A two-thousand-year history leaves Chengdu with numerous historical places of interest. Fertile lands and a favorable climate endow the city with picturesque surrounding scenic landscapes.
| Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding |
Located just 6 miles (10 km) away from downtown Chengdu, this is the most convenient place for visitors to see the giant pandas at a close range. Apart from this center, the Dujiangyan Panda Base, 34 miles (56 km) northwest of Chengdu, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, 37 miles (60 km) away from the city, and the Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda, 100 miles (160 km) from Chengdu are also ideal choices to see this cute black-and-white creature. Pandas in the former Wolong Panda Reserve had been moved to Ya'an after the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008.
| Sanxingdui Museum (Three-Star Piles Museum) |
The Sanxingdui Museum in Nanxing Town, Guanghan, about 40 kilometers from city proper, exhibits the excavations of the ancient Shu Kingdom. It is an important archeological discovery which changed people's understanding of ancient history and culture.
| Jiuzhai Valley National Park (Jiuzhaigou) |
400 kilometers away from Chengdu lies a fairyland whose natural and primitive beauty impresses everyone who visits here. Jiuzhaigou with its heaven-bestowed landscape, precious animals, plants and the special local flavor of the Tibetan People, deserves the first recommendation for a neighborhood tour of Chengdu.
| Dujiangyan Irrigation System |
This irrigation project is one of the world's cultural heritages constructed 2,000 years ago, and amazingly continues to benefit more than 40 neighboring counties. It's the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and a wonder in the development of Chinese irrigation works.
Bronze Goat Taoist Temple (Qing Yang Gong) is considered to be the oldest Taoist temple in the city. Legends about the origin of the palace can also be enjoyed here.
Chunxi Road, regarded as the city's busiest business street, is a center of fashion as well as a home of delicious snacks from all over the country.
Dinosaur Museum in Zigong, built on the Dashanpu Dinosaur Fossils Site, is one of the three biggest dinosaur site museums in the world.
Baoguang Temple, built in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), is situated in Xindu to the north of the city.
Huanglong National Scenic Reserve owes its fame to the breathtaking charm of its innumerable ponds, rocks, waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, valleys, temples, and local customs.
Huanglongxi Ancient Town, with history of 1,700 years and well preserved buildings, is a place where travelers can explore Chinese old culture and custom.
Jinli Street once was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263).
Jinsha Site Museum is a rare museum to protect, study and display the archaeological finds of Jinsha Site, which has a history of more than 3,000 years and was discovered by archaeologists in February 2001.
Luodai Ancient Town, 11 miles (18 km) east of the city, is the world's largest town of Hakka.
Wuhou Temple (Memorial Temple of Marquis Wu) was built in the 6th century in memory of the Emperor Liu Bei and the Prime Minister Zhuge Liang of the Shu Kingdom.
Mount Qingcheng is a Taoist mountain located about 20 kilometers southwest of Dujiangyan City. It is also a very attractive and intriguing scenic spot that is covered by luxuriant and verdant trees.
Wangjiang Pavalion Park is renowned for the River View Tower (Wang Jiang Lou), the Memorial Hall for a female poet Xue Tao, and varieties of bamboos.
Salt Museum in Zigong shows the achievements of China's ancient well salt industry and the tools for artesian well.
Sichuan Museum, the largest comprehensive museum in southwestern China, features 260,000 items in its historical collections and more than 60,000 relics.
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu was the residence of Du Fu, a famous poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). For three and a half years he lived in the cottage.
Tianfu Square is the largest city square in southwest China.
Wenshu Monastery is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in the city with hundreds of bronze, wooden and stone statues, and Buddhist relics.
Wide and Narrow Alley is a popular entertainment and nightlife block, with architecture renovated in traditional Chinese style.
Xiling Snow Mountain is a famous skiing resort and tourism site in Dayi County of Chengdu.
Yongling Mausoleum is the mausoleum of the Emperor Wang Jian of the Former Shu State in the Five Dynasties Period (907-960).