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Top Things to Do in Chengdu

Chengdu is one of the historic cities in China as well as the hometown of giant pandas. It has a long history of 2300 years, and enjoys the title of "the land of abundance". Nowadays, Chengdu has become a tourist city with rich culture. See 5-day Chengdu Tours for ways to take in all the top sights and activities in Chengdu.

1. Watch Giant Pandas and Join the Panda Keeper Program

panda breeding and research center

Giant pandas are called living fossil by zoologists. Chengdu is the hometown of giant pandas. Dujiangyan Panda Base offers panda keeping programs where participants can help take care of the pandas.

2. Watch Magical Face Changing

Sichuan opera is one kind of opera drama, and opera masks are the most important component element in Sichuan opera. Magical face changing is a visible stunt used to express the character’s invisible mood in Sichuan Opera. Magical face changing should not be missed when enjoying Sichuan opera.

3. Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha


The Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest stone seated Maitreya in the world at 71 meters (233 ft) high and 24 meters (79 ft) wide. As the local saying goes, "The Mountain is a Buddha, the Buddha is a Mountain". The Leshan Giant Buddha has been included on the World Heritage List.

4. Visit Historic Sites

Chengdu is a city with a splendid history. There are many historic sites showing the long history and the rich culture of Chengdu, and the religious culture of Taoism.

5. Visit Mout E'mei

Mount E'mei is one of the four famous Buddhist mountains of China. It is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China thanks to its scenery and cultural and religious attraction.

6. Relish Chuan Cuisine


Chuan cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in all of China, and it is famous for its spicy-hot flavors, fragrant and various dishes. Dry-braising and dry-stewing are two special cooking methods particular in Chuan cuisine. Visitors can relish local dishes and snacks at Jinli Old Street.

7. Onward Tours

There are many great tourist destinations near Chengdu City. Visitors can take some onward tours after finishing a tour of Chengdu.

  • Jiuzhaigou: Jiuzhaigou means ‘Valley of the Nine Villages. Honored as “the fairy-tale world”, scenery there is so beautiful that it can take your breath away.

The Three Gorges: Transportation between Chengdu and Chongqing is very convenient. The Yangtze River Three Gorges are the most scenic section of the navigable reaches of the Yangtze. They form a series of natural and cultural attractions on a Yangtze cruise between Chongqing and Yichang on the middle reaches of the Yangtze.

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