There are over 30 pandas which visitors can watch during feeding time at 9:00 AM. Afterwards it’s nap time in the comfort of their air conditioned enclosures. Between August to October, it is a good time to see new-born babies that are astonishingly small and fragile compared to their stout parents.
The signboard hanging over the top of the gate reads that this is a shrine for an emperor but it is known more as a place of homage for his minister－Wuhou. Though constructed to honor both him and emperor Liubei, Zhugeliang is the one that earns greater respect among Chinese people. His story as one of the greatest folk heroes in Chinese history is recounted in the literary masterpiece Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Du Fu is one of the great poets who lived during the Tang dynasty, China's golden era. His haunting poetry is still being taught in schools today. This park is his cottage and the temple is dedicated to him. Check out the intricate Bonsai trees, plants and Chinese paintings that adorn the place.
The museum's treasures date back 3000 years including impressive relics from the Sun and Immortal Bird gold decoration to gold mask and jade. Exhibition in Jinsha awarded the Chinese Top Ten Excellent Exhibition and you can even experience the brilliance of Chengdu's history and splendor of the ancient kingdom here.
During the Shu Kingdom, Jinli Street was one of the busiest commercial areas and was known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim its prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Temple and has been open to public since 2004. Since then, visitors can gather here to relax, visit the traditional buildings, and taste some local snacks.
Sansheng Flower Town, where is known as the Paradise for Rural Tourism in Chengdu, has a large number of flower farms, restaurants and holiday resorts. You can taste seasonal fruits and rustic food, and experience farm work here. Peach, pear, plum and cherry blossoms during spring while Wintersweet blossoms in winter so grab the chance to visit it.
Huanglongxi is an ancient town with a history of more than 1,700 years. Seven ancient streets, which were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, are well preserved. Walking through the street, you will find many historical civilian residences of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
If you're up for hiking in the fresh air, climbing Mount Qingcheng is the ideal activity for your trip to Chengdu. Here you can follow the roots of Taoism, a widespread religion in the area, and get some exercise climbing numerous stairs. On top you will feel refreshed and might even get a new perspective on life.
The Tianfu Square features huge water fountains that are especially beautiful to visit at night. While taking a stroll here, you shall not miss the light installations and water spectacles because they are simply stunning. Below the place you can also find a shopping center including plenty of shopping and food places.
Do as the locals do and relax in this urban park, an oasis in the middle of the city. You will find Renmin Park an ideal place for a picnic to stretch your feet. Come here in the evenings and find some activities to join in or just stroll through the park, it's always worth visiting.
This great engineering project was constructed in 256 BC and still functions today. Logs, stones and bamboo cages were used to make a water conservancy and this simple construction has been protecting the vast Chengdu Plain for over 2000 years. Walking across the Anlan suspension bridge is one way to enjoy it.
When in Chengdu, you can't miss the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. Since 1996, the Mount Emei Scenic Area including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't hesitate to explore the surrounding area by foot and enjoy the stunning presence of the tall sculpture. It's simply a must see.
This Chinese restaurant offers you innovative interpretations of classic Cantonese and Sichuan fare including double-boiled sea conch and Dan Dan noodles with pork. Inspired by the ancient Shu civilization, the colorful decor features vibrant flowers and brocade. You will have a wonderful multi-sensory experience here.
Origins Coffee Company is a cozy American cafe with soft tinkling of piano keys and full-bodied cakes. They serve a range of food and drinks including cinnamon muffin, home-made müsli served with yogurt and freshly dripped coffee in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.
Located at the lobby of hotel, this cafe is well-known for its fresh and delicious cuisines. You will be served with countless international food including Chinese hotpot and Japanese sushi and sashimi. Craving dessert? Here you can enjoy a wide variety of desserts from tarts, little cakes to pastries.
You are going to be astonished by this magical folk show. Face changing, rolling light, hand shadowgraph, every performance deserves your applause. Enjoy the Sichuan 1000-year cultural banquet in just one night. It performs occasionally so check show times beforehand.
Located in the classy Shangri-La Hotel, this cozy pub offers visitors a wide range of drinks and bites and wonderful live music. Meet some new friends inside, mingle with the international crowd and dive into Chengdu's nightlife. With good food like Sichuan Lamb Shanks, this will be a night to remember.
Tianfu Square features huge water fountains that are especially beautiful to visit during night times. The light installations and water spectacles are nice to look at while taking a stroll in the area. The square hosts some famous department stores like Pacific, Wangfujing, Seibu or Ito Yokado and below the place you can also find a big shopping center.
Chengdu is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must bring your passport at all times and all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets or using internet cafes that accept foreigners.
The best periods to visit Chengdu are from March to May, and September to November. Spring weather in Chengdu often begins early, starting in March, and lasts until early May. As the temperature rises, colourful flowers bloom one after another. It is the best time to see the peach blossom at Longquan Mountain and the cuckoo at Wawu Mountain. Autumn usually starts from September and lasts till the end of October or early November. The temperature drops quickly, and there may be a lot of rain. It's best to pack long-sleeved shirts and thin overcoats, plus a thin sweater.
Metro Most metros run between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM. Tickets can be bought from the ticket machines on site. Chengdu metro has six lines and eight more will be completed in the future. Bus Most buses run between 6:30 AM and 9:00 PM. But the public bus system may be a little difficult for those who can’t speak Chinese though route maps are available.
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