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Chengdu

Chengdu, “Rong” for short, is the capital of Sichuan Province. Chengdu is one of most important economic centers, transportation, communication and trading hubs in the southwest China. With the total area of 12,400 square kilometers, Chengdu has the population of 12,579,000 and has direct jurisdiction over 9 districts, 4 county-level cities and 6 counties.

Chengdu is rich in tourism resources. Besides some nation-level scenic spots, Chengdu is home to many amazing world cultural and historical heritages and natural splendid beauty such as Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt Emei, Jiuzhaigou, Dujiang Dam, Qingcheng Mountain. In addition, the world’s only Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre is located in Chengdu. In 2007, Chengdu received 42,536,000 domestic tourists and 786,000 foreign visitors. In February of 2007, Chengdu won the title of the Best Tourist City in 2006 of China.

Things To Do

Watch Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera or Chuanju is a type of Chinese opera originating from Sichuan Province around 1700 years ago. The culture of Sichuan features Chuanju and Chengdu is the hometown of it, while other influential locales include Chongqing, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hubei and Taiwan.

Bian Lian or face changing, is a traditional and famous dramatic art form in Sichuan Opera. Performers wave their arm and twist their face; their painted masks change quickly. Masks with different colors reflect one’s inmost feeling and thoughts.

Visit Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage Museum

Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage is named for the great poet Du Fu in Tang Dynasty. The museum is divided into collect area and cottage temple which were constructed in Qing Dynasty. Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage Museum is the largest museum which collects 36,422 articles related with Dufu.

Wander around Kuanzhai Lane

As one of three historical culture areas, Kuanzhai Lane is made up of Kuan Lane (Wide Lane), Zhai Lane (Narrow Lane) and Jing Lane. The three paralleled lanes have different style. Kuan Lane, named “Leisure Area” provides you with various entertainment places such as teahouses and restaurant. Zhai Lane is a good place to explore for it’s packed with well-preserved traditional buildings. Jing Lane is the most modernized among three lanes. Jing Lane is an entertainment area aiming at youngsters so that you can see clubs, dessert shops and other kinds of shops.

Buy Shu Brocade (蜀锦)

With long history and unique handicraft, Shu brocade is ranked as one of China’s best brocades. Since Sichuan is short for “shu”, the brocade is named Shu brocade.

Giant Research Base of Panda Breeding

Giant Research Base of Panda Breeding, founded in 1987, is the largest base to aim at “be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination.”

Eat in Jinli Ancient Street

With length of 350 meters, Jinli Ancient Street is packed with various kinds of shops, teahouses, clubs and hotels. Various kinds of delicious but spicy food are sold on this street ranging from high-end restaurant to roadside restaurant.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are two best time to visit most of regions in China, so Chengdu is no exception. But don’t go during the national holidays such as National Day (Octo.1 to 7) and Labor Day (May 1 to May 3), for it’s very crowded in downtown.

The weather of Chengdu in spring and autumn is mild for you to enjoy yourselves. Although it is stuffy in July and August, the attractions nearby the downtown of Chengdu are very ideal places to enjoy coolness.

In winter, it is a good chance to Xiling Snow Mountain and Longchi Forest Park to enjoy the beautiful snowscape. January is the coldest month when the temperature only reaches approximately 5℃,but you can save money when you travel to Chengdu in winter.

Chengdu Attractions

Chengdu attractions highlight Chengdu Panda Base, a most popular place to see giant pandas. Chengdu with long history has many historical and cultural tourist attractions like Sanxigndui Museum, Kuanzhai Lane and Wuhou Temple. Wuhou Temple in honor of Zhuge Liang (great military strategist during the period of Three Kingdom) set in the southern suburbs of the city. Moreover the tourist attractions like Wulong Natural Reserve outside Chengdu City greatly feast your eyes with picturesque landscape. Explore the Chengdu sightseeings with our Chengdu tours.

