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One Day Teahouse, Theater Backstage, Landmark Square, and Panda Afternoon Tea Tour

Chengdu Beyond the Pandas

Many travelers visit Chengdu to see giant pandas but return for the food and its unique laid-back culture. This day trip to see the city highlights will let you experience the charm of Chengdu's unique and long-standing culture.


  • Discover the relaxing teahouse culture by learning tea etiquette.
  • Watch how middle-aged square dancers take over the local park
  • Step into the marriage market and learn about the underlying reasons behind it
  • Go behind the scenes and visit the backstage of an authentic theater
  • Enjoy a panda afternoon tea and a bird's-eye view of Tianfu Square

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Be Like a Chengduer in a Local Park (2½ Hours)

Chengdu is probably the laziest city among China's new first-tier cities.

There has always been a teahouse on every corner in the city. The daily ritual of stopping at a teahouse to meet friends and chat began in Chengdu at least 1,000 years ago. Take a seat and sip a cup of tea. Your guide will explain the etiquette to you of how to drink tea and the intentions you express when you put the lid, bowl, and tray in different places.

Square dancing is already a part of the locals' lifestyle and the dance form nowadays is much more interesting and uniquely Chinese. Feel the good vibes and join in with line dancing, a waltz, or a little Chinese salsa if you want to.

You will also see some vibrant scenes that may only happen in Chengdu: desperate parents are posting messages in a marriage market looking for a partner for their unmarried offspring; a local man is enjoying a traditional teahouse ear massage with a metal rod in his ear; Chengduers are playing mahjong everywhere in summer — even in the river.

Local ParkLocal Park
Go Behind the Scenes When You Venture Backstage at the Theater (1 Hour)

Chengdu is the main home of Sichuan opera. A lot of old fans visit the grassroots opera house that we recommend every day. After lunch, follow your guide for the chance to go backstage to see how the actors and actresses do their makeup and have a chat with them.

Backstage at the TheaterBackstage at the Theater
Enjoy a Panda Afternoon Tea and a Bird's-Eye View of Tianfu Square (1½ Hours)

Chengdu was inhabited over 4,000 years ago and was once the center of the ancient Shu culture. It is a miracle that you can still trace its cultural features today in the city.

Tianfu Square is the geographical center and important landmark of Chengdu. From above, it looks like a huge tai chi pattern depicting yin and yang, and you can see the image of a flying sunbird in the center, which is the emblem of the city.

There is a strong link between the city's historical functions and street names. Your guide will tell you the most featured and interesting city street names and the stories behind them.

Immerse yourself in interesting stories about Chengdu city while also enjoying an exquisite panda afternoon tea in a skyscraper with a fabulous view across the heart of the city.

Tianfu SquareTianfu Square
FromUSD 169p/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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