Chengdu: Pandas & Giant Buddha

Chengdu
Chengdu Panda BaseChengdu Panda Base in Chengdu Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 1 day As you request TCG-1388 For those with only a short time in Chengdu, this tour is perfect! We will take you to two of the area’s most exciting destinations: the Chengdu Panda Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha (the largest stone Buddha in the world)!

You’ll meet the pandas first, as they are most active in the morning after a delicious bamboo breakfast!

Your visit to the Leshan Buddha will start with a boat ride along the river, to make sure the whole Maitreya fits in your photographs! Then, you can get up close and personal, by walking from the head of the statue to its toes!

What makes this tour special:

This tour offers something for every visitor to Chengdu, whether they are crazy about nature and wildlife, or religion and history!

Tips:

If you are a real panda-lover, please talk to one of our agents about our other panda-related tours!

Note:

If you wish, and if time allows, we will be happy to include a visit to the China Bear Rescue Centre, Animals Asia’s first bear sanctuary and also the first of its kind in the world.
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  • Meals: lunch
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu Panda Base
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
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Tour code: TCG-1388
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


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  • » Tips to your guide and driver
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Chengdu Panda Base   成都大熊猫繁育研究基地

The Chengdu Panda Base is located about 30 minutes from the center of Chengdu, and is a convenient place to view pandas. Do not confuse it with the Bifengxia Panda Reserve, which is nearly three hours outside of the city.

The Chengdu Panda Base, founded in 1987, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It started with six giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 83.

The pandas are fed in the morning and are most active at that time of day, so that is when most people visit. The bears will relax and sleep during the afternoon.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

Leshan Giant Buddha   乐山大佛

The Leshan Grand Buddha is a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site and is the largest stone Buddha in the world. Usually done as a day trip, it is located about a 2 hour drive outside Chengdu. The Leshan Grand Buddha faces Mount Emei and was built at the confluence of two large rivers to protect those navigating the river from disasters.

There are two ways to see the Buddha, by foot or by boat (or both). By foot you get a close look at the site. By boat you get a good distant view and don’t have to walk up and down the stone steps if this is a problem for you.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
6

Chengdu 成都

Chengdu is a city of great cultural, gastronomical, historical, environmental (pandas!) and economic importance. Situated in the west of China, this unique city deserves a place on any traveler’s China itinerary. The birthplace of paper money, Chengdu has been influenced by the cultures of Tibet and Mongolia over the course of its thousands of years of history. This cultural uniqueness can be experienced in its spicy and lip-numbing cuisine (a UNESCO City of Gastronomy), the local dialect (quite unlike Mandarin), the overall slower pace of life, and through its museums and archaeological sites.

Just to the north of Chengdu sits Sanxingdui (Three Star Mound). Sanxingdui is an archaeological site of great interest, pointing to a separate Bronze Age culture outside the historical narrative of the Shang dynasty (c. 1600 – c. 1046 BC). It is unique for its bronze artifacts depicting the human form and the large...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.

Drinking Water

Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.

Children and Special Diets

Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

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