Greet your guide at your Chengdu hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the short journey to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. On arrival, embark on a tour of the research facility and witness giant pandas in every stage of development; gain insight into their physiology and behaviors from the expert staff members who care for them and capture photographs of the majestic creatures as they nibble bamboo.
After three hours touring the facility, return to the minivan and venture to the Zhaojue Temple to discover the fascinating history of the 7th-century monastery. Absorb the architectural splendor of tranquil waterways, dramatic pavilions and interminable grounds then revitalize with a fulfilling vegetarian lunch.
Sated, travel to People’s Park to see locals going about their daily business before witnessing the cultural idiosyncrasy of Match Corner, an enclave in which parents attempt to match their children with other eligible infants.
Next, wander the winding lanes of the Kuan-Zhai area and listen to tales of the area’s rich heritage. Stroll down the picturesque pedestrian area to see Qing-style quadrangle houses and sample a local delicacy from an enticing food stall in the neighborhood. Relax during the journey back to your hotel after your enriching private excursion.