Chengdu Panda Base
Dujiangyan
Kuanzhai Lane
Sanxingdui Museum
Wolong Natural Reserve
Wuhou Temple

Chengdu Tours

City Package

4 Days Bifengxia Panda Base Discovery Tour (GP-01)

From$1,000$689
4 Day 3 Nights
In the morning, your private tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and then transfer you to visit Great Wall at Mutianyu Section. No Beijing tour is complete without a visit to the Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders in the world.
Affordable

8 Days Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou & Mt. Emei Tour (INSC0701)

From$3,999$2,199
8 Days and 6 Nights
An amazing tour to explore Szechuan deeply. Get ready to enjoy a great masterpiece of nature at Jiuzhaigou. The other beautiful mountain scenery, Mountain Emei, is also included in this tour. Mt. Emei is protected by the UNESCO as a sacred Buddhist Mountain in China.
Affordable

7 Days Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong & Dujiangyan Tour (INSC0601)

From$3,999$1,999
7 Days and 5 Nights
Have you ever tried the Szechuan food before? This is a great opportunity to try the real Szechuan food in Chengdu! Also, you may see the giant pandas and relax your self in the natural view in Jiuzhaigou as well.

Chengdu Culture

Chinese Folk Art Forms in Chengdu

Chinese Folk Art Form, or Qu Yi in Chinese Pinyin, can be traced back to previous Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). During Tang and Song dynasties, Chinese Folk Art Form in Chengdu made some progress. In Qing Dynasty, Sichuan Qu Yi with distinctive local characteristics gradually came into being. During the period of the Republic China, a site was allotted to specialize to performance Qu Yi. Usually, Chengdu Quyi is performed not in large theatre but in tea houses, taverns and even on streets.

 

Culture

Chinese Folk Art Forms in Chengdu

Chinese Folk Art Form, or Qu Yi in Chinese Pinyin, can be traced back to previous Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). During Tang and Song dynasties, Chinese Folk Art Form in Chengdu made some progress. In Qing Dynasty, Sichuan Qu Yi with distinctive local characteristics gradually came into being. During the period of the Republic China, a site was allotted to specialize to performance Qu Yi. Usually, Chengdu Quyi is performed not in large theatre but in tea houses, taverns and even on streets.

Giant Pandas

Chengdu is one of principal sites where giant pandas live. Most visitors to Chengdu aim to see the giant pandas. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, one of the best in the world, is located on Futou Hill at the suburb area of north Chengdu. There is a Panda Avenue which connects to downtown area. The base also shelter many other rare and endangered animals such as lesser panda and black-necked crane.

Ancient Water Project

Dujiangyan is a great water project in ancient Chinese history. It is located in the Min River, near Chengdu. Before the completion of Dujiangyan, the people living along the river had been severely plagued by flooding. So Li Bing was appointed to build Dujiangyan to protect people from flooding. Dujiangyan irrigation system contains three main construction including Yuzui or Fish Mouth Levee, Feishayan or Flying Sand Weir and Baopingkou or Bottle-necked Channel. Fish Mouth Levee resembling the mouth of fish divides the river into inner and outer rivers. Flying Sand Weir plays a role in sluice, draining sands and regulation of water. Bottle-necked Channel, the final part of the system, distributes water to farmlands.

Chengdu Food

Sichuan Cuisine is one of four famous cuisines in China, while Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan Province, is the best place to taste local authentic Sichuan Cuisine. The predominant ingredient in food here is chili. If you are a chili-lover, try some of Chengdu’s spiciest food laced with chili from top to bottom. With the history of thousands of years, Sichuan cuisine now has more than 3,000 kinds most of which are famous nationwide.

Food

Sichuan Cuisine is one of four famous cuisines in China, while Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan Province, is the best place to taste local authentic Sichuan Cuisine. The predominant ingredient in food here is chili. If you are a chili-lover, try some of Chengdu’s spiciest food laced with chili from top to bottom. With the history of thousands of years, Sichuan cuisine now has more than 3,000 kinds most of which are famous nationwide.

What to Eat in Chengdu

Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodle is a classic dish in Chengdu. It consists of spicy sauce containing preserved vegetable, chili oils, minced pork and scallions. The most famous of all noodles is Chen Baobao’s Dan Dan Noodles which was sold by vendor named Chen Baobao in 1841.

