- Visit the pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
- Witness the largest Buddha statue in the world in Leshan
- Stroll along Kuan-Zhai Lane to see the well-preserved historic architecture
- Anren Ancient Town and Mount Qingcheng
- Taste the famous Sichuan cuisine vegan style
Day 1: Chengdu Arrival
Transfer to hotel
Day 2: Visit pandas
In the morning we visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center, about 10 kilometers north from central Chengdu. Strolling along the bamboo walkways, we discover the pandas at their most active. Feeding is around 9:30. The nursery is where we get the chance to see some baby pandas, and learn about the breeding and conservation programs.
After lunch we go to Chengdu People's Park to explore the local culture of the area.
Kuan-Zhai Lane (or Wide and Narrow Alley) is next; an ancient street where you can discover the old Chengdu mixed with the more modern. Not to be missed is the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912) style buildings.
Day 3: The Giant Buddha
This morning we drive to Leshan City, which takes about two hours. After a short break and lunch, we will begin our journey to the Giant Buddha, which takes about 10 minutes.
The Giant Buddha was cut from the rock in the Tang Dynasty and took 90 years to complete. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is on Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River meet. The sitting Buddha statue is 71 meters high and the largest in the world. After climbing to view the Giant Buddha, we also go on a cruise to take another look and photos.
Day 4: Anren Ancient Town
Anren Ancient town is 42km from Chengdu. With a history dating back to 620 AD, you will soon feel an antique atmosphere from brick-wood buildings with grey tiles and paved roads. The symmetrical houses, winding corridors, waterside pavilions and rockeries.
Anren Ancient is regarded as a key historic and cultural town. It is also called the Town of Chinese Museums because it enjoys more than 40 old mansions and more than 30 museums, with the distinctive West Sichuan style which has been well preserved. More details...
Day 5: Mount Qingcheng
Today we go to Mount Qingcheng. It's 61km from Chengdu and takes around 2 hours to get there. We take a cable car, round trip to reach the top of Front mountain which is known for it's many temples. Included in a boat triip on Yuecheng Lake. Laojun Pavilion which is located on the highest peak, which is known as Pengzu Peak. We can visit Tianshi Cave, Jianfu palace Shangquing palace. This is a lush green moutain area, great for just walking and admiring the views
Day 6: Chengdu
This is the last day to explore the many options within Chengdu.
Here are just a few: Wuhou Shrine, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Tianfu Square, Wangjiang Pavilion Park, Chengdu Yongling Museum
For full details, including the location of all the vegan restaurants, see our map of Chengdu
Day 7: Farewell
Check out hotel