One-Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Base And Cooking Class

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Your Chengdu hotel
  • Return Details :
    Your Chengdu hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This Panda Base and Cooking Class Day tour is designed for those who love Pandas and also interested in Chinese cooking during your short stay in Chengdu. Visiting adorable Chinese national treasure, giant pandas, and tasting local Sichuan cuisine are must-dos in Chengdu. Chinese food is appreciated by people all around the world. It is well known for its exotic taste and variety. Sichuan cuisine is ranked among the top four most famous cuisines in China. Mom's kitchen aims to show you the unique culinary art of Sichuan cuisine. Not only you will see but also learn to cook an authentic homemade style Sichuan dinner with Mrs. He, mother of AbsolutePandas founder and a master chef with secret family recipes. You will enjoy those dishes you prepared at the end of the day.


  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Snacks and Beverages included

Know More about this tour

In pandas' hometown, you are definitely visiting them first! In the morning, your guide will pick you up around 7:30AM at your hotel lobby to visit Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Base, a non-profit facility, for giant pandas and other rare animals as Pandas are more active in the morning hours. On a guided tour, your will explore different sections of the center for an overview of pandas' development from a tiny baby to a fully grown giant panda. Visit the baby garden, where you can see giant panda cubs weighing only about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) at birth but by the third month, they are able to walk on their own feet.

You will enjoy lunch and be introduced to authentic Chinese cuisine in a restaurant where locals frequent. In the Afternoon, the cooking class begin with a guided market visit to gain better understandings about ingredients such as vegetables and meats you will be using for cooking. Then you will receive a lecture on the history of Sichuan Cuisine and the governing principles in cooking Sichuan food. Next, you will spend some time learning knife skills to cut vegetables and meats for prepping. Then you will cook a few popular dishes of your choice before the class begins. After you have fixed all the dishes, enjoy your own cooking. The length of the cooking class will be a half-day sampling experience.

Travel Highlights: 1. Visit Chengdu Panda Base - the base with most giant pandas in China 2. Visit local market with a local guide and learn about basic ingredients for Chinese cuisine 3. Make most popular Sichuan dishes guided by a local chef 4. Learn the culture of Chinese cuisine and more stories behind them

What will you learn?
1. Cooking skills, such as cutting and preparing your pantry
2. Traditional Sichuan dishes
3. Chengdu comfort food, such as Dandan Noodle
4. Dumpling making
5. Sichuan pastries
6. Sichuan pickles
7. Home-made rice wine
8. Sichuan hotpot
9. Traditional Sichuan soups
10. Chinese medicinal cuisine
11. Traditional Tibetan flavor, such as yak butter tea

Your menu could cater to your liking based on the list above. You could choose the dishes you love the most and your chef will help you prepare your meal!

How do you learn?
Step 1. Visit to the local wet market with your chef to gain better understandings of basic ingredients
Step 2. Lecture of Sichuan cuisine history and Chinese food culture
Step 3. Prepare the pantry and practice cutting skill
Step 4. Start cooking
Step 5. Enjoy the dishes you have made

You will be transferred back to your hotel after the meal.


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Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

All children must be accompanied by an adult

A minimum of 3 people per booking is required

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Sep-2018

    I can't recommend this highly enough for both components of the tour. Philip is an enthusiastic, charming and above-all, highly knowledgeable guide - not just about pandas and food, he's a dedicated birder too, and identified all the different birds we saw at the panda base. Be prepared for an early start, but it's worth it to beat the crowds and catch the pandas before they go to sleep after breakfast!
    The cooking class was both a surprise and a delight, as it is not a daunting cookery school or restaurant 'experience' but a chance to understand and join in real Sichuan home-cooking with the most charming possible of teachers. Take this tour! You won't regret it!