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Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit

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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Chengdu on an enriching full-day tour of the spectacular city. On this private tour, venture to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to spend several hours observing adorable pandas, and then absorb the sacred ambience of the Zen Buddhist monastery during a leisurely lunch. Sip refreshing tea at a traditional teahouse in the picturesque park, and then meander through the narrow alleys of Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Upgrade to immerse yourself in the melodious magic of the Sichuan opera.
  • Full-day private Chengdu city sightseeing tour
  • Observe giant pandas, including babies, at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
  • Visit Zhaojue Temple, dating back to the 7th century
  • Stop by Match Corner at People’s Park and stroll around Kuan-Zhai Lane
  • Enjoy tea, lunch and dinner at local venues
  • Receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable private guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch and snack dinner
Tea service at a local teahouse
Professional English-speaking guide
Admission of all the places list in the itinerary

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure point: Free picking up service from your city hotel or residence in Chengdu (all hotels within 3rd Ring Road), if you stay outside the 3rd Ring Road, then need to be picked up at the main gate of Wuhouci, or please contact us in advance to arrange to be picked up from your hotel or airport and pay extra cost to driver.
Return point: Returns to original departure point or can be drop-off at the city center.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Greet your guide at your Chengdu hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the short journey to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. On arrival, embark on a tour of the research facility and witness giant pandas in every stage of development; gain insight into their physiology and behaviors from the expert staff members who care for them and capture photographs of the majestic creatures as they nibble bamboo. 

After three hours touring the facility, return to the minivan and venture to the Zhaojue Temple to discover the fascinating history of the 7th-century monastery. Absorb the architectural splendor of tranquil waterways, dramatic pavilions and interminable grounds then revitalize with a fulfilling vegetarian lunch. 

Sated, travel to People’s Park to see locals going about their daily business before witnessing the cultural idiosyncrasy of Match Corner, an enclave in which parents attempt to match their children with other eligible infants. 

