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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
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Plan your Chengdu tour? The Giant Panda is well known all over the world. It is regarded as”living foosil”. As a first-time visitor to Chengdu, you probably won’t want to miss out the chance to see the cute giant pandas.

Location of Chengdu Giant Panda Base

The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located on the mountain of Futoushan in the northern suburbs of Chengdu, about 20km northeast of downtown Chengdu. There is a wide panda ( Xiongmao ) avenue connected with the urban area.

Chengdu Giant Panda Base about 20km northeast of downtown Chengdu ( Goolge)

Address: 1375 Xiongmao Ave, Chenghua District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 610016
Official Phone Number: 86-28-83510033
Official wensite: www.panda.org.cn

ABC of Chengdu Giant Panda Base

The Chengdu Giant Panda Base has the largest number of giant pandas in the world, raising more than 100 giant pandas in total.

Eating bamboo shoots

Chengdu Giant Panda Base is not only a research institution of giant panda breeding, but also an ecological park that simulates the wild habitat of giant pandas.

The Base is also an ecological park that simulates the wild habitat of giant pandas.

Here, you can watch the pandas through fences or glass windows, and if you’re lucky, watch them in the open air. If good luck follows you, you can see the newborn panda in the delivery room.

Villa 1 and Villa 2

Villa 1 and Villa 2 are the habitats of adult pandas, where you can see pandas playing, eating, sleeping and other daily activities.

Villa 1 and Villa 2 are the habitats of adult pandas

Moon & Sun Delivery Rooms

The moon and sun delivery rooms are the places where the giant panda is pregnant and ready for delivery and where the newborn and baby red pandas live. Every day, the newborn pandas will meet at 2 to 4 PM. The baby pandas in the moon or sun delivery room are worth a visit.

The Panda Research Base shows many practical specimens of the Giant Panda, including fossils, dissected anatomical remains, diet specimens, etc. Additionally there is a Giant Panda Museum together with research laboratories and a training center.

The Red Panda Playground

Walk from the panda playground to the red panda playground, basically you will encounter free-roaming red pandas and they are just as cute as giant pandas, and even more lovable.

The cute Red Panda

They walk up and down at your feet, full of enthusiasm, and even stand up as they walk straight towards tourists.

Tickets & Opening Hours

Entrance Fee: CNY 58
Opening Hours: Opening time: 07:30 – 18: 00 throughout the year
Ticket sales and checking time: 07:30 – 17:00 all the year round
Tel: 86-28-83510033

How to get there:

There are several shuttle lines running to and from the panda base:

Wuhou Shrine/Jinli Street (Starting point) — Panda Base (25KM)
Departure time: 8:30 — 15:00 (half an hour)
Return time: 9:30 — 18:00 (all departures are half an hour except 11:30)

Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley (Starting point) — Panda Base (25KM)
Departure time: 8:30 — 14:30 (every hour)
Return time: 9:30 — 17:30 (every hour)

Chengdu Bus/Metro East Station (Departure point) — Panda Base (30KM)
Departure time: 8:30 — 15:00 (every hour)
Return time: 9:30 — 18:00 (every hour)

Panda Base (Origin point) — Sanxingdui Site (43KM)
Departure time: 12:30
Return Time: 15:30 16:00 (Back to Wuhou Temple)

Panda Base-airport: take the bus to Wuhou Temple or Kuanzhai Alley and then transfer to the airport
Panda Base-Dujiangyan: take the bus to Wuhou Temple or Kuanzhai Alley and then transfer to the airport

Hassle-free Chengdu Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Chengdu and Sichuan guided tours:

Chengdu tour
Chengdu Car Rental with Driver
Create My Chengdu Trip
Jiuzhaigou Tour
Sichuan Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu
Best Time to Visit Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
How to visit Wuhou Shrine
How to visit Du Fu Thatched Cottage
How to visit Jinsha Site Museum
How to Visit Tomb of Wangjian
How to Visit Wangjiang Tower Park
How to Visit Qingyang Taoist Temple
How to Visit Jinli Street
How to visit Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley
How to visit Qintai Road, Qintai Street Chengdu
How to visit Shaoling Road Bar Street
How to Visit Jiuyanqiao Bar Street
The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu

