Frolicking with Giant Fluffballs

What’s black and white and bamboo-crazy? Pandas, of course, and they’ve become one of the main reasons for travellers to stop off at Chengdu. However, finding a way to catch sight of these fluffy giants can be a headache because it’s difficult to work out which of the many agencies offering panda packages can be trusted.

Here’s where the Temple House boutique hotel comes in. It offers guided tours to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base along with a multitude of other exciting activities, like its Check into Chengdu experience. The latter includes a guided cycling tour of the city for two, where you can tick off nearby attractions such as Lang Bridge, Jiuyan Bridge, Wangjiang Park and Sichuan University. Follow this up with a deeply relaxing Bamboo Massage at the Temple House’s MI XUN Spa, before capping the night with a healthy hotpot set at the Vegetarian Teahouse, washed down with a selection of Sichuan’s world-famous teas. Packages begin at $930, which includes three-night accommodation for the price of two.

81, Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, +86 28 6636 9999,

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