The Best Tourist Attractions & Things To Do In Chengdu

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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Just ten-kilometres north of Chengdu, lies a fascinating day at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you will be able to explore the natural lush environment that the giant pandas love, and with expert researchers, you will be able to get up-close and personal with these iconic animals, to learn about their lives and habits. As well as the Giant Pandas, there are also peacocks, swans, and red pandas to admire. This is truly a visit that will stay forever in your heart.

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Renmin Park (People's Park)
Renmin Park (People's Park)

Come down to the centre of the city and join the locals at Renmin Park (People’s Park). This large public park is fascinating for the diversity of activities that people enjoy here, from just playing cards, to Tai Chi, and even bursting into song! Stroll around the lake and the landscaped gardens - including a bonsai garden - and stop at one of the tea houses for a break. This is a perfect place to stop and soak up the culture, and watch as people go about their day.

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Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha

Take a day trip from Chengdu and marvel at the magnificent Leshan Giant Buddha, carved in stone and reaching 71-metres high. The statue is the tallest stone Buddha sculpture in the world, and took 90 years to complete, starting in the year 713. There are several options to get a view of its majestic frame; there is a lookout platform, or for a different perspective - from the three rivers that intersect at its base - take a boat ride!

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Mount Emei (Emeishan)
Mount Emei (Emeishan)

Towering 3,117 metres above the ground, take the cable car to the peak of Mount Emei (Emeishan), and explore the magnificent temples, relax in the pristine gardens, and take in the amazing views from the top. You can choose to trek up the mountain - following in the footsteps of the monks - but it is wise to take a stick, as the monkeys which inhabit the trail can be persistent and frustrating. And if you need more time, spread the journey over two days, staying overnight in a traditional monastery!

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Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Base

Take a tour to the Dujiangyan Panda Base for a magical day out. Sit back and relax on the one and a half hour drive, and then explore the park which is focussed on the conservation of these marvellous animals. You won’t just see the giant pandas either; you will also have the opportunity to admire the red pandas too, as they eat and play together.

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Jinli Ancient Street
Jinli Ancient Street

For a living display of ancient Chinese history, it is hard to beat a visit to the fascinating, Jinli Ancient Street. Since 220 BC this street has been a vibrant commercial hub of the city, and in the early 2000’s a major restoration was undertaken to bring this 380-metre street back to its ancient glory. With original architecture and many vendors in traditional dress, explore the narrow laneway, imagine the hustle and bustle of the street - as it would have been many centuries ago - and relax as you watch the world go by.

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Mount Qingcheng
Mount Qingcheng

Take a trip 60-kilometres from Chengdu, and visit one of the birthplaces of Taoism, Mount Qingcheng. A favourite place for trekking, the 1290-metre high mountain is a great way for the reasonably fit to explore, taking you past several beautiful temples along the way. If you choose to take a ferry and the cable car, you will still see the lush scenery and waterfalls, leaving a 20 minute walk to the peak to see the Laojun Pavilion and of course, the majestic views!

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Shufeng Yayun Teahouse
Shufeng Yayun Teahouse

Located in the Chengdu Culture Park, a great night out is to enjoy an evening show at the Shufeng Yayun Teahouse. The show runs for 90-minutes and is a non-stop kaleidoscope of local artists showing their skills, giving a glimpse of the ancient and modern culture, with singing, dancing, and a puppet show to fascinate crowds of all ages!

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Chengdu Culture Park
Chengdu Culture Park

Just next to the Qingyang Palace, the Chengdu Cultural Park is a celebration of local culture, and a favourite place for locals to meet. Each evening there is a show of singers and dancers, and the park regularly has festivals, such as the Lantern Festival and the Flower Festival. During the day, it’s a great place to just relax and watch the locals enjoying themselves, playing cards or mah-jong!

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Lingyun Temple
Lingyun Temple

When touring the Leshan Giant Buddha, make sure you include a visit to the nearby Lingyun Temple, with its fascinating statues and magnificent views. Admire the monuments at the entrance, discover the spectacular gardens inside, and explore the stepped series of courtyards surrounded by traditional halls!

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Qingyang Palace
Qingyang Palace

Experience ancient Taoist culture with a visit to the Qingyang Palace. Dating back to the year 618 - and largely rebuilt in the 1600’s - make sure you seek out the two fascinating sculptures; one clearly a goat, but the other a blend of all twelve animals that are included in the Chinese Zodiac. Try to work out which animal is where! You will be surrounded by traditional halls and pavilions, so take the time to appreciate the amazing display of Taoist artefacts in front of you, which takes you through the history of this ancient and majestic temple.

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Wenshu Temple
Wenshu Temple

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Chengdu to visit the magnificent Wenshu Temple, one of the oldest and most well-preserved working Buddhist Temples in China. It’s a fascinating place to explore, with its eleven-story pavilion, and gardens full of sculptures and carvings to study and admire. Once you have finished exploring, relax in the teahouse, where you can soak up the history and enjoy the local culture.

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