On Chengdu’s doorstep, you’ll find some of China’s most precious pockets of wilderness, from the Tibetan Plateau to the bamboo forests of the world’s last remaining giant pandas, making it a truly exceptional place to explore.
Furthermore, the city is revered as one of China’s foremost culinary destinations, with Sichuan cuisine providing a colourful array of exotic flavours for the curious traveller. There are heritage highlights to enjoy here too, from Taoist temples and shrines to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which, as one of the world’s oldest engineering works, was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000.
Many of our luxury escorted tours in China feature a stopover in Chengdu, giving you the opportunity to discover the wonders of this beautiful city – and get up close to some of its wild neighbours. To further introduce the highlights of the city, we’ve put together an in-depth guide to Chengdu, covering its history, must-sees and cuisine.