Home to the once endangered giant pandas, no trip to Chengdu is complete without visiting these iconic animals and snapping up a few souvenirs along the way. Make your way to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding located on the northeast side of Chengdu for an endearing sight of giant pandas as well as other rare species such as red pandas and free-roaming peacocks. Do not let the name throw you off for the attraction is a tourist-friendly destination crowded with families trying to catch a glimpse of the adored bears. Aside from being entertained by the sight of panda cubs chewing bamboo shoots, the non-profit research and breeding facility also offers educational activities for visitors to learn more about the breeding of giant pandas.
One of Chengdu’s main historical attractions, the Wuhou Temple was built to commemorate a highly prominent figure of the Three Kingdoms period, Zhuge Liang. Chengdu served as the capital for Liu Bei’s state during the period of Three Kingdoms and the Sichuan province is where the great tales of Three Kingdoms originated from. The attraction showcases an impressive display of artefacts and majestic statues that tell the captivating stories of the Three Kingdoms. Built next to the temple where Liu Bei’s tomb can be found, the Wuhou Temple features stunningly beautiful cypress gardens, ponds and red walls reminiscent of the olden days.
Make sure to end your day on a high note by catching the Sichuan opera performed by the Tour De Force of Face Changing at the opera theatre located at Jinjiang district. Travellers will be treated to an unforgettable performance showcasing fire-breathing masters and of course impeccable face changing skills that will leave your jaws wide open from being in awe most of the night.
ABOVE Stunning cypress gardens and red walls characterize the Wuhou Temple
LEFT A must-catch performance showcasing fire-breathing and facechanging masters