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Top things to do in Chengdu

By Yuewei Yang

May 5

Fertile lands and a favorable a climate give the city the title “the land of abundance” and picturesque landscapes. Start planning your Chengdu visit with this introduction.

Fertile lands and a favorable a climate give the city the title “the land of abundance” and picturesque landscapes. Start planning your Chengdu visit with this introduction.

A 2,000-year history leaves Chengdu, the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province, with numerous historical places of interest. Fertile lands and a favorable a climate give  the city the title “the land of abundance” and picturesque landscapes. It is also well-known for its appetizing delicacies and slow pace of life. Start planning your Chengdu visit with this introduction.

1/5  Watch giant pandas 大熊猫

Pandas [Image Credit: Xinhuanet]
Pandas [Image Credit: Xinhuanet]
Chengdu is known as the hometown of giant pandas, called living fossils by zoologists. The Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding is located on the mountain of Futoushan (斧头山) in the northern suburbs of Chengdu. It imitates the pandas’ natural habitat to give them the best possible environment for rearing and breeding.

Entry: 58 yuan/person

Opening Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

2/5  Relish Sichuan cuisine 川菜

Sichuan Hot Pot [Image Credit: Wu Tiantong]
Sichuan Hot Pot [Image Credit: Wu Tiantong]
Sichuan cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in all of China, and is famous for its spicy, fragrant and diverse dishes. Dry-braising and dry-stewing are two special cooking methods particular in Sichuan cuisine. Visitors can relish local dishes and snacks at Jinli Old Street (锦里古街).

3/5  Stroll down Jinli Old Street 锦里古街

Stroll down Jinli Old Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Stroll down Jinli Old Street [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Jinli Old Street was built as early as the Shu Kingdom and is called “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”. It combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by an old world. The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm.

4/5  Explore Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi 宽窄巷子

Wide and Narrow Alleys [Image Credit: Xinhua]
Wide and Narrow Alleys [Image Credit: Xinhua]
Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi, meaning “Wide and Narrow Alleys”, refers to the two famous lanes in Chengdu – Kuan Alley (wide lane) and Zhai Ally ( narrow Lane). Both are the gentrified ancient alleys from the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911) and the neighborhood is one of the three historical relic protection areas in Chengdu.

5/5  Visit Dufu Thatched Cottage 杜甫草堂

 Du Fu Thatched Cottage [photostock Wang Rui]
Du Fu Thatched Cottage [photostock Wang Rui]
Du Fu, a well-known poet of the Tang Dynasty, has a strong influence Chinese poetry. Du Fu Thatched Cottage is his former residence. There are exhibits that provide details of Du Fu’s life and work. In addition, statues, stone carvings, paintings, and calligraphy by famous writers of different dynasties are also on display.

Entry: 60 yuan/person

Opening Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

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