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Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu, Top 10 Things to Do in Chengdu

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Plan your Chengdu tour?  We’ve prepared a list of the top 10 must see attractions in Chengdu, which may be helpful for your planning your short trip to Chengdu.

Chengdu the provincial capital and largest city of Sichuan, is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin in China’s Sichuan Province. Chengdu has a history of 2,000 years with numerous historical places of interest.

Millenniums of history have left Chengdu countless historical and cultural sites definitely worth visiting. Also, your trip to Chengdu is not fully complete if you have not visited the Panda Research Base. Plenty of interesting attractions await your visit.

No. 01 Panda Breeding and Research Center
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located on the mountain of Futoushan in the northern suburbs of Chengdu. It has been created and imitated the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding.

The Research Base shows many practical specimens of the Giant Panda, including fossils, dissected anatomical remains, diet specimens, etc. Additionally there is a Giant Panda Museum together with research laboratories and a training center.

Entrance Fee: CNY 58
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 45, 71, 69, 302, 83 or 60 and then transfer to Chengxiang Bus No. 1 to the Panda Breeding and Research Center

Panda Breeding and Research Center

Panda Breeding and Research Center


No. 02: Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Dujiangyan is an irrigation infra-structure built in 256 BC during the Warring States Period of China by the Kingdom of Qin. It is located in the Min River in Sichuan.

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project is still in use today to irrigate over 5,300 square kilometers of land in the region. The project consists of three important parts, namely Yuzui, Feishayan and Baopingkou scientifically designed to automatically control the water flow of the rivers from the mountains to the plains throughout the year.

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00 (weekdays); 08:00-18:00 (weekends)
How to get there: take Bus No. 649 to the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

No. 03: Jinsha Site Museum
Jinsha Site Museum is one of the highlights of your Chengdu Tour. The Jinsha Relics Museum is just about 5 km west of the downtown Chengdu. It is located at No.02, Jinsha Site Road, Chengdu. It is easily accessible by taxi and buses. It can be reached by the bus lines 5, 7, 82, 83, 96, 111, 311, 401, 502, 503A and Tourism Bus 901.

Ticket fee: RMB 100 per person 4D Ticket: RMb 20 per person Guide Service (English): RMB100 less than 10 people

Enquiry: 028 – 87303522
Complaint: 028 – 87303511
Emergency: 028 – 87303533
Opening time: 08:00 – 18:00

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum

No. 04: Qingcheng Mountain
Qingcheng Mountain means “Green City Mt.” because the whole mountain is covered by green trees, like a city. Being 17kms from Qingcheng Mountain scenery spot, Qingcheng Mountain is famous for its beauty and quietness.

This Mountain is also one of the birthplaces of the Taoist religion. With over 20 temples and religious sites for Taoism With over 20 temples and religious sites for Taoism, it exudes a strong flavor of Taoist culture and the buildings demonstrate the Sichuan style of architecture.

Entrance Fee: CNY90 (the front mountain); CNY 20 (the latter mountain)
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00 (weekdays); 08:00-18:00 (weekends)
How to get there: There are Tourist Buses for Qingcheng Mountain from Chengdu Train Station and Ximen Bus Station. The price is 60 per person and takes about 2 hours.

Qingcheng Mountain

Qingcheng Mountain


No. 05: Wenshu Temple
With a history of more than 1,000 years, Wenshu Temple is the largest and the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It has been a popular destination for visitors and pilgrims alike for centuries.

 Wenshu Temple

Wenshu Temple

There is a tallest iron pagoda in China near the entrance to the Wenshu Temple, the Peace Pagoda of a Thousand Buddhas.

The most outstanding objects in the Wenshu Temple are these over 300 statures of the Buddha, which are made by iron, wood, stone, and clay. The most distinguished one is a jade Buddha brought back from Burma by a Buddhist monk on foot in 1922.
Entrance Fee: RMB5
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 16, 55 or 64 to the Wenshu Temple


No. 06: Du Fu Thatched Cottage
Du Fu, a well-known poet of Tang Dynasty, has a strong influence in the field of Chinese poem. Du Fu Thatched Cottage is the former residence of him.

The cottage consists of six important parts: the Front Gate, the Lobby, the Hall of poem History, the Water Pavilion, the Gongbu Shrine and the Thatched Cottage. There are exhibits that provide details of Du Fu’s life and work. In addition, statues, stone carvings, paintings, and calligraphies by famous writers of different dynasties are also on display.

Entrance Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 36 or 17 to get there

Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Du Fu Thatched Cottage

No. 07: Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi
 Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi in Chinese literally means “Wide and Narrow Alleys”. Here they particularly referred to the two famous lanes in Chengdu – Kuan Alley (wide lane) and Zhai Ally ( narrow Lane). Both Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley (Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi) are the gentrified ancient alleys from Qing Dynasty ( 1644 -1911 ) in Chengdu.

Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi is one of the three historical relic protection areas in Chengdu. This area is actually mainly composed of three lanes – Kuan Lane, Zhai Lane and Jing Xiang Zi as well as the old grid pattern streets and courtyards formed by the three parallel alleys.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All day

Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi

Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi

 No. 08: Wuhou Shrine
Now Wuhou Shrine is more than a shine. Instead, it has become a museum, the largest museum in China displaying the relics and introducing the history about the Three Kingdom.

Wuhou Shrine has incorporated the Liu Bei’s Tomb and Liu Bei Temple into one huge museum. In addition, Wuhou Shrine also includes the Sanyi Temple and 50 statues of the heroes in Shu Kingdom.
Entrance Fee: RMB60
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30

Wuhou Shrine

Wuhou Shrine

No. 09: Jinli Old Street
Jinli Old Street is located to the east of the Wuhou Memorial Temple of Chengdu. As recode, the street was built originally as early as Shu Kingdom and is called “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”.

Listed in “the ten commercial pedestrian streets of the Nation” in 2005, Jinli Old Street combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by an old world. . The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 82, 57 or 29 from the downtown to the Jinli Old

Jinli Old Street

Jinli Old Street

No. 10: Sanxingdui Museum
The Sanxingdui Museum is located in the northeast of the Sanxingdui remains, near the Duck River. It is a modern theme museum which is 40 kilometers to the north of Chengdu. The museum was opened to public in October 1997. Covering 200,000 square meters, the total investment has reached over 30 million yuan.The whole design of the museum is simple, but with a solemn style. The museum has become a place of cultural and tourist attractions enjoying prestige both at home and abroad and one of the three exquisite spots Sichuan has offered to the world tourism.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: 8:30-18:00 (the first exhibition hall); 8:30-18:30 (the second exhibition hall)
How to get there: take the Bus No. 6 to the Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum


Tip:  Hassle-free Chengdu Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Chengdu Guided Tours:

Panda Highlight Day Tour  from US$65 p/p
Panda Classic Day Tour  from US$95 p/p
Leisure Chengdu Day Tour  from US$65 p/p
One Day Chengdu Dujiangyan Mt.Qingcheng Tour  from US$100 p/p

Chengdu 2 Day Excursion Tour with Hotel  from US$260 p/p
Chengdu 3 Day Classic Tour with hotel  from US$230 p/p
Chengdu 4 Day Highlight Tour  from US$420 p/p

4 Day Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour  from US$920 p/p
5 Day Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Tour  from US$1060 p/p

Chengdu Lhasa 5 Day Tour  from US$815 p/p
Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai 11-Day Tour from US$1560 p/p
Chengdu Car Rental from US$55

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The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu

Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Teahouse culture dominates the psyche of the locals in Chengdu or the whole Sichuan Province. Drinking tea has been incorporated into the local routine life for ages. Teahouses are scattered around the city and you can easily find them in a park, a busy street, or a run-down alley.

No matter which teahouse you enter, you will see the unique Sichuan-style teahouse facilities – bamboo chairs, square tables, stove, tea set and teapot.  With urbanization and fast pace of daily life, old teahouses with the original flavor have become fewer and fewer  though there are legions of teahouses in Chengdu.

Only in remote and backward towns, you can still find the vey few ancient teahouses and most of the them only exist in our memory. The Ancient Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, about 30km west of Chengdu city center, is one of such primeval teahouses with the original Sichuan teahouse flavor. Its existence is a trace of “Tea Culture” left from history, adding much to the condiments of the modern life and to the rare bonding people to people relation.

The Ancient Pengzhen Town Teahouse is located on the old street in Pengzhen Town, about 30 km in the west of Chengdu. The old house is a bungalow, nameless, no sign, with an area of 200-300 square meters, facing the streets on its two sides. The front and back doors are all made of wooden boards.

The main wooden hall beams hanging overhead inside the teahouse slants a bit down and the walls are discolored by damps and crumbling with age, which all tells us the old teahouse still lives in the remote history. When you enter the old teahouse, you will see the old tea tables, old bamboo chairs, old tea customers, old teapots, giving people a feeling of being in the another world.

Here there is no hustle and bustle of the cities, no shadows of reckless people,  but rather a simple and leisure mode of live, attracting numerous visitors each year to experience the simple and unsophisticated life style.  Plan your Chengdu tour? A side trip to the ancient teahouse in Pengzhen Town is highly recommended.

