A charming city with sedate tea houses, panda sanctuaries and religious centers, Chengdu provides an excellent opportunity to experience Sichuan culture up close and bask in a tranquil, convivial atmosphere. The city is actually the capital of China’s Sichuan province with its closest neighbors being Ya’an to the southwest, Meishan to the south and Deyang which lies to the north. Here are our top picks for the best things to do in Chengdu on your next trip.

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