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4-Day Chengdu Historic Tour

Written by Kelly PangUpdated Apr. 7, 2024

Chengdu is full of history and culture including the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, a 2,500-year-old water conservation system that still works as well today as it did when it was built, the mystical Taoist temples which housed some of China's great philosophers. Find out the secret Kung Fu Panda World and Chengdu is just waiting to be explored.


  • Meet the cuddly pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Admire the ancient culture represented by the Unesco World Heritage site-Dujiangyan Irrigation System
  • Enjoy the natural beauty and Taoist fresh air on Mount Qingcheng (Uneso World Herigate site)
  • Walk in the oasis of peace that is Wenshu Temple and enjoy authentic Chengdu dishes

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Chengdu Arrival

Your tour guide will be waiting in the arrival hall of the airport with a name plate and welcoming smile. You will be transferred to your hotel by private car and driver, and your tour guide will help you check-in and ensure everything is okay at the hotel.

Tibet Hotel Chengdu (4-star)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (5-star).

Day 2Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and Mount Qingcheng Tour

Your attraction-packed itinerary kick-starts after breakfast at the hotel. Drive for about one hour to Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, where the culture and nature flow together as one. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has been — and still is — nourishing the whole Chengdu Basin for well over 2,000 years.

After lunch, drive for 40 minutes and you will arrive at Mount Qingcheng, home to many Taoist temples and historical sites among winding paths. Verdant trees, thick fog and the green moss on the roof, all the natural elements are used directly to create the Panda Village in Kung Fu Panda 3. It is also listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Taking a cable car up and down, boat riding on the lake, and walking in the forest all make for a refresing day.

After the tour, transfer back to your hotel in Chengdu and stay overnight.

Tibet Hotel Chengdu (4-star)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (5-star)

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Day 3Panda and Sanxingdui Ruins Tour

The Panda Breeding and Research Center is home to over 50 giant pandas, red pandas, and some other endangered species. Visit the nursery to see the highly successful breeding program, walk among the bamboo groves and shady walkways, and view the pandas at rest or play. Enjoy authentic local food for lunch.

After one hour's drive, you will reach Sanxingdui Ruins. Among all the precious relics unearthed, the 1.38-meter-wide bronze mask is one of a kind. This is the best place for discovering the ancient history, culture, and art of Sichuan Province from 3,000 years ago.

Then your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu.


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

Tibet Hotel Chengdu (4-star)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (5-star)

Sanxingdui Ruins
Day 4Chengdu City Tour and Departure

With a history of over 800 years, Wenshu Temple is an actual occupied monastery. You can see the monks chanting and many local people praying there. Walk around and see the peaceful gardens, calligraphy steles, and red walls of this delightful complex. Continue to stroll along Jinli Street to feel the essence of old Chengdu, such as tea houses, opera stages, and traditional handicrafts.

Lunch is arranged at a local restaurant for authentic Chengdu dishes. Your tour guide will help you with ordering. The tour wraps up with a transfer to the airport by a private car and driver. Your tour guide will escort you to check-in and wave goodbye at the security check point.

Jinli Old Street

Trip Notes

1. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.

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. Mount Qingcheng

Mount Qingcheng consists of two parts: Front Mountain and Back Mountain.
Front Mountain: The view of this part is very close to sceneries in the movie Kung Fu Panda 3 and the Taoist temples of Front Mountains are big and famous. Some stairs are narrow and steep. You can take a boat across Yuecheng Lake and take the Buyun Cable Car to keep the tour relaxing. After getting off the cable car, 1-1½ hour walking on the steep stairs is required. Without cable car, at least 3 hours are requried.
Back Mountain: This part is quieter and the Taoist temples are smaller and scattered in the deep forest. It's a great place to appreciate natural beauty and breath fresh, but the stairs of this part are lack of maintainess. Two cable cars are available at hillside and on the mountain top, but taking cable car may miss the most beautiful parts of the mountain. Without cable car, it takes about 3.5 hours to climb up and down the mountain.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is not included. We carefully selected some insurance providers from your region that give you the best value for money.

FromUSD 725p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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