Next, wander the winding lanes of the Kuan-Zhai area and listen to tales of the area’s rich heritage. Stroll down the picturesque pedestrian area to see Qing-style quadrangle houses and sample a local delicacy from an enticing food stall in the neighborhood. Relax during the journey back to your hotel after your enriching private excursion.
Stop At:  
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
Meet your friendly English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. After 40 mins driving, you will start your exciting day at Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. Spend your morning with the cutest, yet impressive, creatures in China! 3 hours inside the Panda Center, tour through the baby and adult panda areas and visit the red panda section to see these small adorable animals.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wenshu Yuan Monastery
Wenshu Temple, a preserved Buddhist temple housing many precious works of art that are considered cultural relics. It is one of the most important Buddhist Temple in Chengdu City. You will enjoy a special vegetarian buffet lunch here with locals and monks. After lunch, visit this beautiful and peaceful Buddhist temple. Take a stroll at the temple complex with impressive buddha statues. See the monks and local prayers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuanzhai Alley
Next, head over to the Kuanzhai Alley, one of Chengdu’s three historic conservation districts. Constructed in 1718 during the early years of the Qing dynasty, this pleasant pedestrian thoroughfare is home to a fascinating mix of classic Sichuan architecture and modern cafes and boutiques. While you walk, listen to commentary from your guide about the district's history and design, and witness how some of the city's old establishments — local restaurants, traditional teahouses, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations — sit alongside the new. Enjoy the sights of older-style buildings, gardens and rows of souvenir shops and vendors lining the street.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chengdu Renmin Park
Travel to People’s Park to see locals going about their daily business like singing or dancing before witnessing the cultural idiosyncrasy of Match Corner, an enclave in which parents attempt to match their children with other eligible infants. Leisurely enjoy a cup of local tea by the river and then have your snack dinner at Zhongshuijiao, a time-honored brand loved by locals before head to your hotel, end your memorable day.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Samtour of Chengdu OTC Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chengdu Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Breeding Center Visit?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Tour of Pandas and much more
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide Worley was great. She adapted the tour to meet our needs and wants. We never felt rushed or spent too long anywhere. The Panda Breeding Center was sooo much more than I could imagine, and it does my heart well to know that the Great Panda is recovering in the wild because of this program. Kudos to China! Great day tour with seeing sights that interested us, maybe not what others would want. That's because of a great tour guide.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed...
Jillian P
, Jun 2018
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Chengdu and visiting the Panda Breeding Center. Our guide was helpful, kind, and patient with my two small children. I would highly recommend this tour to other families traveling to the Sichuan province.
It was our first trip to Chengdu and...
, Apr 2018
It was our first trip to Chengdu and we joined this day tour on the 2nd day. Our tour guide Martin Zhu is great! He is professional in his field and caring in his personality. My husband and I are blessed to have him for the trip. We will definitely recommend him to any tourist who wishes to visit Chengdu. Thank you Martin for the good time we had spent! :
Excellent tour! Our guide Martin was...
, Mar 2018
Excellent tour! Our guide Martin was great! Professional, easy to communicate with, and very knowledgeable. If you want to see the sights (Wide and Narrow Alley, Peoples Park) and see Pandas this is the tour for you! Request Martin you won’t be disappointed.
Jenny was terrific! My favorite day of...
Natalee T
, Mar 2018
Jenny was terrific! My favorite day of my whole trip!
Our guide, Rudy, was excellent and...
James H
, Nov 2017
Our guide, Rudy, was excellent and had actually worked at the panda reserve for 7 years so he knew exactly where to take us. Saw lots of pandas, both regular and red. The city tour was great and I would recommend the ear cleaning. Had a delicious vegetarian lunch at the Buddhist temple. Had plenty of time for shopping. Rudy explained everthing.
Our family of four had a wonderful...
Scott M
, Jun 2017
Our family of four had a wonderful tour with Martin!! Highly recommend him!!! We were picked up promptly at our hotel and taken to our first stop at the Panda Breeding Center. The pandas were very cute and a favorite for our family. After a couple hours there we then spent the rest of the day enjoying the Temple, People's Park, and Kuan-Zhai Lane. We enjoyed lunch at the Buddhist monastery and enjoyable cups of tea later in the day. Martin was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. And since we are vegetarians he was able to help us select some delicious dishes for lunch. We wish we had booked another tour in Chengdu to be able to request him as our guide again. Overall the tour was just over 9 hours, a perfect day!!
Just a fabulous day in and around...
Marc R
, Jun 2017
Just a fabulous day in and around Chengdu. Our guide, Mars, and the driving arrived on time at 7:30 and we were at the Panda reserve by 8. You need to be there by then or skip the whole deal - it gets crazy crowded. Mars knew her way around the complex and it saved a lot of aimless wandering looking for Pandas. We saw loads of the bears in every conceivable circumstance - eating, playing, sleeping. The babies are wondrous. Off to the largest Shrine in Chengfu and then Wide and Narrow Alleys and finally People's Park including a stop for tea. Overall this was an excellent and in our opinion, the ONLY way to see the Pandas and then city. A busload of 50 would have only made the day slower, less flexible and more crowded. The mini-van was clean and our driver Oh did a great job getting us around. I don't give 5-stars to anything but Samtours and Mars were just that perfect
Jeni was a great guide. She and our...
Gregory M
, Jan 2017
Jeni was a great guide. She and our driver were also very kind to let us change our itinerary around at the last moment, so we could also get to the panda preserve where we got our pictures taken with the pandas. Also great food tips. Wish we had more time to spend in Chengdu.
Our trip to Chengdu was...
Diane F
, Nov 2016
Our trip to Chengdu was amaaaaazzzziiingg!!! From the pick up with Martin at our hotel, to the Panda Research Base- early enough to catch some fun antics, to the Wide and Narrow Alleys and the Marriage Market at the People's Park- It was ALL Awesome! Well timed plans, a knowledgeable guide, and fun ensued! The best tour I've taken. We highly recommend Samtour and Martin!

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