Escape! Malaysia - - Sichuan -

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

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