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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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    4.829 Reviews
    Elizabeth Gomez
    Posted on August 18, 2019
    The guides were very dedicated and enthusiastic and explained carefully. The food was delicious and the hotels were comfortable. I saw cute pandas which I had looked forward to for a long time in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The Giant Buddha was imposing. The Golden Summit on the top of Mt. Emei was hazy with sea cloud and looked like a fairyland. No shopping. A wonderful Chengdu tour!
    James Harris
    New Zealand
    Posted on August 17, 2019
    A relaxing Chengdu tour! The guide was very humorous and told us a lot of knowledge about Chengdu.
    Sarah Riseley
    Posted on August 16, 2019
    The car we took to Leshan was spacious and comfortable. The accommodation was also very attentive and was carefully selected in the local hotels. I had great fun on the 2 days Chengdu tour to Leshan and Mt. Emei!
    Isabella Haputa
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    During the Chengdu tour, the guides were very responsible and patient from arranging the pick-up car to checking into the hotel. They were professional and explained clearly to make us easy to understand. The foods were also very great and some of them were famous local snacks. The attractions were very luring and relaxing. I was pleased with this trip!
    Posted on August 15, 2019
    The itinerary of the Chengdu tour was tight and we visited many attractions. I loved pandas especially and I could watch them eat bamboos and play all day. In the other attractions, the guides explained well and I learned the culture of Chengdu. The guides gave us plenty of free time to visit and rest. Chengdu was leisure and needed to be traveled slowly. I would go to Chengdu with my family next time!
    Jason Souter
    Posted on August 12, 2019
    The weather was very good in the pleasant Chengdu tour! And because it was not during the Chinese holidays, the attractions were not very crowded. Especially in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, we could watch pandas play and eat bamboo more carefully. Other scenic spots didn't need to wait in line, saving us a lot of time. The guide was very friendly and responsible and explained clearly all the way. An enjoyable trip!
    Aleka Schooler
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    I was pleased with the Chengdu tours. The guide explained in detail. We stayed in clean and comfortable hotels. The meals were very good. I would choose TravelChinaGuide again when I travel to China next time.
    Sarita Schnitzler
    Posted on August 11, 2019
    The restaurants were clean and the dishes were to my taste. I rested well in comfortable hotels. The scenic spots were very nice and beautiful and I had a good impression on the enthusiastic and cheerful Chengdu people. It was a very pleasant Chengdu tour!
    Diann Teusner
    Posted on August 10, 2019
    The Chengdu itinerary went smoothly according to the description. The guides gave us thoughtful explanations and one of them also explained the knowledge of jade. There was no shopping stop!
    Rosario Kern
    Posted on August 08, 2019
    The guide worked carefully and was very patient and responsible. Mt. Emei had beautiful scenery and Leshan Giant Buddha was magnificent. I was very satisfied with the Chengdu tour!
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