One of the most memorable experiences was visiting the pandas in Chengdu. Getting a private tour ... proved to be everything we wanted and more.
A crucial commercial and economic hub for many centuries, Chengdu is an ancient city that dates back to Neolithic times. Throughout the centuries, Chengdu has weathered foreign invasions and natural disasters alike, including the Mongol invasions, World War II, and of course, the recent 2008 earthquake.
Today, Chengdu is a pleasant, sprawling city, voted one of the most livable in all of China as well as one of the best places to invest in. Chengdu is a university town and is home to a large, thriving community of students and intellectuals. Perhaps its most famous residents are the adorable giant pandas, who live in various preserves just outside the city.
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Stroll along the tree-lined Chun Xi Lu Boulevard, whose tea cafés, boutiques and restaurants are popular with students of nearby universities.
Visit Wenshu Monastery, an exquisite architectural site. Dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), it is one of the most active Buddhist centers in China; its sculptured roofs, colonnades, reflecting ponds and ornate, crimson buildings are a fine and increasingly rare example of classical Chinese architecture.
Afterwards, enjoy a Sichuan style lunch at the temple’s vegetarian restaurant.
Qingyang Taoist Temple
The Qingyang Taoist Temple is considered the birthplace of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. As the day winds down, relax in the tea pavilion’s bamboo chairs, sip fragrant jasmine pearl tea, and observe a fast-paced game of mah jong.
See an abridged Sichuan Opera at the Wuhou Temple, where performances are
held in the traditional courtyard setting with tea service. Different from
Western (or even Peking) Opera, this local style is distinguished by
elaborate acrobatic stunts, sharp wit, lively characters, and audience
participation. Afterwards, meet with the performers and catch a glimpse of
the usually off-limits backstage area and dressing rooms.
Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center
Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center and meet privately with the scientists responsible for developing the center’s advanced panda reproduction program, which has produced more than 46 cubs in 11 litters over the past ten years. Explore the grounds and have your photo taken with baby and adult pandas.
Sichuan Cooking Class
Enjoy a private culinary lesson from a master chef in how to cook and
prepare local Sichuanese delicacies.
Shu Xiu Fang Embroidery Workshop
Visit the Shu Xiu Fang embroidery workshop where you learn from artisans
who craft Sichuan’s legendary textiles, renowned for fine needlework,
elegant colors, graceful lines, and their design in the style of
traditional Chinese paintings.
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Jiuzhaigou, or the Valley of the Nine Villages, is a land of expansive, polychrome lakes, thickly forested hills, and gentle valleys. Named for the nine Tibetan villages within the area, Jiuzhaigou’s signature feature may well be its lakes, tinted a surreal shade of aquamarine. In recent years, Jiuzhaigou was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A little over two hours away from Chengdu is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Carved out of a stone cliff face, the Buddha is situated in Leshan at the juncture of three rivers: the Min, Qingyi, and Dadu Rivers. Carving began in the Tang Dynasty in 713 and ended in 803 AD, a monumental 90-year effort that resulted in a 233-foot (71 meter) high Buddha. His hair is comprised of 1,021 separate buns that form an elegant coif.
Mystical scenes await you on this luxurious 16-day journey through Eastern Tibet and several fantastic locations within China. Not much has changed over the centuries in this world. See for yourself as you visit monasteries and ancient temples, marvel at majestic mountains and watch Giant Pandas at play.
Journey through China’s most picturesque landscapes on this exciting 13-day luxury journey. You’ll hike through the stunning Yellow Mountain and Jiuzhaigou National Park, tour Tibetan villages of the Zharu Valley, and play with Pandas in Chengdu, while staying at luxury hotels like Amanfayun or Banyan Tree.
Marvel at Sichuan, China’s incredible history and natural beauty on this 8-day luxury tour that voyages through Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, and Mt Emei. Get a taste for the area’s past at sites like Huanglong and the Giant Buddha of Leshan, while also checking out the Chengdu Panda Base and the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area.
Experience the splendor and fun of Tibet’s iconic horse festivals. You’ll travel to rustic lodgings in Xining, Gonghe, Maduo, Yushu, Serxu, Derge, Xinlong, Litang, Danba, and Chengdu, as you check out key sites like the Great Monastery of Kumbum, Yellow River, Serxu Monastery, and the Yajiang Valley.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, situated in the center of the capital of Sichuan province, is a strong new contender in Southwest China’s luxury hotel market. The hotel is located in Tianfu Square, one of the city’s main commercial districts. The Ritz-Carlton has 353 well-appointed suites designed in the style of a traditional Chengdu courtyard home, some of which can still be found in the old parts of the city. The room interiors combine light woods and a palette of cool blue and golden colors intended to subtly reflect the city’s heritage in a modern context. The hotel’s facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, ballrooms and meeting rooms. There are three restaurants to choose from, serving refined Cantonese cuisine and other international specialties, as well as a lobby lounge where guests can enjoy a sweet treat with their afternoon tea.
Situated in the center of Sichuan's capital city, the Shangri-La Chengdu offers spectacular views of the Jinjiang River and of Chengdu's bustling metropolis. Its spacious guest rooms are fitted with modern furnishings and designed to offer the best views. For authentic Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine, dine at Shang Palace, or choose Cafe Z to sample South American, Middle Eastern, and Asian fare. The health club is outfitted with indoor swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and an extensive array of cardiovascular equipment. There is also a business center for Internet access. The Shangri-La Chengdu's spa, Chi, offers treatments based on ancient Chinese principles of restoring balance and harmony to the mind and body. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Shuangliu International Airport (CTU).
Six Senses Qing Cheng
Nestled in the stunning gateway to the magical Qing Cheng Mountains, the Six Senses Qing Cheng is a beautiful addition to the natural area. Always mindful and respectful of local culture, the Six Senses has incorporated the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site located nearby - Dujiangyan. The stunning city serves as irrigation to the whole of Chengdu as well as being an ancient architectural wonder. The hotel is designed to incorporate the natural surroundings as well as the region’s traditional architecture. This luxurious abode the perfect spot from which to explore the majestic natural beauty of the Qing Cheng Mountains without feeling as though guests are roughing it. With plush, high-thread count linens and spacious rooms, guests will enjoy luxury exceeding their expectations. The modern decor takes the local flavor into account, creating a classic elegance. While set in a naturally beautiful area, the hotel does nothing but complement its lush surroundings with traditional red-arched Chinese architecture and clean, simple interiors. The manicured gardens stay true to the area’s style with several pergolas and ponds adding to the natural beauty. The luxurious dining services are able to meet private dining as well as special occasion’s needs. Choose from a full service dining experience or enjoy the intimate tea room. There’s an onsite spa for convenient, world-class pampering.
The Temple House
Blending the traditional with the modern just like the city it stands in, The Temple House is a masterclass in elegant design. Guests enter through the lovingly-restored courtyard, dating back to the Qing dynasty, and the historic style is integrated into many of the building’s features. The hotel’s service, though, is slick and up to date, with paperless systems ensuring an effortless check-in so guests may relax in their elegant room, apartment or suite in no time. From local and international cuisine to tea and cocktails, the dining options are comprehensive and delicious, and with a spa, indoor pool, steam and sauna facilities and a state-of-the-art gym on site, every whim is taken care of.