Clear Noodles in Chili Sauce (川北凉粉)

Clear Noodles in Chili Sauce has a long history originating at the end of Qing Dynasty. It made from rice and peas after being hulled. Ground peas into powder, filter the dreg, precipitate and then dewater. After this process, it should be heated and stirred into paste and put into basin or plate. Braise Pork Guokui

Braise Pork Guokui (卤肉锅盔)

Guokui is the name given either to flat breads that are baked, and then split and stuffed with pork. The Braise Pork Guokui run in Lao Huang Cheng includes many kinds with different stuff such as chicken, beef and vegetables.

Mao Xue Wang

Mao Xue Wang is a Szechuan classic. About 70 years ago, a butcher in Ciqicou Old town sold the pig pluck in a very low price while his wife thought it was pity so that she decided to stew these pluck adding ginger, pepper and cooking wine and sold in a stall. By chance, she put some blood in it and found it was very delectable. With the development, present-day Mao Xue Wang comes into being.

Chen Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu is a popular dish from Sichuan Province. It is a combination of tofu set in a spicy chili and bean based sauce. Chen Mapo Tofu is a very famous restaurant for its Mapo tofu. Chen Mapo tofu can be dated back to 1862. This dish gained popularity due to a fact that the tofu was cooked by a cook with pockmarks on her face, known as “mapo”in Chengdu dialect.

Where to Eat in Chengdu

You will find no shortage of delicious and spicy food in Chengdu. Spicy food in Chengdu can be divided into non-spicy, little spicy and very spicy. So if you are not a spicy-lover, you can choose non-spicy food. The following information will introduce some famous restaurant and food street.

Chengdu Food Streets

Yi Pin Tian Xia Food Street

Yi Pin Tian Xia Food Street was built by cooperation of government of Chengdu City and Jinniu District government. It is a food street which can represent Chengdu food culture. Taking an area of over 300 mu, this street is packed with many famous restaurants and hotels.

Yangxi Line

Yangxi Line is a very famous food street in Chengdu. There are many well-known restaurants on this street such as Shunfeng Fat Beef, Nantaiyue, Rongxingyuan, Happy Old Home, Red Apricot, Grand Ronghe and so on.

Funan New Street

Next to Yangxi Line, Funan New Street rose last two years featured in hotpots. There are about 20 hotpot restaurants runs various kinds of hotpots.

Jinli Ancient Street

Jinli Ancient Street is a very popular street among tourists and locals. You will find a lot of famous local snack food at low price. It offers regional and fairly affordable street food.

Chengdu Restaurants

Chongqing Qinma Hotpot
Address: No.34 of Qingjiang East Road Telephone: 87338887

Re Peng Jing Hotpot

Address: No.88 of Bingjiang Road Telephone: 86667878

Little Sheep

Address: No.3 of North Xian Road Telephone: 87683328

Chen Mapo Tofu Shop

Address: West Yulong Street, Liberation North Road, Temple Road, Wuhou Telephone: 028-86754512

Wenjun Restaurant

Address: Qintai Road 1 Telephone: 028-86120576

Blue Sea Restaurant (The 2-story restaurant)

Add: #113 Yikuan Rd. Chengdu Tel: 87045474

Marco Polo

Add: #18 Zongfu St. Chengdu Tel: 86711446

Old Canton Township

Address: Shu Rd # 518 Telephone: 028-87522688

Lion Chengdu, Sichuan Pavilion

Address: Double Forest Road 55 Telephone: 028-84350988

Chengdu Shopping

Chengdu is not only a paradise of delicious food but also an ideal place for shopping. Here there are various kinds of craftsmanship such as Lacquer Ware, Qingcheng silk carpet, Shu brocade, etc.

Shopping

Chengdu is not only a paradise of delicious food but also an ideal place for shopping. Here there are various kinds of craftsmanship such as Lacquer Ware, Qingcheng silk carpet, Shu brocade, etc.

