Chengdu holidays offer you a perfect balance: you can escape into relaxation while experiencing an array of cultural activities. Feel like an explorer as you delve into Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, with its fascinating history and captivating experiences. There’s so much to do in this vibrant and friendly city that families, couples, and carefree travellers alike will find inspiration here.
If you love animals then we recommend a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where you can learn about the conservation of China’s most endangered creatures: giant pandas and red pandas. The history of Chengdu dates back to the 4th century and you can turn back the clock with a trip to the Sanxingdui Museum. This extensive museum includes artefacts from a relic site that experts believe could have been the capital of ancient Shu. The site was found with over 3,000 years’ worth of historical relics just waiting to be discovered.
Chengdu City holidays: an unforgettable and relaxing experience
Slow down the pace and live as the Chengdu locals do. Spend a day strolling through the Wide and Narrow Alleys, where you can sample smart tea houses and tasty street snacks. Don’t forget to compare the spectacular architecture of the two ancient streets, which perfectly combine the old and modern wonders of Chengdu.
There’s no shortage of idyllic destinations, cultural traditions and breath-taking sights in China. Why not extend your journey and experience more of the Far East culture by combining Chengdu with other regions? Explore a blend of cultures on our Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong Multi Centre. These bustling and vibrant cities all offer a different perspective of China and provide an insight into the country’s fascinating history.
Great sample itineraries
Chengdu is home to the world’s most famous giant panda conservation centre, but it’s also known for its cultural sights and delicious cuisines. Plan your bespoke Chengdu tour itinerary today. We’ve got plenty of inspiration to get you started.
“Panda lovers should take part in the Panda Volunteer day programme. This unique programme provides an unforgettable experience and allows you to take a closer look at the giant pandas as you gain insights about their fascinating habits. Panda Volunteers get to clean the panda cages and even prepare their food.”
“Extend your stay so that you can truly immerse yourself in the city’s endless culture, intriguing historical sights and natural wonders. You might also want to take the opportunity to explore the surrounding regions, such as the highest region on earth - Tibet, which is home to Mount Everest.”
Kung Pao Chicken
Order Chengdu’s famous Kung Pao chicken. This spicy stir fried dish originates from the Sichuan Province and is one you shouldn’t miss. Made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns, this is a flavourful and classic dish for many locals in Chengdu.
Chengdu hotpot is a popular local cuisine in Chengdu and is packed full of spicy flavours and textures. Hotpots are served at many local restaurants and eateries; the classic Chengdu dish is served in a two section pot with both a hot spicy oil as well as a tasty broth. Surrounding the pot you will find a selection of sliced raw meats and vegetables that you can cook yourself in the broth and oil. There are more than ten variations of the Chengdu hotpot, so you’ll be sure to find one that’s right for you.
Chengdu’s street snacks
The streets of Chengdu are lined with local food markets and stalls where you can try traditional and delicious Sichuan food. Popular street snacks include Guo Kui, a deep-fried meat pie that’s packed with flavour and spices; Tian Shui Mian, sweet water-noodles that are ideal for those with a sweeter tooth; and Pu Gai Mian, or bedspread noodles, a noodle dish served with soup or flavoured chicken broth.
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