Things to Do in Chengdu

Chengdu, as described in most of the travel books, it is a very "laid-back" city that emphasizes on culture and relaxation. You can enjoy the leisurely life pace of this city in a local teahouse, watching the locals playing cards and majhong. Also, many historical and cultural sites will make you better understand the tradition and long history of Chengdu.

Closely seeing the cute pandas, tasting the authentic Sichuan cuisine, watching the amazing face-changing performances in an local opera house… you will love the trip in this Land of Abundance.

Chengdu Attraction Map

Chengdu Panda Base

No.1: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Type: Wildlife Areas

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is the TOP ONE attraction to see in a Chengdu tour for all most every travelers. Located just 10 km away from downtown Chengdu city, the Panda Base is the world's only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant pandas.

Wuhou Memorial Temple

No.2: Wuhou Memorial Temple

Type: Museums, Historical Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Wuhou Memorial Temple is a shrine integrated with tombs of Liubei, the king of Shu during the Three Kingdom period, and Zhuge Liang, the Martial Marquis of Shu. It is the only temple with the Emperor’s tomb and his official’s tomb integrated together. If you are familiar with this period at all then this will be fascinating. If you're not, you'll still enjoy the beautiful bonsai gardens and marvel at the fact that the tomb of Liu Bei, the King of Shu Han, has remained untouched for more than a 1000 years.

Renmin Park

No.3: Renmin Park

Type: Park

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Renmin Park, or People's Park, is one of the city's prime people-watching spots. During days, as well as weekends, the park is always filled with locals, especially many older couples dancing in to various styles of music, playing mahjongg or cards in a teahouse, strolling leisurely with friends and practicing Taichi. You can wandering along the willow tree-lined road, joining the locals or take a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse. The most famous one is Heming Teahouse. It is the place to watch all the locals getting on with their lives.

Jinli Old Street

No.4: Jinli Old Street

Type: Landmark

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Jinli Old Street was once the first street of Shu Kingdom, and now is lined by various stores selling Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, folk handicrafts, Chinese calligraphies and paintings. You can also try various local food specialties there, as well as a quick 'taste' of Chengdu life. For photographers, visit here in the evening will be the best time to get better photos with all the red lanterns lit up in the dusk.

Wenshu Temple

No.5: Wenshu Temple

Type: Religious Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Whenshu Temple is a great calm and peace place to see in the chaos, where you can see local prayers worshiping and lighting incense. It is a typical Qing Dynasty style construction, where displaying many precious cultural relics and handwriting exhibits. Outside the temple, there are many featured souvenir shops, local snake bars, restaurants and teahouses, that you can get the authentic taste of Chengdu.

Kuanzhai Alley

No.6: Kuanzhai Alley

Type: Ancient Streets, Landmark

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hour

Kuanzhai Alley is a famous historical and cultural site that consists of three paralleled streets from Qing dynasty. Along the alleys is rich culture of Chengdu old life. Visiting here to enjoy the traditional buildings, local snacks, tea, etc. to have an unforgettable experience in Chengdu.

Jinsha Site Museum

No.7: Jinsha Site Museum

Type: Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Jinsha Ruins was found in 2001 with numerous relics of 3000-year-old Shu Kingdom in the western Chengdu. Over the actual archaeological dig site, the Relic Hall of Jinsha Site Museum was built. In the Exhibition Hall of the museum, the objects that excavated from the site are displayed. The highlight of Jinsha Site Museum is the Gold Band with Sun and Magic Birds, which is the new symbol if Chengdu.

Du Fu Thatche Cottage

No.8: Du Fu Thatche Cottage

Type: Rermer Residence of Du Fu, Traditional Chinese Garden

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Being the former residence of Du Fu, Du Fu Thatched Cottage is one of famous museum combined with memorial temple and celebrity’s old House as well as cultural temple with ancient-style architecture and tranquil garden. It ranked as National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit and National 4A Scenic Spots.

Sanxingdui Museum

No.9: Sanxingdui Museum

Type: Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Displayed in Sanxingdui Museum, there are numerous exquisite objects of bronze ware, jade ware, stone ware, gold ware and so on, which are so diverse in shape and unique not only in China but throughout the whole world. These unearthed relics well reflect a glittering chapter in ancient Shu history, as well as the primitive faiths.

