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China - Chengdu - Bucket List Trip - Meeting the Pandas

China - Chengdu - Bucket List Trip - Meeting the Pandas

Chengdu, China

From: R 8,440.00
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  • Prices

    From: R 8,440.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #9298
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    4 Days
  • Valid From

    15th of June 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    3rd of December 2018 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Breeding of Giant Pandas 
The Base was created on behalf of six sick and hungry giant pandas that were rescued in the 1980s. It has never captured any wild giant pandas, but has bred 172 fetuses and 261 giant pandas, and the number of existing giant pandas has hit 176 (as of Jan.25, 2017) due to technological innovation. These captive giant pandas are the largest artificial breeding population in the world, who are of exceptional genetic quality and positive individual and behavioral health conditions. 

What to expect:

  • Close contact with Giant Panda in its hometown
  • Walk into local's life & feel the slow life style by visiting People's Park
  • Experience Chengdu tea culture
  • Taste Sichuan Food and hot po
  • Understand ancient Shu culture in Sichuan after visit Jinsha Ruins Museum
About the Holiday

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival Chengdu
Arriving in Chengdu, you will be greeted by the local guide at the airport or railway station. You take the private vehicle to the reserved hotel. With the assistance of the guide, check in the hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Meals: No meal
  • Accommodation: In Chengdu


Day 2 Chengdu
In the early morning, pick up from your hotel and transfer to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is about 10 km from Chengdu downtown. This beautifully laid out park is the home of about
80 giant pandas and some other rare animals, such as red panda, black-necked crane, white crane, etc.
Walking along the excellently designed walkways, you could have a good angle through the open enclosures of giant pandas.
The best time to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the morning when the pandas are most active in the day. Depart from hotel early in the morning, and arrive at the center before 09:00 am, then you could have chance to see the pandas feeding at around 09:30 am.
After the feeding time, you could choose to visit Panda Museum and watch a 20-minute video at Panda Theatre to learn about the research and breeding of the giant pandas. Then walk along the walkways to watch pandas or other rare animals. Besides, you could also choose to deliver a postcard or other panda souvenir from the Panda Post to yourself or your family and friends. The Panda Post is the only post office who has its own post code 610088 and post date mark.
Have a Chinese lunch with traditional Hotpot at local restaurant. Then visit Jinsha Ruins Museum, which is the museum established in the Jinsha ruins site, and is also a museum to show categories of ancient Shu culture in Sichuan area during Shang and Zhou dynasty.
At night you can enjoy a traditional opera show as an optional activity at night (show time: 20:00-21:30). Sichuan Opera is characterized by unique solos, refined performance, percussion instrument and talented comedians. In this performance, you can see various unique skills such as the Facing Changing Show which enjoys an international fame for decades, the Hands Shadow Show which only performed by hands rather than actors. Drop off at your hotel in the downtown of Chengdu.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Chengdu

Day 3 Chengdu
Leisure breakfast in your hotel, we will start today's trip with a hotel pick-up. A trip to visit Sichuan Cuisine Museum is arranged this morning. At the Museum, you will not only realize the history of Sichuan Cuisine, but also have chance to watch the whole procedure of cooking and practice cooking Sichuan food.
You will have a leisure afternoon in Chengdu downtown. We will bring to Chengdu People’s Park, where you will find many locals dancing, doing exercise, playing card, playing Mahjong, ear-picking, marriage seeking, etc. in the park. They enjoy the leisure time in the park. If you are interested in, you could try to join in them.
We will take a seat in a tea house, having a cup of tea to feel the local’s leisure life.
After that we will show your way to walk around the famous Kuan Zhai Alley which consists of several ancient streets of Ming and Qing Dynasty. We will have a stop at a Chinese style Starbucks where you could have a cup of coffee to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: In Chengdu

Day 4 Departure Chengdu
Free at leisure before transfer to airport to catch the flight home or next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Private transfer between airport(railway station), hotel and attractions
  • English speaking guide service
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (based on 3 star accommodation)
  • Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals as itinerary specifies
Excludes
  • International and domestic airfare or train fare
  • Visa fee
  • Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours, meals, activities and services
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Chengdu
Chengdu is in southwest China and is the capital of Sichuan province.

In the early 4th century BC, the 9th Kaiming king of the ancient Shu moved his capital to the city's current location. The Second World War brought an unexpected wave of prosperity to Chengdu as the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist) government under Chiang Kai-shek fled to Sichuan Province to escape the invading Japanese forces. They brought with them businesspeople, workers and academics, who founded many of the industries and cultural institutions which continue to make Chengdu an important center. In 1944 the American XX Bomber Command launched Operation Matterhorn, an ambitious plan to base B-29 Superfortresses at Chengdu. Because it required a massive airlift of fuel and supplies over the Himalayas, it was not a great military success, but it did earn Chengdu the distinction of launching the first serious retaliation against the Japanese homeland.

Chengdu is situated at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin. It is therefore sheltered from winds from Siberia in winter by the Qing Ling Mountains. The climate is mild and humid. The short winter is milder than in the Lower Yangtze because of the sheltering effect of the Qing Ling. Snow is rare but there are a few periods of frost each winter. The summer is longer, but not as hot as in Wuhan and Nanjing which are in the Lower Yangtse downstream.

People from Chengdu tend to eat spicy food. Many local specialties include Grandma Chen's Bean Curd (Mapo doufu), Chengdu Hot pot, and Carrying Pole Noodles (Dan Dan Noodles). Chengdu outnumbers Shanghai in the number of tea houses and bars despite having less than half the population.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 14 June 2018.

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