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Chengdu 1 Day Itinerary - How to Spend 1 Day in Chengdu

Is it possible to visit Chengdu in 1 Day?

Yes, it is possible. You can travel Chengdu in 1 day, but you need to focus on the best essence of Chengdu City and aren’t able to go far beyond the city and suburb area. Most of the Chengdu’s popular attractions are settled in the city area and you can travel the Essence of the Essence of Chengdu with a reasonable arrangement in a smart travel route.

What you can see and do for 1 day in Chengdu?

Seeing Giant Pandas must be the first thing to do if you are a first-timer Chengdu. As the dwelling home for mover 100 Giant Pandas, Chengdu Panda Base is word class. Here you can get up close and cuddly with nature’s cutest animals as well as taking a glimpse of the tiny new-born panda babies if you visit in June ~ September. Remember to visit pandas in the early morning when they are most active. A happy journey with Giant Pandas usually takes half a day, and then you are suggested visit People’s Park where local people always hang out there for tea-drinking, playing mahjong, dancing, chatting, etc. Definitely, it’s a perfect place to experience Chengdu’s laidback life. After that, take a short visit to Wenshu Temple, a peacefully hidden-in-city temple with strong Buddhist atmosphere. Besides, pay a visit in Jinli Old Street or Kuanzhai Alley to see Chinese traditional decorations and enjoy the authentic taste of Chengdu snacks.

If you prefer less time in the city, you can spend the afternoon traveling Leshan Giant Buddha to see the tallest Buddha Statue in the World. You can also see Giant Pandas and enjoy one day Panda Volunteer Program in Dujiangyan Panda Base. It’s available to visit Giant Pandas and Mount Qingcheng – a holy Taoist mountain in one day.

Find a Conveniently-located Hotel

In order to take full advantage of your time, it’s necessary to find a hotel conveniently located in the downtown area and near the top attractions. There is a variety of hotels ranging from top luxurious 5-star ones and high-quality boutique hotels to budget hostels. Chengdu can be divided by 3 ring roads (Tianfu Square as center) and we suggest you accommodate inside 1st Ring Road. Generally, there are 5 popular accommodation areas and all of them are conveniently equipped with accessible metro stations, various restaurants, shopping malls. The central area (near Tianfu Square, Chengdu Museum, Renmin Park, and Kuanzhai Alley)) is the most recommendable accommodating area if you take a one’s trip in Chengdu City because of its walking distance to most attractions. Read more about Where to Stay in Chengdu>

Where to Stay in Chengdu

Make fully use of 144-Hour Visa Free Policy

Chengdu applies to the 72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption. Visitor from 53 foreign countries who hold valid travel document & connecting flights to a third country/region can enter Chengdu from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and stay in Chengdu, Leshan (Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei), Ya'an (Bifengxia Panda Base), Yibin (Shunan Bamboo Forest) and some other cities (Jiuzhaigou Valley not covered) up to 144 hours without a Chinese visa. Learn more details here >

Travel with China Discovery

In order to have an efficient Chengdu tour in a single day, you are strongly suggested to travel with a travel agency, like China Discovery. Booking a tour package covering sightseeing, dining and private transfer, you are able to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation. As a Chengdu-based travel operator, we also master the most up-dated travel information and specialized in offering travelers incredible Chengdu experience. Our travel consultants will organize your tour according to your own travel length, interest and budget. Upon your arrival on the airport of railway station, our guide will pick you up and accompany you to every attraction and give you detailed explanations of Chengdu’s history and culture.

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Recommended 1 Day Chengdu Itineraries

See below 3 top Chengdu tour packages of 1 day which are most favored by our customers. Visiting Giant Pandas is covered in every tour. You can choose one according to your own interest - Leshan Giant Bhutan, cuisine cooking class, or panda volunteer program. If you seek for more choice, visit our all Chengdu Day Trips.

Recommended Longer Stay in Chengdu

1 day is not enough to enjoy Chengdu tour to the full. If time permits, we suggest you have a longer stay in Chengdu. 2 days allows you to travel Chengdu at a more leisurely pace and 3 days allows you to see more highlights in the suburb. See our best-selling 2 or 3 days Chengdu tour:

Panorama of Leshan Giant Buddha
2 Days Best Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha Tour

Chengdu / Leshan Giant Buddha / Chengdu

This 2 days tour with unique itinerary will take you to enjoy an in-depth exploration of Leshan Giant Buddha as well as the best of Chengdu. You will have a full day to discover the mystery of Leshan Giant Buddha and appreciate his magnitude from different angles – close sight, panoramic view and distant view and in two different ways – hiking and boating. Subsequently, drive back to Chengdu and immerse yourself in the relaxing & pleasurable time of Chengdu – to stay with the most attractive Giant Pandas and experience the slow-pace life in Chengdu’s popular sites, like People's Park, Wenshu Temple and Jinli Old Street. A lot of fun is ready for you.

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Our dear client visited Wenshu Monastery like local
3 Days Chengdu Highlights Tour plus Leshan Giant Buddha

Chengdu: Chengdu Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha, Jinli Street

Chengdu is a super city to deliver travellers end up fun, and 3 days is a perfect time to tour Chengdu at a comfortable pace. This tour covers the highlights tour of Chengdu as well as airport/train station pick-up and delivery service. In these three days, you won’t miss the world’s most loveable animal – Giant Panda and the Chengdu’s iconic site - People Park to experience Chengdu’s typical laid-back living style. Moreover, enjoy a convenient visit to somnolent-looking but inspiring Leshan Giant Buddha which is acknowledged as World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO.

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Dujiangyan Panda Love Feeding Experience
2 Days Chengdu & Lifetime Panda Volunteer Tour

Chengdu / Dujiangyan Panda Base / Chengdu

A visit to Chengdu is not complete without a visit to see the cuddly giant pandas. However, seeing panda is not enough and taking panda volunteering work will definitely amaze you to the fullest. This tour is specially designed for who only have a short stay in Chengdu and want to cover all the highlighted attractions as well as panda volunteer program.

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