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For many, the main reason to visit Chengdu is the chance to see giant pandas. These gentle creatures are native to Sichuan and can be seen in various centres around the city, including the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre and the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Centre. Consider yourself a true wildlife lover? Why not volunteer for a day and have the chance to feed the pandas and learn about their behaviour and development?
Beside pandas, Chengdu has a surprisingly large number of cultural attractions. One of the most popular sights is the Wenshu monastery - the city’s largest and most well-preserved Buddhist temple. Surrounding the temple are some delightful old streets lined with teahouses, food stalls and quaint shops. For a flavour of the old Chengdu, visit Jinli Street and spend a few hours soaking up the bustling atmosphere, browsing the intriguing craft shops and trying some tasty street food.
And while we’re on the subject of food, no trip to Chengdu is complete without taking a food tour of the city. Whizz around the streets in a tuk tuk and stop off to taste local delicacies that have been passed down through generations. Specialties include handmade dumplings, spicy Sichuan hot pot and stuffed pancakes. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a glass of China’s famous Baijiu drink.
Outside of the city, excursions to popular attractions are readily available. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the UNESCO-listed Leshan Giant Buddha is a must-see for anyone visiting Chengdu. Take a boat ride and pause of the Buddha's feet for awe-inspiring views of this stone-carved masterpiece. Mount Qingcheng is another must-see sight. Considered to be the birthplace of Taoism, this scenic mountain is home to ancient temples and has some spectacular scenery.
If you want to create a tailor-made trip around your interests, simply add an Experience pack. For example, our ‘Foodie’ pack includes an evening food tour by tuk tuk. Visit the itinerary builder to see what other activities we offer.
Kohl rimmed eyes, inky noses and those signature circular ears that sit upon a fluffy white face – pandas are hard to beat on the cuteness scale. And with less than 2,000 of them left in the world, the Chengdu Panda Base - a non-profit breeding and research facility, housing nigh on 200 pandas in natural surrounds – is one of the best places in the world to see this loveable species.Discover more
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