Trip Details

Chengdu Cultural Week

Immerse yourself in a whole new culture! Get to know Sichuan Province, meet the people, taste the food, make a traditional hot pot, or even paint an opera mask!

This dynamic inter-cultural experience will ensure that you are enriched each day as you learn new aspects of this fascinating culture, its language and traditions. Discover refreshing perspectives, that will expand your international view. We are so much more alike than different, but there still are tons of things to surprise and captivate us as we explore this new territory.

When you choose this program, you are signing up for a truly intercultural experience. From our basic Chinese survival lesson, opportunities to learn the local customs and manners, enjoying a traditional Sichuan opera, making an authentic Chinese hot pot together, or visiting local temples, all the way to breathtaking indulgences that allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of the area.This tour has enough to keep you busy and get you inspired! Come along and embrace diversity, by being a part of this beautiful program.

Arrival day is Sunday for airport Pickup.

Trip Itinerary


  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Chinese Do’s and Don’ts, Chinese Culture Lessons and Chinese Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Ancient town of ‘Huanglongxi’ Valley.
  • Eat traditional Chinese hot pot together


  • Breakfast
  • Comparison between Chinese and Western cultures
  • Learn how to paint mask in traditional Chinese operas
  • Lunch
  • Visit Chengdu Global Center (The largest building in the whole world, you can choose to enjoy the hot springs or water park)
  • Dinner (at the global center, not included)
  • Watch a Chinese movie


  • Breakfast
  • Visit Qingcheng Mountain, a hiking tour through the mountain,visit temples and a lake
  • Lunch (A picnic on the mountain top)
  • Head back to Chengdu
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Chengdu Museum
  • Lunch
  • Visit ‘Wenshu’ temple, ‘Chunxi’ road, Sino-Ocean ‘Taikoo Li Chengdu’
  • Dinner
  • Watch a traditional local style opera


  • Breakfast
  • Bus to visit Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Lunch
  • Head back to Chengdu
  • Visit Bar street at night, pick your own dinner (not included)

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province of China and also one among the three most populous cities in Western China. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation and communication centers in Western China.

Chengdu also had the reputation of being ranked among one of the most livable cities in China, with bustling streets, new magnificent buildings, historical towns, beautiful monasteries.

Accommodation & Food
Your room will be in a hostel located in the centre of Chengdu city. It features colourful accommodation and offers a tour desk, a garden, a shared lounge, a bar and a restaurant.

There is also a desk, electric kettle, hairdryer and the bathroom comes with free toiletries and slippers.

Limited Private Rooms available. Please contact us to confirm availability

  • Standard Room
  • 4 – 6 people in a room
  • Western toilet
  • Hot Showers
  • Air Con
  • WiFi in public areas


Food Arrangements
Your meals will typically be Chinese dishes common of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat.

Three meals on weekdays, breakfast on weekends, no meals on arrival day

The accommodation is just a 10-minute walk away from airport shuttle bus station and only a 5-minute walk from Huaxiba Subway Station (line 1).

The hostel is located in the city and so all amenities are located within walking distance. Shops are open from 10:00 to 22:00 in Chengdu city, Monday to Sunday.

If heading to the Panda reserve, remember Chengdu might be your last chance to withdraw money, as the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is an hour away by car from the Panda Base.

Sights & Surroundings
Like any major city, Chengdu has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. Although a guidebook can tell you everything you would need to know, here are a few ideas we recommend:

Jinli Street
This is a commercial pedestrian street described as being representative of the city. Here you will find plenty of shops and street food

Wuhou Temple
Located near to Jinli street, this temple complex provides the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle found so close.

Mount Qingcheng
One of the most famous Taoist mountains in China at the top of which you will find Laojun Pavilion.

Bullet Train
Keep in mind that with the new High Speed Train service operating between Chengdu and Guilin, you can now make the trip that was once a 24hr journey in just 8 hours! China’s newest high speed trains, also known as bullet or fast trains, can reach 300 km/h (186 mph), or a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). That means you have many new options, for combining programs in a variety of locations. The route, along this super fast and technologically-advanced train, couples a comfortable ride adventure with breathtaking scenery, in a way that should not be missed. So… All aboard!

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Panda Reserve
  • West Sichuan
  • Ya’an

Trip Country Info


Capital: Beijing
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

China has solidified itself as a contender for global recognition and as a tourist hotspot.  We have a number of  travel experiences in China from volunteering & gap year travel  to Tours and Paid Teaching.

With an assortment of climates and social structures, it is near impossible to experience all of China in a gap year trip. You can invest yourself and discover a whole new culture and still miss out on a dozen other cultures within arm’s reach while travelling in China, and these programs are dedicated to helping you help others while experiencing the different wonders of the country. Combine adventuring through nature with helping those less fortunate, and you have got yourself a stellar journey ahead of you. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in China, conservation work, an exciting road trip in China,  volunteer work with Pandas, teaching or other work & travel in China have a look at our latest experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa