Have A Memorable Cooking Experience
Half Day Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Tour
As the first Asian city to win a UNESCO listing as a City of Gastronomy, Chengdu is the best place to absorb the essence of Sichuan cuisine. Sichuan cuisine enjoys an international reputation for being spicy and flavorsome.
There is a daily quota of 30 customers for the Cooking Experience, so please inquire and confirm at least one week in advance and we can secure 98% of booking.
- Tour around the Sichuan Cuisine Museum to soak up in the Chinese food culture
- Learn to cook three typical Sichuan dishes under the guidance of professional chef
- Taste your dishes and receive a certificate
What Our Customers Said
Two amazing tours
Both tours were led by excellent guides who knew a lot about everywhere we went, and were very helpful and friendly. The agent was equally helpful and quick in responding to questions which was ,especially in covid restrictions time, extremely convenient.more
Jul 2022, Elizabeth
Panda Keeper for a Day at Dujianyan Sichuan
This is was the second time that we had signed up for the program Panda Keeper for a Day, this time at the Dujianyan Panda Base, about 1 hour drive away from Chengdu. Great experience again. We will surely do it once again.more
Mar 2022, Thomas
Amazing Tibet experience in Sichuan
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
Jul 2021, Deborah J
Amazing visit to panda bases in Chengdu and Woolong
Jason was terrific; he understood our interests in pandas and he made our outings very enjoyable. We plan to return to Chengdu to visit pandas and will be asking for Jason again.more
Dec 2019, victoriadH3461ED
Amazing visit to panda bases in Chengdu and Woolong
Our 2 day tour in Chengdu, including a visit to Chengdu and Woolong panda bases (part of 9 day tour in China) was amazing. From the planning stages with Carol Wang to the activities on the ground with our tour guide Jason and our driver, everything proceeded smoothly, with appropriate last minute adjustments to ensure the best experience.more
Dec 2019, victoriadH3461ED
We have just completed the Chengdu leg of our trip to China organised by Robert Hui at China Highlights. Our Guide for the 2 Day trip was Daisy Du who made us feel very welcome and helped us check in and ensured our rooms were satisfactory then gave us directions of where to go for the best food. The next day Daisy took us straight to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research centre. It was fantastic to see the Pandas so close. It’s a little sad that they are in captivity but it is essential to increase the breeding rate and so save these wonderful animals from extinction. We saw Pandas of all ages and sizes including a tiny little baby that was only 36 day old. After an extremely tasty lunch picked for us by Daisy she then took us into the people’s park and showed us the tea houses and dating area where parents can advertise their single ‘30 something’ children to potential partners. The day ended with a wander around Jinli Old Street where you can buy anything from food to souvenirs to furniture. We have had the best time in Chengdu helped no end by the friendly, helpfulness of our guide Daisy who knew all the best places to go and sights to see. Thank you Daisy, a great time was had by all. ---jayne_Stu Halifax, United Kingdommore
With other two friends I have visited Chengdu in September 2018 and our tour guide was Jason, who has been really amazing with us. He had the smart idea to bring us to the Pandas reserve very early in order to avoid the crowds, even if we were visiting Chengdu right during the Chinese national holidays. After the Pandas reserve, we visited the tea park and the city centre, where Jason could give us a lot of information about Chengdu. Jason gave us also very nice suggestions about places to visit in the evenings during our free time. Totally recommended!!! ---Vittorio C Berlin, Germanymore
We had a great time in Chengdu seeing the pandas and other excursions. Cecelia, our guide, picked us up with a bag of fruit and a wealth of knowledge. She took great care of us, got us through lines quickly and brought us to great restaurants. We even took a cooking class. Highly recommend her. --Robert D,Seattle, Washington, USmore
Please check the general itinerary of the whole day. Your guide may adjust the itinerary based on the weather, transportation, and your requirements.
Your guide will call you at the hotel one day in advance or leave a message to confirm the collection time with you. You can decide to take the tour in the morning or in the afternoon.
Your guide and driver will collect you from your hotel at 9am (or 1:30pm) and transfer you directly to Sichuan Cuisine Museum.
10am–11:30am (2:30pm–4pm) — Sichuan Cuisine Museum
As a National AAA level Scenic Spot, Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum lies in an ancient town of Pixian county, about 1-hour drive from Chengdu city. It is the only dynamic museum in the world displaying the Sichuan Culinary Culture.
When you arrive at Sichuan Cuisine Museum, the museum’s bilingual guide will take you to the tourist center. You will start your Sichuan dish experience journey by tasting one of the famous Sichuan snacks and touring a series of tourist areas.
Visit the Classic Collection Hall to learn about the evolution of Sichuan cuisine culture. In the Raw Material and Tools Display Area, enjoy yourself by picking organic vegetables and experience the traditional manufacturing techniques of making Pixian chili bean paste. Have a look at all kinds of processing tools and make chili powder using a pestle from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
The professional guide will teach you to how to cook three typical Sichuan dishes, so that you will gain firsthand experience of Sichuan cuisine cutting skills, control of heat, cooking processes, and some secret tips to food presentation.
Enjoy the features of Sichuan food via the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. The head chef will make comments on your dishes and show you the correct way to eat authentic Sichuan dishes.
Recommended menu: panda steamed dumplings, kung pao chicken, mapo tofu
While tasting the dishes you have cooked, you will be served with free fruit, red wine, Chinese herbal alcohol, and tea.
You will receive the “Rookie Master Chef” certificate signed by the chef, and take home with you the "secret" recipes of the dishes you have cooked.
After waving your museum guide goodbye, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu city.
If you love both pandas and cooking, we can combine the Panda Breeding and Research Center and the Sichuan Cuisine Museum for you to make the most of your day. Suggested itinerary:
9am -11am: Visit Panda Breeding and Research Center.
12pm -1:30pm: Transfer to the Wide and Narrow Alleys for lunch.
2:30pm-5pm: Cooking experience at Sichuan Cuisine Museum.
5pm-5:30pm: Taste the dishes you have cooked for dinner and then head back to your hotel in Chengdu city.
Prices per person:
1 person: $390
2–3 people: $250
4–5 people: $190
Please take a camera. Your guide or the staff at the base will help take photos for you.
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. Option to Save on Costs
Since the guide at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum can speak fluent English, some customers prefer not arranging a tour guide to save on costs. In this case, we will arrange a professional driver for you. He/she will be able to speak simple English and our staff from a local agency will confirm the collection time and destination with you in advance.
It will save you approximately US$50 in total, depending on the date, number of members in your group, and your itinerary.
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. Click here to go to the travel insurance page.