What to Buy in Chengdu

Shu Brocade

Shu Brocade is one of four famous brocades in China. With the history of over 2000 years, Shu Brocade can be traced back to Han Dynasty. A poem of Yang Xiong in Han Dynasty thought highly of Shu Brocade. It is very colorful and soft. It costs you about 100RMB to 300RMB to buy a piece of Shu Brocade.

Lacquer ware

Sichuan is an important place for producing lacquer wares. Lacquer wares produced in Chengdu features smooth and shining surface and exquisite shapes. The main lacquer wares include screen, replica of cultural relics and works of art. The price of a lacquer ware usually ranges from 80RMB to 200RMB.

Qingcheng Silk Carpet

Qingcheng silk carpet is made from raw silk and spun silk. It is hand-knitted according to traditional processing. With numerous styles, the carpet is characterized with smooth surface, plain in quality and high resilience. It is not only very excellent export product but also best souvenir. It costs about 100RMB to 300RMB to buy a Qingcheng silk carpet.

Silverware

Silverwares have been made with a very high technology since ancient time, which can be judged from the article unearthed from Mausoleum of Wang Jian, king of Shu State. Chengdu silverware is made from very thin and fine threads of silver metal, which can be as thin as a hair. On this thin silverware, beautiful pattern are carved. The price of a silver ware is usually between 150RMB to 300RMB.

Bamboo over porcelain Ware

Bamboo-over-porcelain Ware is a unique craftwork. It is fabricated by weaving bamboo filaments over porcelain. Chengdu bamboo over porcelain can be dated back to the late Qing Dynasty. The bamboo is processed into pliable bamboo filament used to weave. The price of a ware is 80RMB to 300RMB.

Where to buy in Chengdu

The following will introduce you very famous shopping streets and shopping mall which can help you to find what you want to buy in Chengdu.

Shopping Streets

Chunxi Road

Chunxi Road is a contiguous shopping district in Chengdu. The road is packed with more than 700 shops including large shopping mall, supermarket, street stalls, modern cafes and public squares. With a history of 85 years, Chunxi Road is the most famous commercial walking street in Chengdu. It was named in 1924. Chunxi Road was once a narrow alley connected with Zou Ma Street, creating a straight path leading from north to south. Many famous restaurants are located on Chunxi Road. Here you can also taste very authentic Sichuan food.

Zongfu Road Walking Street

Zongfu Road Walking Street is the largest walking street in southwest China. On this street, cars, motors and bicycles are not allowed. On the both side of road is packed with modern buildings which contain various kinds of shops, supermarkets and shopping malls.

Chengdu Luo Ma Shi

Luo Ma Shi area is located at the crossroad of Chunxi Road and Zongfu Road. Many street vendors sell elegant and delicate souvenirs and small handicrafts. Many old-timey bookstores and architectures are in both Chinese and European style.

Yan Shi Kou

Yan Shi Kou is located at the center of Chengdu City. Yan Shi Kou is a famous shopping zone which enjoyed its reputation since Qing Dynasty. It is packed with not only stores and shops but also various restaurants and eating houses.

Shopping Malls and Department Stores in Chengdu

Carrefour

Carrefour-Guanghua Branch Address: No.99, First Section, Second Ring Road Carrefour-Grand World Branch Address: No.10, Xinguang Road, New District Carrefour-Qingshi Bridge Branch Address: F/2-3, Fortune Plaza, No.6, Daye Road, Jinjiang District Phone: 028-86700069 Carrefour-Babao Branch Address: No.1, Babao Street Phone: 028-86254735

Wal-mart

Wal-mart-Jiaoda Road Branch Address: Jiaoda Road, Jinniu District Phone: 028-8760667 Wal-mart-SM Branch Address: SM Commercial City, No.29, East Second Section, Second Ring Road Phone: 028-84312323 Renmin Department Store Address: No.19 DongYu Street Telephone: 028-86653388

Pacific Department Store

Address: No.12 ZongFu Road Telephone: 028-86653388

Wangfujing Department Store

Address: ZongFu Road, JinJiang District

RenHe Spring Department Store

Address: 19 South RenMin Road, Section 4 Telephone: 028-85232109

Chengdu Maps