Tianfu Square

No.10: Tianfu Square

Type: City square, Landmark

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 Hours

Located in central Chengdu, Tianfu Square is the largest urban square in this city, which has the same statue and scale with Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Enjoying the advantageous location and surrounded by famous museums and super high-rise buildings, Tianfu Square never fails to attract people to visit.

Sichuan Museum

No.11: Sichuan Museum

Type: Comperhensive Museum, Cultural and Historical Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 Hours

Located near the downtown of Chengdu, Sichuan Museum is the provincial museum exhibiting the valuable paintings of Zhang Daqian, bronze wares, ceramics, jade wares, Sichuan embroideries, Buddha statues, culture and history of Sichuan, etc. It is one of the most important cultural sites in Chengdu.

Huanglongxi Ancient Town

No.12: Huanglongxi Ancient Town

Type: Historic Site, Cultural Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 3 hours

Huanglongxi Ancient Town, with over 1700 years of history, still retains its rustic charm with Ancient Buildings and old folklore custom. For its rich natural landscape resources and humanistic and cultural tourism resources, it is famed as Historic& Cultural Town, the Hometown of Chinese Folk Art (Fire Dragon).

Luodai Ancient Town

No.13: Luodai Ancient Town

Type: Historical sites, Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Located in eastern Chengdu, Luodai Ancient Town is the largest Hakka community in southwest China, which has a history of 1800 years. Praised as the Best Hakka Town in China, Luodai Ancient Town showcases the well-preserved Hakka residency, old street and many Guild Halls. Inside the town, you can find many local street food, souvenir shops, as well as some local famers selling fresh vegetables and fruit in baskets by the road.

Qingyang Palace

No.14: Qingyang Palace

Type: Rermer Residence of Du Fu, Traditional Chinese Garden

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Qingyang Palace is a Taoist temple nationwide known where Dao Zang Ji Yao, the most integrated collection to research Taoism is stored. In spite of location in the busy and gritty center of Chengdu, Qingyang Palace makes an unexpected quiet and peaceful temple to glimpse of Taoism in China.

Xindu Baoguang Temple

No.15: Baoguang Temple

Type: Religious Site, Historic Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Allegedly first built in Eastern Han dynasty, Baoguang Temple is one of the “top four Buddhist temples in west China” with its long history, large scale and quiet environment since Qing dynasty. Storing about 500 statues of arhat and 13 Sarira, this temple is always popular among tourists and Buddhists.

Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum

No.16: Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum

Type: Museum, Shoping Center

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum also called Shu Brocade Institution, is the only professional place in China to show all the processes of Shu brocade hand-weaving and the history and the culture of Shu brocade and embroidery. Here you can touch the beauty of Shu brocade and embroidery across time and space.

Wangjianglou Park

No.17: Wangjianglou Park

Type: Historic Site, Park

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Situated in an agreeable environment made by flourishing woods and luxuriant bamboo bushes,Wangjianglou Park is wide-known as a cultural site which is built to memorize Xue Tao, a celebrated poetess in Tang Dynasty.

Chunxi Road

No.18: Chunxi Road

Type: Pedestian Street, Shopping Center

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Chunxi Road is located at the center of Chengdu. It shows the most prosperous and fashionable appearance of Chengdu and is the "3rd pedestrian street in China" with various stores, shopping malls, delicious food, hotels.

Chunxi Road

No.19: Xiling Snow Mountain

Type:Mountains, Ski Resort

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Xiling Snow Mountain is situated 95 km north from Chengdu downtown. It is a great place both to appreciate the splendid natural sightseeing and have fun with multiple skiing sport events with friends and family.

Recommended Chengdu Tours

Top 3 Chengdu tours chosen by most customers to explore Chengdu in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Luodai Hakka Ancient Town
2 Days Chengdu Highlights Tour with Hakka Ancient Town

Chengdu / Luodai Ancient Town / Chengdu

Dufu Thatched Cottage
3 Days Chengdu Highlights Tour


Sanxingdui Museum
4 Days Chengdu History & Culture Tour with Panda Base


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