Panda & Ancient Cities

CD05: 8 Days Private Tour of Chengdu Xian   Beijing
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Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will greet you ahead of time outside the customs of Chengdu Airport after you retrieve your luggage and clear the customs. Then you will be transferred to the hotel, and the check-in procedures will be finished under the help of your private guide. In the rest of the day, you can choose to have a nice break in the hotel, or you can just go around to get familiar with the surroundings.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Jinsha Site Museum. (B)
Playful pandas
Your private panda tour begins with Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the highlight of this route. Panda is regarded as the living fossil and national treasure of China, for they are endangered species. We will drive to the base in the early morning, so that you can reach there at the pandas' most exciting time, breakfast feeding moment.

In the base, there are enclosures for pandas in different ages, including cubs, sub-adult and adult pandas. Most adult pandas are sleepy and languid, lying in the mats, while the cubs and sub-adult pandas are very active, playing and eating all the time in their houses. There are also pandas breeding outdoors. Under the warm sunshine, they are sitting, lying, playing and scrambling in the lawn. You will be teased by their funny behaviors. Besides, you can visit the nursery houses, where the newly born panda babies stay. Most of them are sleeping or at suck, so cute and alive. Apart from that, you can also drop by the Giant Panda Museum to get an overview of their origin, or go to the panda kitchen to figure out what panda feeds on. The panda cinema will show you more interesting stories of them. 

Lunch is on your own arrangement, and our guide will offer you suggestions. After lunch, we will continue the journey to Broad and Narrow Alleys. The commercial street used to be the local people's residence, and developed into a cultural quarter. There are many tea houses, fancy restaurants, craft shops and pubs. After a short linger in the street, we are going to Jinsha Site Museum to sense the civilization and history of Sichuan Province.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Chengdu - Xian
A high-speed train to Xian. Train station to hotel transfer. City Wall. (B)
Terracotta Warriors Museum, Xian
Take a morning high-speed train to Xian in around 4 hours. Our guide will pick you up at the North railway station and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the ancient City Wall. The City Wall is the best name card of Xian. Strolling along the wall, you will get closer to the history. Besides, cycling on the wall will be an exciting activity.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Xian
Terracotta Warriors Museum, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch, Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Street. (B+L)
This morning the guide will accompany you to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Houses Museum, the world's largest underground military museum. There are life-sized pottery figures in arrays, wearing different facial expressions. They were buried with the Emperor Qingshihuang for his protection.

Afterwards, we drive back to downtown and follow the guide to enter into a local family to visit the common Chinese people. An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) will be arranged in the family, for you to taste the delicious homemade Chinese dishes.

In the afternoon, visit the Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a delicate Buddhist site surviving from the Tang Dynasty. Continue the trip to the Muslim Street.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home cooked a la carte lunch
Day 5 Xian - Beijing
A high-speed train to Beijing. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Our clients learn to make dumplings in Xian family visit
In the morning, we will arrange you to take a high speed train for around 5.5 hours to Beijing. You will be greeted by our guide at the railway station and transferred to the hotel. Have a rest for the remaining day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
After breakfast in the hotel, we will set off to Tiananmen Square - the largest city center square in the world. It is also the largest place for the public gathering like parade and national ceremonies. In the morning, the regular national flag rising ceremony will be held in the front of the square. Stroll north across the square, you will reach the Forbidden City, the real stunner of Chinese classic architecture. It was not only the political center in ancient China, but also the living palace of 24 emperors and their families.

An a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) is arranged at a fancy restaurant, for you to taste the authentic Chinese food especially the famous Peking Roast Duck. This afternoon, we will continue our trip to the Temple of Heaven, the witness of heaven worship culture of China. It was the site where emperors worshipped for a fruitful harvest for his people.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 7 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our clients visiting the Great Wall, Beijing
In the morning, we will drive you to see one of the eight world wonders, the Great Wall. The part we are going to visit is Mutianyu, which is one of the best-preserved and most typical sections. The round trip cable car will be scheduled. The wall winds along the rolling hills, which used to be the forceful defense system in war time based on the dangerous geographic location. An excursion on the wall will make you refreshed and relaxed. We would not arrange today's lunch for you, for the restaurants nearby are in poor quality. You are suggested to have a big breakfast in the hotel and have a simple fast food around the site.

