Culinary Journey of Chengdu 4-day Trip

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Trip Teahouse

Culinary Journey of Chengdu 4-day Trip

4 days / 3 nights

Start & End in: Chengdu (CTU)

Level 2: This is a relaxed trip with comfortable accommodations and light activities.

The Essentials:

As the hot-spot of Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu has been an UNESCO City of Gastronomy for over a decade. From local street food to roundtable hotpots, come experience why Chengdu and its cuisine are so special and unique.


From 4,800 RMB per adult based on double occupancy. A 2,000 RMB per person deposit is required to reserve your spot. Remaining balances are collected 14 days before the trip starts. Single occupancy fees from 1,000 RMB per person. Prices change slightly due to seasonality.

Group Size

Small groups of 4-10 guests per tour.


Two nights in a 4-star hotel located in the center of Chengdu. One night in a local guesthouse located in Leshan.


Evening food tour by tuktuk, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas visit, local teahouse experience, hotpot feast, Narrow Wide Alley, local market visit, pick & roast your own tea in the countryside, Leshan Giant Buddha, Leshan walking food tour.

Private Tours

We accept private tour requests for small groups of 2-12 people for any date, based on availability. Contact us if you are interested in this option.

Overview & Important Info:

Our founder hails from Chengdu, which makes this 4-day, 3-night itinerary even more special. This trip will take you through Chengdu, Leshan, and the countryside in between, to see and eat everything that makes Chengdu an UNESCO city of Gastronomy.

From street snacks to a village meal in the countryside, this is guaranteed to be the best food you (or anyone) can find in and around Chengdu.

You’ll also visit a timeless Sichuan tea village where you’ll pick, roast and make tea by hand. The Chengdu region grows several varieties of high quality tea, which is why it has become central to daily life in Sichuan.

The nature of this trip is relaxed. There are no long van rides and no strenuous activities. Since it is only 4 days, the itinerary is quite full but there will be time to get off your feet.

All of our trips are all-inclusive and do not have any shopping stops. The only thing not included is your transportation to/from Chengdu, and any extra shopping or activities during your free time.

Chengdu Sichuan Map


  • 3 nights accommodations.
  • All meals, including soft drinks and beer. Food will be plentiful and varied!
  • Ticket/entrance fees at attractions.
  • Our own private ground transportation, provided each day, stocked with mineral water.
  • English speaking Lost Plate trip leader.
  • Airport pick-up at CTU on day 1.
  • Airport drop-off at CTU on day 4.
  • Shopping is available during your free time, but this is a no-shopping tour and is not part of our itinerary.
  • Online pre-trip briefing and Q&A by Lost Plate one week prior to departure.

Where We'll Stay:

Trip Highlights:

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Pancakes Hand

Jump in our Tuktuks and join our Chengdu Evening Food Tour for unlimited food, beer, and soft drinks and try at least 10 dishes across 4+ stops, plus a local bar.

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Panda

Sichuan is the land of pandas, so we'll visit the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Pandas for a good look at all shapes and sizes.

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Teahouse Cards

Head to the outskirts to a special teahouse that hasn't changed for decades. Experience a staple of Chengdu culture and enjoy a cup of tea with locals like they have their entire lives.

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Hotpot Chopsticks

Enjoy the very best of Chengdu's word-famous hotpot scene. This tradition is almost 3000 years old, and for good reason! We'll visit our favorite spot off the tourist track.

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Tea Picking

Visit a Sichuan tea village where you'll pick, roast and make tea by hand, plus explore the tea terraces.

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Giant Buddha

Stay in the town of Leshan, famous for its Giant Buddha carved into a 71 meter riverside cliff where three local rivers meet...plus try all the best local eats.

Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Arrive and check into our hotel in Chengdu, airport/train station pick up is available at CTU Airport on this day until 3pm.
  • Lost Plate Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Our tuktuks will pick us up at our hotel for a food tour of Chengdu’s culinary highlights including Dandan noodles, Chengdu-style wontons, and a stellar selection of local dishes. Come hungry for your introductory world-class course to Sichuan cuisine, and a few toasts with your fellow travelers.

Driving: Approx. 30 mins from the airport to your hotel.

Hotel: 4-star hotel located in the heart of Chengdu.

* This itinerary is subject to changes and adjustments based on seasonality and local operations.

Our Trip Leaders.

We personally select and train each guide that lead our trips. As the pioneers that curate each Lost Plate itinerary, and each bite, we know the ins and outs of every mile we travel. We work along-side local guides to create a perfectly balanced experience that no one else can offer.

Payment Terms
& Cancellation Policy:

  • Payment can be made by WeChat or Alipay. International credit cards are accepted with an additional 3% fee.
  • A deposit of 2000 RMB per person will be required to secure your spot. This deposit is non-refundable for any reason, including sickness, unless the trip is cancelled by Lost Plate due to the minimum number not being met. Full payment for the tour is required 14 days before the tour. If you need to cancel, your deposit and/or your full payment cannot be refunded.
  • Join-in trips require a minimum of 4 people to operate. You should only purchase your transportation to and from Chengdu after you received the tour confirmation notice by Lost Plate.
  • While basic travel insurance will be provided by Lost Plate, coverage is not all-encompassing. Each guest should obtain their own health and travel coverage.

Guest Reviews:


An Amazing 4 Days in Sichuan

“Just go. I mean, at a minimum you should go on the evening food tour but if you have the time to spend four days in Sichuan, I can’t imagine how you could spend your time better than to put yourself in Lost Plate’s hands for the duration. Every sightseeing activity was worthwhile, every meal was delicious and many of them were at places you’d be hard pressed to find on your own unless you’re traveling with a Chengdu native. You don’t have to worry about a thing-they help you with all the details, including abiding by all of China’s travel regulations. You can just sit back and enjoy the ride and make new friends in a small group of fellow-travelers. This is my first multi-day trip with Lost Plate (I did an evening tour with them in Xi’an) but I don’t plan for it to be my last.”

