Chengdu is famous for spicy food and pandas, but what you may not know is that it is actually a huge, thriving city and home to world class companies, innovating startups, gaming companies, and much more! So, we’ve built you the Chengdu Travel Plan
Chengdu may not be one of China’s shining stars like Shanghai, Hong Kong, or other megacities, but clearly still has a lot of to offer! Below are some of Chengdu’s top attractions and destinations for a good time in the spicy city.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding / 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地旨
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding imitates the natural habitat of giant pandas to create the most comfortable and nurturing environment possible. Giant pandas are a Chinese national treasure and the official symbol of the city of Chengdu.
Mostly seen in Sichuan, Shaanxi, & Gansu provinces, there are only 1,500 Giant Pandas left in our world today. When in Chengdu, going to see these adorable national treasures is an absolute MUST!
Price: Admission Fee RMB 60
Transportation: Take subway line 3 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198A direct to the base.
Note: There are other Panda bases you can visit and even volunteer at! Only thing to know is that the Panda Cubs can be found only at the breeding base and other locations have the grown up Pandas only.
Jinli Street | 锦里街
On Jinli Street you’ll find locals as well as travelers from all over the world there to admire the traditional-style buildings, and eat delicious Chengdu delicacies. Jinli is full of history dating as far back as 263 BC. Over the years the area has continued to grow in both fame and culture and is now a key highlight of the beautiful city. Don’t miss your chance to dive deep into Chinese history, culture, and food at the famous Jinli Street.
Transportation: no subway station is open near by the street yet, so better take a taxi there
Dufu Cottage | 杜甫草堂
Du Fu, a well-known poet of the Tang Dynasty, has a strong influence Chinese poetry. Du Fu Thatched Cottage is his former residence and a great destination to add a bit of culture to your spicy vacation in the “Du”.
While exploring the cottage and surrounding area you can learn the details of Du Fu’s life and work. A visit to Dufu Thatched Cottage is a journey back in time to more traditional times in Western China.
Transportation: Take Metro Line 4 to North Caotang Road Station, and then walk south for about 15 minutes to get there.
Tianfu Square, Chengdu | 成都天府广场
Sitting in downtown Chengdu is the gorgeous Tianfu Square. Whether you’re looking to wander about in awe at beautiful architecture and scenery, spot some local nightlife, or go on a culture frenzy at the Chengdu Museum, Sichuan Art Gallery, Jincheng Art Palace, or the Imperial Mosque, Tianfu Square is full of both modern and classic attractions. It’s impossible to avoid this epicenter of awesome while in Chengdu. A key highlight of Tianfu to this day remains the maginificent Mao statue (featured above) right in the middle of the square
Transportation: Take metro line 1 or line 2, and get off at the Tianfu Square Station, which is on the second floor of the east sunken square.
New Century Global Center | 新世纪全球中心
New Century Global Center is a multipurpose building in the Tianfu New Area of Chengdu, China, and is the world’s largest building (in regards to floor area). The building primarily serves as a giant shopping mall, perfect for visiting families and travelers, also featuring a full-scale water park inside!
Address: No. 1700 North section, Tianfu avenue, Wuhou district, Chengdu
Mount Qingcheng | 青城山
Mount Qingcheng has been dubbed “Mini Emeishan, without the monkeys.” This destination is outside of the city and can be paired well with a trip to Dujiangyan or even stay there overnight.
As you begin your climb up Mt. Qingcheng you will discover the Jianfu Palace, from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The surrounding area is full of overgrown vegetation, crawling streams, and phenomenal scenery to be enjoyed by travelers far and wide.
Moving westward on the mountain you’ll eventually arrive at the Tianshi Cave, one of the mountains major attractions. The cave is full of statues and each section is dedicated to different Taoist deities, all open for worship and awe from weary travelers.
Transportation: Take the bullet train from Chengdu Railway Station to Qingchengshan Railway Station. Then take bus no. 101 to Mt. Qingcheng (Front Mountain).
Peoples Park | 人民公园
People’s Park is a public park in central of the city. Built in 1911 as Shaocheng Park, it was the first public park in Chengdu. It’s a great place to enjoy tea or join in with some locals as they sing and dance the days away. The local “Marriage Market” takes place there every weekend and if you really fancy a cultural experience, make sure you try the Royal Ear Massage offered by local specialists.
Transportation: People’s Park Station, on Line 2 of the Chengdu Metro.
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