Chengdu Sightseeing - What to see in Chengdu for different seasons

To find some beautiful natural landscape of forest, lakes, grasslands, forests, and snow seems to be an impossible thing in a modern metropolises which have large population, crowding high buildings, interlaced roads with constant traffic. But in Chengdu, a prosperous, modern and traditional city, you always can find a place to get close to our mother nature. And in different season, you have different places to go and enjoy different landscape.

Spring – blossom blooming season

Spring is the start of new life for plants. While for humans, it is also the start of traveling season, which is the best time to witness the magic of lives. So what to do for spring in Chengdu? The most popular activity recommended by local insider is Ta Chun which means to walk to see the green and blossom of spring. Then where to go?

Town of Peach Blossom – Longquan

Location: Huaguoshan Mountain, Longquan County, about 40 minutes’ driving from downtown Chengdu

Best time to visit: March to April

Why recommended: Longquan is famous as the Town of Peach Blossom. In every March, the magnificent World Peach Blossom will be held here to attract thousands of visitors to enjoy the pleasant views of different kinds of peach flowers. Sitting in a local yard, drinking a cup of tea and chatting with friends – what a leisure time.

Mountain of Tulip – Shixianghu

Location: Pujiang County, about 86km from downtown of Chengdu

Best time to visit: March

Why recommended: Shixiannghu is a good place in Chengdu to see some exquisite views of flowers. Floriculturist of Shixianghu plant flowers like creating an art. Every detail, from the flower kind, color, arrangement to season, will be put into consideration. The biggest event here is the Tulip Festival in March when red, white, yellow, purple and other tulips will bloom massively.

Train travel though Rapeseed Blossoms in Jiayang

Location: Qianwei County, Leshan City, about 185km from Chengdu

Best time to visit: March to April

Why recommended: Rapeseed Blossoms is not rare in Chengdu Plain especially in spring. But taking an old steam train to shuttle back and forth among vast rapeseed blossoms is a very impressive experience. Besides, the authentic rural village living here is a big highlight.

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Shixianghu Tulip

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Longquan Peach Blossom

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Jiayang Steam Train

Summer – escape from heat and crowds

Due to the “Surrounded” geography, summer days in Chengdu are usually hot and stuffy both in outdoor and indoor. Everyone wants to escape as long as they have free time? So where to go for the “coolness” surrounding Chengdu?

Quiet and beautiful mountain – Mount Qingcheng

Location: Qingchengshan Town, Dujiangyan City, 57km from Chengdu downtown

Best time to visit: June to August

Why recommended: When people in the city center suffer from the summer heat, Mount Qingcheng still maintains a comfortable temperature and humid air. In summer, the whole mountain is covered with green trees, and streams, waterfalls, and lakes are rich in flow. This is the best time to appreciate the mountain and water scenery of Mount Qingcheng.

> 1 Day Kungfu Panda Tour with Mount Qingcheng

Natural Oxygen Bar – Shunan Bamboo Forest

Location: Shunan Zhuhai, Yibin City, about 330km from Chengdu downtown

Best time to visit: June to August

Why recommended: The Shunan Bamboo (Shunan Zhuhai) Forest is the oldest and largest bamboo forest in China which covers 120 square kilometers. It features the beauty of natural bamboo, limpid lake, winding path as well as numerous streams and waterfalls. In summer, the young bamboos are extremely green and create a comfortably cool atmosphere.

> 4 Days Chengdu Shunan Bamboo Forest Tour

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Mount Qingcheng

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Shunan Bamboo Forest

Autumn – golden and red world

Autumn days are very infrequent in Chengdu. Technically September, October and November all belong to Autumn, but people often say the autumn is very short in Chengdu, because the cool days are not as long as three months. But don’t worry, the landscape of autumn will last more than two months. Golden is the themed color of Chengdu during autumn because the streets, parks and roads are decorated by golden leaves of ginkgo trees.

City of Golden Ginkgo – Renmin Park, Baiguolin Residential District, Wenshu Temple…

Location: Huaguoshan Mountain, Longquan County, about 40 minutes’ driving from downtown Chengdu

Best time to visit: middle October to November

Where recommended: 1) city parks are good places to enjoy stunning views of ginkgo golden leaves where you can also get some leisure time of drinking a cup of tea or tasting local snack. Renmin Park and Huanhuaxi Park are very recommended. 2) historical sites usually like to plant ginkgo trees. So you have chance to see some hundreds years old trees with golden leaves in the temples to Buddhist or Taoist. The ancient magnificent architectures set off the golden trees very well. Wenshu Temple, Qingyang Palace, Wuhou Temple all have great views of ginkgo trees. 3) there is a famous residential district which was named after ginkgo trees – Baiguolin because it is full of beautiful ginkgo trees which are tall, huge and beautiful.

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Chengdu Ginkgo Autumn Views

Winter – exciting snow and ice activities

Chengdu is a city which almost never snow. So there are no many things to do for winter holiday in Chengdu city except for visiting landmark sites, such as Panda Base, Jinli Street, Wenshu Monastery, etc. But this doesn’t mean you have no chance to explore exciting winter activities. Only have to drive a few hours, you will step into world of snow and ice. Then where to go?

Exciting snow & ice activities – Xiling Snow Mountain

Location: Xiling Town, Dayi County, about 95km from Chengdu downtown

Best time to visit: December to February

Why recommended: Xiling Snow Mountain is a great place both to get close to the purest natural beauty and to experience the excitement of skiing sports. As the largest ski resort in China, Xiling Snow Mountain provides over 20 activities in ski field for visitors to completely enjoy the excitement of ski sports. Beyond count, Xiling Snow Mountain is really a treasure to explore her charm.

> 2 Days Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Tour

Snow-coated scene on sacred Buddhist Mountain – Mout Emei

Location: Emeishan City, Leshan, 120km from Chengdu downtown

Best time to visit: January to February

Why recommended: Although winter is not the most popular season to visit Emei, but it is a good time to have another look of this Buddhist mountain – snow-coated scenes. It snows often especially in night during winter. The Golden Summit becomes white and pure. Looking down or into afar from the top, you will see one of the grandest views of Cloud Sea. There are also several skiing fields on the mountain. At the lower foot of Mount Emei situate many natural hot spring resorts.

> 4 Days Classic Leshan & Mount Emei Tour

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Xiling Snow Mountain

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Mount Emei

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