4 Days | 3 Nights Sichuan: Giant pandas and Sichuanese cuisine

Sichuan is one of the largest provinces in China. Its capital Chengdu is famed as home of the cute giant pandas, and is also UNESCO City of Gastronomy in recognition of its outstanding cuisine available in high-end hotels as well at street hawkers stalls.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The 4 days/3 nights programme from Asian Trails China is both an entertaining and educational outing for all members of the family. Visit the Panda Reserve Base to observe these endangered animals at feeding time and at play, and learn ways taken to conserve them. Explore Chengdu with its monasteries, parks, tea houses and other attractions.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Sichuan – Family style

Day 1

 ARRIVAL CHENGDU – CHENGDU                                                                           [-/-/-]

Families will be warmly welcomed upon their arrival at Chengdu’s International Airport by our representative before guided to their air-conditioned vehicle. The comfortable ride from the airport to the city includes visiting some of Chengdu’s local landmarks before checking in at your booked hotel (depending on your arrival time).

The central park of Chengdu is beautifully landscaped with plenty of eye-catching activity and a few secluded areas of respite. While the lakes, rockeries, dense shrubs and stone bridges create a picturesque scene, probably the best part of People’s Park is the people. Playing cards or checkers, dancing, singing, playing music, imbibing at the teahouse or rowing on the lake, this park provides a perfect point for people watching.

The art of drinking and serving tea plays a major cultural role in China. It inspires poetry and songs, discussions and laughs. Mutual love of tea cements lifelong friendships. For centuries, the ritual of preparing and serving tea has held a special place in the hearts and minds of Chinese aristocracy, court officials, intellectuals and poets. Today, tea houses form the meeting point where all layers of society convene and sip some of Chinese finest examples. A visit to a tea house is stepping into one of China’s cultural foundations

No lunch included during this day

The day ends with a transfer from Chengdu to your booked accommodation. For the younger guests, the hotel has made special arrangements to welcome children of all ages with warm and grace. Alongside a welcome kit, their own kid’s passport, a special check-in counter is reserved where they will be warmly welcomed with a welcome drink and goodies. Wait until they check into their room as more surprises await before the unpacking commences.

No dinner is included on this day, on own arrangement

Overnight in Chengdu

Day 2 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Sichuan – Family style

Day 2

  CHENGDU                                                                                                                          [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

After breakfast, you English speaking guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, ready to show you and your family around Chengdu. Lots of new impressions will pass the revue today, tailored to please all members of the family. We start the day with visiting Jinli Ancient Street, also known as Snack Street. Only 350 meters long, Jinli Street is a stage for life in Chengdu. You can taste the flavour of old Chengdu by seeing the age-old street, official and folk residences, teahouses, inns, wine bars, stages and handiwork; you can get a taste of authentic Chengdu flavour by trying local snacks and specialties. Expect to be fully enthralled by the glamour of the folk customs in Sichuan Province.

The Wenshu Temple is a great place to feel part of the Chengdu community. Situated nearby Jinli Ancient Street, the Buddhist temple is one of the city’s finest examples of 18th century architecture for spiritual purposes. During the day, there is always a local, relaxing buzz going around the temple’s tea garden which emanates the sounds and rhythms of this fast developing city.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

A busy morning with lots of impressions deserves a moment of relaxation, and we’ve just found the perfect spot to do so. Chengdu Taikooli is a mixed-used development project in the heart of the city where shopping, residences and open-air public areas. The award-winning complex has many interesting buildings, each depicting the typical architectural style of modern and ancient China. From here, you will head back to your accommodation for a culinary experience, specially designed for children.

Food plays an important role in Chengdu and not taking up a cooking activity that suits the children as well as the parents is leaving out one of the more fun-filled activities in Chengdu. A hands-on cooking adventure – better call it a cooking party – welcomes young aspiring chefs to blend, mix and taste their own creations under the watchful eye of professionals inside your booked accommodation in Chengdu. A better ending of an eventful day cannot be found. At the end of this cooking festival, a new crew of promising master chefs is ready to try out their new skills upon your return back home.

No dinner included, on own arrangement

Overnight in Chengdu

Day 3 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Sichuan – Family style

Day 3

CHENGDU – PANDA RESEARCH CENTRE                                                          [B/-/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

Seen as one of the cuddliest animals in the world, pandas have become a symbol of worldwide recognition that our planet and its wildlife are under a constant threat. The Chengdu Panda Research Base is recognized worldwide as a leading research centre for these black and white Chinese native. Founded in 1987, with six giant pandas rescued from the wild, the Panda Research Base provides an unique program and experience for its visitors so that they leave focused on giant panda and wildlife conservation. A guided tour along panda cubs, seeing them playfully interact with each other and learn about the measures taken to preserve the panda population are taken up in this morning excursion

No lunch is included, on own arrangement

It is time to leave the Panda Research Centre and head back to your Chengdu hotel to relax. From using the facilities of the hotel to further explore the city centre, the choice is all yours and for your family. Your guide can point out some unique and other family-friendly activities and sites when more exploratory travel is on your agenda.

No dinner included, on own arrangement

Overnight in Chengdu

Day 4 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Sichuan – Family style

Day 4

CHENGDU – DEPARTURE                                                                                           [B/-/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from your Chengdu hotel to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this family adventure package. Following the hotel’s check-out times and conditions, our guide and driver will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to Chengdu International Airport or to the Chengdu train station.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • The road up and down Doi Angkhang is not suitable for large coaches; for group travel, note that the group needs to be split up into mini-vans. We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation.
  • For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you. Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is recommendable to bring a jacket / sweater with you as temperatures on Doi Angkhang are often much cooler than around Chiang Mai.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

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