Private Tour: Chengdu Sightseeing With Panda Breeding Center Visit

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Departs from your city hotel or residence in Chengdu city
    Return point: Returns to original departure point
  • 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 private city sightseeing tour of Chengdu takes you to all the highlights: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Zhaojue temple, Peoples Park (South Gate) and Old Town. Spend several hours watching adorable pandas before your guide takes you by private vehicle to the famous Zen Buddhist monastery for lunch. Then relax at a teahouse in the park, followed by a stroll down Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Your full-day tour includes an optional upgrade to see the Sichuan opera!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Dinner included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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Meet your guide at your hotel in the early morning and travel by private vehicle to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, about a 40-minute drive away. Walk around the non-profit research and breeding facility to observe giant pandas in all stages of development. Youll appreciate enclosures that simulate their natural environment and meet the expert staff who care for them. Be sure to take some photos of these endangered species as well as red pandas eating bamboo, sleeping and playing.

Spend approximately 3 hours on a guided tour with Chinas most beloved creatures before a 30-minute drive to Zhaojue temple, en route to downtown Chengdu. This 7th-century Zen monastery, considered a model for many Asian Buddhist temples, was reconstructed during the early Qing Dynasty.

Take in the beauty of the tranquil waterways, groves and pavilions as you stroll amid the extensive grounds. After a vegetarian lunch at Zhaojue temple, drive to Peoples Park, the most popular park in Sichuans capital city. Here, youll find locals who gather to play chess or music, row boats on the lake or dance together.

Visit the Match Corner, where older parents meet and post their unmarried childrens resumes in the hopes of making a match with a future son- or daughter-in-law. If youd like, you can also try an ear cleaning and massage (own expense) before relaxing at one of the many teahouses located in the park.

Afterward, walk across the street to visit downtown Chengdu, including the Kuan-Zhai Lane area. Although the name literally translates to 'Wide-Narrow' Lane, both Kuan and Zhai lanes exist as narrow alleyways. Along with a third lane, Jing, these three parallel alleyways are recognized as one of Chengdus three historic conservation districts.

Stroll down the visually pleasing pedestrian thoroughfare for a glimpse of Qing-style quadrangle homes nestled between fashionable cafs, nightclubs and clothing boutiques. Before your guide delivers you back to your hotel by private vehicle, stop by local street vendors for a snack dinner and sample what local specialties are available around Kuan-Zhai Lane!


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Lunch and snack dinner

Tea service

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


Food and drinks, unless specified


Massage and grooming services

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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  • 18-Jun-2018

    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Chengdu and visiting the Panda Breeding Center. Our guide was helpful, kind, and patient with my two small children. I would highly recommend this tour to other families traveling to the Sichuan province.

  • 01-Apr-2018

    It was our first trip to Chengdu and we joined this day tour on the 2nd day.
    Our tour guide Martin Zhu is great! He is professional in his field and caring
    in his personality. My husband and I are blessed to have him for the trip.
    We will definitely recommend him to any tourist who wishes to visit Chengdu.
    Thank you Martin for the good time we had spent! :

  • 29-Mar-2018

    Excellent tour! Our guide Martin was great! Professional, easy to communicate with, and very knowledgeable. If you want to see the sights (Wide and Narrow Alley, Peoples Park) and see Pandas this is the tour for you! Request Martin you won’t be disappointed.

  • 26-Mar-2018

    Jenny was terrific! My favorite day of my whole trip!

  • 11-Nov-2017

    Our guide, Rudy, was excellent and had actually worked at the panda reserve for 7 years so he knew exactly where to take us. Saw lots of pandas, both regular and red.
    The city tour was great and I would recommend the ear cleaning. Had a delicious vegetarian lunch at the Buddhist temple. Had plenty of time for shopping. Rudy explained everthing.

  • 10-Oct-2017

    Nice centre, Panda's well looked after.

  • 15-Jun-2017

    Our family of four had a wonderful tour with Martin!! Highly recommend him!!! We were picked up promptly at our hotel and taken to our first stop at the Panda Breeding Center. The pandas were very cute and a favorite for our family. After a couple hours there we then spent the rest of the day enjoying the Temple, People's Park, and Kuan-Zhai Lane. We enjoyed lunch at the Buddhist monastery and enjoyable cups of tea later in the day. Martin was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. And since we are vegetarians he was able to help us select some delicious dishes for lunch. We wish we had booked another tour in Chengdu to be able to request him as our guide again. Overall the tour was just over 9 hours, a perfect day!!

  • 12-Jun-2017

    Just a fabulous day in and around Chengdu. Our guide, Mars, and the driving arrived on time at 7:30 and we were at the Panda reserve by 8. You need to be there by then or skip the whole deal - it gets crazy crowded. Mars knew her way around the complex and it saved a lot of aimless wandering looking for Pandas. We saw loads of the bears in every conceivable circumstance - eating, playing, sleeping. The babies are wondrous. Off to the largest Shrine in Chengfu and then Wide and Narrow Alleys and finally People's Park including a stop for tea.

    Overall this was an excellent and in our opinion, the ONLY way to see the Pandas and then city. A busload of 50 would have only made the day slower, less flexible and more crowded. The mini-van was clean and our driver Oh did a great job getting us around.

    I don't give 5-stars to anything but Samtours and Mars were just that perfect

  • 04-Jan-2017

    Jeni was a great guide. She and our driver were also very kind to let us change our itinerary around at the last moment, so we could also get to the panda preserve where we got our pictures taken with the pandas. Also great food tips. Wish we had more time to spend in Chengdu.

  • 27-Nov-2016

    Our trip to Chengdu was amaaaaazzzziiingg!!! From the pick up with Martin at our hotel, to the Panda Research Base- early enough to catch some fun antics, to the Wide and Narrow Alleys and the Marriage Market at the People's Park- It was ALL Awesome! Well timed plans, a knowledgeable guide, and fun ensued! The best tour I've taken. We highly recommend Samtour and Martin!

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