Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China

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PLACES TO SEE

  • Museums: Jinsha Site museum and Three-Star Piles Museum/Sanxingdui Museum are prominent archaeological museums worth visiting.
  • Wuhou Memorial Temple: This is a memorial temple dedicated to Zhue Liang- the Martial Marquis of Shu in the three kingdoms period. This temple covers an area of 37000 square meters and the date of its establishment is unknown.  The current temple was rebuilt in 1672 and is surrounded by old cypresses and classical red walls.
  • Du Fu cottage: A home of a very famous Chinese poet belonging to the Tang Dynasty, this place dates back to a thousand years and is also known as Thatched cottage of Du Fu.
  • Dujiangyan Irrigation System: Chengdu is China’s very own natural storehouse and Dujiangyan Irrigation dating back to 2200 years.
  • Wenshu Yuan (Manjusri) Monastery: A home to Buddhist association of Sichuan province and a well-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu, this monastery was built during the rule of Tang dynasty and was also called as Xinxiang temple.
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi): A home to Adorbale Pandas and other endangered wild animals. A must-visit tourist attraction in Chengdu!

THINGS TO DO

  • For fun and Amusement, especially if travelling with kids, visit the Happy Valley theme park.
  • Go for skiing on Xiling Snow Mountain.
  • Catch a Chinese opera performance, shop for souvenirs and taste the local food at Jinli Street.
  • Chill, relax and have a Picnic at Chengdu Renmin Park.
  • Explore the Hakka culture: Visit the Luodai ancient town.
  • Walk Kuan-zhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty.
  • Enjoy a cable ride to Mount Qingcheng.

Below we have a list of things to do in Chengdu and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Chengdu getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Chengdu with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Chengdu

Here is the list of things to do in Chengdu and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

    Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Educational Site, Entertainment

    Beloved by the entire world, these adorable Giant Pandas are China’s treasure. Only found in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, just 1000 live today. 80% of the existing Pandas are distributed within the Sichuan province and Chengdu is the right place to meet these lovely creatures. The Panda Breeding and Research centre thrives to create and imitate the natural habitat of Panda’...Read more
  2. Jinli Pedestrian Street

    Outdoors, Landmark, Observatory, Educational Site

    Considered as a landmark, Jinli Street dates back to Qin dynasty (221-263 BC). Then famous for Baldachin- a rice ornate cloth, today, it proudly flaunts the Wuhou memorial temple and the cultural panorama it presents before the world. The imposing archway at one end of the street depicts architectural form of Qing Dynasty. The entire street is lined up with stores selling Shu Embroidery, lacque...Read more
  3. Mount Qingcheng

    Adventure

    One of the most famous Taoist mountains in China, Mount Qingcheng is an alluring natural spot to spend your day. Surrounded by surreal mountain peaks, lush green trees, this mountain is dubbed as ‘the most peaceful ad secluded mountain under heaven’. The mountain can be roughly divided into two parts- the anterior part and the posterior part. The anterior part has attractions like J...Read more
  4. Kuan-zhai Ancient Street Of Qing Dynasty

    Outdoors, Landmark, Architecture , Streets

    Amalgamation of modern construction style and old architecture is represented in the Kuan-zhai Street. It is part of one of the three key preservation areas in Chengdu which comprise of Kuan Lane, Zhai Lane and Jing Lane. Depicting characteristic features of Qing dynasty, Kuan-zhai lane is opened to public and has great open-sir tea-houses, Chinese style courtyard with gardens and modern cafes....Read more
  5. Dujiangyan Irrigation System

    Outdoors, View Point, Observatory, Educational Site

    Chengdu is China’s very own natural storehouse and Dujiangyan Irrigation system seconds the statement. The construction of this enormous water system dates back to 2200 years. Yes, that’s right! The city was threatened by frequent floods of the Minjiang River which is a tributary of Yangtze River. Li Bing- a local official of Sichuan province conceptualised this irrigation system to...Read more
  6. Du Fu Cottage