In the afternoon, your visit will continue to a big market in downtown. On the way, we will drive by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) for you to have a glimpse of it at a distance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Departure from Beijing
Summer Palace. Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
The guide will greet you in the morning and lead you to the Summer Palace. The palace garden was the summer resort of the ancient royal families. It not only retains the grandeur of the imperial garden, but also fully shows its delicacy and elegance. Afterwards, our guide will see you off at the airport. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Somerset Xindicheng Xian
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
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Price Includes
  • Domestic train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide(s)
  • Private driver(s) & air-conditioned vehicle(s)
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
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  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Judy Mallison from MALAYSIA | Jun. 17, 2019 02:36Reply
We are British staying in Malaysia.
Do the 144 hours visa free apply to us if we visit Chengdu from 16th July to 20th July and fly direct back to Kuala Lumpur.

Thank you.

Judy Mallison
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 17, 2019 04:53

No, you are not allowed to do that because this is not a transit, but a visit to China. Anyway, with just a bit of creativity, you could make your trip eligible. For example something like this:

Kuala Lumpur - Chengdu - Hong Kong - Kuala Lumpur
Asked by Ramis from ESPAÑA | Aug. 07, 2018 17:48Reply
I have read that there are direct bus from lijiang to Chengdu, is that true?
In that case is it necessary to book them in advance, or they rarely run out?
Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Curtis from GREECE | Aug. 07, 2018 18:46

Yes, there is a direct bus departing at 13:00 in odd days and I guess you’d better book them in advance.
Asked by Helene from BELGIUM | Sep. 22, 2017 21:48Reply
Bus from Chengdu Airport to Mianyang
Hello, I am flying in on Sunday 15th October in the evening and was hoping to take a bus from the airport to Mianyang. Would you be able to tell me if the bus operates at normal hours on a Sunday, and if so, where I can book my tickets for it? Would you also be able to tell me how long it takes? Many thanks in advance for your help!
Answers (1)
Answered by Brain from GERMANY | Sep. 24, 2017 21:34

At the Long-distance Bus Station in the airport, direct coaches for Mianyang are available from 9:30 to 20:30 and it takes around 3h. It is no need to book in advance and you can directly get a ticket and board on the spot.

Anyway, the booking can be done through the website of Sichuan Provincial Bus Ticketing System which only has Chines version. You may dial 400-858-3030 to consult more info.
Asked by Sandra Privett from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 29, 2017 06:48Reply
Shuttle bus from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport
I am arriving at the airport at around 11:20 am. and wish to know what shuttle bus I get to take me to Jaho Forstar Hotel Wenshuyan Branch and where this bus is located at the airport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Black from GERMANY | Aug. 29, 2017 21:53

Hi, Sandra, you can take Shuttle Bus line 2 and get off Renmin Middle Rd Second Section, then walk north along the road for 2 minutes and turn right, walk for about 3 minutes, you will get to your hotel.
The bus can be caught both in T1 and T2, don’t worry, following the sign, you can find it easily, or you can ask the staff for help.
Asked by Jones from USA | Apr. 07, 2017 02:36Reply
Which panda base should I go?
Is Chengdu or Dujiangyan the best place to visit for Pandas. What would your advice be? Where can we have the opportunity for a photo with the Panda?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 07, 2017 03:04

Chengdu is famous for the pandas, and there are several panda bases in Chengdu, such as Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Dujiangyan Panda base.

For the normal visit, you can just go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. If you prefer to take photos with panda or do volunteer program, you have to visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base which is the only place that you can do activities with pandas at present.
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