Welcome to Chengdu

Chengdu is a vibrant city that has risen up as one of the must-see destinations in China with a total population of nearly 16 million. As the capital of Sichuan Province, it has been the center of technology, economy, trade, finance and transportation in southwestern China. Founded by the state of Shu prior to its incorporation of China, Chengdu has a history of over 3000 years. Its prehistoric settlers included the Sanxingdui culture. The site of Dujiangyan is one of China's most ancient and successful irrigation systems, watered by the Min River. The city is also the home to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Moreover, Chengdu was awarded the title of the City of Gastronomy by the UNESCO. Famous local dishes include Hotpot, Mapo Doufu and Dan Dan Mian etc.

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City Tour #1:Chengdu Panda Base and Chengdu Natural History Museum

  • Daily cycle trip: 21, 23-25 September 2023 –HALF-DAY TOUR
  • Departure from hotel at 13:000 – return to hotel approx. 18:00

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (hereinafter referred to as the Panda Base), located at 1375# Panda Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, P.R. China, is 10 km away from the city center (Tianfu Square) and about 30 km from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and about 50 km from Tianfu International Airport. Proclaimed the ecological demonstration project for giant panda ex-situ conservation, the Panda Base, covering an area of 3.07 square kilometers (once the new area is completely built), serves as the world’s preeminent institution for giant panda ex-situ conservation, scientific research and breeding, popular science education, and cultural tourism. The Panda Base wears its title as the sanctuary for giant pandas, red pandas, and other endangered wild animals exclusive to China with pride. The scenery is breathtaking: trees cover the slopes as crystal clear rivers wind down the hills. Forests line the paths, nesting birds that sing their sweet melodies. The Panda Base, as a beautiful garden, is China’s worst-kept secret –“the natural paradise of the national treasure and our Xanadu”.

The Chengdu Natural History Museum covers a total construction area of 50,520 square metres, including a total exhibition area of about 17,000 square metres. It displays the contents related to geological processes and environment, natural disasters and disaster prevention and reduction, mineral resources and protection and utilization, the origin and evolution of life, and biodiversity, etc. At present, the museum has nearly 70,000 collections and about 10,000 exhibits on display.

Tentative Programme:

  • 13:00-13:40 Head to Chengdu Panda Base by bus
  • 13:50-15:30 Visit Chengdu Panda Base
  • 15:30-15:50 Head to Chengdu Natural History Museum
  • 15:50-17:00 Visit Chengdu Natural History Museum
  • 17:00-18:00 Back to the hotel by bus