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Welcome to Chengdu

Chengdu, a Chinese city famed for pandas and parties, lacks in natural features and is plagued by grey clouds for most of the year. But it remains perennially popular for its wealth of cultural attractions, chief among them, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, credited with more than 100 panda births since it opened in 1987. Spend the day volunteering and caring for the endangered animals there or at Dujiangyan Panda Base (55 kilometers or 34 miles from town), or combine the conservation center with a visit to the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage site and world’s largest stone Buddha statue, on a day-tour. Sightseeing tours of Chengdu’s city center orient travelers with visits to Renmin Park (People’s Park), Kuanzhai Alley, and the ancient Wenshu Temple, or head to Mount Qingcheng, shrouded by dense bamboo forests, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, built in 256 BC. With more time, visitors can check out Mount Emei (Emeishan, 170 kilometers or 105 miles from Chengdu), the highest of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains, the ancient town of Huanglongxi (a 35-minute drive away), replete with Ming and Qing-era architecture, and Chengdu Culture Park, where they can watch a Sichuan Opera among bonsai displays and historic temples.

Top 10 attractions in Chengdu

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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

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Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha(Da Fo), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. A Buddhist monk—hoping to earn divine protection for the local fishermen—carved the massive statue into a cliff, starting in 713. Ninety years later, the carving was finished.More
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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is considered a Chinese national treasure. Opened in 1987 to care for rescued wild pandas, the 165-acre (67-hectare), open-air sanctuary is now one of southern China’s most popular destinations due to its focus on breeding, conservation, and introducing new pandas into wild populations.More
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Jiuzhai Valley

Jiuzhai Valley

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Located north of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhai Valley, also known as Jiuzhaigou Valley, is one of China’s most spectacular nature reserves and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spanning 278 square miles (720 square kilometers), the valley is famed for its colorful lakes, cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, diverse wildlife, and Tibetan culture.More
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Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base

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China’s Dujiangyan Panda Base focuses on rehabilitation, disease prevention, and public education for the conservation of the endangered giant panda, one of the rarest species in the world. Tour the panda hospital, enclosures, and educational center for the opportunity to spot dozens of pandas munching on bamboo and playing.More
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Huanglong National Park (Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area)

Huanglong National Park (Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area)

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Brilliant turquoise pools, quiet rivers, cascading waterfalls and mystical yellow rocks are just part of what makes Huanglong National Park (Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area), a UNESO World Heritage site, worth a visit.Travelers love wandering the scenic passes that wind through incredible blue waters and the popular cable car offers impressive views of the landscape down below. Easy walking trails stretch over calcified rock and loop through dense forest, offering an up-close look at this uniqueand fragile ecosystem. Visitors warn that while the climb is easy, the air is thinner, so be prepared for a shift in altitude—and perhaps a little light-headedness that follows.More
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Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

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Originally built in 256 BC, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System is the world’s oldest non-dam irrigation facility. A marvel of engineering, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dujiangyan uses the natural topography of the region, as well as hydrological features of the river, to irrigate 1.65 million acres (668,700 hectares) of farmland.More
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Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan)

Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan)

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Regarded as the birthplace of Taoism, and one of its most sacred mountains, Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan) has a history dating back 2,000 years. Surrounded by peaks and lush forests, Mt. Qingcheng offers a peaceful escape from the big city of Chengdu, and there are plenty of temples, historical sites, and cultural relics for visitors to enjoy.More
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Mt. Emei (Emeishan)

Mt. Emei (Emeishan)

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At 10,167 feet (3,099 meters), Mt. Emei is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes over 70 temples, monasteries, and attractions, culminating in the Golden Summit, where visitors can take in the giant Puxian Buddha and stunning mountain views.More
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Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum

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Learn about the ancient and mysterious Bronze-Age Shu culture at the Sanxingdui Museum. Located on the grounds of the Sanxingdui archaeological site north of Chengdu, the museum displays relics unearthed at the site, including more than 1,000 bronze, gold, jade, and other artifacts dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years.More
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Kuan Zhai Alley (Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi)

Kuan Zhai Alley (Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi)

