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Top 8 Things To Do In Chengdu

Located in southwest of China, in the province of Sichuan, is Chengdu. Known for its delectable cuisine, which is made up of delicious hot pots and flavoured with Sichuan peppercorns, there is always a yummy aroma wafting through the streets of the city. The city is also known for the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is first on our list of top eight things to do in Chengdu.

1. Visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding 

Starting with only six giant pandas, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, also known as Chengdu Panda Base, has become home to and given birth to 124 pandas. The non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals was founded in 1987 and aims to become a world-class research facility, conservation education centre, and international educational tourism destination.

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2. Shop Along Chunxi Road

Chunxi Road is a pedestrian shopping street in Chengdu with more than 700 shops. Here you can find large shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets, street stalls, and boutiques, as well as modern cafes, and a public square. Spend a day here to get all your shopping needs or to relax and mingle with the locals.


3. Take a Stroll in People's Park

Perfect for long strolls, People’s Park is an urban public park in central Chengdu. The park was built in 1911 and was originally named Shaocheng Park. It was the first public park in the city, and today is home to the Railway Protection Movement Monument.


4. Explore Mount Qingcheng

Located just a short drive from Chengdu is Mount Qingcheng. As one of the most important centres of Taoism (Daoism) in China, it is said that the mountain was the site of the Yellow Emperor’s studies with Ning Fengzhi. As a centre of the Daoist religion, it is the home of many temples as well as the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Centre.

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5. Visit The Jianchuan Museum Cluster

Located in Anren Town, about an hour’s drive outside the city of Chengdu, is the Jianchuan Museum Cluster. Consisting of 15 museums which showcase China's largest private collection of artefacts, the concept of this cluster is the grand vision of Fan Jianchuan, a wealthy Sichuanese property developer who has made his fortune building over 10.8 million square feet of new construction in Sichuan. 

6. Shop for Souvenirs in Jinli

To see some of the most beautiful and well preserved Qing Dynasty architecture, Jinli is a 550 metre street in Chengdu. The street is part of the Temple of Marquis, while the remainder has a variety of bars, inns, snack stores and souvenir shops.

7. Have a Meal on The Anshun Bridge

Inspired by the 13th century writing of Marco Polo who wrote about several bridges in China, including an earlier version of the Anshun Bridge, today’s Anshun Bridge absolutely beautiful. The bridge was constructed in 2003 as a replacement for an older bridge which was destroyed by a flood. Visitors to the bridge can enjoy a meal at the large restaurant while watching the Jin River flow by.

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8. Get Wet At New Century Global Center

Visit the world’s largest building in terms of floor area being 100-metre-tall 500 by 400 metres in size and having 1,700,000 square metres of floor space. New Century Global Center is a multipurpose building which is home to a water park, which is perfect to escape the warm summer days of Chengdu.


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Ji Guo is a former professional travel writer. He's started several businesses in China and was born in Tianjin. Graduated from Yale University.

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