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.
| Wolong National Natural Reserve |
130 kilometers from Chengdu, Wolong Natural Reserve is renowned as the hometown of giant pandas and the Natural Zoological and Botanical Garden. It's the earliest, largest and best-known panda reserve in China. It was placed on UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network in 1980. After the earthquake on May 12, 2008, the pandas were moved to Bifeng Gorge Panda Base.
| Three-Star Piles Museum (Sanxingdui Museum) |
The Three-Star Piles 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.
| Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area |
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 Project |
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.
Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center is one place where visitors can observe pandas at close range.
Dinosaur Museum in Zigong, built on the Dashanpu Dinosaur Fossils Site, is one of the three biggest dinosaur site museums in the world.
Divine Light Temple (Baoguang Temple), built in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), is situated in Xindu to the north of the city.
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area 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.
Wu Hou Shrine (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.
Mt. 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.
River View Tower 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.
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.
Wenshu Monastery is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in the city with hundreds of bronze, wooden and stone statues, and Buddhist relics.
Yongling Mausoleum is the mausoleum of the Emperor Wang Jian of the Former Shu State in the Five Dynasties Period (907-960).