Exploring Chengdu’s Backcountry – Pingle Old Town

For those in the know travellers, China’s new urban star Chengdu brings to mind not only the adorable, worry-free giant pandas and spicy, delicious Sichuan Cuisine, but also a dozen ancient towns around Chengdu, making it a great all-round travel destination in China. Pingle is one of the best of Chengdu’s old towns, and offers fun cultural experience.

9-day Chengdu Culture Tour to Pingle Ancient Town

Cheng old town tours

Located 93kmk southwest of Chengdu, Pingle Town was initially built as far back as 150BC during the West Han Dynasty, and used to an important town on ancient Silk Road and Tea Horse Road. There is a river running through the ancient town, and leading us into the heart of Pingle, for more atmosphere and a wealth of cultural sites, including the Ming and Qing dynasties’ traditional dwellings, the thousand-year-old alleys, the ancient temples, weirs, docks, beautiful old bridges, etc.

Rambling the streets of Pingle Town, walking through the humble wooden buildings, and listening to the ancient music, you may feel that you are back in time. You can also try many local specialty foods and snacks, and experience some interesting folk activities.

If you are looking for an adventure on a mountain or a mountain hiking trip around, then you’re encouraged to visit the tranquil Lugou Bamboo Sea. There is a huge Buddha statue on the mountain, even taller than the famous 72-meter-high Giant Buddha in Leshan.

How to get to Pingle Old Town: Take a bus from the Jinsha Bus station/Chengdu Chengbei Bus Terminal (North Train Station)/Shiyangchang passenger Bus Center to Qionglai City (about one hour), then take a bus or small van to Pingle (about 15 minutes).

Best Season to visit Pingle Old Town: March till June and September till November

Touring Chengdu for Excellent Food And Haunting Culture

Prepare to be seduced by the vibrant city of Chengdu in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. This charming city has long taken credit for having photogenic scenery, the most excellent food and the cutest creature – giant pandas. Allow yourself at least 24 hours to take in Chengdu’s compelling sights, and haunting culture. Here below is some important travel information and the most recommended things of Chengdu. See if you agree.

Chengdu Teahouse

Chengdu

How to Get to Chendu

As a new urban star in China, Chengdu enjoys a good geographic location and can be easily approached by rail, air or expressway daily from most cities in the nation. Furthermore, it has direct flights to over 20 international cities. When touring Chengdu city, most attractions and important places are accessible by the public transport like city bus and metro.

Teahouses in Chengdu

Unlike the people in other big cities of China, who are always rushing to get something or somewhere, those in Chengdu live with a much slower pace and enjoy their daily life. Head for a local teahouse to have a cup of tea, while reading a book, sinking in thought or enjoying a unique tea ceremony. Chengdu people are fascinated with playing mahjong. They even play mahjong in the river to cool off during the hot summer days.

Attractions in Chengdu

There are a lot of attractions in Chengdu that are worth a visit. Situated on the Axe Hill 10 kilometers north of Chengdu, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is an unmissable place. 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species inhabits here. Why not try to be a panda volunteer to get close to them? Go visit Jinli Old Street at night when it is illuminated by the red lanterns, which offers a laid-back vibe. Kuan & Zhai Alleys of various bars and handicraft shops is another place to relax. Also there are museums, history temples and cottages, which reveal the splendor of time-honored Chengdu and its quaint Bashu culture. As for its culture, visitors should not omit the Sichuan Opera, a local performance art most famous for Face changing.

Other famous sights nearby Chengdu city include Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei, Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, Bifengxia Panda Base

Local Food And Snacks in Chengdu

Chengdu is well known for its Sichuan cuisine, which is hot, spicy, succulent, and crisp. Famous local dishes include Mapo Toufu (Bean curd with mince and chili oil), Kungbao Chicken (Spicy diced chicken with peanuts), Hot Pot, Sliced Pork/Beef/Fish with Hot & Spicy Sauce. Take a gourmet tour to Chengdu, travelers should not miss those snack streets, and feast on various local snacks.