Chengdu Attractions - Things to Do
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. The followings are popular attractions in the city that attract many tourists every year.
Top Things to Do
Baoguang Temple, built in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), is situated in Xindu to the north of the city.
Botanical Garden is about 6 miles north of the dowtown area. It has more than 2,000 species of plants and covers a total area of 104 acres.
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 Museum, located in the west of Tianfu Square, is the biggest comprehensive museum in the city, providing the history of the city and the interesting Puppetry and Shadow Play.
Chengdu Zoo is the largest zoo in southwest China with more than 300 species of animals, including pandas, South China tigers, takins, and leopards.
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.
Happy Valley, an amusement park with breathtaking sceneries, interesting explorations and exciting entertainment facilities.
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.
Huanhua Stream Park, the largest urban forest park in the city.
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.
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.
People's Park is well-known for the Memorial to Railway Protection Movement, winding Gold Water Stream, Chrysanthemum Show, and time-honored teahouses.
Pingle Ancient Town has a history of over 2,000 years, and is famous for the "Nine Antique Heritages", such as ancient residences and streets, and the ancient post road.
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.
Sichuan Science and Technology Museum focuses on local landforms, ancient projects, mordern achievements of science and techonology.
Stone Elephant Lake is noted for the ancient Stone Elephant Temple, the maze-like clear lake, and the sea of tulips and lilies.
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 the largest city square in southwest China.
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.
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.
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.
Xiling Snow Mountain is a famous skiing resort and tourism site in Dayi County of Chengdu.
Yongling Museum is built on the base of Emperor Wang Jian's tomb in the Former Shu State in the Five Dynasties Period (907-960).
Zhaojue Temple was first constructed in early Tang Dynasty. It is a famous Buddhist temple, and the cradle of Buddhist temples in Japan and Southeast Asia.