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Located in Chengdu’s Qingyang district, the three parallel alleys of Kuan Zhai Alley (Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi) offer a lively mix of old and new, with renovated and restored buildings that date from the Qing dynasty. A popular shopping, dining, entertainment, and tourist destination, it’s also one of the city’s three historic conservation districts.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day
Steven_G, May 2021
1-Day Panda Breeding Center plus Chengdu City Tour
Made for a wonderful way to see all of Chengdu in a day!
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Great Dinner and Show ! A must !!
Luis_N, Aug 2019
Private Half-Day Tour in Sichuan Culture Show with Hot Pot Dinner in Chengdu
If it’s summer get ready for the heat!
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This is a great way to see a city as...
Lee E, Apr 2018
Private Chengdu Half Day Bike Tour
This is a great way to see a city as big as Chengdu!
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It was amazing experience. Panda cub...
Seiko M, Dec 2017
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
She explained lot about Chengdu and pandas and gave lot of tips what to do and where to go in Chengdu.
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This was an amazing tour. I had some...
Therese_J, Mar 2018
All Inclusive Private Day Tour of Chengdu Old Streets including City Top Attractions
This is a must to visit the different old shopping streets.
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Had a wonderful day visiting the...
David B, Nov 2016
Chengdu City Tour of Qingyang Palace, Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street
Overall, an excellent introduction to the city and its many attractions.
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Great tour! It was a quick trip for...
Denise A, May 2016
Private Half-Day Chengdu Panda Breeding Center Tour with Optional Volunteer
It was a quick trip for me in Chengdu so wanted to see as much as possible.
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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our...
Looloo, Apr 2015
Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit
Our main reason for visiting chengdu was to see the panda's and we weren't disappointed.
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Lovely bike tour! Guide picked us up...
Vivianne_S, Feb 2013
Private Chengdu Half Day Bike Tour
Great and friendly guide and for sure a good way to see Chengdu!
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our flight was delayed 2 and 1/2...
MICHAEL F, Apr 2013
Private Arrival Transfer: Chengdu Airport (CTU or TFU) to Hotel
our flight was delayed 2 and 1/2 hourf from shanghai due to storms, our driver "kevin"arrived within 10 minutes of landing 230am , great english,very helpful,, at hotel came inside to ensure everything was in order.
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Pandas at Dujiangyan, delicious lunch, beautiful mountain and the most helpful of guides!
Kelly_R, Oct 2020
Giant Panda Hometown and Taoist Mountain Discovery From Chengdu
It was not very crowded, we got to see active pandas and Bella was very informative about each of the enclosures and pandas, as well as pandas in general.
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Not to miss 1-Day Trip!!!!
TanjaB488, Dec 2019
Bullet train day trip to Xi'an (Start from ChengDu)
We've been in Chengdu and unfortunately not enough time to visit beautiful Xi'an as well.
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Best Tour and Guide in Chengdu
Alexandra_O, Dec 2019
Chengdu Museum+People's Park
You can tell she loves her job, her English is perfect, and she knows all of the little details and history of Chengdu that gives you a much better insight into the city you are visiting.
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Emily thanks for a wonderful day!
diedrich2019, Aug 2019
All Inclusive Private Day Tour of Chengdu Old Streets including City Top Attractions
Emily have great English skills and a lovely personality with an interest in our culture as well.
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Great way to see the city
Louisa_M, Aug 2019
Private Bamboo Bicycle Tour in Chengdu
This is a great way to see the city and we found the first few hours very relaxing.
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Must-Do in Chengdu!
Edward_C, Aug 2018
Chengdu Evening Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk
Chino was an excellent guide who spoke great English.
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Great day trip!
Richard_W, Jul 2018
Full Day Panda and Leshan Giant Buddha Group Tour
We combined 2 great attractions near Chengdu, starting with a morning trip to see the Giant Panda Research Center, followed by the amazing Leshan Giant Buddha in the afternoon.
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Private Leshan Giant Buddha Tour from...
s4040, Dec 2016
Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu
Lily speaks excellent English and customized our tour as per our request.
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Best tour ever! And best tour guide...
Avinash P, Nov 2017
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
I opted to take a 30 min boat ride to see the Giant Buddha as I felt it was wiser than spending time and energy in queues to reach the Giant Buddha.
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Just a fabulous day in and around...
Marc R, Jun 2017
Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit
Overall this was an excellent and in our opinion, the ONLY way to see the Pandas and then city.
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