    Outdoors, Nature

    A home of a very famous Chinese poet belonging to the Tang Dynasty, this place dates back to a thousand years and is also known as Thatched cottage of Du Fu. Located on the western outskirts of Chengdu, this cottage was built beside the flower bathing brook. During the poet’s stay here, he composed over 240 poems that are today considered as a national treasure. The thatched cottage struc...Read more
  7. Wuhou Memorial Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Architecture

    This is a memorial temple dedicated to Zhue Liang- the Martial Marquis of Shu in the three kingdoms period. This temple covers an area of 37000 square meters and the date of its establishment is unknown.  The current temple was rebuilt in 1672 and is surrounded by old cypresses and classical red walls. The temple is subdivided into five sections: the Gate, the second Gate, the Hall of Liu ...Read more
  8. Wenshu Yuan Monastery

    Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site, Architecture

    A home to Buddhist association of Sichuan province and a well-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu, this monastery was built during the rule of Tang dynasty and was also called as Xinxiang temple. According to the legend, a Buddhist monk Cidu stayed at this site for several years and when he was being cremated after his death, the statue of Wenshu (Manjusri) appeared in the flames and since the...Read more
  9. Chengdu Renmin Park

    Park

    If you are looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, Chengdu Renmin Park also known as People’s park is where you should be. Play cards, be a part of impromptu dance session, relish the Chinese tea while relaxing in a bamboo chair or have your ears cleaned in Chinese style ( yes, they do it and it is claimed to be great!); possibilities are endless! There is also a children’s pla...Read more
  10. Jinsha Site Museum

    Museum, Landmark, Educational Site

    This museum is spread over 38000 square metres area and is dedicated to archaeological finds of Jinsha Site. Dating back to about 3,000 years ago, the time from the late Shang Dynasty (17th-11th century BC) to the early Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC). It is the core of Shang and Zhou Dynasty (17th century BC-221 BC) and the second ancient city of Shu State was discovered after the Thr...Read more
  11. Luodai Ancient Town

    Outdoors, Market, Town

    This ancient town has a history of 1800 years and dates back to the three kingdoms period. The neighbourhood is just an-hour away from Chengdu city and exhibits the culture of Hakka community. You can explore the local culture, indulge on the famous Hakka cuisine and get a glimpse of a different community altogether. There is also a museum dedicated to the community and a park which is great to...Read more
  12. Sanxingdui Museum

    Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    Spread over an area of 4000 square meters, this archaeological museum displays cultural relics found in the excavation of the Three-star Piles site. This site is one of the prime archaeological sites in China and stretched over 12 square kilometres. This relic was discovered by chance. In spring of 1929, a peasant found a piece of bright-coloured jade while digging his farm. This acted as a cat...Read more
  13. Anshun Lang Bridge

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    Anshun Lang Bridge

    Bridge

    Anshun Bridge was built in the year 2003 as a replacement of the bridge which was destroyed in the 1980’s in the flood. The bridge crosses the Jin River and consists of a large restaurant which is popular place to eat in the city. The iconic landmark is truly a gem of the city and a must-visit attraction when you are in Chengdu Shi. The entire bridge is all lit up with colourful light at ...Read more
  14. The Ritz-carlton, Chengdu
    The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury hotel that has been gorgeously designed that offers all the modern amenities you would ever need to enjoy a comfortable stay. The plush rooms at the hotel feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer fantastic views of the city along with flat-screen TV’s, minibars, coffee machines, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi and more. Suites and upgraded rooms add living room or a...Read more
  15. Jiuyanqiao Bar Street

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    Jiuyanqiao Bar Street

    Food And Drinks, Nightlife, Nightclub, Adults

    Looking for a place to hang out with friends, grab a few drinks and enjoy the nightlife while on your visit to Chengdu. Jiuyanqiao Bar Street which is one of the most popular night clubs in the area would be an ideal choice. Most of the times, you would be able to groove to the fantastic live music which makes the evening lively. The selection of drinks and the usual pub grubs is extensive here...Read more