Chengdu's Pandas & Ancient Lanes - 1 day
Updated: 01st March 2017
Get up close and personal with the endangered giant panda; visit Wenshu Monastery to explore the spiritual side of the city; marvel at the ancient architectural structures of Kuan-zhai Lane; and people watch in the spiritual People’s Park where locals go to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Start the day at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center where you can get up close and personal with the rare giant panda – considered to be one of the most endangered species in the world, with fewer than 1500 thought to be remaining in the wild. Dating back to 1993, the centre comprises of a team of researchers and experts dedicated to ensuring the survival of the creatures through breeding, research and education. Spread over 92 acres the centre has been designed to replicate the natural habitat and diet of the species with clumps of bamboo, vibrant flowers, and a stunning hill scene. More than 20 species of rare animals, including lesser pandas, white storks and black-necked cranes, can also be spotted living within the centre's verdant grounds. Visit the Panda nursery for an up close view of the centre’s infant population, or for an extra fee cuddle with one of the giant creatures and snap a photo or two.
Oir next stop is Wenshu Monastery, built under the guidance of Zen Master Ci Du Hai Yue in 1697, during the Qing Dynasty. Well kept and housing a vast collection of Buddhist relics the rarely visited temple is a true gem. Consider stopping for lunch at the quaint teahouse located inside the temple grounds which serves a fine cup of green tea and some of the best vegetarian food in the city.
After our monastery visit you will then head to the Kuan-zhai Lane, literally translated as ‘Wide and Narrow Alleys’. Kuan-zhai is one of the oldest commercial streets in China and a charming reminder of country’s customs and folklore. Also known as China's Lane the protected historical and cultural area features old teahouses and craft shops, where you can try delicious local food or buy handmade clay figurines and Shu embroidery, plus a number of modern shops and restaurants that have now taken residence. End the day with a stroll through the People’s Park, where locals go to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. Bonsai gardens, beautiful lakes, historical monuments and traditional tea houses make up the park, and it is a perfect place to people watch.
Prices & Dates
The 'per person' price is based on 2 persons or more undertaking the day tour together. If you are travelling solo and booking this tour on your own the 'Single supplement' needs to be added to the 'per person' price.Read More