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Pandas in Chengdu have many fans. Their cute appearance and naive nature attract people from all over the world. Our private Chengdu tours include the top highlights of this city, which allow you to have close contact with pandas, admire the historical heritage, experience the scenic Jiuzhaigou and taste the famous Sichuan food. Travelers may want to linger here once they have experienced this wonderful place.

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When is the best time to visit Chengdu?

Whatever the season, Chengdu is good for a vacation. However, the periods March to June and September to November are especially favorable for visiting the area. During these periods, the temperature is usually pleasant with less rainfall. We recommend you avoid traveling during the Chinese National holiday in the first week of October as almost all sightseeing spots are always filled with domestic tourists and the traffic is heavy.

How many days are recommended for a Chengdu tour package?

Normally it takes two to three days to explore the popular attractions in Chengdu. Top of the list it comes the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where you can get really close to the adorable pandas. The city is also endowed with a great many historic and cultural sites. Among these, Jinsha Site Museum, Sanxindui Museum, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Wide and Narrow Alleys, as well as Jinli Street are the places most tourists choose to visit.

For those who are also interested in Buddhist culture or natural beauty, you can take a Leshan and Mt. Emei tour or a Jiuzhaigou trip. In this case, two or three more days are necessary. Any of the above sites are worth to be included in your Chengdu tour itinerary.

I see you arrange either the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding or Dujiangyan Panda Base in itineraries. Can you tell me the major difference between the two?

The Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is of easy access as it is located just 6 miles (10 km) away from downtown. Here visitors can see a relatively large number of pandas of all ages. In addition, there are also lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals being fed and bred in this base.

Dujiangyan Panda Base is about 34 miles (56 km) northwest of the city, which is about 1.5 hours drive each way. There are fewer giant pandas here, but this is currently the only place for visitors to hold a lovely panda and attend the panda keeper's program as volunteers. We can arrange either of them to cater for your interest and make your Chengdu private tour an unforgettable experience.

I'm a fan of pandas. Can you tell me what exactly will I do if I attend the Panda Keeper's Program? Can I hold a panda and take photos with it?

A volunteer's work starts with cleaning the pandas' enclosure. This entails sorting out their waste leftovers, excrement and taking notes for records at the same time. Afterwards, it's time to prepare the panda's meal by slicing bamboos into smaller pieces for easier ingestion. Since pandas usually eat a lot each day, you need to prepare a quite large amount. Later, you prepare snacks including apples, carrots or steamed buns for them. You will do all these tasks with the help of the keeper.

If you want to hold a panda and take photos with it, you will have to join the base's donation program, and the amount is about CNY 1,800 to 2,000 per person in cash. Besides, an advance reservation is needed for this program since only 20 visitors are allowed do so each day.

What are the best hours to see the lovely giant pandas? Also, am I able to see panda cubs?

The pandas are most active around 09:00 am. At this time, they usually eat bamboos, climb trees or happily play with each other. Therefore, it's better to arrive at the panda base before 09:30 am to enjoy your visit.

If you are visiting the panda base in August, September or October, you'll have the chance to see the panda cubs. It is because that the pandas' natural breeding season is during March to May and their pregnancy is about five months.

Can I visit Jiuzhaigou Valley at any time of the year?

Yes, Chengdu is the major gateway to Jiuzhaigou. However, the severe weather from November to early March usually makes it difficult to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley, especially Huanglong area. During this period, flights to Jiuzhaigou are frequently subject to cancellations, so it is advisable to visit Jiuzhaigou in the April to October period for a smooth and enjoyable trip.

What's the altitude of Jiuzhaigou Valley? Is altitude sickness a problem?

The average altitude of Jiuzhaigou Valley is 2,500 meters (8,202 feet), so most travelers won't get altitude sickness here. Some people may feel a little dizziness when visiting Huanglong Scenic Reserve for it has an average altitude of 3,300 meters (10,826 feet). To ensure a pleasant trip, we suggest you avoid brisk walking and smoking. Also, it is advisable to drink adequate boiled water and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables during your visit.

It is important to note that people with high blood pressure or heart diseases are not advised to visit the area. If you are concerned about altitude sickness, you should have a physical examination and ask your doctor for advice when planning your Jiuzhaigou trip.

