Chengdu is one of the most-visited cities in China. Most travelers take it as a stopover city to Tibet, but Chengdu itself deserves at least two days to check out the pandas, sample the spicy but intoxicating Chengdu food and snacks, explore city highlights like Jinli Old Street, Kuanzhai Alley, Wenshu Monastery, etc, and experience local lifestyle and nightlife.
Besides, Chengdu is a base of operation for day trips to a few tourist attractions near Chengdu: The Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. If you’re into Buddhist culture, the best choice is to take a trip to Leshan and Emei Mountain, although accessible in one day, Mt. Emei deserves at least 1 night and maybe 2—hiking the mountain and watching the sunrise from the summit is a really unforgettable experience.
Going through the tour idea below will help you know how to best split your time in Chengdu attractions and make most out of your journey: