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Enjoy a long weekend away with a difference; in the city of Chengdu home of the captivating Giant Panda. Spending three nights in China’s most charming city, use this exciting weekend to delve into the culture of fiery Sichuan province. You’ll visit the iconic bears at the famous Panda Conservation Centre, experience a Bian Lian Face Changing Opera, marvel at the Leshan Grand Buddha and dine on traditional local food.
Our Ultimate Panda Weekend itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Your weekend begins with an overnight flight to Chengdu. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel where you can settle in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Travel south of Chengdu to visit the magnificent Grand Buddha of Leshan, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Hewn right out of the cliff face, this 71-metre tall Buddha is best viewed from the river it watches over, though you will also view him from by his head and by his feet. Returning to Chengdu take some time to stroll the Wide and Narrow Alleys, Chengdu’s vibrant entertainment and cultural district. (B,L)
This morning it’s time to meet Chengdu’s most famous residents, the beautiful giant pandas. Heading to the famous Panda Base, a centre at the forefront of the panda conservation fight, spend some time observing the bears in their spacious enclosures eating bamboo, playing or lazing about. You can also see another native species, the red panda, and learn more about the conservation work at the informative museum. This afternoon, wander down atmospheric Jinli Street and spend some time admiring the intricate artistry at the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. The weekend’s excitement continues this evening with a traditional Sichuan meal, renowned for its bold flavours – Chengdu was in fact declared a UNESCO city of gastronomy in 2011 for its delicious food - and a performance of the incredible Bian Lian Face Changing Opera, a traditional form of Sichuan Opera. (B,L,D)
This wonderful weekend ends with any time before your flight as time to relax. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.(B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.
Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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