ChengduWelcome to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, where giant pandas delight tourists at the Chengdu Breeding Research Base. Though a modern city, Chengdu is where life happens in the back streets, with crowds waiting outside hot-pot restaurants, and tea houses abuzz with mahjong players and their noisy tile-shuffling game.
The CityChengdu is a tourist's paradise with a wide range of landscapes from snow-capped mountains, green plains to rugged hills. Fond of adventure? Visit the western mountains and the lowest latitude ski field in China and primary forests. There are the eastern suburbs, blooming with flowers all year round, where you can sit in the bamboo groves, have a cup of tea and learn mahjong from the natives. Afterwards, return to the downtown area on Yangxi Street for delicious Sichuan dishes and hot pots, and visit Chunxi Road, a shopping paradise lined with department stores and real bargains from whole-sale clothing plazas.
Do & See
Chengdu has numerous scenic spots both in and around the city. The world’s largest sitting Buddha in Leshan is 71m tall and the Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan County houses impressive giant bronze wares. Both are just an hour or two away by bus from the Xinnanmen Center.
There is an old Chinese saying that goes that when eating in China, the flavour is in Sichuan. This makes the provincial capital Chengdu the best place to have good Chinese food. Sichuanese cuisine is known for being numbing hot. However, its flavours can be rather complex, and it is possible to have 100 different tasting dishes. Most restaurants in Chengdu are open until 9:30 PM.
One of the first things a visitor notices about Chengdu is how much the locals love to spend a couple of hours in the company of good friends over a cup of coffee and tea, and this is one great way to spend a few hours between sights.
Bars & Nightlife
Chengdu has a wide range of choices of drinking and clubbing venues, and you will definitely find your favourite place. Most bars and clubs are located at the Yulin neighbourhood and stay open between 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. But since you are here, why not enjoy a special regional opera - Bianlian.
The province of Sichuan is home to several of China’s minority ethnic groups so its capital Chengdu is one of the best places to explore the array of intricate crafts created painstakingly by hand. You will also be greeted by colorful TangKas and solemn Buddha statues.