Drive from Hanzhong to Ya’an
Ya’an Night View
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China
Night View of Moxi Old Town
Camp No.03 at Hailuogou Glacier
Camp No.04 at Hailuogou Glacier
Night View of Kangding
Drive from Kangding to Xinduqiao
Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
Jiarong Tibetan Blockhouses
Jiarong Tibetan Ancient Watchtowers
Drive from Xinduqiao to Yajiang
Drive from Yajiang to Litang
Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Litang to Batang
Drive from Batang to Mangkang
Drive from Shangri-la to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading
Yading Brings You Inner Peace

Bipenggou is a fairyland in Autumn
When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?
Best Places to Visit Autumn Leaves in Sichuan
Top 10 Places to Visit in Sichuan
Ruoergai Grassland, my first trip to Ruoergai Grassland

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to visit Wuhou Shrine Chengdu (Tips, Photos & Map)

Friday, October 8th, 2021
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Plan your Chengdu tour? If you are interested in Chinese history, or in the Three Kindoms (220 to 280 AD) in particular, you may put Wuhou Shrine on your Chengdu travel bucket list.

The location of Wuhou Shrine in Chengdu ( Google)

ABC of Wuhou Shrine

Wuhou Shrine and Zhuge Liang

Wuhou Shrine Chengdu was first built in memory of Zhuge Liang (181 – 234), the prime minister of Shu ( 221 – 263 ) of the Three Kingdoms ( 220 – 280 AD).

Zhuge Liang was a famous statesman, military strategist. He was also given the title of Marquis Wuxiang in his lifetime. “Wuhou” literally means “Wuxiang Marquis”.

Zhuge Liang’s prose masterpieces include “A Teacher’s Example” and “The Book of Commandments”. Zhuge Liang was a representative of loyal ministers and wise men in Traditional Chinese culture.

Wuhou Shrine and Liu Bei

In Ming Dynasty ( 1368 -1644) Wuhou Shrine incorporated the Liu Bei’s Tomb and Liu Bei Temple. Now In addition, Wuhou Shrine also inludes the Sanyi Temple and 50 statues of the heros in Shu Kingdom.

Liu Bei (161 – 223) founded the Shu Kingdom ( 221 – 263 ) and ascended the throne.

Through unremitting efforts, Liu Bei captured Jingzhou and Yizhou successively after the Battle of Red Cliff and established the state of Shu Han.

However, as Guan Yu was killed by East Wu Kingdom, Liu Bei refused to be dissuaded by his courtiers and insisted on waging a war against Wu. As a result, he was defeated in Yiling. Finally, he died in Baidi City in 223, aged 63, and was posthumous Emperor Zhaolie.

Liu Bei was magnanimous, generous, considerate and indomitable. His behavior of entrusting the whole country to Zhuge Liang before his death was praised by Chen Shou as one of the best practices in ancient and modern times. Liu Bei was the main character in many literary works of later generations. Wu Hou Shrine in Chengdu has the Han Zhao Lie Temple to commemorate him.

Wuhou Shrine and the Three Kingdoms

So today Wuhou Shrine is more than a shine. Instead, it has become a museum, the largest museum in China displaying the relics and introducing the history about the Three Kingdom (220 to 280 AD).

Wuhou Shrine and Jinli Old Street.

Added to Wuhou Shrine Musuem is the famed traditional bazaar street Jinli. Jinli Street abuts Wuhou Shrine to the east. The street was built originally as early as Shu Kingdom and was called “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”.

Today there are also a variety of Sichuan characteristic snacks in the street, a variety of teahouses, cafes, bars, and inns. It is a fun to walk through the street to feel the vibe of the old Chengdu after you go through the “Three Kingdoms” time.

