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After a brief flight from Hong Kong, you'll be met by your English-speaking guide at Chengdu Airport who'll escort you to the Shangri-La Chengdu Hotel, where you'll enjoy welcome drinks and a buffet dinner.A noon or early afternoon flight is suggested.
Today, you'll embark on an extensive coach tour that begins with a visit to the world-renowned Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other vulnerable animals. Today, there are only 1864 giant pandas all over the world, and 80% of them are in China's Sichuan province. Founded in 1987, the center started with just six rescued pandas and has gone on to breed 261 giant pandas in those 32 years. After lunch, you'll travel onto the Chengdu Brocade Museum, which tells the story of how the Silk Road began to trade Shu Brocade more than 2000 years ago. Next up on your itinerary is Qingyang Temple, the largest and oldest Taoist temple in Southwest China, and home to the only existing copy of Daozang Jiyao, a collection of classic Taoist scriptures. You'll then return to your hotel for relaxation. For dinner try the authentic Sichuan cuisine prior to leaving for a Biàn Liǎn (literally “Face Changing”) show. Biàn Liǎn is an ancient, Chinese dramatic art form and an element of Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music, wearing vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at lobby the hotel to escort you to Wangjiang Park, a bamboo park with more than 300 different kinds of bamboos. It was built to commemorate the famous poetess Xuetao, who lived during the Tang Dynasty (768-832). There are many local tea houses in the bamboo forest—Chengdu's tea culture dates back over a thousand years. Here, you may also experience the traditional ear cleaning, tea tasting and even Chinese mahjong like the local people. From here, you'll go to the airport for your flight to Taipei where, upon arrival, you'll be escorted to the Grand Hyatt Hotel where you'll enjoy a Taiwanese banquet. The remainder of the day can be spent at your leisure.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the C.K.S. Memorial Hall, one of Taipei's greatest landmarks, built in memory of the late president, Chiang Kai-Shek. The park is elegant and quiet, and you'll have the opportunity to participate in relaxation activities with local residents. Following your exploration of the museum, continue to the renowned National Palace Museum, housing an astounding selection of Chinese Imperial Art. This extraordinary collection dates back to the 10th century, when Chinese emperors seized art treasures for their own pleasure. Moved in crates from city to city to escape invading armies in the 20th century, the collection finally ended its journey in Taiwan. The museum holds an estimated 700,000 items, many dating back over 4,000 years. After lunch at a well-known Taiwanese restaurant before being escorted to Keelung pier, where you'll board your ship.
Visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
Catch a glimpse of local folk life at Wangjiang Park
See the traditional ancient art of face changing, during a Sichuan opera
Visit the most valued repository of Chinese culture and history in National Palace Museum
What to BringShow
Key Card and photo identification
Camera (no tripod)
Pack for somewhat chilly nights and warm days.
What to Wear:Show
Hat and sunglasses
Sites and order of visits are subject to change due to weather or other operational influences.
This tour is not suitable for guests with walking disabilities.
Please also note that confirmation of disabled rooms will be strictly subject to availability at the time of booking.
Cancellation Policy: Tour must be cancelled 30 days prior to tour departure.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.8 miles over mostly flat terrain.
Tour sequence may vary.
This tour is non-refundable within 60 days of sailing. Guests who cancel within 60 days will be charged the full amount to their onboard ship account.
Guest must have a valid multiple entry Chinese visa in their passport prior to arriving on the ship.
Guest must have a valid Taiwan visa (or entry permit) in their passport prior to arriving on the ship.Kindly note that the tour price is per person. On a Double Occupancy tour, two guests who share one room must book the same tour under the same reservation number to be able to participate. This tour is not offered to solo travelers nor to only one guest from a party of two.
Bags are not allowed in the National Palace Museum. FOC lockers are available by the entranceNational Palace Museum might be very busy and crowded
Location Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, China
Tour Code HQ7L
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