Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan province, as well as the major city in Western China. Located on the fertile of Chengdu Plain, Chengdu is known as the “Country of Heaven”, a phrase translated as "Land of Abundance".
The discoveries Sanxingdui and Jinsha sites suggests that Chengdu region was inhabited over 4000 years ago and was an important center of unique ancient culture during the period of Shang and Zhou dynasties. Hence, in the Land of Abundance and Home of Giant Panda, travelers could meet the adorable Giant Pandas and explore Ancient Shu civilization, culture of Three Kingdoms, Buddhist and Taoism cultures, featured streets and historic towns.
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Chengdu is endowed with numerous scenic attractions, from ancient streets, temples and museums to modern buildings, squares. Of course, you won’t miss Giant Pandas. Check the top attractions listed below and get to know deeply about them. For more attractions info, please see all Attractions in Chengdu.
Take half fay to have closely contact with Giant Pandas and Red Pandas to see them playing, eating bamboos, sleeping, climbing trees...
Wenshu Temple, located in downtown area, is a 1300-year-old Buddhist monastery with lovely buildings, vegetarian restaurant and tea houses
Closed to Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Old Street is known as “First Street of the Shu Kingdom”. Great for strolling, photo and snack tasting.
Constructed on the Jinsha ruin site, it reveals the unique bronze civilization of the mysterious ancient Shu Kingdom and presents Golden Sun Bird.
Situated next to Jinli Old Street, Wuhou Memorial Temple is in honor of Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280).
Kuan Zhai Alley consists of three Qing Dynasty streets - Wide, Narrow and Jing Street, reflecting the slow paced life of Chengdu.
Closed to Huanhuaxi Park, Dufu Thatched Cottage is a museum and memorial for Du Fu, a great poet in Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Located at the city center, Chengdu Renmin Park is the most popular park among local people, great place to experience the leisure of Chengdu.
Located at the downtown, Tianfu Square is the largest city square in Chengdu surrounded by super-high rises and shopping malls.
It's more than a shopping district, but also a very good place to have fun, take a rest, taste various types of food of Chengdu and experience the local life.
18 km from Chengdu, Baoguang Temple is one of the greatest Buddhist Temples in west China with precious Sarira and 518 Arhat statues.
Sichuan Museum collects abundant relics of bronze, ceramics, jade, paintings, etc. to show the history and culture of Sichuan.
Huanglongxi Ancient town, with over 1700 years of history, still retains its rustic charm with Ancient Buildings and old folklore custom.
Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museumis the only professional place in China to show all the processes of Shu brocade hand-weaving
Qingyang Palace is is a nationwide known Taoist temple which stores the most integrated collction to research Taoism.
Luodai Ancient Town is the largest and best preserved ancient town for Hakka people, located 20 km from downtown Chengdu.
Wangjianglou Park, is built to memorize Xue Tao, a celebrated poetess in Tang Dynasty. It is wide-known as a natural garden with emerald bamboos.
It's the first museum to display a regional cooking culture in the world. You can learn Sichuan cuisine culture as well as cook the typical Sichuan dishes on your own to satisfy your taste buds.
To make your life more colorful and interesting in Chengdu, we have digged out the featured activities with lots of fun. It could be unique experience and even once-in-lifetime experience. Choose your likes and enjoy! >> See all featured activities in Chengdu
Spend one day or more to join in Panda Volunteer Program to have very close contact and take care of with the giant pandas.
Enjoy traditional Sichuan opera’s stunts like face-changing, fire spitting, hand shadow, etc. Shufengyayun is the recommended opera house.
Try typical Sichuan dishes, like Hot Pot, Kung Pao chicken, Mapo toupu, Twice-cooked pork, etc. in traditional Sichuan restaurant.
Explore on your own to enrich your nightlife in Chengdu by visiting bars, nightclubs, theaters and traditional tea houses.
Chengdu has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate and is largely mild and humid. It has four distinct seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter, with an average temperature of 16℃. Chengdu is lack of sunshine and most days are grey and overcast even if without rain.
The best times to visit Chengdu are spring (from March to June) and autumn (from September to November) for the moderate and mild weather.
