Sofitel Chengdu Taihe

Chengdu, Sichuan and Yangtze Cruises, China

At a Glance

  • Ideal base for visiting the pandas that the area is famous for

  • Situated on the banks of the Funan River

  • 262 stylish rooms and suites

  • Club Lounge for guests who are staying on the Club Floor

  • Three restaurants to choose from

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The vast province of Sichuan has a diverse and varied climate. The eastern lowlands of the Sichuan Basin have a tropical monsoon climate, characterised by humidity and fog. Winters are mild, summers are scorching, autumn is wet, and spring is dry and pleasant. The cities of Chengdu is famed for its fog, with the weather often likened to a damp day in London. The mountainous gorges and forested plains along the Yangtze River make autumn and spring the prime time for a Yangtze Cruise, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures making ideal sightseeing weather. Winter can be spectacular, despite the cold, when the water level is lower in the Three Gorges and the soaring cliffs even more dramatic.

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There are less than 1000 remaining Giant Pandas in the wild and only around 100 in captivity.

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Chengdu is the vibrant capital city of the Sichuan Province and the elegant Sofitel Wanda is ideally based on the banks of the Funan River, an excellent location for exploring the area and the Chengdu Panda Base.

The Sofitel Wanda Chengdu is part of the Accor group renowned for excellent, consistent service throughout their international hotels. Located on the banks of the Funan River the Sofitel is just a 15-minute walk from the central city area of Chengdu.

The French managed hotel offers excellent international standards in a city that is surprisingly not altered by western influences. The rooms are elegantly designed using modern décor and have city or river views. There is a Club Floor for those wanting the intimacy of a Club Lounge where breakfasts, hot drinks, snacks and evening cocktails can be enjoyed away from the busier areas of the hotel.

The Sofitel Wanda's restaurants offer ample choice of delicious cuisine and include Western, Chinese and Japanese specialities and drinks can be enjoyed at the relaxing poolside bar, rendezvous bar or atmospheric cigar & cognac bar. There are many leisure facilities to sample here before heading off the next day to the Panda Breeding Institute including a gym, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and massage rooms.

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The 262 rooms and suites at The Sofitel Chengdu are all stylishly designed and are equipped with all modern conveniences including LCD TVs and broadband. The Luxury Rooms have city views and the larger Junior, Prestige and Opera Suites have spacious sitting rooms, wonderful river views and access to the hotel's Club facilities which include daily breakfasts and evening cocktails .


Children are welcome at the Sofitel Wanda and visiting the panda breeding institute nearby will be a highlight of any budding zoologist or animal-loving child's trip and a great way to teach children about the importance of conservation. The hotel does not offer any specific facilities for children but they are happy to organise babysitting on request.


The Sofitel Wanda Chengdu has an indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym and sauna, steam and massage are also available. The Brasserie Restaurant serves delicious Western food, The Palace offers Cantonese and Sichuan specialities and The Fuji specialises in delectable Japanese dishes. The four bars serve drinks and snacks throughout the day and night.


Other than enjoying the city of Chengdu itself, the main activity for a stay at the Sofitel is a trip out to the panda breeding centre for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these incredible and endangered animals up close as well as learn about the efforts for conservation that are undertaken here.


  • Baoguo & Wannian Temples

    Today, we will visit two key temples of the Emei Mountain: Baoguo Temple and Wannian Temple.

  • Chengdu City Tour

    Discover the best of Chengdu as you explore Jinli ancient street, the Thatched Cottage of Dufu and wander in the trendy pedestrian streets of Kuanzhai alleyways. If time allows, visit Wuhou temple, dedicated to commemorating Zhu Geliang.

  • Chengdu Culinary Tour

    Start at a local tea house in Chengdu People's Park, visit local food market to learn about different Sichuan spices. Continue to Kuanzhai Alley or Jinli Street doe sandapao, sweet rice jelly, sticky tofu, spicy rabbit head and end with delicious hot pot!

  • Chinese Medicine Cuisine at Qinshanzai Restaurant

    Enjoy an evening feasting on the famous Chinese Medicine Cuisine at the Qinshanzai Restaurant.

  • Day Trip to Leshan

    Take a trip to Leshan to see the Leshan Big Buddha, a majestic icon and the largest of its kind in the world! Climb the height of the statue and take a boat ride to view the Buddha statue from the river.

  • Discover Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei

    Visit The Grand Buddha, the largest in the world and Mount Emei. Located in Leshan, south of Chengdu, The Grand Buddha measures 71m in height. From there, onto the sacred Buddhist Mount Emei, sacred to Buddhist people.

  • Dujiangyan Irrigation System

    Take a tour of Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an ancient water system still in function today.

  • Dujiangyan Panda Base

    This morning, visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base and spend some time with the giant pandas. Optional volunteer program and photo taking with panda is available in China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base.

  • Full Day Tour of Chengdu and Panda Experience

    Enjoy a full day tour of Chengdu exploring the wonder of the Wenshu Temple, take a visit to the ancient Jinli Street, and of course spending time at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to marvel at these majestic and rare animals.

  • Jinsha Museum

    Discovered in 2001, the Jinsha Ruins is one of the most prominent recent archaeological discoveries, with relics of an ancient kingdom predating Chinese settlement in the area. Visit both the museum and the ruins exacation site.

  • Off the Beaten Track - Liujiang and Gaomiao Old Town from Chengdu

    Go off the beaten track and visit Liujiang and Gaomiao old town today! Stroll through the charming and traditional streets and visit some of the well-preserved old style residences of the wealthy in the past.

  • Old City of Xian and The Big Goose Pagoda

    Enjoy historic Xian with your guide, learning about its city walls and visit the world famous Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Qingcheng Mountain

    Today, drive out to visit the beautiful Qingcheng Mountain, said to be the birthplace of Taoism. Enjoy an easy trek in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Scenic trip of Emei Mountains by Cable Car

    Embark on a cable car ride to the Golden Summit of Emei Mountains and enjoy the scenic view.

  • Visit Chengdu's Pandas

    A symbol of China, the giant panda is a national treasure. On this full day tour, learn about these lovable but endangered animals before visiting the Jincheng Bamboo Park, an elegant garden of bamboo built to commemorate one of China's most loved poets.

Location & directions

Chengdu, Sichuan and Yangtze Cruises, China

Sofitel Wanda Chengdu is located on the Funan River, just 15-minutes walk from Central Square and the commercial hub of the city

How to get there

15-hour International flight with one change. Sofitel Wanda Chengdu is a 20-minute drive from Chengdu Shuangliu international airport.

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