No visit to Chengdu is complete without a stop at the Chengdu Panda Base, officially known as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
You can take a guided or audio tour, explore the research centre, capture the world-famous pandas at play, and learn about the efforts to save their dwindling population.
Finally, if you want to be among the people of Chengdu, rise early and join the tai chi troops, clutches of chessplaying old men, and martial artists who congregate in the city’s Wangjianglou Park, also known as the Bamboo Park.
Located on the south bank of the Jinjiang River, the park is home to the iconic Chongli Pavilion, and a lush bamboo forest. Alternatively, you’ll find the the city’s youth at the chic coffee shops, bars and galleries of the restored Kuanxiangzi and Zhaixiangzi alleys in Shao Town.