What to Do in Chengdu – China’s New Urban Star

Located in the southwestern China, Chengdu has been experiencing decades of rapid development, and become a new urban star in 2000s involving innumerous business opportunities. But there’s much to do in Chengdu! Chengdu is the hometown of pandas, and world famous for its profound tea culture, spicy food and cultural attractions.

With the good news of Chengdu being China’s fourth city (in the company of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou) offering 72-hour visa-free transits, and the launch of China’s first direct freight train services to Europe — from Chengdu, the city are expected to see more international guests, who’d likely to enjoy its slow life style – people get up late and spend half a day playing mahjong or drinking tea leisurely.

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Highlights in Chengdu:

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base – Giant pandas are undoubtedly Chengdu’s biggest draw, and can be found in Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, 10 kilometers north of Chengdu. Plan a China panda tour to stay close to these cute creatures and get to know the present and future of them.

Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum The Jinsha Site was the most significant archaeological discovery in the 21st century in China, endowed with thousands of gold plates, jade articles, stone wares, bronze wares and ivories traced back to Kingdom of Shu (221 – 263). Among them, the Holy Bird has become the symbol of China Cultural Heritage.

Wuhou Memorial Temple it is a historical and cultural site lying in the south of Chengdu, enclosed by red walls where there are spacious buildings shaded by towering old cypresses.

Jinli Ancient Street Next to Wuhou Memorial Temple, you’ll find this dynastic-era street, crowded but still worth a visit – there are small shops and vendors selling special local products, antiques, souvenirs and delicious local snacks. Meanwhile visitors can admire the traditional-style buildings all along.

Kuan & Zhai Alleys or Wide and Narrow Alleys are three parallel Chinese old-style alleys—Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley, where there are teahouses, inns, restaurants, bars, theaters, handicraft stores, snack vendors and specialty shops creating a delightful leisurely ambience.

Tea Houses – Drinking tea is an essential part of Chengdu people’s daily life. Visitors to Chengdu will be amazed at the teahouses of various sizes and layout, and the “Tea Doctors” and their unique teapots. Join locals to drink tea in a up-scale teahouse or a simple tea stall in the park, chatting and relaxing.

Sichuan Opera Face changing is the highlight of Sichuan Opera, which is a must to see. Wu Hou Ci Grand Stage, Sichuan Opera Theater and Shufengyayun Operatic Circle are ideal places for Sichuan Opera show.

Don’t-miss Dishes in Chengdu

Chengdu is the place to feast on authentic Sichuan cuisine, one of eight major Chinese traditional cuisines, and characterized by three Peppers, seven Tastes and eight flavors. Visitors, especially spicy food lovers should not omit the classic Chuan dishes in Chengdu.

Mapo Toufu (Bean curd with mince and chili oil) 麻婆豆腐: It is a classic Chuan food spreading all around the world.

Kungbao Chicken (Spicy diced chicken with peanuts) 宫保鸡丁: stir-fried dish consists of small slices of chicken block, dried chilies and peanuts.

Twice Cooked Pork 回锅肉: Pork belly steak chunks boiled in hot water with sliced ginger and salt, and then cut into thin slices, fried in moderately spicy oil.

Hot Pot 火锅: Very popular throughout China. Whatever can be boiled, can be thrown into the hot pot, provided it is a basic chili pepper oil foundation.

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The Love Zebra Crossing in Chengdu, China

In China, “Love needs a zebra crossing to be safe” is a very popular saying on the Internet. A “I Love you” zebra crossing in chengdu city perfectly captures the spirit of the saying.

The Love Zebra Crossing in Chengdu, China

The zebra crossing now became Chengdu’s red carpet. It can be found on South Tianxianqiao Road near Hejiang Pavilion in Chengdu city.

The Love Zebra Crossing in Chengdu, China
Hejiangting is where almost all of Chengdu’s newlyweds go because it is a place where two rivers join together. It has a beautiful meaning.

The Love Zebra Crossing in Chengdu, China

The love carpet was created to send blessings to local couples, and to remind people of traffic regulations. Absolutely, It gives warmth and love to everyone who walks over it.If you happen to be at Chengdu, don’t forget to visit this zebra crossing and take a photo with your beloved.

The Love Zebra Crossing in Chengdu, China

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Incredible Chengdu – Native Land of Pandas, China

Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province in Southwest China. Its name literally means “becoming a city”, and dates back to the city’s founding over 2,300 years ago. For Chengdu, it is perhaps best known outside of China for lovely Giant Pandas and spicy Sichuan cuisine. Actually, it is a tourism paradise for travelers, with enchanting natural scenery, amazing historical sites, unique cultural ambience, and leisurely lifestyle. It is also called ‘a city where one would not think of leaving once there’.

Like many major cities in China, Chengdu is a place of contrasts – modern and ancient. Traditional wooden architecture and tree-lined streets are giving way to flashy malls and glassy high-rises. New western style buildings can be found everywhere in the downtown. However, the city still boasts a long glorious history and rich culture that can’be rivaled. Among many historical sites in and around Chengdu are Wuhou Memorial Temple, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Sanxingdui Ruins, Leshan Giant Buddha, Emei Buddhist Mountain, Qingcheng Taoist Mountain, and… Whatever one’s interests, there is always plenty to do.

Impressively, Chengdu has the reputation as a very “laid-back” city for its carefee lifestyle. Something is still present in the city’s teahouse where locals will spend the day relaxing, drinking tea and playing mah-jong. Traditional teahouses in Chengdu feature bamboo chairs and wooden tables, and jasmine tea is served as the local staple. They can be spotted on almost every city corner, and are a focal point of Sichuan culture. Besides, Chengdu people clearly know how to enjoy their colorful nightlife, from dinner party at hotpot restaurants, tasting snacks at night markets, singing KTV, to dancing at night clubs.

And of course, no visit to Chengdu is complete without going to see the pandas. As China’s national treasure, the giant panda is one of the rarest animals in the world. For protection, a breeding center for giant pandas was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. It offers a good chance to go eye to eye with cute pandas.