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Sichuan Cuisine Museum

Located in the ancient town of Pixian County, the museum is an extraordinary place mainly composed of six exhibition halls including collection room, interactive room, tea tasting lounge, Kitchen God Temple, cooking tools exhibition hall, and Sichuan cuisine ingredients display room.

There are more than 3,000 pieces of diet household utensils from the Warring States (475 - 221 BC) till now on display in the museum, including boilers, bowls, drinking vessels, dishes, and tea wares. You can see books and sketches about the Sichuan cuisine collected there as well. Paying a visit to the Sichuan Cuisine Museum can be an impressive experience for it will provide you an opportunity to learn to cook the authentic Sichuan cuisine, such as Kung Pao Chicken and Ma Po Tofu, under the directions of experienced chefs in the interactive room.


Sichuan Cuisine Museum tour activities:

Collection of ancient: Visitors can visit the museum's collection of Sichuan antiques.

Interactive: The audience can watch the chef demonstrate the cooking skills of Sichuan cuisine, taste authentic Sichuan cuisine and experience the cooking of Sichuan cuisine.

Tea tasting: Tourists can feel the tea culture of Sichuan people and understand the leisure state of Sichuan people.

Kitchen God Temple offerings: During the Chengdu International Food Tourism Festival and the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month, there will be activities to worship the king of dates (including Nuo opera performance, lion dance performance, gong and drum performance, sacrifice rite with wearing the ancient costume, offering incense and praying for good luck, and grabbing products).

Traditional craft production demonstration: The raw material exhibition area will show the traditional craft (making Pixian bean paste, pickles, making zongzi, making preserved eggs, making moon cakes, etc.).

The museum is supposed to be alive. The Sichuan Cuisine Museum allows us to know, understand and love Sichuan cuisine through the novel participatory tourism mode of "cook with entertainment".

Chengdu, China

Dujiangyan Panda Valley

Panda Valley is located in Baima Village, Yutang Town, Dujiangyan City, 60 km (37 miles) from Chengdu. The entire valley covers 1.34 square kilometers (331 acres). The Dujiangyan Panda Valley is organized in a way that encourages pandas to return to the wild.

In Dujiangyan Panda Valley, giant pandas are gradually returning to the wild.

In a semi-primitive wilderness transition experiment, they temporarily live in caves that look like bunkers. They will continue to be trained to complete this transition phase until researchers are sure they are capable of returning to the wild.

On January 11, 2012, the first batch of residents -- Xingrong, Xingya, Gongzai, Yingying, Zhizhi and Qiqi -- moved into Panda Valley in Dujiangyan. They all have their own characteristics. Xingrong and Xingya are twins; Yingying likes to play and rest in the tree; Zhizhi is very active and Qiqi looks very beautiful. Many of you may have probably heard of Gongzai: the inspiration for the animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 2," he is the star of the entire valley. Gongzai is very outgoing and strong for his age.

The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base spent nearly a year selecting and breeding 108 pandas based on their family tree, health status, genetic background, and gender matching.

In the subadult, which is like the childhood of human equivalent of childhood, they grow rapidly and are highly adaptable to new environments.


The challenge of releasing giant pandas back into the wild

First, pandas may lack the ability to survive in the wild. The release of giant pandas to the wild has high requirements for its environmental adaptability, behavior, health, genetics and so on. After more than 20 years of development, Chengdu has bred five generations of pandas. This is by far the world's largest captive panda population, the largest in generations. In other words, these giant pandas have been out of the wild for a long time, and their adaptability and survival ability in the wild needs to be observed.

Second, there is a lack of scientific data, systematic research and disease control on the released giant pandas. Although pandas have been released in the past, IS has not been entirely successful. At present, scientific and systematic research is still in progress. At the same time, there are many challenges in protecting released pandas from infectious and zoonotic diseases.

Third, the task requires financial and policy support from the state, as the study of wildlife release is a complex and systematic scientific project.

Chengdu Dujiangyan, China

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town is about 50 km away from the Bund, Shanghai. If your time is limited, Zhujiajiao would be the best and 2nd nearest option to get a feel of such ancient towns around Shanghai. Similar to Venice in Italy, there are many well preserved bridges and boat ride is available.

Among Zhujiajiao's nine old streets, North Street is the best preserved ancient street with some of the buildings dating back to the Qing Dynasty era (1644-1912). Nowadays, plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee shops line both sides of the narrow street. You can take a stroll along the street to see the ancient buildings, sample some local snacks or relax in a artsy bar.

Shanghai, China

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Situated in Da Ci'en (Great Kindness and Grace) Temple, about four kilometers from the urban center, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.

The Pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) for the study of Buddhist scriptures. Although it has been attacked by centuries of weather, war and seismic activity, which destroyed most of the original material of the structure, a pagoda by this name and style still exists on the site.

Xi'an, China

The Temple Of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven was the most important of Beijing's imperial temples. It was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (from 1420 to 1900) worshiped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests. 

It has been described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design". In 1998, the Temple of Heaven was listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Popular activities: appreciating the architecture and watching local people doing morning exercises

Beijing, China

Leshan Giant Buddha

"The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain." So goes the famous Chinese saying, one that's attributed to the spectacular 71-meter-tall Leshan Giant Buddha. And it certainly makes sense as you stand at its feet as the colossal statue towers high above you. Started in AD 713 by a Buddhist monk and completed 90 years later, this important religious icon is carved entirely from a stone cliff-face and is the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. 

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant Buddha continues to draw huge numbers of pilgrims from across the globe and is widely regarded as one of China's must-visit attractions. Easily accessible from the city of Chengdu, the Leshan Giant Buddha can be reached by a fun ferry trip from the public docks in Leshan. The scenic park in which the Buddha is set is also worth exploring, so be sure to allocate sufficient time in your itinerary.

Leshan, China

Hangzhou's Historic West Lake

Few cities in China can boast quite the same concentration of splendid historic sites and ancient temples as the city of Hangzhou (Hangchow), capital of Zhejiang province at the southernmost end of China's famous Grand Canal. Much of this rich collection is gathered around lovely West Lake, a six-kilometer-square stretch of water in the heart of the old city, which is surrounded by numerous hills, pagodas, and temples.

Hangzhou, China


Zhouzhuang is one of the most famous water towns in China. Often referred to as the “Venice of the East,” the town is criss-crossed with rivers and streams lined with ancient houses. Located less than 32 km (20 miles) from Suzhou in east China, Zhouzhuang is famous for its twin bridges, Shide and Yongan that are symbols of the town. A boat ride is a good way to see the city.

Zhouzhuang, China

Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town is one of Yunnan Province’s top tourist magnets, drawing visitors who want to sample life in a minority area. Kublai Khan was the first emperor to live in this 800-year-old town that is affiliated with the Naxi minority culture. Almost 350 bridges cross canals that meander through the city, which is a good place to see colorful Naxi architecture and residents wearing native costumes.

Lijiang, China

Shilin Stone Forest

The Stone Forest, or Shilin in Chinese, is a set of karst formations in southwest China. The stones jut from the earth similar to the way a stalagmite does in a cave. These stones are thought to be 270 million years old. The area was an ocean floor and the flow of water created the majestic pinnacles. The stone forest receives over 2 million visitors a year.

Shilin, China