Panda Wonderland Tour
One Day Panda Tour in and around Chengdu
As homeland of pandas, Chengdu is paradise for panda lovers and children. This one-day exclusive tour focuses on all the famous panda-related spots in and around Chengdu. Take time to indulge yourself in a panda wonderland.
- Meet the cuddly pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
- Mail postcards from Panda Post
- Take photos with the climbing panda sculpture on Chunxi Road
- Stroll on the Kuan-Zhai Alley and look for local snacks
About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
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Henry was an informative guide who went out of his way to ensure positive experiences. Mr Wu was not only a safe and attentive driver on sometimes rough roads but also a great photographer, capturing shots of us as we toured. Henry went out of his way to talk to anyone around to help bring the place alive through stories so we had the opportunity to meet so many locals, real people, and hear about their lives. Another highlight was the opportunity to climb a 1000 year old watchtower in Danba and meet the local family who managed it. Truly magical. Henry was also a consummate foodie who provided us with great local food recommendations along the way. more
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in urban Chengdu. Your guide will call you one day in advance to your hotel or leave a message to you to double check the pick-up time with you. The whole tour will last for 5-7 hours, depending on the activities you engage in.
First stop is Panda Breeding and Research Center, home to nearly 50 giant pandas and red pandas. This beautifully laid out park is about 10 kilometers (six miles) from downtown Chengdu, with excellent walkways to various open enclosures of pandas. It is best to go early in the morning to see the pandas feeding at around 9:30am, when they are most active during the day. There is also a small theater in the center where you can watch a 20-minute video to learn about the research and breeding of the giant pandas.
Good to know
March to May is the "falling in love period" for pandas. If you visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center between July and December, you will have a greater chance of seeing tiny newborns in the Sunshine Nursery House.
Lunch will be at your own expense but your guide will be happy to recommend nice local restaurant to you. After lunch, you will be escorted to the Wide and Narrow Alleys, two ancient streets with hundreds of years' history combined with modern elements, not far from where you will find Panda Post. Panda Post is the only postal service in the world with the giant panda as its theme, where you can buy everything featuring the giant panda, from stamps, postcards, albums, and envelopes to toys and souvenirs.
You can post lovely postcards to anywhere in the world. It also offers a special service to mail a postcard to yourself 10 to 20 years in the future.
After that, you will be transferred to Chunxi Road to take photos with the largest Panda Sculpture in China. Created by preeminent artist Lawrence Argent, this climbing wall panda is called "I Am Here!" It will be an interesting experience to capture the moment with this trendy landmark of Chengdu.
1.Enrich your itinerary
Draw a vivid panda on a T-shirt: If you are travelling with children or would like to take some meaningful souvenir back home, leaning to draw panda will be an unforgettable experience. We have invited a professional artist to teach you how to draw a vivid panda on a T-shirt. It takes about 2½ hours and we will prepare all the materials and T-shirt of your size. After the course, you can keep your unique panda T-shirt and wear it home. The price range is as below:
1 person: $109
2-3 people: $69
4-9 people: $59
2. Get close to pandas
In order to protect the giant pandas from canine distemper infection, The Panda Breeding and Research Center has stopped all the panda interconnect activities since January, 2015.
If you want to get close to the pandas and do something for them, you can visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base (90-minute's drive from Chengdu). The Panda Keeper Program and taking photo with pandas is only available there now. The program can last for one to three days and the activities may include feeding the pandas, making panda cakes and cleaning the panda enclosures. You can visit here to book 1-Day Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Keeper Program Tour.
Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip using our professional knowledge and experience.
3. Cost for Panda Post
The cost to purchase and mail postcards is not included. The price for postcards ranges from CNY6 to CNY30 (US$1 to US$5) each, and the mailing service is cost about CNY15 to 20 (US$2-US$3) each.
No meal is included. If you prefer vegetarian, Halal or Indian food, we will inform your guide to offer you recommendations based on your needs.
5. Payment Methods:
We now offer 3 payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars and Great Britain Pound directly with your credit card or debit card, even if you don't have PayPal account.
6. Cancellation Policy:
In the event of cancellation we will refund any payment made to China Highlights (unless any cancellation fee applicable) within 14 days of our receipt of your written cancellation request. Visit here for more details.
7. Gratuities to Guide or Driver
Tips to the guide and driver are not included. If the guide's and driver's service truly satisfy you, our suggestion to the tips would be:
1 person in the group, CNY150-200,
2 people in a group: CNY100/person,
3-5 people in a group: CNY50-70/person,
6-9 people in a group: CNY40-50/person,
≥10 people in a group: CNY20-30/person.
The driver would be half the amount, and separate offer to each is best.
8. Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is not included. We carefully selected some insurance providers from your region that give you the best value for money. Click here to go to the travel insurance page.