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Yes, 3 days is enough to travel the highlights of Chengdu city at a relaxing pace. You can see the essence of the city first and then pay a visit to the suburb area. It's also possible to extend your tour from Chengdu to some other nearby destinations of Sichuan, like Dujiangyan, Leshan and Emeishan. If your 3 days' travel time includes the arrival and departure day, you have to organize your travel itinerary reasonably.
Of course, the native-born Giant Panda is a must see in Chengdu. Chengdu Panda Base (short for the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) is the world's only museum focusing entirely on critically endangered giant pandas as well as some other endangered wildlife, like red pandas, swans, peacocks and hundreds of insects. Try to visit it early and you can see pandas at their most active time. After your happy time with these white-and-black animals, visit some local hangouts to feel Chengdu's relaxing laid-back life style, including People's Park where both locals and travelers like to enjoy a cup tea and doing some daily activities (square dancing, playing cards or mahjong, chatting with friends, etc.). It is also interesting to visit Jinli Old Street to find some local traditional delicate handicrafts and featured Chengdu snacks. These three attractions always make a classic Chengdu day tour. It's also popular to have a short visit to Wenshu Temple to suck the Buddhist fragrance. If you are interested in Buddhist culture, you can also go to Baoguang Temple and Daci Temple.
Besides, visiting various museums is a good way to learn about Chengdu's history and culture, like Chengdu Museum, Sichuan Museum, Jinsha Museum, Sanxingdui Museum, Chengdu Cuisine Museum, etc. If you travel with kids, don't miss a cooking class in Sichuan Cuisine Museum. It is also worthwhile to enjoy a Sichuan Opera Show, including Face-changing performance, shadow puppetry, hand shadows and acrobatic.
You are suggested to spend 1 or 2 day to explore the highlights beyond Chengdu, like Leshan Giant Buddha, Emeishan Mountain, Qingcheng Mountain, Dujiangyan Irrigation System – four UNSECO World Heritage sites within 2~3 hours' driving distance.
What You Can See in 3 Days
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If you get to Chengdu in the afternoon or evening on the first day and have other two days for sightseeing, you are suggested to have a 3 Days Chengdu highlights tour. Just spend one morning visiting Giant Pandas and then traveling to Leshan Giant Buddha on the second day and then enjoy Chengdu city's other highlights (People's Park, Wenshu Temple and Jinli Old Street) before leaving. If you travel with family, you can add some kids-friendly experience, like Sichuan Opera Show, Panda Volunteer Program, and cooking class and so on. If you are already in Chengdu and have 3 full days to sightsee, don't miss Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in addition to your Chengdu trip. These two Buddhist sites with cultural significance will give you a visual-feasting as well mind-purifying experience. There are different ways to explore the two holy sites, liking hiking, boating, photography, etc. For those interested in Taoism or China's old super engineering, Dujiangyan is a perfect choice to gain a great memory. Below are our two best 3 days (plus one day for pick up) Chengdu tours for your option:
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.Check Details
Starting from Chengdu, our 2 Days Mount Emei Leisure Hiking not only satisfy your desire of enjoy some real hiking to escape the crowds, but also take you experience profound Buddhist culture and pleasant landscape of Mount Emei. You will hike two most essential parts of Mount Emei: Qinying Pavilion to Wannian Temple (4km) and Leidongping to Golden Summit (4km). Each part can be done in about 2 hours. You will also have some time to visit the world-famous Leshan Giant Buddha which is only 45mins' driving from Mount Emei. After the tour, you will be escorted back to Chengdu hotel or to catch your flight/train with our private car.Check Details
Chengdu / Pixian / Chengdu
This 3 days Chengdu tour is meticulously designed for families with the very young. All the itineraries are planned to offer you a quality time with your kids and you will learn and experience together.Your great journey starts from a joyful visit to China's priceless treasure – Giant Pandas to the discovery of unique local culture – featured Sichuan cuisine, mysterious face-changing performance, laid-back Chengdu living style, etc. All of these experiences help you get a better understanding of why Chengdu gets its nickname of the City of Abundance. Just take this meaningful trip with your children now!Check Details
Modern and ancient, bustling and pacific, crowded and isolated - Chengdu is one of its kind. In this tour, you will explore all of them, from the cute Giant Panda to the Old Jinli Street, experience Sichuan tea culture, taste Sichuan cuisine.Check Details
3 Days allows you the see the highlights in and around Chengdu City, but you will get more pleasant surprise if you have more time. Check our best Sichuan tours:
Chengdu / Xiling Snow Mountain / Chengdu
Want to spend a joyful winter holiday with snow fun in the warm southern China? Take this winter tour to enjoy Xiling snow fun and its best gateway city - Chengdu in one go in the most classic way! You will spend 2 days at the popular Xiling Snow Mountain covered with very thick shimmering snow to be the large-scaled alpine ski resort in south part of the entire country, and get fully stretched with the cool skiing and diverse entertaining sports on ice and snow with abundant joy and laughter. Besides, you will enjoy 1 full day in Chengdu, the national well-known “Leisure City” to feel its real laidback life style of local citizens with classic appreciation of the top must-sees before your flying home!Check Details
Chengdu / Leshan / Mt. Emei / Chengdu
A great tour of a visual feast to explore two magnificent World Heritage Sites around Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in a leisure way, also visit the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and get other Chengdu highlights. Airport (train station) pick up and drop off, English-speaking guide, private cars are covered.Check Details
Chengdu / Leshan / Mount Emei / Zigong / Chongqing
In Sichuan, the Land of Abundance, you will visit the lovely giant pandas, go to see Giant Buddha in Leshan, and climb up the magnificent Emei Mountain, explore different museums in Zigong and head to Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing. All are the best!Check Details
After your Chengdu tour, you may want to travel other destinations. Jiuzhaigou Valley is top recommended to savor the most breathtaking waterscape and get immersed in the multi-colored forest (if you travel in autumn). For more primitive beauty and lifetime adventures, go western Sichuan. Moreover, Chengdu is a great gateway city to Sichuan's popular neighbors, including Chongqing, Shaanxi (Xian), Tibet (Lhasa), Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, Lijaing and Shangri-La)… As a leading travel agency based in Chengdu, China Discovery has helped thousands of people finish their China tour rom Chengdu. Our tour package (covering one-to-one consulting service, local professional tour guide, private car with skilled driver, hotels-booking, tickets-booking) aims to deliver you a worry-free travel. See all China Tours from Chengdu>