How to Get there & Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee: RM50
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: Take Bus No. 1, 57, 82, 334, 335 and get off at Wuhouci Station or take Bus No. 8, 21 and get off at Wuhouci East Street Station
Address: 231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu City, Sichuan

A Brief Virtual Tour of Wuhou Shrine

The Zhaolie Temple of Han Dynasty

Entering the south gate, you will first see the Zhaolie Temple of Shu Han dedicated to Liu Bei, the founder of Shu Kingdom in the Three Kingdoms (220 to 280 AD).

The Zhaolie Temple of Han Dynasty

Liu Bei Hall

Follow your nose, you will visit the Liu Bei Hall. In the middle of the hall is a statue of Liu Bei, who is tall and seated, the tallest in the whole temple. The statue was three meters high and covered with gold, with nine diadem crown and two hands holding the crown.

The Liu Bei Hall.

Zhuge Hall

Zhuge Hall ( dedicated to Zhuge Liang ) is a very traditional temple building, surrounded by six groups of buildings: hall, east wing, west wing, bell tower, drum tower and Kongming Hall, with a total construction area of 1588 square meters

Zhuge Hall

Zhuge Liang statue in a shrine was made in 1672, the 11th year of the Reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. Zhuge Liang held a feather fan, wore a black scarf and a crane cloak, and looked Confucian and elegant, bearing the style of a famous generation.

Sanyi Temple

Sanyi Temple (The Temple of Righteousness) is a mixed structure, an area of 569 square meters, made according to the description of The Romance of The Three Kingdoms.

Sanyi Temple

The Temple of Righteousness is named after Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, who were sworn brothers in Taoyuan. Temple was built in the Kangxi years of the Qing Dynasty, the original four into five halls, a grand scale. Now only worship hall, main hall, into a quadrangle layout.

Liu Bei’s Tomb

Liu Bei’s Tomb

The Tomb is the Huiling Mausoleum of Emperor Zhaolie Liu Bei of the Shu Han.

The Huiling mausoleum is composed of the Screen, Mountain Gate, Sacred Way and Sleeping Hall, which are arranged in turn on the central axis from south to north.

The Screen ( Zhaobi ) stands in front of the tomb, after the gate, hanging on the “Zhaolie Mausoleum of Shu Han” plaque; then the Sarec Way leading to the Tomb. “Zhaolie Emperor Mausoleum” seven words are carved on the tombstone.

The tomb is surrounded by the gray brick wall with a brick wall lane leading to Zhuge Liang Hall.

Jinli Old Street

As a part of Wuhou Shrine, Jinli Old Street is located to the east of the Shrine. The street was built originally as early as Shu Kingdom and is called “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”.

Jinli Old Street

Listed in “the ten commercial pedestrian streets of the Nation” in 2005, Jinli Old Street combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by a charming old world. The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm.

Hassle-free Chengdu Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Chengdu and Sichuan guided tours:

Chengdu tour
Chengdu Car Rental with Driver
Create My Chengdu Trip
Jiuzhaigou Tour
Sichuan Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu
Best Time to Visit Chengdu
Chengdu Airport
Railway stations in Chengdu
Chengdu Taxi
How to visit Wuhou Shrine
How to visit Du Fu Thatched Cottage
How to visit Jinsha Site Museum
How to Visit Tomb of Wangjian
How to Visit Wangjiang Tower Park
How to Visit Qingyang Taoist Temple
How to Visit Jinli Street
How to visit Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley
How to visit Qintai Road, Qintai Street Chengdu
How to visit Shaoling Road Bar Street
How to Visit Jiuyanqiao Bar Street
The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu

Drive from Hanzhong to Ya’an
Ya’an Night View
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China
Night View of Moxi Old Town
Camp No.03 at Hailuogou Glacier
Camp No.04 at Hailuogou Glacier
Night View of Kangding
Drive from Kangding to Xinduqiao
Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
Jiarong Tibetan Blockhouses
Jiarong Tibetan Ancient Watchtowers
Drive from Xinduqiao to Yajiang
Drive from Yajiang to Litang
Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Litang to Batang
Drive from Batang to Mangkang
Drive from Shangri-la to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading
Yading Brings You Inner Peace

Bipenggou is a fairyland in Autumn
When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?
Best Places to Visit Autumn Leaves in Sichuan
Top 10 Places to Visit in Sichuan
Ruoergai Grassland, my first trip to Ruoergai Grassland

Any questions, just drop a line.


