Chengdu: top sights & restaurants
Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild.
Address: 1375 Panda Road, Northern Suburb, Chengdu, Sichuan
This vast temple complex consists of several buildings, a large central hall and peaceful gardens including the famous red walls.
Built in 2nd century, the present Wuhou Memorial Temple was rebuilt in 1672
A short walk away is Jinli Street.
Du Fu Thatched Cottage
Located on a picturesque bend of the Huanhuaxi River, the complex features peaceful gardens, several pavilions, and pathways with lovely bridges. The complex covers 24 acres and shows the home of one China's most famous poets Du Fu.
As the symbol of Chengdu city, Tianfu Square can be compared to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It's the largest city square in southwest China and seen from above it has the shape of a giant yin yang.
Wangjiang Pavilion Park
Park with a 4-story pavilion dedicated to Xue Tao, a Tang dynasty poet, amid groves of rare bamboo. The site boasts 140 different species of bamboo.
People’s Park is one of the most popular parks in the city. There are several teahouses on the grounds, including one of the more famous in the city, the Hemin Teahouse. You can row on a lake, dance, watch people dance, play Mahjong or work. There is also a large monument here commemorating an uprising that helped lead to the fall of the Qing Dynasty
Chengdu Yongling Museum
The Yongling Museum is popular among locals for the cultural relics discovered in it and the enchanting scenery in Yongling Park.
Culture Park and Sichuan Opera
The park includes the Pavilion of the Eight Trigrams (Bagua Ting), with its eight stone pillars and intricate carvings of dragons and other symbols from Chinese culture.
Home to the Shufeng Sichuan Opera House, where you can witness traditional Chinese music and theater. The atmosphere is relaxed with people sitting on bamboo seats, where you are served tea and sunflower seeds.
Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley
Consisting of Wide Alley (Kuan Xiangzi), Narrow Alley (Zhai Xiangzi), Well Alley (Jing Xiangzi) three parallel ancient city alleys including 45 courtyards.
Plenty of souvenir shops and art shops, taste some street food, or enjoy the traditional restaurants with their beautiful gardens.
Qingyang Palace (Qing Yang Gong) aka the Black Goat Palace is one of the most famous Taoist temples in China. Stroll in the beautiful gardens, take some tea with the locals.
One of China's most important Muslim sites, the mosque has a mix of traditional Chinese and Arabic-influenced architecture.
Anshun Lang Bridge
The attractive Anshun Bridge, which crosses the Jin River one of the must do sights s in Chengdu. The bridge was rebuilt in 2003, the previous bridge built in 1746 and destroyed by a devastating flood in 1947.
The bridge is particularly beautiful during the night, when the lights reflect into the river
Wuhouci Street (Jinli Pedestrian Street)
The street is a part of the Temple of Marquis, and the buildings are in the Qing Dynasty style. The theme is Three Kingdoms Culture, a traditional folk custom. There are many bars, inns, snack stores and souvenir shops.
Taikoo Li and IFS
IFS is the place for shopping for luxuary brands. Don't miss the panda climbing up the side of the mall.
A calm temple with beautiful architecture. Don't miss the cute Chinese zodiac statues.
The most distinctive attraction on the street is a 920-meter-long path paved with bricks carved with the pictures depicting the daily life of the people in the Han Dynasty. Lined with many large-scale jewelry shops. Best visited at night when all the lamps and lanterns are lit up.
Jinsha Site Museum
Plentiful unearthed relics of gold, jade, bronze, stone, ivory are exhibiting in 5 halls to show the historical culture of Chinese ancestors in ancient Shu Kingdom about 2900-3200 years ago.
The China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu was Animals Asia’s first bear sanctuary and also the first of its kind in the world. An adventurous project, it is a safe haven combining secure, semi-natural rehabilitation areas with bamboo forest enclosures designed to provide the bears with a secure and stimulating environment for the remaining years of their lives and to act as a centre for research and education.