If you want to go during the festivals, you can go during Chinese Spring Festival to attend Lantern Fair, Grand Temple Fair and Huanglongxi Fire Dragon Festival and also go during Qingming Festival to see Dujiangyan Water-releasing Festival, from January to March to experience South China Snow and Ice Festival at Xiling Snow Mountain. >>see details about Chengdu climate, weather & season to go
Travelers could get to Chengdu by air, train (including high speed train) and bus. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located 20 km in southeast of Chengdu. It has 141 domestic airlines from/to major cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Lhasa, Guilin, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Guiyang and main destinations in Sichuan like Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng, and Aba Hongyuan. There are 54 international airlines connecting Chengdu with Hong Kong, Macau, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Soul, Moscow, etc.
Taking high speed train is fast and convenient to reach Chengdu. Travelers could take high speed train from Chongqing to Chengdu/ Chengdu to Chongqing within 2 hours. Also, there are c-trains connecting Chengdu with Leshan, Emeishan, Dujiangyan, Qingchengshan and many other cities near Chengdu. The trains are available from Chengdu Station (also Chengdu North Station), Chengdu East Station and Chengdu South Station. Please figure out which station you are going to use after booking your ticket.
Buses are available between Chengdu and Leshan, Emei Mountain, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Hongyuan, Ruo Ergai, Xiling Snow Mountain and other destinations. Xinnanmen Bus Station is the most used bus station for tourists.
To get around Chengdu easily, travelers could try taxi, subway (Line 1 and Line 2), bus and Private Car (when book a tour package with us, you’ll enjoy private transfer service). To check more transfer info, please see how to get to and around Chengdu.
In Chengdu, there are lots of hotels and hostels providing comfortable stay. Travelers could choose from international brands, local brands and boutique hotels, ranging from 5 star to 3 star. Different styles of hotels are offered, from luxury ones, mid-range to budget ones no matter you want to stay in city center, Wuhou District, Jinjiang District, Qingyang District or even Tianfu New District. If you want to stay near Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport or train station, you can find the suitable one to satisfy your needs and requirements.
In and around Chengdu city center, you can choose from Crowne Plaza, Shangri-La Hotel, Sofitel and Sheraton, etc. All the hotels are with very convenient transfer distance to main tourist spots, like Wenshu Temple, Jinli Old Street, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Chunxi Road, Tianfu Square and with about 30-40 minutes’ drive to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Read more information about the all about Chengdu Accommodations.
We have collected some very useful Chengdu maps including Chengdu tourist maps, Map of Scenic Spots around Chengdu and Map of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to help you have a better understanding about Chengdu and plan a Chengdu tour easily. For more maps, please check 2016 Overall and Detailed Chengdu Maps.
Besides Chengdu, there are some other destinations in Sichuan well worth your visit. Transfer to the following destinations and explore the World Heritage Sites – Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. Discover now!
Chinese Name: 成都
Chinese Pinyin: Chéngdū
English IPA: /'tʃʌŋ'du:/
Population: 14.17 million
Language: Mandarin & Sichuan Dialect
Tel Code: 028
Zip Code: 610000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Logo: Golden Sun Bird
Many travelers come to Chengdu for Giant Pandas. Besides the panda, there are many other must-sees, like Jinli Old Street, Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinsha Site Museum. You can add more fun and leisure experience into your trip, like enjoy a cup of tea in local traditional tea house and watch Sichuan opera in Shufengyayun Opera House. It’s better to spend 2 to 3 days in Chengdu. Based in China, China Discovery guarantees you the local way to explore authentic Chengdu.
To travel out of Chengdu, you can take side trips to the World Heritage Sites - Leshan Giant Panda & Mount Emei for 2 days, Dujiangyan & Mount Qingcheng for 1-2 days, Jiuzhaigou Valley & Huanglong Valley for 3 days. You can feel free to contact our professional travel consultants to customize your own itineraries which would perfectly suit for your likes and requirements.
Chengdu: Jinli Street, Giant Panda Base, Wenshu Temple
Chengdu / Leshan / Mt. Emei / Chengdu
Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu
Chengdu / Qingchengshan / Dujiangyan / Chengdu