Chengdu is not only the hometown of Giant Pandas, but also UNESCO City of Gastronomy. This 2 days tour specially designed for you to enjoy the best food experience in Chengdu while without missing the best tourist attractions in the city, such as Panda Base, Jinli Street, Wenshu Temple, etc. It is a rare chance to see, enjoy and experience authentic Sichuan cuisine. Sichuan hot pot, street food and typical Sichuan dishes, like Kung Pao chicken, Mapo Tofu and so on, will definitely whip up your appetite. You not only watch with your eyes, but also listen with your ears, smell with your noses and taste with your mouths, and of course, cook with your hands, as you will be taken to Sichuan Museum to learn to cook some authentic Sichuan cuisine dishes. This is the ultimate experience for every foodie! Let us taste, play and experience!
Day 1 Chengdu Panda Tour ( L )Today's highlights: Giant Panda, People's Park, Jinli Old Street (snacks)
This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home to more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don't miss the chance to visit the most adorable panda cubs in the panda kindergartens. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the precious panda babies in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas.
Leaving the panda center, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the bustling downtown of Chengdu - Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths. Adjacent to the monastery is a small bazaar (Wenshufang) where you can enjoy a leisure stroll through to experience local market and living style.
Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning... Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.
At the end, your guide will escort you to your hotel.
Recommended Optional Evening Activities: 1) enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine (or hotpot) at a local restaurant; 2) watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs during 20:00~21:30).
- Mama and Baby of Panda
- Enjoy Chengdu local snacks at Jinli Old Street
- Experience Chengdu local living style in People's Park
Day 2 Chengdu & Chengdu Departure ( L)Today's highlights: Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class
This morning you will go to Sichuan Cuisine Museum in Pixian County, the only eatable museum in China with new way to experience Sichuan cuisine culture. Appreciate 6000 pieces of antiques, artifacts and books and hear many Sichuan food facts, know how Pixian chilly bean paste is made, experience making bean curd pudding, taste different kinds of Sichuan snacks, worship Kitchen God in the biggest Kitchen God Ancestral Hall in the world, partake in the cooking class to personally make three typical Sichuan dishes, like Kung Pao chicken, Mapo Tofu, Panda steamed dumpling, etc. Under the guidance of professional Chuancais chef, learn how to cut, control fire, complete cooking process and accomplish your dish. Share and enjoy your dishes with your families or partners and be awarded with official certificate of “Master of Chuancais”.
After the happy cooking experience, drive back to Chengdu downtown to your hotel or be escorted to airport or train station to catch your flight / train to next destination.
1. The visiting in Sichuan Cuisine Museum begins around 09:50 and finishes around 13:30 or after.
2. There are two kinds of pre-arranged cooking menu. Menu A includes Kung Pao chicken, Mapo Tofu, Panda steamed dumpling and Menu B includes Pumpkin steamed dumplings, Daqian dry-braised fish, boiled beef in chili sauce. You can choose your favorite one and tell us your likes to your travel consultants beforehand.
3. If you want to cook other Sichuan dishes which are not on the above list, please tell us your needs in advance and we’ll inform Sichuan Cuisine Museum to make some preparations.
- Sichuan Cuisine Museum
- Pixian Chilly Bean Paste
Xian, as the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties, is filled with amazing historic and cultural wonders.
With only 2 days, you can travel the best highlights of ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace. The Day 1 is a full day visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Local Snack Street - Muslim Quarter. In the Day 2, you have a half day for visiting to the symbol of Xian - Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and having an educational learning in Shanxi History Museum. The rest time is free for departure.
Guilin, the darling of tourists!
Guilin is famous for having the best landscape under Heaven which can be seen in three most popular places - Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng. Only 3 days are needed to get them all in a single trip. You will visit the essential sites in the city, enjoy a relaxing cruise along Li River, and have a pleasant time of countryside exploration in Yangshuo Town. Another highlight is the unique trip to Longji Terrace which is an ideal place for experiencing ethnic culture, hiking and photography.
