Chengdu holiday highlights
To many visitors, the lure of the giant panda proves irresistible and the trail to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre is a popular one.
Sichuan is the historical centre of China’s tea drinking culture, said to date back over 3,000 years. While their role as the centre of local society is long gone, tea houses remain popular places to gather with friends and colleagues. Slowly make your way through a dazzling array of different flavours from the menu and if chance permits, the intricate process of brewing, straining and serving the tea is an enjoyably educating sight and experience not to be missed.
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Tipping is officially discouraged – even frowned upon. However, it’s becoming more readily accepted in top hotels and restaurants, and is even expected by Chinese guides and bus drivers on tours.