Today will be a full day of touring within the city of Chengdu. After breakfast, we’ll get started with a visit to Chengdu's premier attraction, the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.. The Panda Breeding Research Center has been created and imitated the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It cares also for other rare and endangered wild animals with an area of 560 mus (92 acres), 96% of which is verdure. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there throughout the year. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.
Following our time at the Panda base and a Chinese lunch, we'll next drive over to the wide and narrow alleys (Kuai Zhai Xiangzi), which are two ancient streets constructed in the architectural styles of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.They represent a condensed history of Chengdu, combining both history and modern changes.
The wide and narrow alleys, along with Daci Monastery and Wenshu Monastery, consist of three famous historical relics in Chengdu. A visit to the alleys, visitors can experience the leisurely and comfortable life in Chengdu with boutique hotels, characteristic local snacks and cuisines, traditional teahouse, distinctive inns and relaxing Spas. The historical and cultural area of the wide and narrow alleys is consists of wide alley, narrow alley, jing (well) alley and quadrangle courtyards.The wide alley was called Xingren Lane during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), and it is the representative of Chengdu folk culture, with the theme is travel and leisure. Featuring boutique hotels, unique restaurants in folk styles, traditional teahouses, taverns and distinctive inns, the alley provides visitors an opportunity to experience the life of old Chengdu. Walking across the south-north passageway of the wide alley, visitors reach the narrow alley which was called Taiping Lane during Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). There are western food, Coffee, retails and themed culture salon in the courtyard and the long alley. Decorated with elegant ambience of fashion in German, Japanese, American, French, Indian styles, the narrow alley really reflects the slow life in Chengdu and is a great place to spend the afternoon.
Following our stroll down the wide and narrow alleys, we'll head to the nearby street of Jinli. Jinli Street is particularly representative of this city. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. And it was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. Jinli Street is particularly representative of Chengdu. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. And it was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim its prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004. Since then, visitors from all over China and abroad gather here to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, and taste some local snacks. In the middle of the street, there is a wooden stage which looks like an ancient pavilion. It is used from time to time for performing classic Sichuan Operas. You can enjoy folk music along with the actor's beautiful, quick costume and make-up changes. The actors' perfect performances will wow you. Open-air movies are also shown in front of the stage.
Following our time in Jinli you’ll then be taken back to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of your night at your own discretion.