Located in the west of China, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. Located in fertile plains of Red Basin, Chengdu is endowed with an abundance of precious resources to develop agriculture.  With the history of more than 3000 years, it is understandable that Chengdu is the home to various historical, religious and cultural sites. Famous Sichuan food and traditional teahouses are worth including in your Chengdu trip.

What to do in Chengdu?

Chengdu offers you many exotic experiences beyond the metropolitan Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai. You cannot go wrong with this ‘Land of Abundance’.

Play with adorable pandas

China Panda

Chengdu is the home to pandas – the symbol of China. Although you can see giant pandas in many zoos around the world, it will be more insightful to visit its native habitat. You can understand the process of panda breeding, history of panda evolution and activities to protect this endangered species. Chengdu has three panda bases where you can play with this lovely creature: Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, Dujiangyan Panda Base, and Bifengxia Panda Base. Pandas usually give birth in August and September, so do not miss this time when you can see cute newly-born pandas.

Enjoy Sichuan cuisine

Ma Po Tofu

For the ones who are into gastronomy, Chengdu is the must-visit destination. It is the home to Sichuan cuisines which are characterized by colorful appearance, appealing aroma, and spicy and strong flavor. If you do not like chili and pepper, make sure that you specify what you want when ordering: not spicy at all, a little bit spicy or spicy. Soy milk, juice and tea will help you a lot to calm your tongue when sampling Sichuan foods. Some most popular Sichuan cuisines are Ma Po tofu, kung pao chicken (spicy diced chicken), Sichuan hot pot, Dandan noodles and Ganbian Sijidou (dry stir-fried green beans). You can also participate in a Sichuan cooking class at Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum.

Sightseeing to some extraordinary sites

Discover the rich history, colorful culture and breathtaking landscapes of Chengdu in these attractions:

  • Jinli Old Street: Leisurely strolling around Jinli Old Street, the ancient Chengdu’s commercial street, is an integral part of your trip here. You will be delighted by colorful lanterns, rustic teahouses and delicious street foods.
  • Leshan Giant Buddha: Recognized as the UNESCO Heritage Site, the Giant Buddha is magnificent with 21 meters in height and 28 meters in width.
  • Chengdu People’s Park: This is an entertainment area of local Chengdu people. Sailing on an artificial lake, visiting a teahouse and enjoying art performance on Rockery Square are activities you can take part in.
  • Wenshu Monastery: Built during Tang dynasty, Wenshu Monastery, or also known as Xinxiang Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Chengdu.
  • Kuanzhai Alley (Wide and Narrow Alley): Originally built during Qing dynasty, nowadays this alleys consists of three parts: Kuan Alley (Wide Alley), Zhai Alley (Narrow Alley), and Jing Alley. It is the place for you to relax, visit traditional tea houses, sample local cuisines and buy souvenirs.
  • Wuhou Temple: With an area of 37,000 square meters, this place is suitable for the ones who are into discovering the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD).

Relish Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera has a long history – it was born in the 1700s during Ming dynasty. This kind of art performance is well-preserved as the most ancient opera form in China. Dramas are reflected through local dialect, costumes and many kinds of entertainment such as singing, dancing, acrobatics, fire-spitting, and face changing. This characteristic differs Sichuan Opera from modern Western opera which only singing is involved.

Face changing is the most splendid part of Sichuan Opera. The performers wear colorful masks and change the masks instantaneously after the swipe of their fans. You will be amazed and feel like they skillfully change their masks in the blink of the eye.

Best time to travel to Chengdu?

Chengdu is considered as ‘London of China’ due to its humid, foggy and drizzly weather. We advise that you visit Chengdu during spring and early of summer (March to June) or autumn (September to November). It is sultry and rainy during summer (June to August) with the average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Chengdu will experience the highest rainfall from July to August, so avoid this time.

Chengdu Travel Tips
  • Chengdu is the first country in Western China that offers free 72-hour transit visas. Check if your nationality is eligible for this policy and enjoy 3-day Chengdu trip.
  • Thanks to Chengdu’s integrated road and metro system, it is easy to take a train around this city. However, avoid traveling during rush hour when the metro is very crowded.
  • If you wish to go farther to the west, Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, one of the most bustling airports in the world, offers you domestic flights to Tibet.
  • Sichuan food is signature for its spicy and oily. If you do not like spicy food, ask for the ones without any chili. Drink a lot of water and eat fruits if you do not want to get any acne and pimple after Chengdu trip.