Giant Panda Base with a visit to the Leshan Giant Buddha on this full-day private tour from Chengdu. With a private guide, travel via high-speed rail and private transfer. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$269.00
Price varies by group size
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US$269.00
Price varies by group size

Chengdu Evening Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

Chengdu Evening Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk

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Set out in the evening with an expert guide and your own tuk-tuk driver to find the best dinner dishes in Chengdu on this tour. Explore pedestrian alleyways, hidden parks, and small temples where you visit favorite local eateries. Experience Chengdu's cuisine and culture by eating at the same places that local people do.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$66.67
From
US$66.67
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Private Half-Day Tour in Sichuan Culture Show with Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu

Private Half-Day Tour in Sichuan Culture Show with Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu

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Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Chengdu during an incredible Sichuan Opera show and traditional dinner. Depart from your hotel in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach and venture within a traditional restaurant to devour the local delicacy of Sichuan hot-pot. Sated, prepare to feast your eyes upon a colorful spectacle of acrobatics, music and comedy as you watch the extravagant Sichuan opera from a seat in a prime position. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$100.00
Price varies by group size

All Inclusive Private Day Tour of Chengdu Old Streets including City Top Attractions

All Inclusive Private Day Tour of Chengdu Old Streets including City Top Attractions

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Stroll among the old shopping streets of Chengdu on a private tour and you’ll get a personalized look at the city’s different architectural styles. Visit Wenshufang Street, Jinli Street, and Kuanzhai Alley accompanied by your guide, and gain insights about  Wenshu Monastery along the way. Learn about Sichuan cuisine during lunch, and relax with private hotel transport.
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  • 6 hours 40 minutes to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
From
US$75.00

Private Bamboo Bicycle Tour in Chengdu

Private Bamboo Bicycle Tour in Chengdu

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Spend time outdoors and discover the highlights of Chengdu on this action-packed private bamboo bicycle tour. A bicycle tour will help you save time and cover more ground than a walking tour, and you won’t have to worry about getting lost as a guide will lead the way. Pedal past the Tibetan Quarter, the Jinjiang River, Sichuan University, Tianfu Square, People’s Park, Jinli Street, Wenshu Buddhist Temple, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$41.00
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US$41.00


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