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Visit chengdu

A crucial commercial and economic hub for many centuries, Chengdu is an ancient city that dates back to Neolithic times. Throughout the centuries, Chengdu has weathered foreign invasions and natural disasters alike, including the Mongol invasions, World War II, and of course, the recent 2008 earthquake. Today, Chengdu is a pleasant, sprawling city, voted one of the most livable in all of China as well as one of the best places to invest in. Chengdu is a university town and is home to a large, thriving community of students and intellectuals. Perhaps its most famous residents are the adorable giant pandas, who live in various preserves just outside the city.

The best place to observe these beautiful animals is the Chengdu Panda Research Base, a facility dedicated to their breeding and conservation. Other than marvel at the wildlife, travellers to Chengdu should take the time to visit one of the city’s tea houses for an authentic Chinese experience. A trip to a local restaurant for a traditional Sichuan meal is also a great (and delicious) way to make the most of your stay. For those seeking a bit of culture, head to Luodai, an ancient town full of glorious old architecture.

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Things to See and Do in Chengdu

Giant-Panda-Breedingand-Research-Center

Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center

Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center and meet privately with the scientists responsible for developing the center’s advanced panda reproduction program, which has produced more than 46 cubs in 11 litters over the past ten years. Explore the grounds and have your photo taken with baby and adult pandas.

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Leshan Buddha

A little over two hours away from Chengdu is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Carved out of a stone cliff face, the Buddha is situated in Leshan at the juncture of three rivers: the Min, Qingyi, and Dadu Rivers. Carving began in the Tang Dynasty in 713 and ended in 803 AD, a monumental 90-year effort that resulted in a 233-foot (71 meter) high Buddha. His hair is comprised of 1,021 separate buns that form an elegant coif.

Qingyang-Taoist-Temple

Qingyang Taoist Temple

The Qingyang Taoist Temple is considered the birthplace of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. As the day winds down, relax in the tea pavilion’s bamboo chairs, sip fragrant jasmine pearl tea, and observe a fast-paced game of mah jong.

Shu-Xiu-Fang-Embroidery-Workshop

Shu Xiu Fang Embroidery Workshop

Visit the Shu Xiu Fang embroidery workshop where you learn from artisans who craft Sichuan’s legendary textiles, renowned for fine needlework, elegant colors, graceful lines, and their design in the style of traditional Chinese paintings.

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Sichuan Opera

See an abridged Sichuan Opera at the Wuhou Temple, where performances are held in the traditional courtyard setting with tea service. Different from Western (or even Peking) Opera, this local style is distinguished by elaborate acrobatic stunts, sharp wit, lively characters, and audience participation. Afterwards, meet with the performers and catch a glimpse of the usually off-limits backstage area and dressing rooms.

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Wenshu Monastery

Visit Wenshu Monastery, an exquisite architectural site. Dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), it is one of the most active Buddhist centers in China; its sculptured roofs, colonnades, reflecting ponds and ornate, crimson buildings are a fine and increasingly rare example of classical Chinese architecture. Afterwards, enjoy a Sichuan style lunch at the temple’s vegetarian restaurant.


Best Time to Visit Chengdu

The best periods to visit Chengdu are during March to June (spring) and from September to November (autumn).

March to June is a pleasant time to visit with refreshing spring colors around you. September to November boasts comfortable temperatures and this period lacks the crowds and rain showers that you’ll experience in summer, which is the peak tourist season.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
9
Feb
11
Mar
16
Apr
21
May
25
Jun
27
Jul
29
Aug
29
Sep
24
Oct
20
Nov
15
Dec
10
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
8
Feb
12
Mar
21
Apr
50
May
88
Jun
109
Jul
240
Aug
236
Sep
125
Oct
47
Nov
18
Dec
7
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
9ºC
8mm

FEB
11ºC
12mm

MAR
16ºC
21mm

APR
21ºC
50mm

MAY
25ºC
88mm

JUN
27ºC
109mm

JUL
29ºC
240mm

AUG
29ºC
236mm

SEP
24ºC
125mm

OCT
20ºC
47mm

NOV
15ºC
18mm

DEC
10ºC
7mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Chengdu, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Chengdu on a bespoke touring itinerary to China, do not hesitate to contact us.