See the giant pandas at Chengdu Gaint Panda Breeding and Research Base. Get a letter post-marked at Panda Post, stroll around in Renmin Park for local people watching, and experience Chengdu culture in Kuanzhai Xiangzi-an ancient street of Qing dynasty.
Meet your private guide at the lobby of your hotel at 8am and transfer by air-conditioned car to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, located in parkland about 30 minutes driving from the city center. Here, you will have plenty of time to walk around and enjoy seeing the giant pandas, young and old, as well as the lesser-known red pandas. The younger pandas will fascinate you with their amusing antics as the attendants try to encourage them to climb.
After leaving these famous Chengdu residents behind, you will head back to the city and go to Renmin Park (People’s Park). Here, you will see many local people coming together mingling with each other. Many will be drinking tea and chatting while others will be dancing, singing, or just sitting and reading. If you are feeling enthusiastic, you can hire a peddle-boat and enjoy the surroundings of the man-made lake in the park.
Another great place to see Chengdu culture is Kuanzhai Xiangzi (Wide and Narrow alleys), a location within the old Chengdu city where troops were housed during the Ming Dynasty. Over time, the surrounding city fell into ruin; however, Kuanzhai Xiangzi survived the ravages of time. The area was restored between 2003 and 2008, and Wide Alley now has traditional tea-houses and old lodges as well as the opportunity to watch a traditional puppet show. Narrow Alley is a good place to see the old courtyard culture of Chengdu with gardens, trees and houses to visit. A third ‘alley’ is called Well Alley and after reconstruction, it now houses a conglomerate of restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs.
Transferred back to your Chengdu hotel where tour ends.