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Teahouse

Pengzhen  Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

 

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

Pengzhen Old Teahouse

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Jiarong Tibetan Ancient Watchtowers

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
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Jiarong Tibetans are one of branches of the ethnic Tibetans, and now living mainly in Danba area. There are two origins for the word “Jiarong”(嘉绒). One means “Jia Mo Cha Wa Rong” (嘉莫察瓦绒), or simplified as “Jiarong”, an old administrative region referring to the area surrounding the sacred mountain known as Moerduo Sacred Mountain (墨尔多神山), where Jiarong Tibetans now largely live ; the other means “the Queen of the Valley” referring to the lost Danba Eastern Kingdom of Women (丹巴东女国) that once existed in Danba area.

On the afternoon of October 19, 2015, with much curiosity we drive along the east bank of Dadu River from the downtown of Danba and get to Suopo Township (梭坡乡), about 5km southeast of the downtown Danba. Suopo Township is composed of several villages perched on the mountain slopes facing west by the east side of Dadu River Valley.

The legend goes that Suopo Township was part of the Eastern Kingdom of Women that once existed during Sui and Tang dynasties (518- 907 AD ). In the Eastern Kingdom, ruled by a queen, men had a secondary rule. The queen lived in a high stone square tower. The kingdom was governed by all women, and men only did the farming or went to war. The Eastern Kingdom of Women was later conquered by Tubo Empire.

Getting to the foot of the village in Suopo, we pay 10 yuan to park our Highlander at the parking lot at the foot of the village. A Jiarong Tibetan girl comes up to collect the 10 yuan. We understand she is in charge of the parking lot. Having heard a lot about the beauty of the women in Danba, the descendants of the Eastern Kingdom of Women, I fancy taking a picture of a local Jiarong girl.

With her permit, I take a photo of the parking lot caretaker. She keeps her long hairs with tired braids covered in her fascinator from her back to the top of her head. Her fascinator is varicolored with beads and pendents.

A Jiarong Tibetan girl

A Jiarong Tibetan girl

A Jiarong Tibetan man at the parking lot actively introduces himself as an owner of one of the most magnificent ancient watchtower in the village, eagerly guiding us to walk up the village for a glimpse of the towers. He says he works as a security guide in a bank in the downtown Danba. On the weekends or in spare time, he helps his wife introduce tourists to his home for paid visits.

We agree on the 50 yuan entrance fee for his home watchtower, and we follow him walking up along stone steps to his home. On the way, he says that there are totally about 562 stone watchtowers in Danba, scattered around 15 townships including Suopo Township. There are 175 ancient watchtowers in Suopo Township, scattered around 13 villages. Most of the watchtowers belong to private families.

He continues to say the original building of the towers was used to suppress demons, later they became fortresses to protect families from aggressive enemies. It also served as warning beacons to help protect local villages from potential attackers. People placed valuable things, jewelry, money inside the watchtowers. He deliberately mentions that Suopo was once part of the Danba Eastern Kingdom of Women. The watchtowers were also the symbols of worshipping a male sex organ during the rule of Eastern Kingdom of Women.

Getting to his home perched high on the mountain slope, he points to the potted flowers in front of his main room in the compound, saying Jiarong Tibetans love flowers, Gasang flowers.

A Jiarong Tibetan man

Jiarong Tibetans love flowers, Gasang flowers

The kitchen room is on the first floor.

kitchen

The kitchen room is on the first floor.

We use an exterior ladder to climb up on to the second floor, the living place for his family.

living place for his family

The second floor, the living place for his family

On the rooftop of the second floor, he introduces his watchtower attached to his blockhouse and encourages us to climb up the tower. A ladder takes you to a window in the tower meters high above the rooftop. Inside the tower, there are wooden ladders carved with steps easy for  visitors to climb up. The inside levels of the tower are accessible through the several wooden ladders.

Suopo Watchtower

A window on the tower meters high above the rooftop

Mr. Chen takes the risk of climbing up step by step along the wooden ladders leading to the top.

Climb the watchtower in Suopo

Mr. Chen takes the risk of climbing up step by step along the wooden ladders

Standing on the rooftop of the second floor, he points to the neighbouring blockhouses attached with four watchtowers.

four watchtowers

Neighbouring blockhouses attached with four watchtowers

The rooftop on the third floor is for storing grain. Taking a picture of the watchtowers nearby from the third floor rooftop.

Suopo Watchtowers

The rooftop on the third floor is for staring grain

More ancient watchtowers in Suopo Town.  The ancient watchtowers here remind me of the Kaiping Diaolou (watchtowers) im Kaiping County, 130km southwest of Guangzhou.

Suopo Ancient watchtowers

More ancient watchtowers in Suopo Town

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Jiarong Tibetan Blockhouses

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