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

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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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2 Responses to “Top 10 Attractions in Chengdu, Top 10 Things to Do in Chengdu”

  1. sharon says:

    I like the tour, but I understood that the Wolong National Nature Reserve is closed until 2012. Is this true?
    If not, is it open now and the Pandas have been brought back from there temporary homes?
    And if it is not open, do you substitute a different stop? Thanks.

  2. admin says:

    Hello Sharon,

    You may visit Chengdu Panda Base, 10km north of Chengdu downtown.

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/travel_blog/chengdu_trip_080408.php

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