What to do in Chengdu - how to plan a Chengdu itinerary

Searching for what to do in Chengdu for you coming trip? Never worry about finding no things to do in Chengdu. Becase there are a lot instead. Following is some most recommended things to do for you to cover in your trip.

1. Visit Giant Pandas and take panda base volunteering programs

Visit the pandas is the No.1 things to do for all tourists to Chengdu. Because Chengdu has one of the largest panda bases in the world. And there are about 120 pandas living in Chengdu Panda Base, including panda infants, panda cubs and adults. The panda base is only 12km away from city downtown. You are suggested to visit pandas in the morning when you have big chances to the most energetic time of pandas – eating bamboo, rolling on grass, climbing trees… A half day is enough to finish the visit. Don’t lose the chance to see the panda infants in the Sun Nursery.

Want to do something meaningful to help Giant Panda? You can go to take a half day or full day of volunteering program in Dujiangyan Panda Base which is only an hour’s driving from Chengdu. The program includes cleaning panda house and yards, feeding panda, collecting bamboo, making panda cake, watching documentary film, etc.

> 3 Days Chengdu Family Tour with Panda Volunteer & Cooking Class

What to do in Chengdu

2. Enjoy local Sichuan food even learn to cook authentic Sichuan Cuisine

Chengdu is known as the first City of Gastronomy in Asia. And your trip to Chengdu is not complete or ideal without tasting the famous Sichuan Cuisine. Here you have chance to try most authentic Sichuan cuisines, even to have an in-depth learning about the history, culture, recipe, cooking here. It is very easy to locate a place for Sichuan food – food streets near attractions, local snack in shopping malls, large restaurants…To taste the authentic Sichuan cuisine and local snacks, you can go to Jinli Old Street, Kuanzhai Alley, Shua Du, Yulin Gourmet Center, etc.

It is hard to bring a lot of Sichuan food home, but the skills of cooking can be. There is a great place in Chengdu – Sichuansais Museum where you can learn to cook some classic Sichuan cuisines, such as Kung Pao Chicken, Mapo Tofu, Poached Pork Slices, etc.

> 2 Days Chengdu Gourmet Tour with Cooking Class

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3. Side trip to visit Leshan Giant Buddha

If we are going to make a list of top 5 attractions for foreign travelers, Leshan Giant Buddha will always be one of five. There used to be a survey: “which two attractions you will visit if you only have only one day in Chengdu?” More than 90% travelers chose Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha. So you definitely have to cover the visit to the largest and tallest stone Buddha which was built during Tang Empire, more than 1300 years ago into your Chengdu trip. It is only 2 hours’ driving from Chengdu city downtown. A half day is enough to get all the highlights of Leshan Giant Buddha. Currently, there are fast and comfortable High Speed Trains connecting Leshan with Chengdu and Emeishan.

> 1 Day Panda Visit & Leshan Giant Buddha Tour

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4. Discover the mysterious civilization – Sanxingdui

It is the Sanxingdui Civilization that put Sichuan to the stage of 5000 Years Old Civilization, like ancient China, Egypt, Indian, etc. The unearthed relics has shown Sanxingdui people lived in Sichuan during 3,000~5,000 years ago, and created a magnificent but mysterious civilization which is called Ancient Shu Kingdom today. Even though it has been more than 80 years after the discovery of the Sanxingdui Site, there are still many mysterious not overcome yet. Archaeologists still don’t know how the kingdom originated, and how it disappeared? Why there are so many strange masks excavated? Why the shells of Mediterranean appeared here? Sanxingdui kingdom had created brilliant wares of bronzes, golds and jades, but why haven’t found any sighs of their language and words? All these mysteries are waiting for you to explore the truth.

Sanxingdui Museum is located in Guanghan City, only 38km from Chengdu City. You can spend a half day to visit the museum, then drive back to Chengdu.

> 2 Days Chengdu & Sanxingdui Museum Tour

Mapo Tofu

5. Watch a live Sichuan Opera Show & Face Changing

Looking for an interesting activity for night time in Chengdu? To watch a live Sichuan Opera Show is very recommended. Because you can learn the essence of Sichuan local culture and tradition from the vivid humorous narration, singing, and acrobatics. All the things, from stage, costumes, making up, yards, apply the traditional way of opera. The performances are full of bravos, and diverse in the way of performing - shadow puppetry, comedy, hand shadows, opera, acrobatics, singing… The most wonderful parts are the Face Changing and Fire Spitting, which usually shown before the end of performance.

There are several places you can watch an opera show in Chengdu usually in the night, including Qintai Road, Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley.

What to do in Chengdu

6. Wander on ancient streets of old Chengdu

Ancient Streets are always good places to go as the cultural uniqueness of a destination. Also a city like Chengdu which has a long-lasting prosperous history usually has many featured ancient streets. Jinli Old Street and Kuanzhai Alley are best places in Chengdu to have a leisure wandering though the past of the city. The ornate ancient buildings which combine classic Chinese architectural style with local features erect along the narrow flagging, which is very beautiful. Tourists wander leisurely or stop to watch an exciting Sichuan opera, or sit down to taste some delicious local snacks. There are also many shops of creative artifacts in the streets.

> 2 Days Chengdu City Break

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