How many days makes for a great Chengdu itinerary? How many full days until you understand its people, culture, and fun places? Well, anything from 3days will be a good starting point.
For the purposes of this itinerary, we will assume that you arrived in Chengduon the previous day and that your first day will start right from the moment you wake up.
Now let's discover the experiences you can enjoy when you spend 3 days in Chengdu.
Day 1: City Highlights
Start your day with a visit to see the adorable giant pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding or Chengdu Panda Base for short.
We'd recommend going early in the day to beat the crowds. Otherwise, you have to squeeze through the crowds in order to get a glimpse of the pandas.
Our guides are experienced in finding ways to avoid the busy crowds and match the pandas' active period as much as possible for you. They know when the pandas will be eating and playing.
Take our private tour and have a morning date with active pandas.
- 1-Day Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour
- 1-Day Chengdu Panda and Sichuan Cuisine Tour
- 4-Day Wolong In-Depth Panda Tour
Take a city highlights tour to experience the locals'lifestyle in People's Park and have a leisurely walk along Jinli Ancient Street where you can try various local snacks.
The park isn't just a park when you travel with a local guide. Your experience will be enriched as you sip a cup of tea in a 100-year-old teahouse and explore "Matchmaking Corner".
Take our tour "Chengdu Beyond the Pandas" and travel like a Chengdunese.
Day 2: the Leshan Giant Buddha
Head out of Chengdu on a day trip to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Leshan Giant Buddha.
It can be reached by traveling on a train and then a bus. A private tour with a private car and driver would make your journey smoother and more efficient.
Most tours give you a chance to climb up the steps next to the Buddha and then walk down the narrow plank to the Buddha's feet.
Our tours also include a boat ride on the river beside the Buddha, which allows you to enjoy a different panoramic view and have a relaxing time.
Don't you think it is a shame to only see the Leshan Giant Buddha during this day trip?
Unlike other travel agencies, we will also take you to visit a laid-back old town, located about 40 minutes away from the Buddha. You will visit traditional workshops and chat with local people.
Our 3-day private tour leads you to decode the lost legends of the largest sitting buddha.
Contact us for a private tour of Leshan and Mount Emei.
Day 3: Departure or Enjoy a Food Tour
The above two days have covered the must-see attractions in Chengdu. You can have a good rest or do some shopping before your departure flight.
If you have more time, you can spend some time enjoying a leisurely food tour.
Take a guided tour to Sichuan Cuisine Museum where you will taste various Sichuan snacks, learn about Sichuan cuisine's history, and learn to cook some typical Sichuan dishes.
If you fancy a more authentic experience, our local guide can lead you to discover the city's last farmers' market and then you will visit a local chef's home where you will cook real Sichuan dishes with the chef.
Discover Chengdu with a Local Expert
The above itinerary is just right for first-time visitors. Here is our sample itinerary of 3-Day Chengdu tour: 3-Day Giant Panda and Giant Buddha Tour.
We can tailor-make an exclusive tour of Chengdu for you including anywhere else around Chengdu that you would like to go to.