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Chengdu - Leshan - Huanglongxi

Giant Panda

Chengdu, capital of China's western Sichuan province, has become increasingly popular as an entry or exit point to China, giving the visitors the chance to see China's famous giant pandas, endulge in Sichuan's spicy cuisine, and learn about culture and history.

Day 1  Arrive Chengdu. Met on arrival and transfer to the 4-star Yinhe Dynasty Hotel, or similar. Rest of the day free.

Day 2  Full day private excursion to the imposing Giant Buddha at Leshan, one of the world's largest Buddha statues carved from a cliff overlooking the Min River in the 8th century AD, a feat that took 90 years to complete. On the return journey to Chengdu stop at Huanglongxi, a well-preserved old town with cobbled streets, wooden houses and shops giving an authentic taste of history. (B, L)

Day 3  Private excursion to the Panda Research Base on the outskirts of Chengdu dedicated to conserving this endangered species where many pandas are kept in semi-naturalistic surroundings and which runs a successful breeding programme. After lunch, city sightseeing tour to include the traditional Jinli Street and the People's Park bustling with activity. (B, L)

Day 4  Transfer to airport or railway station for your onward journey. (B)