Top Sights in Chengdu
Are you interested to explore Chengdu – one of the 10 old capitals in the Ancient China? Do you want to discover the oldest irrigation system in the world? Let’s see the top sights of Chengdu.
The Jinsha Archaeological Site offers the original layout of a living area, a cemetery, and a sacrificial area. 90% of the site is not excavated for protection purposes. Though, hundreds of the ivory, gold, bronze, stone and wooden wares are found there. You could appreciate them at the exhibition hall. Jinsha Site and the music drama – Jinsha and the 4D movie – Dream Back to Jinsha unveils the social life in the Ancient Shu Kingdom (1045 BC – 360 BC) to the human beings.
Chengdu People’s Park
If you would like to experience the local life in a comfortable environment with green trees, the People’s Park is the best option. Many tourists love to explore the park. Some shows reflecting local culture are regularly held in the park. In April, you could see the demonstration of the local Gaiwan Tea. In November, the park offers a chrysanthemum flower show. Of course, you could find locals playing mahjong with a cup of tea under the tree there.
The giant pandas in Chengdu Panda Research Base are always attracting the attention from locals and visitors. The base is built on the Axe Mountain with a good environment to the cute animal. If lucky enough, you could see pandas chasing or beating each other for fun. The panda cubs are also one of the highlights there, especially when they are drinking milk from a feeding-bottle. It is not suggested that you visit them in the afternoon as they are always inactive from 12:00 pm on.
Originally, Wuhouci Temple was built to be in honer of Zhuge Liang (181 – 234), the prime minister in the Shu Han Kingdom (221 – 263). Later, the sculptures of another 50 heroes in the kingdom were worshiped one by one. The permanent and temporary exhibitions will let you get much acquainted with the history at that time.
Lying close to the Wuhouci Temple, Jinli Pedestrian Street offers great views at night. The old buildings in end Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) are transformed into creative boutiques, a variety of restaurants and hotels. Local culture, including shadow play, sugar painting and clay sculptures also show their charm on the street
Qingcheng Mountain offers a cool and comfortable environment, especially in summer. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the mountain features old Taoist buildings on the front mountain and amazing natural beauty on the back mountain. You could take a cable car uphill and downhill. Alternatively, if you love hiking through the forest, you also can discover it with your feet.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
If you have strong interests in the irrigation system, especially the old ones in ancient times, you could explore Dujiangyan Irrigation System which is within 30 minutes ride. Surrounding by mountains, it was originally built between 256 BC and 251 BC and has been well-maintained for hundreds of years. Today, you could see it also plays an important role in Chengdu.
Kuanzhai Ancient Street
On Kuanzhai Ancient Street, you will find that fashion and traditions get along well with each other. Local culture, and local food have their own roles there while fashion also finds its own position. The old courtyards there are the spots where you could find the good coexistence between the two. Through the reliefs on the cultural wall on the Jing Alley, you will know the development of the local life.
Anren Ancient Town offers the distinctive old buildings with a combination of the style in the Republic of China and the Western style. Old mansions stand on either side of the blue stone streets. Some of them are opened to the public. In addition, Jianchuan Museum Cluster in the town offers tens of museum through which you can know some of the history in modern China. The Cheongsam Festival is irregularly held in the town. If interested, the ladies could wear Cheongsam to walk in the town and they will feel that they are back to the Republic of China.
Huang Long Xi
As a well-known natural film and television photography base across China, Huang Long Xi features old buildings, such as temples, 76 houses in the Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing Dynasties, etc. The traditional customs are well preserved there. During the Dragon Boat Festival, you could see the Dragon Boat Race. During the Spring Festival, you will enjoy the show of burning fire dragon in the old town.
Reed Flute Cave