Explore southwest Sichuan, home to sacred peaks, spicy peppers and China’s natural treasure: the giant panda. You’ll view these unique creatures in a natural setting, savor a spicy hotpotfeast, discover Sichuan opera, and marvel in the presence of the world’s largest stone Buddha.
Travel into the heart of the southwestern province of Sichuan, home of the panda and the pepper. Despite being the fourth largest city in China, Chengdu remains a calm metropolis with a relaxing teahouse culture. The slower pace of life in Sichuan makes it the perfect place for the laidback giant panda to prosper. On this trip, you’ll not only get the chance to view China’s cuddly icon at a panda base, you’ll also get the chance to sample Sichuan’s famous numbing peppercorns, experience Taoist spirituality, witness the Sichuanese operatic art of face-changing, and stand in the presence of the world’s largest stone Buddha.
Brief Itinerary Day 1: Wander through the bustling “broad and narrow” alleys, a refurbished historical area. Marvel at the rapid skill of “Face-Changing” at a Sichuan Opera show. Day 2: Visit Qingyang Temple, considered to be the birthplace of Taoism’s founder Lao Tzu. Explore Chengdu People’s Park, where you can catch titbits of everyday life. Visit Jinsha Archeological Museum, home to the relics of an ancient kingdom predating Chinese settlement. Enjoy a Sichuanese dinner, famous for its spiciness and numbing peppercorns. Day 3: Observe China’s iconic, cuddly panda at Chengdu Panda Base. Stand in the presence of the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha on earth which which at 71 meters tall dwarfs all in its presence.
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