Code: CD17

3 Days Chengdu City Tour

Day 1 Chengdu Panda Base - Renmin Park
Lovely pandas
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the first must-see in this city. Going to this place, taxi is the easiest way with a fee of CNY40 or so. You could also take subway line 2 from Tianfu Square and change to line 3 at Chunxi Road station. Get off at Xiongmaodadao Station (Panda Avenue), go out from Exit A and then take bus 198 or 198A directly to the base. It is advisable to arrive there before 08:00 as pandas are more active during the morning feeding time.

There are many large enclosures housing pandas at different ages. It could be exciting to see them playing, eating and sleeping. If lucky, you may also see the cute baby pandas. The entrance fee of the Panda Base is CNY58 per ticket. Two or more hours are needed to finish the visit.

After that find your way to take subway line 2, get off at Renminggongyuan station, and then walk to the nearby Renmin Park (People's Park). It is a favorite place for local people coming together to drink tea, chat and play Mahjong, while others will be dancing, singing. Wandering along this park is a good experience to see the authentic local life. If you are interested, you could be warmly welcomed to join them in Mahjong playing or dancing.
Day 2 Broad and Narrow Alleys - Wenshu Monastery - Jinsha Site Museum
Golden Mask Exhibited in Jinsha Site Museum
This morning, walk to the nearby Broad and Narrow Alleys. This is a traditional alleyway street lined with many courtyards in ancient style. Most of them were transformed to restaurants, cafes and stores. It is a good place to spend time walking and having lunch or tea here. If you want to take photos of the buildings, you would better go earlier as it gets quite packed after 10:00.

Then take subway line 4 and change to line 1 at Luomashi station. Get out at Wenshuyuan station from Exit K to reach the Wenshu Monastery. It is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in the city and also an active one with monks walking around and a lot of praying going on. The buildings and garden in the monastery is very beautiful and the free entrance is a bonus for this visit.

From Wenshuyuan, take bus 37 to Jinxiluxi station and walk northward along Qingyang Road to reach the Jinsha Site Museum. This museum is a good place for people who are fond of history. The visit starts by walking through an excavation site, then followed with the huge exhibition halls. Each of them contains many artifacts from the site, which gives a glimpse into Chinese life and rituals as far as 3000 years ago. The entrance fee is CNY80 per ticket.
Day 3 Thatched Cottage of Du Fu - Sichuan Museum - Chunxi Road
Chunxi Road
After breakfast, find your way to the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. There are many buses reaching there, such as 19, 35, 58, 1024 or 1031. Or you could take subway line 4 and alight at Caotangbeilu Station, Exit B, and then walk southward around 1000 meters to the site. Du Fu was one of the most prominent Chinese poets of the Tang dynasty (618-907). This site is where once he spent his later part of life. Inside, you will see the reconstructed Thatched cottage he lived, a temple as well as a large beautiful garden. Huge bamboo trees everywhere, ponds, pagodas and bonsai all around are a delightful sight to all eyes. There are also English translations of Du Fu's poetries. Read these and get an insight into Chinese ancient literature. The entrance ticket fee is CNY60.

Sichuan Museum is nearby the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, just few minutes walking. Entrance to the museum is free, and you need to just show your passport to get the free ticket. There are three floors with a great collection of paintings, calligraphies, ceramics, bronzes and folk arts. It is worth spending an hour or two to see and learn about the history and culture of Sichuan region. Although there are plenty of English explanations, you could get more by hiring an English speaking tour guide.

Bus 58 could take you to Chunxi Road from Sichuan Museum. This is the busiest pedestrian street in Chengdu. The whole area is packed with shops, malls, eateries and cafes. Lots of people are shopping there, a very vibrant place. You can buy some souvenirs for your friends. In the same time, you can fill your hunger in a restaurant of your choice. Then go to the nearby Jinjiang Theatre to enjoy the Sichuan Opera (Changing Faces) Performance. The performance time is from 20:00 to 21:00. The ticket price ranges from CNY150 to CNY280 for different seats.
 More Related Routes:
Two Days Independent Travel: to visit Chengdu Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Leshan and Jinli Street.
Foodie Delight Tour: to visit Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and Sichuan Cuisine Museum. 
Leshan Buddha & Mt. Emei: 4 days independent travel to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain.