Summer Resorts around Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


The city gives its dwellers a plenty choice of summer resort destinations.
Hostels, small inns, high-standard hotels and household-run accommodation facilities at numerous sites in the mountains, riversides and quiet old towns are welcoming a new wave of visitors as the temperature keeps climbing to an unbearable high and causes a mass migration of the season from downtown Chengdu to its neighboring areas, where people could find fun, relaxation and, of course, an escape from the swelter in the big city.
The city gives its dwellers a plenty choice of summer resort destinations around the city, and here we recommend six of them.
Dujiangyan City
Dujiangyan City, just a 45-minute ride by the high-speed rail, lies at the upper reaches of the Minjiang River — the main water source to the Chengdu Plain, and is home of one of the oldest irrigation projects in the world.
The city is named after the world famous water project ─ Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which has served for more than two thousand years in irrigating the Chengdu Plain, the Land of Abundance. The city is rich in both natural and cultural resources, including the UN World Cultural Heritage Qingcheng Mountains & Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and the national reserve Longxi & Hongkou.
The temperature of Dujiangyan City is about 3-4 degrees lower than that of downtown Chengdu thanks to the gradual ascent of land in the northwest, which makes Dujiangyan the most popular summer resort for Chengdu people, where they can enjoy a cooler summer and various activities, such as rafting in Hongkou, excursions in mountainous areas and visits to ancient towns.
Drinking beer and eating snacks at the restaurants and stalls by the side of the Minjiang River, especially in the evening, is a superb pastime for visitors. The Dujiangyan Beer Festival is held in the city every year.
Transportation: Take a bullet train at Chengdu Railway Station from Chengdu to Dujianyan
Recommanded Sites:
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Built in 256 BC by local official Li Bing to tame frequent floodings of the Minjiang River, it is probably the oldest functioning water-control project in the world.
Opening: winter: 08:00-17:30; summer: 08:00-18:00
Ticket Price: 90 yuan
Qingcheng Mountains
Near the Dujiangyan scenic area, Qingcheng Mountains is beautiful, forested site dotted with Taoist Temples. It has long been recognized as one of the birthplaces of Taoism.
Opening: 08:00-17:30 (Dec.1 - Mar. 1); 08: 00-18:00 (other time)
Ticket Price: 90 yuan (Front Mountain); 20 yuan (Back Mountain)
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