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Chengdu Travel Guide






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Chengdu is renowned all over the world for its Panda breeding base, but visiting the charismatic bears is not the only reason to travel to the capital of Sichuan Province. In 2010 it was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, one of only 4 cities with the honor and the first city in Asia to receive the title. Furthermore Chengdu is consistently voted one of the top ten most livable cities in China.

About 30 minutes drive from central Chengdu; a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is a must. The early morning is the best time to visit, when the resident Giant and Red Pandas are more active. The base has plenty of interesting information about the Panda breeding program.

Visiting one of Chengdu’s many parks is an enjoyable way to unwind while in the city, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll while watching the locals practice Taichi and play games. Then you can take a while to rest and enjoy the lush, green surroundings or try your hand at Mahjong at one of the many outdoor teashops. The people of Chengdu are famed throughout China for being more relaxed and enjoying a slower pace of life than people from other big cities, and this is reflected in the density of restaurants and teashops in the city. Chengdu’s teahouses are filled with locals who will happily spend the afternoon playing cards, chatting, playing Mahjong and sipping on freshly brewed tea.

Chengdu is the perfect gateway for visiting other attractions in Sichuan Province, such as Leshan, Mount Emei and Jiuzhaigou.
Nightlife
Chengdu has the highest number of bars per capita of any Chinese city (even more than Shanghai or Beijing!), which has given the city the reputation of being a party town. If bar crawling isn’t your thing, an evening stroll of the city is the perfect opportunity to sample fiery Chengdu hotpot or cheap and tasty street food such as Dan Dan Noodles.



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Chéngdū tours
1 day
This tour starts and ends at your hotel in Chengdu. You drive two hours to Leshan and start by taking a boat on the river to view the Giant Buddha from this perspective. After returning to shore you can either have lunch or visit the Buddha mimed immediately. While visiting the buddha on foot you start from the top and work you way down past the head and shoulder and down to its feet. ...

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Chéngdū tours
1 day
On arrival at the Dujiangyan Panda Valley you will receive training and watch a film to orient you in the details of acting as a zookeeper. Your duties include feeding your panda (fresh bamboo, apples, homemade biscuits), cleaning the panda enclosure, weighing the food they are given, the remaining food and their feces, and in hot weather you give them a block of ice. You can also do...

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Chéngdū tours
1 day
For those with a short time in Chengdu, this tour takes you to two of the most interesting destinations, the Chengdu Panda Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha.

Chengdu
Chéngdū tours
2 days CNY 980
This activity-filled tour is a great way to sample the rich culinary and cultural heritage of Sichuan in its boisterous capital, Chengdu. Activities include a Sichuan cuisine cooking class, visiting a traditional Chengdu teahouse, tasting the tongue-numbing Sichuan hotpot, witnessing the ancient art of face-changing, and sampling the many flavors available at one of the city's most famous...

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