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Sanxingdui Ruins and Giant Pandas Private Day Tour from Chengdu
"Your guide will pick you up from hotel and escort to Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center just 10 km (6 miles) north of Chengdu where you can see lovely pandas eating and playing. You will have some great opportunities to take some memorable pictures of pandas here. In addition it is also a pleasant experience to walk through the wide bamboo garden at the center.A typical Chinese lunch will be arranged for you after your visit to the center.After lunch you will proceed to Sanxingdui Ruins a ruined city with a 3000-year old history. Walk down the big hall of the museum with thousands of pieces of invaluable relics such as bronze
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One-Day Private Country Biking and Panda Tour Around Qingcheng Mountain
"Biking Distance: 20km—30km/2-3 hours Our first destination is Dujiangyan city 60km away from Chengdu near where the world famous Dujiangyan Irrigation System was built over 2000 years ago. It still irrigates millions of acres of land around Chengdu Plain which in turn makes it one of the primary food bases in China hence why Sichuan is entitled “The Land of Abundance”. Instead of joining the visitors’ crowd to the irrigation project we will hop on bikes and cycle through the city to a mountain foot from where we will head towards Mt. Qingcheng. While biking from Dujiangyan to Mt. Qingcheng
From $125.00
 
Chengdu Highlights Private Day Tour of The Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha
"This private day tour starts at 8am the tour guide and driver will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel so you may get up early and finish your breakfast before 8am. You will then be driven to visit the Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding which has been created to imitate the panda's natural habitat so that they might have the best possible env drive to Leshan to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha. Here you may take a boat to have a whole view of the Giant Buddha then walk into the park to see it up close (or choose one of these options). The Leshan Giant Buddha is a sitting stone statue of Maitreya the Qingyi River and the Dadu River. Measuring about 233-feet high this Buddha with a serious expression is the largest stone Buddha in the world and whose carving work took about 90 years. Facing the river the Buddha has a symmetrical posture and look which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness.At the end of the tour
From $89.00

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Chengdu Driver/Guide

Favorite thing To anyone wishing to visit Chengdu,

My wife and I visited Chengdu last June 9, 10 & 11, 2006.

We had made internet arrangements for our transportation with an English speaking driver before we left home with a man named “Mickal”.

We were arriving at about 10:00pm on our flight from Hong Kong so there was nothing left for that day but to get to the hotel and try to eat and sleep. With Mickal’s help, this was an enjoyable experience and we were ready for our one chance day to make it to Wolong.

This sounded pretty easy from all the research we had done, but it was certainly not the case. The road is not only difficult on a good day, but it is under serious construction as we write. The driving skills that Mickal exhibited were outstanding! In the face of all the obstacles we encountered, he had us at our destination in excellent time. WOLONG NATURE RESERVE!!!

We enjoyed seeing the area the Pandas really live in. It is outstanding. With that behind us, Mickal suggested we visit the Panda Research & Breeding Center just outside downtown Chengdu. We had only the next morning before our next flight to Xian. We had believed this would be too much like a zoo, but he persuaded us to see it. It is excellent!!!

He also managed to get us to the Wenshu Temple & Monastery and back to the airport for our next flight in record time.

We cannot speak highly enough of the help Mickal provided for us. If you are going this way, and do not have him to help you, you will be losing out. He is an outstanding person.

If anyone wishes to contact us directly about this, please feel free to drop us an e-mail and we will be happy to respond and try to assist you.

Sincerely Yours,

Bob & Sharon Letendre
Boston, Ma USA
rlletendre@verizon.net

P.S. Mickal’s e-mail address is: csm028@yahoo.com.cn
Cell #: 136 7817 7817

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bob1951
Jul 04, 2006

Animals in Panda Research

Favorite thing Other than the big pandas, there are many other animals in the research. This photo shows what are called "Little Panda" or "Lesser Panda" in Chinese characters. We were looking for smaller size pandas initially, but lately realized that these racoon-like animals were probably it.

The official name for this type of animal is "Ailurus fulgen". They are more commonly referred to as the "red pandas."

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eho
Mar 21, 2003

Home of the Cute Panda

Favorite thing Visiting the panda research centre was no doubt the highlight of my entire trip. I read that the pandas are most active early in the morning (before 10:30am). I got there late -- after the feeding time at around 11 am -- but was lucky enough to find the pandas playing with each other.
To go there, I took a bus to the north train station, then changed to the #9 bus and got off at Jiang Jun Bei (the turnoff to the research centre). From there I took a taxi to the centre (it is possible to walk the remaining distance). I was told that bus #302 will get you there (I did see bus stops with that number along the way); however, I could not find where that bus originated.

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eho
Dec 27, 2002
 
 
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