Best Places to Visit in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


The eight-day extended National Day Golden Week is just around the corner, and we have hand-picked for you the best destinations in the city.

In the 2020 National Day Golden Week Tourism Trends Report unveiled by Mafengwo, Chengdu ranks the first on the list of domestic travel destinations most popular among young Chinese travelers.

Journey for the Giant Panda
Your trip to the city of the giant pandas would not be complete without visiting the chubby animals. Situated in northeastern Chengdu, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (a.k.a. the Panda Base) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, and also the largest habitat for the giant pandas. Chengdu is also home to the flagship shop of the world's one and only giant panda-themed post office—the Panda Post Office on Shaocheng Road, where visitors may send out themed post cards and choose from a dazzling array of souvenirs. One of the sought-after spots for pictures among online KOLs is the giant panda hanging on the IFS building in downtown.
Visit adorable giant pandas and cubs at the Panda Base
Add.: No.1375 Panda Avenue, North 3rd Ring Road, Chenghua District
Opening hours: 07:30 - 18:00, throughout the year
Ticketing and admission hours: 07:30 - 17:00
Ticketing hotline: 028-83510119
Admission: RMB58/person
How to get there: Take Chengdu Metro Line 3 to Panda Avenue station and take shuttle bus to the scenic zone
Browse around the Panda Post
What makes the post office different is the fact that it is the only postal service in the world with the giant panda as its theme, where you can buy everything featuring the giant panda — the symbol of the city, from stamps, postcards, albums, envelopes to toys and souvenirs.
The outlet next to the Wide & Narrow Alleys is the flagship post office of Panda Post, which has several branches around the city of Chengdu.
Add.: No.43 Shaocheng Road (Panda Post flagship store on Shaocheng Road; accessible via Chengdu Metro Line 1, Line 2 and buses; use Metro Exit D1)
Opening hours: 09:30 - 21:00
Ride on the giant panda-themed train on Chengdu Metro Line 3
The carriages have handles shaped like panda heads, while the pole grips are painted to resemble bamboo. Seats and walls are decorated with panda patterns and pink bear footprints speckle the floor. And the panda train also features announcements in the voice of a child for maximum cuteness.
Check out the "climbing giant panda" hanging on the IFS building

If you've been to Chengdu International Finance Square (IFS), you must have seen a giant panda "climbing" onto the building, which has been a popular site for taking selfies.

Created by internationally renowned artist Lawrence Argent, the gigantic panda sculpture is named as "I am Here", with a weight of 13 tons and a height of 15 meters.

Journey for Sites of Historical and Cultural Interests
Kuanzhai Alleys (Wide and Narrow Alleys)
Comprised of Kuan Alley (Wide Alley), Zhai Alley (Narrow Alley) and Jing Alley (Well Alley), the Kuanzhai Alleys area is a relatively large array of ancient alleys dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Add.: Near Changshun Street, Qingyang District
Admission: Free
Wuhou Shrine
Located in downtown Chengdu, the Wuhou Shrine is China's most renowned memorial dedicated to the Three Kingdoms strategist Zhuge Liang and one of the most important historical and cultural sites of the Three Kingdoms culture.
There is a red wall at Wuhou Shrine that exudes distinctive Chinese traditional aura and serves as a fantastic photo backdrop.
Add.: No.231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District (next to Jinli)
Opening hours: 07:30 - 21:00 (summer) and 08:00 - 18:00 (winter)
Admission: RMB60/person (for foreign language guided tour service at extra cost, please contact the tourist center)
Jinli Old Street
Neighboring the Wuhou Shrine, Jinli is an imitated ancient street filled with local snacks, artisans making hand-crafted clay dolls and edible sugar paintings, and various shops brimming with the Three Kingdoms charm.
Add.: No.231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District (next to the Wuhou Shrine)
Admission: Free
Du Fu Thatched Cottage
A famous tourist attraction commemorating the eminent Tang dynasty poet Du Fu, the Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum is a garden-style museum built upon the site of the thatched cottage where the "Poet Sage" resided during his sojourn in Chengdu.
Add.: No.28 Caotang Road, Qingyang District
Opening hours: 07:30 - 19:00 (summer) and 08:00 - 18:00 (winter)
Admission: RMB60/person
Jinsha Site Museum
What did Chengdu look like three millennia ago? The Jinsha Site Museum has the answer. Built on top of the Jinsha archaeological site, the eponymous museum is a showcase of the mysterious ancient Shu culture and its unique bronze civilization.
Add.: No.2 Jinsha Site Road, Qingyang District
Opening hours: 08:00 - 18:00
Ticketing hours: 08:00 - 17:30
Admission: RMB80/person (for English guided tour service at extra cost, pleasecontact the tourist center)
Journey of Nightlife
Jiuyan Bridge and Lan Kwai Fong
There is a myriad of choices for nightlife in downtown Chengdu, featuring two hallmarks of the Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu and the bar street next to the Jiuyan Bridge, where drinking establishments big and small may be found in great quantity.
Yulin Area
West Yulin Road photo/Ins @sisiiisssgy
Llittle Bar at West Yuin Road Photo/Ins @rex.zc
Chengdu, a folk song recorded by the musician Zhao Lei, catapulted the Yulin Road and The Little Bar into the spotlight. As the icon of the district, The Little Bar is famed for its romantic and soft rock ambiance that features live performances by indie musicians.
Independent pubs
Chengdu is also home to a bevy of other small bars and watering holes that have built their own massive followings, for instance BeerNest.
Journey of Leisurely Urban Stroll
Chunxi Road and Taikoo Li
Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li
Harry Winston in Taikoo Li
At the heart of Chengdu is the commercial pedestrian zone Taikoo Li, which is connected with nearby Chunxi Road and Wangfu Street, where the city's fashion, culture, arts, local vibe and entertainment intermingle.
Tangba Street
In 2018, U.K.-based travel guide and magazine Time Out issued an article on the "50 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World," and high on this list was Chengdu's Tangba Street, where tiny book-sellers, stores, restaurants, boutiques and pubs line the microscopic alleys and lanes that crisscross the area.
Paotongshu Street
Though just some two hundred meters from the bustling Kuanzhai Alleys, this artistic, cultural and retro little street is much quieter.
Even if you were to come here late at night, worry not, for there are plenty of shops and restaurants that stay open until the wee hours, and perhaps you will encounter an unforgettable meal or some memorable snacks in one of the neighboring streets.
Journey of Hot Pot
For first-time visitors to Chengdu, a hot pot meal should be at the top of the list. Hot pot restaurants can be found around almost every corner of the city, which explains "A trip without hot pot is not a trip to Chengdu at all".
Of course, there are many other trendy and interesting places for fun and frolic around the metropolis, such as the Wuchazi Bridge, Jiangtang Park, Fanmate Flying International Creative Park...if you have time, make sure to visit these locales!
So, what have you got planned for this National Day holiday?

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