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Review by Seattle



A Great & Tasty Trip!

“The trip was fantastic, food offered great (you would never find those spots by yourself). The small group was also very nice. I really enjoyed the trip – not only I managed to visit some places which are a must-see (like pandas or Leshan Buddha) but also places I didn’t think of visiting before (like a tea plantation). The guide was also very knowledgable and helpful and her English was very good.”

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Review by Jarko



Fabulous Food & So Much More

“I highly recommend this tour. The food is amazing. I tried so many local dishes that I had never seen or heard of before — all of them delicious. On top of that, we managed to spend time with pandas, hang out at a traditional tea house and a cool bar, pick and roast our own tea in the countryside, and visit the Big Buddha in Leshan. Our guide Daisy took very good care of us and answered all the random questions we threw at her.”

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Review by CChan



Best Food in China, Greatest Tour and Guide

“This was by far my best experience with a tour in China. I enjoyed every single activity and all the great meals. Our guide Daisy was very experienced and accommodating, she had a perfect level of English and a great sense of humour. Highly recommending Lost Plate.”

Culinary Journey of Chengdu Review by Maxime

Maxime S


“My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the 4-day Lost Plate tour of Chengdu and Leshan. We saw new and unforgettable parts of China and had experiences we never encountered before, like picking and roasting our own tea leaves. Thanks for opening up another side of China to us, Lost Plate!”



“My partner and I went on the four day tour of Chengdu. Our excellent guide brought us to a range of authentic eateries that we would never have found ourselves as well as a visit to the pandas, an old tea house, a tea farm and the giant Buddha. Usually tours pad things out but this was enjoyable (and tasty especially if you like it spicy) throughout, thoroughly off the beaten track, and the Lost Plate team was a joy to spend time with.”


Frequently Asked Questions:

If you know anything about Lost Plate, you know that you’ll never go hungry. All meals are included on this trip. You can expect simple yet hearty breakfasts, plus lunches and dinners that offer a huge variety of dishes in large quantities. We often visit family-owned restaurants that specialize in one type of cuisine or dish, and there’s a reason why we visit every single place. We promise the food will be the highlight of your trip!

Dinners include beer. Non-alcoholic options such as tea, mineral water, and soft drinks will always be available. Drinks like soda water and cocktails will not be available at the restaurants we visit.

All of our tours have been designed to accommodate vegetarian diets. We will always make sure everyone gets enough to eat. Please understand that meals are typically eaten in restaurants that specialize in one dish, so there will not always be direct substitute for everything we eat.

Please let us know when paying your deposit if you have any special dietary requirements.

We’ve rated this trip at a level of 2 out of 4, and there is no strenuous activity required during this trip. You should plan to be on your feet a lot as we sightsee and explore the sights of Chengdu in the city and at the Giant Buddha in Leshan. Exploring at the tea fields is optional.

Yes, children are welcome to join this trip. We ask that groups with children exercise their own judgement and contact us with any questions. Due to the schedule each day, it is important that we stay on time and there may not always be an opportunity for you to take breaks or go back to your hotel for rest.

Due to limited capacities on our trips, discounts are not generally provided for children. Contact us with any questions or concerns and we will assess each situation individually.

Flights to and from Chengdu are not included. This gives you the flexibility to arrive and depart when you would like, on the flights or trains of your choice.

Yes! Feel free to arrive early or stay extra days. We are able to pass on our special hotel rates to you so you don’t need to switch hotels as well. Just let us know your dates and we will check rates and availability for you.

Please note that airport pickup and drop-offs to/from the airport/train station are not available for those that arrive before our itinerary starts or depart after it ends.

The minimum number of guests for this trip is 4, and the maximum is 10. All of our trips guarantee a small, intimate group for your pleasure and enjoyment – no big busses and tour guides waving flags here.

Your trip will have one Lost Plate trip leader with you the entire time and one driver/vehicle that stays with us for the entire trip.

All of our guides and trip leaders are employees of Lost Plate and trained by our founder. We do not outsource staff like other travel companies.

Chengdu is located in Southern China and sits within the Sichuan basin surrounded by steep mountain ranges. The capital city sits at an elevation of about 500 meters / 1640 feet above sea level. It’s bordered to the south by Yunnan, the North by Qinghai, Gansu and Shaanxi, the east by Tibet, and the west by Chongqing.

Chengdu has a humid and sub-tropical climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild humid winters. Summers are quite wet, with most of the annual rainfall occurring in July and August. Due to its geographic position in a basin, Chengdu has one of the lowest annual days of sunshine in China and is often overcast.

As an aggressively expanding Tier 2 city, air quality is not always great. On a clear day, the city offers incredible views of nearby mountain ranges.

Yes! All of our trips are available for private groups or families, depending on date availability. Pricing will vary for groups under 8 people, but we always make sure they are reasonable. Groups of 8 or more can enjoy our published price for public tours. Contact us with your request and we’ll let you know specific details and pricing. 

  • Transportation / flight tickets to/from Chengdu.
  • Shopping and activities during your free time.
  • While basic travel insurance will be provided by Lost Plate, coverage is not all-encompassing. Each guest should obtain their own health and travel coverage.

Our trips are in high demand and have limited spots. Deposits are non-refundable for any reason, including sickness, unless the trip is cancelled by Lost Plate due to the minimum number not being met. Full payment for the trip is required 14 days before arrival in Chengdu and is not refundable if you need to cancel.

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Culinary Journey of Chengdu


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