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4-day Ultimate Chengdu History & Culture Tour

An immersive history & culture tour of Chengdu from Jinli Old Street to Sanxingdui ruins, pandas to elegant representations of Shu kingdom's history, Chengdu exhibit its past both in the open streets and within the lavish museum galleries.

Tour code: LCT-CT-03

Departure: Any day you want

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  • One-on-one Travel Consultant Service.
  • Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
  • Selected and trained guides.
  • Meals are in quality local restaurants.
  • Western style service standard

Itinerary Summary

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Dates Destinations Itinerary Brief Meals Included
Day1 Chengdu Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Vsit Wangjianglou Park. no meal
Day2 Chengdu Tour Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Sanxingdui Museum. B
Day3 Chengdu Enjoy a full day tour of Sichuan Museum, Wuhou Temple, and Jinli Ancient Street. B
Day4 Chengdu Visit Wenshu Temple and Dufu Thatched Cottage. End the trip at the airport. B

Day by Day Itinerary

  • Day1 Chengdu

    Transfer via: flight – your arrangement

    Activities for today: Airport transfer, Wangjianglou Park

    On arrival at Chegndu Shuangliu International Airport, where your English-speaking guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.

    After a short break, it's time to enjoy a relaxed tour in Wangjianglou Park. The park is renowned worldwide for its cultural heritages represented by the ancient building complex of Wangjiang Pavilion and Xue Tao Memorial, and its large collection of rare bamboos.

    Optional night show: We will recommend Sichuan Opera at Shufeng Yayun Sichuan Opera House. The opera includes interesting short comedy show, puppet show, hand shadow, music instruments mimic horse and people conversation, and the face changing show with fire spitting.

    Wangjianglou Park
    Wangjianglou Park
    Chengdu Wangjianglou Park
  • Day2 Chengdu

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sanxingdui Museum

    This morning drive about 15 KM to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, home to over 100 giant pandas and one of the most important panda scientific research centers in China. You will walk through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe the giant pandas of different ages eating, playing, tumbling, and climbing. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative panda museum where you can learn some interesting facts about panda bears.

    After some happy hours with the lovely pandas, drive about 1 hour to Sanxingdui Museum. Here you will discover 3,000-year-old artifacts, all sitting upon their own little pedestals, including jade knives, bronze masks, and bronze trees. Many of the items were dug up from a nearby archaeological site - Sanxingdui. Sanxingdui is now believed to be the site of a major ancient city in what is now Sichuan. The Bronze Age culture which was first discovered in 1929 and then re-discovered in 1986 when archaeologists excavated remarkable artifacts, that radiocarbon dating dated as being from the 12th-11th centuries BCE.The culture that produced these artifacts is now known as the Sanxingdui Culture, and archeologists are identifying it with the ancient kingdom of Shu.

    1) We suggest starting your tour at 07:00 because the pandas are active at 08:00 - 10:00. They are playing and eating breakfast in their houses and gardens. If you go there so late, the pandas will asleep.

    2) Holding a panda in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding will cost RMB 1800 for 15 seconds. This is an optional activity for visitors.

    Chengdu Panda Base
    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    Sanxingdui Museum Chengdu
  • Day3 Chengdu

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Sichuan Museum, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Ancient Street

    After breakfast tour Sichuan Museum, which displays over 250,000 items. Begin at the exhibits of pottery from the Hand Dynasty, then continue to the displays of bronze items and the section containing Tibetan Buddhist relics. Across several exhibit halls, you can see ceramics, stone sculptures, ancient coins, folk arts and crafts, and calligraphy. The museum also allows visitors to learn more about the cultures of local ethnic minorities, displaying their clothing, musical instruments, and other objects. Host to regular temporary exhibits, the museum frequently shows modern art from around the world.

    This afternoon we will visit both Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street in the leafy neighbourhood of Chengdu. Wuhou Temple was built in the Western Jin period (265–316) in the honor of Zhuge Liang, the famous military and political strategist who was Prime Minister of the Shu Han State during the Three Kingdoms period (220–280). The temple highlights the Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and the Hall of Liu Bei (founder of the Shu Han state), along with statues of other historical figures of Shu Han, as well as cultural relics like stone inscriptions and tablets. The Hui Mausoleum of Liu Bei represents a unique pattern of enshrining both the emperor and his subjects in the same temple, a rarity in China.

    Jinli Ancient Street is nearby Wuhou Temple. It is a popular commercial and dining area resembling the style of traditional architecture of western Sichuan. "Jinli" is the name of an old street in Chengdu dating from the Han dynasty and means "making perfection more perfect". The ancient Jinli Street was one of the oldest and the most commercialized streets in the history of the Shu state and was well known throughout the country during the Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms periods. Many aspects of the urban life of Chengdu are present in the current-day Jinli area: teahouses, restaurants, bars, theatres, handicraft stores, local snack vendors, and specialty shops.

    Sichuan Museum
    Wuhou Temple
    Jinli Old Street
  • Day4 Chengdu

    Transfer via: flight – your arrangement

    Activities for today: Wenshu Temple, Dufu Thatched Cottage, airport transfer

    This morning, your Chengdu city hisorty and culture tour focuses on Wenshu Temple and Dufu Thatched Cottage. Wenshu Temple is the best preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. Initially built during the Tang dynasty (618 - 907), it has a history dating back 1,300 years. Parts of Xuanzang's skull are held in consecration here.

    Du Fu was one of the most noted Tang dynasty poets, so much so that he is their equivalent to Shakespeare. During the An Lushan-Shi Siming Rebellion, he left Chang'an (today Xi'an) to take refuge in Chengdu. With the help from his friends, the thatched cottage was built along the Huanhua Stream in the west suburbs of Chengdu, where Du Fu spent four years of his life and produced more than 240 now-famous poems. During the Song dynasty, people started to construct gardens and halls on the site of his thatched cottage to honor his life and memory. Currently, a series of memorial buildings representing Du Fu's humble life stand on the river bank, along with a large collection of relics and various editions of his poems.

    After sightseeing, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Chengdu Wenshu Templ
    Wenshu Templ Chengdu
    Wuhou Temple Chengdu

Price Details

---- Price Includes

Private Transfers:
Between airports / railway station, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the cities specified in the itinerary by the private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
Entrance fees:
All entrance fees to scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of LocalChengduTours. ZTG will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
All meals as specified in the itinerary. “B” stands for western breakfast “L” for Chinese Lunch in local Chinese restaurant. “D” for Chinese dinner in local Chinese restaurant. The quotation is basic on the above normal meals. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
Normal sightseeing activities as outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
Accommodation (if include Yangtze Cruiser):
Service based on two adults sharing on one standard twin/double-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate. A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar class one.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
All the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax/ or train ticket(s) as specified in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Government Taxes
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

---- Price Excludes

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets, unless other wise noted.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...
Any meals which are not specified in the itinerary with “B”, “L” or “D”.
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of LocalChengduTours and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.