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How to Spend 3 Days in Chengdu

How to Spend 3 Days in Chengdu

Circled by UNESCO World Heritage Sites and brimming with thousands of teahouses, pubs, and street vendors, Chengdu is the perfect jumping-off point for a foray into the wonders of Sichuan. Here’s what to do if you have three days to spend in China’s fifth-largest city.

Day 1: City Highlights

Kick off your trip by getting a feel for this modern city of 11 million people. Start your day with a visit to some of Chengdu’s most beloved residents, the giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. On a tour of the facility, you’ll observe and learn about this threatened species, and if you’re lucky, get to see some baby pandas in the Panda Nursery. Combine a morning visit to the panda center with an afternoon exploring the city of Chengdu itself. Take a city-highlights tour to catch the must-see attractions, such as People’s Park, Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Temple, and Jinli Street, or hit the narrow streets and alleys to explore at your own pace. Come sundown, give your tastebuds a tour of the Sichuan culinary scene during an evening food tour by tuk-tuk.

Day 2: A Step Back in Time

Many of Chengdu’s biggest attractions lie outside the city limits, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Leshan Giant Buddha. Head out of town on a day trip to see the 233-foot-tall (71-meter-tall) statue, which holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. Most tours give you a chance to climb to the top of the Buddha’s head, stand at its feet to take in its sheer size, or hike to Wuyou Temple for some of the best views of the Giant Buddha. There’s also an option to take a boat ride along the Mingjiang River for a different perspective on this cultural wonder. Upon your return to Chengdu, head to a local opera house for an evening of Sichuan Opera, known for its elaborate costumes and face-changing performances. Combine the live performance with a dinner of fiery hot pot for a complete night out on the town.

Day 3: Outdoor Adventure

Chengdu sits amid some of China’s most spectacular natural scenery, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Start early on a combined tour to Mount Qingcheng, the birthplace of China’s Taoist religion, and the Dujiangyan irrigation system, the oldest nondam irrigation system in the world. Hike to the top of the mountain, passing caves and ancient temples along the way, or save time by taking a cable car to the top. If time permits, pay a visit to the Dujiangyan Panda Base or relax and unwind in the Qingcheng hot springs. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a quiet dinner at your hotel, or if you still have some energy to burn, head to the back alleys of Chengdu for an evening of street food and local beer. 

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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
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US$87.00
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US$87.00
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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
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US$20.00
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US$20.00

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
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US$147.00
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All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan

All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan

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Visit two UNESCO-listed Sichuan sights on a full-day private trip from Chengdu. Hike and ride a cable car up forested Mount Qingcheng, the birthplace of China’s Taoist religion. View the Shangqing Palace, temples, and lake, and learn how Qingcheng starred in the movie 'Kung Fu Panda 3.' Plus, visit the Dujiangyan project, the world’s oldest non-dam irrigation facility to see its ingenious 3rd-century BC design. Includes private transport, lunch, and central hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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US$279.00
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Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu

Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu

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Escape the metropolitan madness of the city and experience the natural splendor of the Sichuan region on an immersive full-day excursion from Chengdu. Marvel at the sacred temples and impressive halls cradled by dense layers of bamboo trees at Qingcheng Mountain. Gain fascinating insight into the mystifying construction of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System from your knowledgeable guide and hear of how the structure led to significant agricultural development in the region. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel and feast upon an authentic Chinese lunch during this tour.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$214.00
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US$214.00
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Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

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Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

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Absorb the mammoth magnificence of the world’s largest stone Buddha statue on a private full-day tour of the Grand Buddha of Leshan from Chengdu. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the colossal size of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument and take an illuminated journey down trails that weave around the structure. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a flavorsome Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel on this enriching excursion.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$181.90
US$214.00
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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
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US$66.67
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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
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US$100.00
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2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay

2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay

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Discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Leshan on an all-inclusive 2-day tour from Chengdu. Accompanied by a private guide, witness the colossal majesty of Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world, and soar over the magnificent Emei Shan (Mt Emei) during an exhilarating cable car ride. See sacred shrines and beautiful Buddhist temples; spend the night in an enchanting monastery; and appease an appetite for authenticity with traditional Chinese meals. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide throughout your experience.
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  • 2 days
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US$466.00
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US$466.00
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Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain Train 2-Day Tour

Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain Train 2-Day Tour

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Make a special trip to see Leshan Giant Buddha and one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains, Mt. Emei, on this 2-day tour by high-speed train from Chengdu. Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo Temple, and Fuhu Temple, and take a cable car up to the Golden Summit. Sit along the banks of the Min River, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
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  • 2 days
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US$449.00
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1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour

1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour

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Gain an overview of the city of Chengdu on this guided tour of the city featuring its major historical and contemporary attractions. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors wanting to learn about the city’s ancient history and modern life from a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and includes a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
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  • 8 hours
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US$189.00
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