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Home to China’s dearest icon - the Giant Panda!

Chengdu is home to one of China’s cutest and dearest icons - the Giant Panda! According to the WWF, the giant panda is the most powerful symbol in the world when it comes to species conservation and its success story proves that conservation works!

The Sichuan province houses 80% of the world’s population of this extremely rare and threatened member of the bear family.

Chengdu is the largest city in Western China and is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its incredible history goes back over 4,000 years and the world’s first printed bank notes came from the city’s presses.

Highlight experiences include:

  • Visit to a traditional tea house where you may be offered an ear-cleaning, a common local custom
  • Sichuanese opera show which highlights the art of rapid face-changing
  • Sichuan hot-pot, full of spicy red chillies and mouth-tingling peppercorn- a must for the gastronomes! Chengdu is Asia’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy
  • Exploring the old quarter filled with traditional mansions, fascinating shops and interesting temples, especially in the Wide Lanes Narrow Lanes enclave
  • Jinsha Museum and Sanxingdui Museum featuring most fascinating archaeological discoveries in recent times
  • Hiking along the ancient pilgrimage routes in the sacred Qing Cheng Mountains, an important centre of Taoism in China
  • Dujiangyan Irrigation System- the oldest and largest irrigation system in the world built in 256 BC


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- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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