Chengdu’s food scene brings together a lively mélange of Sichuan dishes, from Sichuan stuffed pancakes to traditional hot pots. Sample it all on a tuk-tuk food tour, dining at secret places around the city, led by a local bilingual guide.
Panda Research Base
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, situated in the north of Chengdu, provides an excellent opportunity to get as close as possible to China's "ambassador" animal. The base is committed to preserving this endangered species and its natural habitat and is also home to some less endangered species, such as the smaller red panda.
Within the base there is a museum, breeding area and research center, where if lucky you can see a baby giant panda, depending on the time of year.
The best time to go is between 8 and 10 am, as this is their feeding and playtime, when you can watch them make their way clumsily around their playground. The rest of their day is spent sleeping.
There is also an interesting short film, giving a behind-the-scenes insight into the breeding program taking place in the center, showing at the small cinema and is worth a look.
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Other experiences in Chengdu
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.