Chengdu Panda home and capital of leisure

Chengdu Travel Guide of China

Things to do in Chengdu

  • Panda Breeding and Research Center

    Panda Breeding and Research Center

  • Dujiangyan Irrigation System

    Dujiangyan Irrigation System

  • Mount Qingcheng

    Mount Qingcheng

  • Sichuan Opera

    Sichuan Opera

  • Du Fu Thatched Cottage

    Du Fu Thatched Cottage

  • Wuhou Memorial Temple

    Wuhou Memorial Temple

The top sites in Chengdu

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China, is often mentioned in conjunction with giant pandas. However, this historical city is now a paradise where people enjoy a peaceful life full of relaxation and leisure. Moreover, the cuisine is quite unique here, with spices often very spicy. A Chinese proverb states, "Do not go to visit Chengdu when you are young" because once you come here, you'll never want to leave.

Chengdu Overview 

Everything began there more than 2,000 years ago, when China split into Three Kingdoms. One of the Three Kingdoms named Shu Kingdom ruled the southwestern region of China and established its capital in Chengdu. Since then the city has been developed but hasn’t lost its prosperous and serene atmosphere. It is often said that Suzhou and Hangzhou are heavens on earth due to their landscapes. However, Chengdu is an earthly paradise of a different kind compared to Hangzhou. The residents here know how to enjoy life and leisure. The previous capital was difficult to access for outsiders, so the locals kept their traditional amusements until today. You will find card games and mahjong widely played in many teahouses. 
Today, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a land of plenty in agricultural resources as well as in nature and culture resources. This prosperous city is liberal and dynamic developing quickly while its residents continue to keep their lifestyles closely linked with their ancestors. As a city developing at a fast rate, Chengdu is not short of foreign investments. However, despite the few direct international flights there remains increasing foreign trade and tourism. There is only one European airline, KLM that operates direct flights from Amsterdam for the Shuangliu International Airport. Nonetheless, the domestic flight options are large enough for visitors to travel in and out of the city. Considering you won’t only visit Chengdu you should set it as your first destination while you have a China tour, so don’t miss the hometown of the panda while visiting China.

The Gate to Tibetan Regions 

Once in Chengdu, you are at the gate to the Tibetan region. Here, you are at a province with a diverse group of minorities. Although Chengdu is very interesting, the west and north of the province are full of wonderful sights such as Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, Jiuzhagou Valley and everyone´s favorite giant pandas. Surrounded by the mountains, you will lose yourself in the landscapes of Sichuan province. Bordering the Tibetan regions, you will find small Tibetan villages nearby Chengdu, and Chengdu is usually chosen as the beginning point of the Tibet tour, so if you like Tibet, please visit Chengdu and Sichuan province to have a glimpse of Tibetan influences in advance.

The Specialties of Chengdu 

When we talk about Chengdu, we immediately think of gastronomy. Its local dishes are usually spicy but that is what gives them their charm. In the streets of Chengdu, there are many hawkers carts that sell delicious Sichuan snacks. The ancient culinary traditions are what contribute to the city’s reputation as the the city of gastronomy. The tea ceremony is also worth visiting. A young man uses a teapot with a long beak to serve you the tea during the tea ceremony. The famous eight treasures tea is better to enjoy at the Gai wan cha, which is the tea set with a cup, a lid and a tray. Similarly, Sichuan Opera has long achieved worldwide fame. From a comic genre, several arts are presented including the change of masks, which is spectacular. Lastly, Chengdu brocades or Shu embroidery are also hallmarks of the city.

Best Time to Visit Chengdu and Sichuan 

As a city in a subtropical monsoon climate, it is best to avoid visiting Chengdu in the winter. The trip will be more pleasant between March and November, especially in the spring and autumn. The tour is not recommended in July and August because rain may fall every day during this period.

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    341M Altitude Chengdu
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