Chengdu Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu Airport

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
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Plan your Chengdu Tour? If you go to Chengdu by flight, having a basic knowledge of Chengdu airport will be quite helpful in facilitating your trip to Chengdu, Shuangliu Airport In Chengdu is the major airport in Chengdu both for domestic and international flights.

Chengdu airport is located 16km southwest of the downtown Chengdu. There are two adjacent terminals at Chengdu airport – Old Terminal and New Terminal.

The Old Terminal is a one floor building C1 – C2 and the New Terminal is a two-storey building A & C.

The Old Terminal is the original terminal now serving the domestic flights within Sichuan Province ( like Jiuzhaigou ).

Chengdu Shuangliu Airport Layout

The New Terminal is designed both for domestic flights outside Sichuan Province and international flights.

The Old Terminal is the original terminal now serving the domestic flights within Sichuan Province
The New Terminal is designed both for domestic flights outside Sichuan Province and international flights.

Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the busiest airport in Western China. It is also the important transit airport for Lhasa Airport, Changdu airport and Nyingchi airport. It is a base for Chengdu Airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines. 


Chengdu airport transportation

Airport Public Bus
Bus 303: Shuangliu Airport – Chengdu North Railway Station
Bus 304: Shuangliu Airport – Wuguiqiao
Bus 318: Shuangliu Airport – Jinsha

Airport Public Bus

Airport Shuttle Bus

Shuangliu Airport – CAAC Building (just opposite Jinjiang Hotel): RMB 10 per ride.

Airport shuttle Bus

Airport Taxi

If you take a taxi to the downtown Beijing from Shuangliu airport, the taxi fare will cost you around RMB70 per ride per car, excluding RMB10 toll fee.

Shuangliu Airport taxi

Airport Light Trains ( Under construction ) Shuangliu Airport Enquiry; 85205555

Any questions, just drop a line.

Hassle-free Chengdu & Sichuan Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Chengdu and Sichuan guided tours:

Chengdu tour
Chengdu Car Rental with Driver
Create My Chengdu Trip
Jiuzhaigou Tour
Sichuan Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu
Best Time to Visit Chengdu
Chengdu Airport
Railway stations in Chengdu
Chengdu Taxi
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
How to visit Wuhou Shrine
How to visit Du Fu Thatched Cottage
How to visit Jinsha Site Museum
How to Visit Tomb of Wangjian
How to Visit Wangjiang Tower Park
How to Visit Qingyang Taoist Temple
How to Visit Jinli Street
How to visit Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley
How to visit Qintai Road, Qintai Street Chengdu
How to visit Shaoling Road Bar Street
How to Visit Jiuyanqiao Bar Street
The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu

Bipenggou is a fairyland in Autumn
When is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou?
Best Places to Visit Autumn Leaves in Sichuan
Top 10 Places to Visit in Sichuan
Ruoergai Grassland, my first trip to Ruoergai Grassland

Drive from Hanzhong to Ya’an
Ya’an Night View
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China
Moxi Old Town ( Tips, Photos & Map)
Hailuogou Glacier Camp No.04 (Tips,Photos & Map)
Hailuogou Glacier Camp No.03 (Tips, Photos & Map)
Kangding (Tips, Photos & Map)
Drive from Kangding to Xinduqiao
Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
Jiarong Tibetan Blockhouses
Jiarong Tibetan Ancient Watchtowers
Drive from Xinduqiao to Yajiang
Drive from Yajiang to Litang
Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Litang to Batang
Drive from Batang to Mangkang
Drive from Mangkang to Deqin
Kawagarbo Viewed from Feilaisi
Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery Dwells Your Soul
Pudacuo is an earthly paradise
Drive from Shangri-la to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading
Yading Brings You Inner Peace

Any questions, just drop a line.