Want to have a full understanding about “the Land of Abundance”?
Eager to know what to see and do in “a city you never want to leave once you arrive”?
Here, we carefully handpicked the top 10 attractions in Chengdu for you to explore. All these attractions are highly recommended by our real customers and travelers on TripAdvisor.
Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu
No.1: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, located 10 km north of Chengdu, is the base where you could see the cute giant pandas and red pandas. It is better to visit the panda in the morning. During this time, they are very active. They may eat, climb the tree, roam in their enclosure, play with each other…
No.2: Wenshu Monastery (Wenshu Temple)
Built in the Sui Dynasty, Wenshu Monastery is a clean and quiet temple in the city of Chengdu. There are small ponds and elegant buildings in corners of the complex where you could sit and relax.
If you are a Buddhist, you could pray and burn incenses in the temple. If you are non-religious visitors, you could sip tea in the tea house and enjoy imaginative food in the vegetarian restaurant. This temple is a good place to experience the Buddhist culture and local city life of Chengdu.
No.3: Chengdu Renmin Park (People’s Park)
Chengdu Renmin Park is the first park in Chengdu. It is also the largest green area in downtown Chengdu. It is composed of an artificial lake, several gardens, the Railway Protection Movement Monument, and the century-old Heming Teahouse and more sites.
With a trip to Renmin Park, travelers could explore the leisure life of Chengdu citizen. Some are singing and dancing, some are practicing calligraphy with water on the floor, some are drinking tea in the old teahouse, some are playing majong, some are eating Sichuan snack in the stands. After your exploration, have a rest and drink a cup of tea in Heming Teahouse.
Chengdu Renmin Park
No.4: Jinli Old Street
Jinli Old Street, located near Wuhou Memorial Temple, is an ancient street taking you back to Shu Kingdom. Called “the first street of west Sichuan”, the street is in total length of 550 meters, and becomes a famous pedestrian street in Chengdu.
Travelers from aboard and all over China pay a visit to Jinli Old Street to admire the traditional-style buildings, taste some local snacks and purchase some souvenirs for their families and friends.
Jinli Old Street
No.5: Wuhou Memorial Temple
Wuhou Memorial Temple, situated near Jinli Old Street, is an ancestral temple with a history covering 1000 years. It is a memorial temple to honor Zhu Geliang, the prime minister of Shu in the Three Kingdom period. A visit to Wuhou Memorial Temple will let travelers know more about Three Kingdoms’ history and its historical figures. Wander under the thick verdant forest of cypresses, appreciate the main complex of the temple, and listen to the stories and history of the famous figures in Three Kingdom…
Every year during the Spring Festival, visitors could enjoy Wuhou Temple Fair with various activities like Lantern festivals, performances, special food fair and regional folk customs activities.
Wuhou Memorial Temple
No.6: Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty
Kuan Zhai Alley is the place to experience both old and new Chengdu. It is composed of three alleys, Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley. Kuan Alley shows the leisurely life and old Chengdu. Lots of shops and stands offer traditional delicacies and local handicrafts. Zhai Alley, actually, is wider than Kuan Alley, showing the slow life pace. You could enjoy a cup of coffee and some cuisines. Jing Alley infuses a new life into the historic complexes showing the modern Chengdu. Filled with bars, clubs and other hotspots, it is a good place for your nightlife in Chengdu.
Kuan Zhai Alley
No.7: Qingyang Palace
Qingyang Palace, also Green Ram Temple, is the oldest and largest Taoist temple in Chengdu and one of the famous Taoist palaces in China. It is regarded as the sacred place of Laozi, the father of Taoism.
The main architectural structures in the Qingyang Palace include The Gate, Hunyuan Hall, Eight-diagram Pavilion, Sanqing Hall, Doulao Hall and Jade Emperor Palace. In front of Sanqing Hall, there are two bronze goats and they are the symbol of Qingyang Palace. One of them is with two horns cast in 1829 during Qing Dynasty. The other one with one horn is fantastically-shaped. You could discover 12 animals in it which standing for different years in China’s lunar calendar.
No.8: Dufu Thatched Cottage
Dufu Thatched Cottage, adjacent to Huanhuaxi Park, is a park and museum in honor of Dufu, the famous poet in Tang Dynasty. A trip to the cottage, visitors could learn about Dufu’s life, his poetry (masterpieces of realist poetry) and his times in Tang Dynasty. This cottage is composed of three main areas, Du Dong Bu Memorial Hall, The Thatched Cottage of Dufu and the Hall of great poets.
If you a lover of Chinese poetry and interested in Tang Dynasty history, you could get into Dufu Thatched Cottage and take a quiet walk in this park.
Dufu Thatched Cottage
No.9: Huanhuaxi Park
Huanhuaxi Park is located near Dufu Thatched Cottage. It is good to take a leisure walk after your visit to Dufu Thatched Cottage. It is also connected with Sichuan Museum and Baihuatan Park.
Poetry is one of the highlights of the Huanhuaxi Park. Walk along the poetry path, you’ll see many sculptures of poets of the past 2000 years old and well-known poems wrote by different poets. Another highlight is viewing fish in Huanhua Viewing Fish Pond. In the pond, there are thousands of swimming fish. Also, if you are interested in birds and other wildlife, you won’t miss the thing. You’ll see photographers with huge lenses photographing birds for a lot kinds of birds here. You’ll discover more - the local city life of Chengdu - people dancing, aerobics, badminton, mahjong, karaoke, rowing, calligraphy etc.
No.10: Jinsha Site Museum
Jinsha Site, discovered in 2001, regarded as China’s most important archeological discovery in the twenty-first century. Large numbers of important cultural relics including gold, bronze, jade, ivory and lacquerware artifacts have all been discovered in Jinsha Site and are now on display in the museum. Travelers could see the symbol of Shu Kingdom - treasured sunbird, the black color wood, collections in the Ruins Hall and Exhibition Hall. This site is closely linked with Sanxingdui Site, which served as testimony of Jinsha-Sanxingdui civilization dated back to 3000 years BC. If you are interested in early human civilization, Jinsha Site Museum is an interesting archaeological museum to go.
Jinsha Site Museum
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