Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu)

The giant panda is the symbol of China that is loved by local people and foreign travelers, especially children. The chance for you to interact with this lovely creature is visiting Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. More than 80 pandas are preserved and taken care in this place. Not only can tourists watch pandas but they can also attend exhibitions in Giant Panda Museum, learn about conservation process and take part in volunteering activities.

Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Museum

Recognized as the ‘City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO, it is understandable that Chengdu has an exclusive museum which is dedicated to this regional heritage. Around 30 kilometers from Chengdu, this museum consists of four halls which offer travelers an insight on how Sichuan cuisines develop: Exhibition Hall, Raw Materials Hall, Interactive Hall, and Kitchen God Temple. In Exhibition Hall, many ancient cooking utensils which are made of stone, bamboo, wood and even bone are displayed. You can try to cook a traditional Sichuan dish yourself. Though you can find thousands of Sichuan cuisine recipes on the Internet, you will only have a chance to learn how to cook authentic Sichuan dishes from thoughtful instructors in this museum.

Jinli Old Street

Leisurely strolling around Jinli Old Street, the ancient Chengdu’s commercial street, is an integral part of your trip here. Rustic features of this area can be spotted in flagstone-paved lanes, wooden ancient house, vibrant red lanterns and colorful stores. Folk performances such as plays or puppet are held regularly at night. Visit a teahouse and see the stunning tea-pouring shows when a performer will skillfully pour boiling water from a very long spout. There are many places to entertain as well: bars, nightclubs, and coffee houses. You can find many restaurants and street vendors which sell authentic Sichuan cuisines.

Leshan Giant Buddha

180 kilometers from the center of Chengdu, Leshan Giant Buddha is the most-visited attraction in Mount Emei Scenic Area. A day trip to this place is worth around ¥100-150. Recognized as the UNESCO Heritage Site, the Giant Buddha is magnificent with 21 meters in height and 28 meters in width. This statue had been carved for 90 years during Tang dynasty. The construction was led by Hai Tong, a Chinese monk with a belief that this statue would calm the strong water currents of the river so that vessels could smoothly travel. If you are not into climbing, sitting on a boat and taking photographs are recommended when visiting Leshan Giant Buddha.

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. Tea House is the highlight of this park. Sitting in a rustic open-air teahouse, enjoying a fragrant cup of tea, and watching a tea-pouring show are the best way to retreat yourself after a long sightseeing day. Moreover, to the south of this park, there is a giant Orchid Garden with an area of more than 800 square meters. 28 species of orchid are displayed in this garden.

Wenshu Monastery

Built during Tang dynasty, Wenshu Monastery, or also known as Xinxiang Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Chengdu. This monastery is the home to numerous relics and more than 300 Buddha statues made of bronze, wood, stone and even jade. Part of Xuanzang’s skull is the most precious relic of this temple. Artworks of famous Chinese painters and calligraphists are also stored in this temple. Besides cultural relics, this temple is atmospheric with colorful gardens and solemn halls.

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. Kuan Alley represents ancient folk style with traditional teahouses and inns. At night, you can enjoy street snacks and relish calligraphy demonstrations in this alley. Zhai Alley features Chengdu’s leisure lifestyle with many restaurants, cafes and leisure workshops. On the contrary, Jing Alley (Well Alley) is modern with Western bars and nightclub. The Wide and Narrow Alley is the inspiration for Kung Fu Panda movie, so don’t be surprised if streets and houses here look exactly like the movie.

Wuhou Temple

Wuhou is one of the most famous historic heroes in China. He is the military strategist for Liu Bei during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD). With an area of 37,000 square meters, this place is suitable for the ones who are into discovering Chengdu’s rich history. The most outstanding feature of this temple is the huge Triple-Success Stele written by Pei Du, the most brilliant calligraphist in ancient China.