1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel
and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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"Just back from our 9-day trip to Yunnan, long planned and waited for. It was our second time with China Discovery Tours. Once again they tailored the tour according to our ideas and interests - and succeeded in surprising us! Thanks to the local guides we learned a lot about history, traditions and customs, and, of course, food. We always felt in safe hands and the organization was just perfect with enough on spot flexibility. Big thanks to Jack who figured it all out so well and to the next time with China Discovery! Johannes (GER) & Elizabeth (GRC)"
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Absolutely fantastic trip. We enjoyed every moment and the guides were all really good.
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
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As a leading travel agency based in Chengdu, China Discovery masters the first-hand travel information to make your amazing travel experiences happen. Our private Chengdu tour packages assure you a high-quality journey with great flexibility, comfort and personalized arrangement. No matter you want to join a panda volunteer program or explore the local culture, or take sidetrips to Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, etc., don’t hesitate to tell your needs and interests because all tours can be tailor-made. During your tour, you will have your very own personal guide, with a private vehicle and driving exclusively serving for your party - nobody else.
We suggest you apply for a China Tourist Visa (L Visa) so that you can extend your tour to other worth-visiting destinations, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin… For just a short stay in/around Chengdu, tourists from appointed 53 countries with valid travel document & connecting flights to a third country/region can enter Chengdu via Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and stay in Chengdu as well as 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.
Chengdu enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate with distinct four seasons – warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter. The annual average temperature is 16°C / 61°F. It is available to visit Chengdu all the year around, but the best periods are from March to June and September to November when the temperature is most moderate.
Wearing Ideas: Shirts, long skirts and thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes are recommended for spring travel and autumn travel in Chengdu. Sun block shirt, sunhat, cotton and linen shirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes are recommended for summer travel in Chengdu. Winter coats, leather jackets, down coats, woolen hats, scarfs, gloves, sweaters and snow boots are recommended for winter travel in Chengdu.
Chengdu can be reached easily by flight or high speed train from many big cities of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xian, Chongqing, etc. Besides, there are also frequent international or regional flights from San Francisco, Singapore, Melbourne, Kathmandu, Paris, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. and some non-scheduled flights from Sydney, Dubai, Frankfurt, Madrid and Moscow to Chengdu.
In Chengdu, there are lots of different kinds of hotels ranging from international brands to boutique style and providing you easeful stay. First-timers are strongly suggested to accommodate inside the downtown, including Chunxi Road Area, Jinli Area, Tianfu Square Area and Wenshu Monastery Area, where there are accessible shopping malls, great restaurants and metro stations within walking distance. China Discovery only uses those hotels with full-equipped amenities, fine services and great reputations. Most of them are located in the city center as well, so you can dine, shop and go around conveniently.
As a city of UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Sichuan food and snacks are a must-try in Chengdu. Want to enjoy hot pot? Chunxi Road and surrounding streets are full of great hot pot restaurants. Want to have some authentic local snacks? Lots of food streets await. Jinli Old Street and Kuanzhai Alley are two popular food streets with numerous kinds of snacks. Besides, there are also many traditional folk products sold in their antique shops. Wenshu Monastery block also serve mouth-wateringly delicious dishes and snacks.
Usually, the highlights of Chengdu can be discovered in brief one or two days, but it is a wonderful gateway city to Sichuan’s UNESCO World Cultural Heritages sites, especially Jiuzhaigou Valley, which acts as the second best travel place (after Chengdu) and most picturesque place in Sichuan. Besides, you can visit Leshan Giant Buddha, Emeishan Mountain, Dujiangyan Panda Base and Mount Qingcheng. If you like an adventure to more primitive and breathtaking natural world, go western Sichuan. China Discovery can provide tailor-made tours to all above destinations with great prices.
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