Where to Visit in China: Complete Guide
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Chengdu is famed for its spicy cuisine, bustling teahouses, atmospheric temples and adorable pandas.
Sichuan's capital is a city known for its spicy cuisine, bustling teahouses and, of course, its pandas. Founded over 2,000 years ago, it may be the only major city in China to have remained in the same location and still bear the same name.
One of the highlights of Chengdu is the People's Park, where you can get a glimpse into everyday life as locals gather to sing, take exercise, relax and share a drink at one of the bustling teahouses. The atmospheric Wenshu Monastery houses a large collection of important cultural relics and is a fine example of Qing era architecture, whilst Jinli Street offers an abundance of shopping opportunities.
Of course, for most the main reason to visit Chengdu is to see the the famous Panda Research & Breeding Centre; the best place to see giant pandas and their adorable cubs at close quarters. A short drive south of Chengdu leads to the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved stone Buddha in the world, and the ancient town of Huanlongxi.
Browse our selection of holidays below to find inspiration for your ideal Chengdu itinerary.
19 Nights from £3,982€3,679$4,575
Be inspired by stories of epic Imperial wonders and Shanghai's forest of towers on a tour full of cultural insights and magnificent landscapes
16 Nights from £3,784€3,452$4,298
Delve into China's Imperial past and hike the Great Wall away from the crowds. Discover Hong Kong beyond the skyscrapers and stand in awe at the iconic Terracotta Army
15 Nights from £3,992€3,691$4,589
Cruise through the Three Gorges landscape in 5* style, experience China's Imperial age wonders and go beyond the skyscrapers to uncover the real Shanghai
22 Nights from £5,271€5,162$6,380
Palaces of the Dalai Lama and Chinese emperors, baby pandas, the Terracotta Army and Hong Kong beyond the skyscrapers
16 Nights from £4,343€4,094$5,080
Buddhist monk debates, prayer flags fluttering below Himalayan peaks and the Dalai Lama's palaces on the Roof of the World
16 Nights from £4,668€4,469$5,536
Enjoy Yunnan's stunning landscapes and cultural experiences as you go behind the scenes on the old Tea Horse Road
15 Nights from £3,442€3,058$3,819
China by Bullet Train, with no internal flights. Enjoy Imperial wonders, classic gardens, ancient canals and spectacular mountains
10 Nights from £2,228€1,662$2,119
Explore Imperial palaces, hike the Great Wall of China and enjoy Hong Kong's exotic beaches and local markets
16 Nights from £3,167€2,742$3,434
Travelling to China with kids? We've an unforgettable China family adventure - the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Pandas & Hong Kong!
Join the locals as they gather in the People's Park to play cards and drink in lively teahouses.
Admire the statues, paintings and Qing architecture of this atmospheric Zen Buddha temple in the heart of the city.
Get up close to adorable Giant Pandas and their young cubs at this specialist research base, close to Chengdu.
A marvel of ancient Chinese engineering and still the lifeblood of farmland and cities in the province.
A multi-award winning luxury hotel, located in the heart of Chengdu, on the site of a former imperial palace.
The Sofitel is described as "a meeting of Chinese modernity and Sichuan tradition, mingled with French passion", creating a l…
This character hotel offers a peaceful and spiritual retreat in the heart of the bustling metropolis, designed in true Buddha…