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[2-Day Tour] Panda Base, Qingyang Temple & Family Visit (Private, 4-star)

English

With Accommodation | Private Tour

Daily

Chengdu

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base | Qingyang Temple | Wet Market | Local Family
Overnight at: Xiangyang hotel

Live like a local on this two-day Chengdu cultural encounter. First up you'll get to meet some of Sichuan's most famous residents at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base before heading to Qingyang Temple for a taste of Taoism and Taiji. You'll practice the ancient art in Chengdu's most lively park, then discover the wet market with a local host who'll teach you how to rustle up some fiery Sichuanese cuisine over a home-cooked lunch.

Details

Day 1 Chengdu (includes lunch)

8:00 a.m. Chengdu downtown hotel pickup

9:00 a.m. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地) (about 3 hours)

The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is home to over 80 of China's iconic pandas. Most are of the familiar black and white variety, but the Base is also home to a number of the smaller, lesser-known red pandas. You'll view the animals eating and at play in a carefully maintained habitat that is as close to their natural environment as possible. You'll also learn how scientists and ecologists are working to protect the few remaining wild pandas and expand the captive population. On that last note, over 100 bears have been born at the Base since 1987.The Base became even more important after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, with eight bears sent here from the badly damaged Wolong reserve. Your visit provides both moral and financial support for the ongoing conservation effort.

12:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not included and you will have a number of options to choose from).

2:30 p.m. Qingyang Temple (Qīngyáng Gōng, 青羊宫) (about 3 hours)

The oldest Taoist temple in Chengdu, Qingyang Temple is also one of the most famous in the country. One of the first Taoist temples allowed to reopen by the government in 1983, Qingyang Temple was originally built during the Zhou Dynasty (1040-221BC). It was later expanded after the Taoists gave the Tang Emperor refuge during the Huangchao Rebellion.

Taiji is closely associated with Taoist meditation making Qingyang Temple an ideal place to practice this form of traditional Chinese martial art. You'll meet up with a famous local Taiji Master who will introduce you to the National Standard 24 Form Taijiquan. You'll want to warm up a little before starting your practice with some simple stretching or walking. Move to a quiet court-yard inside the temple to practice the moves with the Taiji with Master with a 15-minute break.

6:00 p.m. Stay overnight at the Xiangyang Hotel or similar.


Day 2 Chengdu (includes Breakfast/lunch)

7:30 a.m. Taiji practice at People's Park (about 2 hours)

After an early breakfast you'll depart from the hotel and head to People's Park (Rénmín Gōngyuán, 人民公园) for some early morning Taiji practice. Like many Chinese parks, Chengdu's People's Park is filled with song and dance and people just enjoying life. It also boasts one of Sichuan's most quintessential and well-loved outdoor tea-houses.

Practise Taiji with the Taiji master—at this early hour you'll be one among many Taiji enthusiasts and surrounded by lovers of other martial arts and minority dances.

10:00 a.m. Wet market & local family visit (about 2 hours)

Your local host will meet you at the park and the second part of your tour will begin as you head to the wet market. Your host will show you around the market, introducing you to Sichuan's local ingredients and specialties, including spices, doufu products, cured meats and dozens of different kinds of sichuan pickles. Then drive to your host's family home where you'll put some of those delicious ingredients to use cooking some traditional Sichuan-style dishes. Alongside your host, you'll learn to prepare and then cook some local dishes.

12:30 p.m. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and lunch with your host family, learning a little of their background and life story as you dine.

After lunch, you'll be transferred to the airport/station for departure.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) Accommodation

2) English-speaking tour guide

3) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details

4) Travel Accident Insurance

What is excluded?

1) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 3 days in advance. If you cancel 2 days or less before your visit, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged per booking.
*For departure dates in Sep and Oct, If you cancel at least 7 days prior to the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 6 days prior, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days prior, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from downtown hotel. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Please call Ginny @(+86)13908013511 for any urgent matters.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.All listed meals are Chinese food unless otherwise noted. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7.By default 2 people will share a room. For groups of odd numbers, 3 people will be required to share a room unless single supplement is paid. To request a single room, please make a note in the "additional request" section while booking online or inform us by email at thingstodo@ctrip.com.

8.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.