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1-Day Chengdu Panda and Sichuan Cuisine Tour

This tour is recommended for a first-time visitor who seeks a day tour containing the most important features of Chengdu: pandas and Sichuan cuisine.


Chengdu pandas Meet pandas with a smart route
See baby pandas in late summer before October
Take up a food challenge at the city’s last farmers’ market
Chengdu cuisine Step into an experienced chef's kitchen and cook real Sichuan cuisine together
Chengdu mahjong Get a taste of local life and have fun playing mahjong
Morning Date with Active Panda(2½ Hours)

Visiting the city’s panda base can be a challenge as it is easily accessible and has various animals. We’ve designed a smart route to beat the crowds while matching the pandas’ active period as much as possible for you.

If you travel in late summer, you will have a chance to see baby pandas.

Chengdu panda So many pandas!
A Food Challenge in an Original Farmers’ Market(1½ Hours)

Chengdu was named as the first city of gastronomy in Asia by UNESCO, and the local delicacies are rooted in close-to-life market.

Try some local snacks, such as pickled dishes, century eggs, Chinese rice wine, and so on.

Intergrating yourself with the locals: how to bargain like a local and how to wrap Chengdu dumplings - learn this from the shopkeepers who can easily make 100 perfect dumplings in minutes.

Chengdu market Authentic farmer market adventure
Chengdu dumpling Try to wrap Chengdu dumplings
Learn Sichuan Cuisine Recipes from a Local Chef (2½ Hours)

It is very hard to travel like an insider when you are surrounded by thousands of tourists in incredibly crowded tourist areas. Instead, a visit to a local chef’s home will be one of the best ways to get a taste of local life.

Unearth the secrets of Sichuan cuisine as you cook three typical Sichuan dishes with the chef and invent your own recipe. Try to play mahjong in the living room as well if you want to.

Classic Sichuan cuisinie Learn to cook classic Sichuan cuisine
Mapo tofu Mapo Tofu

Trip Notes

The weather of Chengdu is mild and humid, and it's suitable for travel all year round.

March to June is pleasant to visit with refreshing spring colors.

September to November is the coolest time to enjoy an autumn tour.

March to May is the "falling in love period" for pandas. If you visit Chengdu between late August and December, you will have a greater chance of seeing tiny newborns and cuddle babies in the Panda Breeding and Research Center.

Please avoid peak times for Chinese tour groups. Most schools start their vacation period in the middle of July.

From USD 239 p/p

based on 2 persons

Service Includes
  • 1-1 consultancy from a Beijing travel expert
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

Trip Advisor 559+ Excellent Reviews
Loved doing what panda keepers do - such cleaning their rooms and play area. However the best bit was meeting the pandas, you get very close to them and get to feed them! My guide, Cecilia, was excellent, knowledgeable about pandas, excellent in guiding around the ground and excellent with the camera to get great shots of the day.
- TKay