See the Best of Chengdu, Sichuan
This short leisure excursion is designed as an Add-on Trip before or after completing one of our main trips to Tibet. However, this can also be a trip of its own for those interested in exploring In & Around Chengdu. We have included some of our favorites places in the itinerary.
Highlights include Tenfu Tea Farm for tea lovers; Leshan and Emei Shan, two UNESCO-listed sacred Buddhist sites; Tibetan Quarter for a little Tibet experience; Sichuan Opera and Jinli, two unbeatable Chinese cultural experiences; and Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery) for a short pilgrimage and the best vegetarian food. If these experiences overwhelm you, treating yourself at one of our favorites spas will “wow” your excursion In & Around Chengdu with Conscious Journeys.
This short leisure excursion is designed as an Add-on Trip before or after completing one of our main trips to Tibet. However, this can also be a trip of its own for those interested in exploring In & Around Chengdu. We have included some of our favorites places in the itinerary. If you have already visited a site that we offer in our In & Around Chengdu trip, such as Panda Center or Tibetan Quarter, we will be happy to offer an alternative site such as a museum, a park, or an ancient Chinese town.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan and is famed for its Sichuanese cuisine, especially the hot pot. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to taste the local flavors of Sichuan. Chengdu is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where you can view the endangered giant pandas in their natural habitat. Jinli is the perfect food-discovering site. This 500-meter-length street provides you sweet & sour foods to taste and showcases ancient SIchuan culture. There is a large Tibetan population with a Tibetan Quarter, which is very much a “little Tibet” on its own. These are major highlights for anyone touring China and are not to be missed!
Tenfu Tea Farm in Pujiang, Chengdu, was established in 1993 and specializes in tea and tea food production. Leshan: The Grand Buddha is the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. It was initiated by a monk named Hai Tong in 713 and completed in 803. The Giant Buddha lies at the confluence of three rivers to control natural disasters for the passing ships. In 1996 this area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mt. Emei is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. Martial art was practiced at Emeishan back in the 16th & 17th centuries. Hiking is the most ideal thing for an unforgettable experience, but cable cars and minibuses are available. In 1996 this area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After we come back to Chengdu City and rest, you will enjoy a Chinese opera as part of the evening entertainment. Sichuan Opera is a type of Chinese Opera that originated in Sichuan around 1700. Face changing art is the highlight of Sichuan Opera and attracts the attention of thousands of people. In ancient times, people painted their face to drive away wild animals. In modern times, people crystallized it into a perfect art that showcases China’s culture.
Wenshu is known as a well-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. Wenshu Monastery houses hundreds of Buddha statues and relics of different kinds. Wenshu is the Chinese word for the future Buddha, Manjushri. This site also attracts many visitors for sightseeing, tea, food, and a local market. As an option, you have an opportunity to cook a Tibetan dinner (learn how to make momos) with local Tibetans, or you may simply enjoy the evening at one of our favorite restaurants.