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If you go to Chengdu, China

Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine

www.cookingschoolinchina.com

Diane Drey (US contact)

Cooking School in China

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13 Laura Drive

Cedar Grove, N.J.

917-670-3690

Special two-week program in English: $2,150 covers tuition, costs for guide, translators, transportation to and from central Chengdu to the institute, welcoming and farewell dinners. Discounts offered to those who register early or enlist a friend to join them. Course dates: April 7-19, Oct. 20-Nov. 1.

The program offers guidance, but students make their own living arrangements.

Flights from Boston to Chengdu typically run from $1,200 to $4,500. Required are a valid passport plus a travel visa, which generally takes two weeks or more to obtain.

What to do

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center

26 Xiongmao Ave.

www.panda.org/cn/english/.

Walk along shaded paths to view giant pandas playing, sleeping, eating; about $9.

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Where to stay

Chengdu Traffic Inn Hostel

6 Lin Jiang Zhong Lu

Wuhou 610041

011-028-8545-0470

www.trafficinnhostel.com

Friendly service, English
spoken; about $16 for single room with two beds;
dormitory $7.

Somerset Riverview Hotel

1 Renmin South Road

Wuhou 610041

011-628-6181-6888

www.somerset.com/china/chengdu

Modern 34-story hotel.
Single about $100.

Where to eat

Lao Ma Tou

27 Yu Lin Zhong Lu

011-026-8555-5705

Hotpot course for one $16.

Yu Jia Chu Fang

43 Zhai Xiangzi

011-028-8669-1985

Two-dozen-course meal with set menu; reservations
required. More than six guests, $48 per person ; fewer than six, $96.

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