Can I visit both Leshan Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei within one day?

Sorry, this is not going to work as a day is required to visit each of them. For your information, it usually takes about 2 hours to drive from Chengdu to Leshan Giant Buddha. The recommended time for a visit there is around 3 hours. Then you will arrive at Mt. Emei in the late afternoon after driving for one hour from Leshan. Thus, the visit to Mt. Emei has to be scheduled for a second day. A regular Mt. Emei trip with lunch will last for about 5.5 hours, and then it will be late afternoon when visitors are transferred back to Chengdu. The drive takes 2.5 hours.

How is the food in Chengdu?

Chengdu is the birthplace of Sichuan cuisine, which is famous for its richness, variety and spicy flavor. Typical dishes include Ma Po Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Fish Flavored Shredded Pork, Twice Cooked Spicy Pork Slices, etc. There are also many snack bars selling traditional local delicacies such as Long Wontons, Lai Tang Yuan, and Braised Beef and so on. Besides, hotpot is also a must try dish. Tasting the authentic Sichuan food is a big part of Chengdu travel experience to most visitors.

For those who are not used to Chinese food, you can also find a good number of Western restaurants in the city.
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Asked by THGG | Mar. 18, 2019 03:57Reply
Should I buy Chengdu Transportation Card if I stay for 4 days?
How much is the card and is there any deposit required as well as where can I get the card at the airport? Thank you.
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Answered by Owen from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 18, 2019 19:37

As I know, there is no 3 day metro pass or 4 day metro pass nowadays. And for your short stay, you are not suggested to purchase the transportation card. Just purchase the subway ticket when you taking it.
Answered by Giang from VIETNAM | Mar. 20, 2019 18:17

I don’t mean a 3 or 4 day pass but a top-up transportation card as the article mentioned that you will get 10% off with the transportation card. Why is it not recommended?
Thank you!
Answered by Owen | Mar. 20, 2019 18:48

Yes, the ordinary transportation card can enjoy the 10% off. As I know, it won't be so easy for you to return the card and get the deposit. However, using the transportation card, you can actually spend less.
Answered by Giang from VIETNAM | Mar. 20, 2019 22:34

Could you tell me how much is the deposit for the card? Thank you
Asked by YSCHONG | Mar. 18, 2019 01:29Reply
I plan to visit JZG this early November. Will the place be opened by then? Thank you.
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Answered by Kathy | Mar. 18, 2019 17:50

There has been no update on the completion of reconstruction work and no information on when Jiuzhaigou will open. All information must wait for Jiuzhaigou official website notice.
Asked by Lashonne Howard from UNITED STATES | Mar. 16, 2019 11:12Reply
144 hour visa to travel to Chengdu from Shanghai
My route is LAX-Shanghai-CD-Shanghai-LAX, can I use this 144 visa?
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Answered by Hector | Mar. 17, 2019 02:18

There is no such thing as a "144 visa". There is 144 hours transit without visa, but your route fails on two points: you're not in transit (you're visiting China) and it only allows transit in one of the areas (so not both Shanghai and Chengdu). You must get a visa.
Asked by Vitor from BRAZIL | Feb. 18, 2019 16:43Reply
What time is close the Chengdu subway?
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Answered by Caroline from DENMARK | Feb. 18, 2019 18:17

Generally speaking, most metro lines in the city will operate from 06:00 to 22:30.
Asked by florence craven from IRELAND | Jan. 03, 2019 06:30Reply
Cuddle a panda, 2019-2020
Dear Sir/Madam,

What is the closest airport to Chengdu?
how far is Chengdu from the Stone Forest?
I was hoping to see both places late next year, and wonder if the Panda Base is open then.
I hope to visit Tokyo after a few days in China.

Please reply as soon as possible...
Florence, Ireland.
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Answered by Alaina from FINLAND | Jan. 03, 2019 18:48

Do you refer to Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding?
If yes, you can take a flight from Kunming to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport first.
Upon landing, take metro line 10 to Taipingyuan Station and change to metro line 3 to Panda Avenue Station, Exit A. Then take a taxi to the base directly.
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