Things To Do In Chengdu In December – Visiting Chengdu In December & What to do!
Last Update: 20th November 2019
What Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Chengdu In December?
It is cold in Chengdu in December. Chengdu is one of the well-known historical and cultural cities across China. It offers more than ten historic and cultural sites to explore in December. Let’s see the things we could do in Chengdu in December.
Chengdu Panda Research Base
In December, fewer giant pandas will play outdoor due to the cold weather. However, if you want to watch the cute animals at close range, it is recommended that you visit the base as early as possible although it is cold in December. No matter what the weather is like, the base is always crowded. The museum at the base offers the specimen of giant pandas, insects and vertebrates to observe. In addition, you may encounter naughty red pandas at the base.
Chengdu People’s Park
Around the year, People’s Park is one of the most popular spots to experience local life in Chengdu in the eyes of tourists. Heming Tea House is nearly 100 years old. It offers traditional wooden or bamboo tables and chairs to guests. Locals always love to play cards or mahjong with a cup of tea provided by the tea house. The professional ear-cleaning workers walk among the crowd. If interested, you could experience it. The park has a corner of blind dating to discover.
Chengdu Cooking School
Chengdu features spicy food to enjoy. If you love cooking, several cooking schools in Chengdu offer you a chance to experience cooking local cuisine, such as fresh tofu and pork belly for Mapo tofu, the fried chicken with chilies (辣子鸡), pot stewed chicken in chilli oil, etc. They offer half-day small group and private course to choose from. The schools will pick you up from your hotel in the city of Chengdu and take you to a local market to pick fresh ingredients for the course.
Jinsha Archaeological Site
Jinsha Archaeological Site offers us a chance to take a glimpse of the social life in the Ancient Shu Kingdom (1045 BC – 360 BC). The site was the ancient capital of the kingdom. The base of large buildings, the sacrifice area, large cemetery and the excavated jade, ivory, bronze, stone wares and lacquerwares show some of the social life during the period of time to us. The music drama – Jinsha and the 4D movie – Dream Back to Jinsha present us more information on the kingdom as well.
Kuanzhai Ancient Street
The Kuanzhai Ancient Street features the old courtyards in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). Transformed into a variety of boutiques, many of the buildings feature exquisite classic Chinese decoration. You could also find ear-cleaning workers on the street. At the end of the Zhai Alley is a paradise for foodies. At the Zhai Alley, there are several local tea houses with the Sichuan Opera show. In December, you could refresh yourself with a hot pot at one of the local restaurants.
As one of the landmarks in Chengdu, Wuhouci Temple was originally built in 223. In honor of the heroes in the Three Kingdoms (220 – 265 AD), the temple has around 200 fine sculptures of the heroes to admire. Temporary exhibitions will unveil some of the important stories on the period of time. The temple also offers interesting cultural activities for the young children.
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Sichuan Opera also attracts the eyes of many visitors to Chengdu. It presents the old history and stories in Chengdu. You could enjoy the opera while trying the local tea. Shufeng Yayun Theater is very popular among locals and visitors. The host always introduces the operas being put on in Chinese and English.
As one of the best-known Buddhist temples in the West Sichuan, Wenshu Temple has more than 300 statue of Buddha to admire. The tea house in the temple features local fine tea and live music show done by local artists. The vegetarian restaurant there offers tasty food to have a try as well. Precious Buddhist scriptures are well-preserved in the temple too.
In December, it is an enjoyment that you watch Sichuan Opera when eating sunflower seeds at the traditional wooden table at one local theater in Chengdu. Face-changing is one of the highlights of the opera. Shufeng Yayun (蜀风雅韵) and Furong Guocui (芙蓉国粹) Theaters are the top 2 of its kind in Chengdu.
Luodai Ancient Town
Home to Hakkas for hundreds of years, Luodai Ancient Town features Hakka buildings in the Qing style on the street. When walking across the street, you could feel that you are back to the Qing Dynasty. The Hakka Tujia Museum offers you a chance to appreciate Hakka intangible heritage, such as New-Year paintings, classic Hakka furniture, and the like.
Reed Flute Cave