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3 Days Chengdu City Tour

Day 1 Chengdu Panda Base - Renmin Park
Lovely pandas
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the first must-see in this city. Going to this place, taxi is the easiest way with a fee of CNY40 or so. You could also take subway line 2 from Tianfu Square and change to line 3 at Chunxi Road station. Get off at Xiongmaodadao Station (Panda Avenue), go out from Exit A and then take bus 198 or 198A directly to the base. It is advisable to arrive there before 08:00 as pandas are more active during the morning feeding time.

There are many large enclosures housing pandas at different ages. It could be exciting to see them playing, eating and sleeping. If lucky, you may also see the cute baby pandas. The entrance fee of the Panda Base is CNY58 per ticket. Two or more hours are needed to finish the visit.

After that find your way to take subway line 2, get off at Renminggongyuan station, and then walk to the nearby Renmin Park (People's Park). It is a favorite place for local people coming together to drink tea, chat and play Mahjong, while others will be dancing, singing. Wandering along this park is a good experience to see the authentic local life. If you are interested, you could be warmly welcomed to join them in Mahjong playing or dancing.
Day 2 Broad and Narrow Alleys - Wenshu Monastery - Jinsha Site Museum
Golden Mask Exhibited in Jinsha Site Museum
This morning, walk to the nearby Broad and Narrow Alleys. This is a traditional alleyway street lined with many courtyards in ancient style. Most of them were transformed to restaurants, cafes and stores. It is a good place to spend time walking and having lunch or tea here. If you want to take photos of the buildings, you would better go earlier as it gets quite packed after 10:00.

Then take subway line 4 and change to line 1 at Luomashi station. Get out at Wenshuyuan station from Exit K to reach the Wenshu Monastery. It is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in the city and also an active one with monks walking around and a lot of praying going on. The buildings and garden in the monastery is very beautiful and the free entrance is a bonus for this visit.

From Wenshuyuan, take bus 37 to Jinxiluxi station and walk northward along Qingyang Road to reach the Jinsha Site Museum. This museum is a good place for people who are fond of history. The visit starts by walking through an excavation site, then followed with the huge exhibition halls. Each of them contains many artifacts from the site, which gives a glimpse into Chinese life and rituals as far as 3000 years ago. The entrance fee is CNY80 per ticket.
Day 3 Thatched Cottage of Du Fu - Sichuan Museum - Chunxi Road
Chunxi Road
After breakfast, find your way to the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. There are many buses reaching there, such as 19, 35, 58, 1024 or 1031. Or you could take subway line 4 and alight at Caotangbeilu Station, Exit B, and then walk southward around 1000 meters to the site. Du Fu was one of the most prominent Chinese poets of the Tang dynasty (618-907). This site is where once he spent his later part of life. Inside, you will see the reconstructed Thatched cottage he lived, a temple as well as a large beautiful garden. Huge bamboo trees everywhere, ponds, pagodas and bonsai all around are a delightful sight to all eyes. There are also English translations of Du Fu's poetries. Read these and get an insight into Chinese ancient literature. The entrance ticket fee is CNY60.

Sichuan Museum is nearby the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, just few minutes walking. Entrance to the museum is free, and you need to just show your passport to get the free ticket. There are three floors with a great collection of paintings, calligraphies, ceramics, bronzes and folk arts. It is worth spending an hour or two to see and learn about the history and culture of Sichuan region. Although there are plenty of English explanations, you could get more by hiring an English speaking tour guide.

Bus 58 could take you to Chunxi Road from Sichuan Museum. This is the busiest pedestrian street in Chengdu. The whole area is packed with shops, malls, eateries and cafes. Lots of people are shopping there, a very vibrant place. You can buy some souvenirs for your friends. In the same time, you can fill your hunger in a restaurant of your choice. Then go to the nearby Jinjiang Theatre to enjoy the Sichuan Opera (Changing Faces) Performance. The performance time is from 20:00 to 21:00. The ticket price ranges from CNY150 to CNY280 for different seats.
 More Related Routes:
Two Days Independent Travel: to visit Chengdu Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Leshan and Jinli Street.
Foodie Delight Tour: to visit Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and Sichuan Cuisine Museum. 
Leshan Buddha & Mt. Emei: 4 days independent travel to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain.

Questions & Answers
Asked by Libby from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 14, 2017 23:57Reply
Is it a walking distance from Chengdu People Park to Wide and Narrow Alley?
Or need to hop on bus to there? How to go to Jinli Street from Wide and Narrow Alley? Can I cover up this three places for one day from 4pm? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Makayla from SINGAPORE | Apr. 18, 2017 01:01

Yes, you can. Just walk northeast along Xiaonan Street and Changshunshang Street around 0.6 mile to arrive at the destination.
From Wide and Narrow Alley to Jinli Street, take bus no.109 from Shangyejiekou to Wuhouci Street. Then walk southwest around 600 yards.
Don't worry. You can tour around these places for one day after 16:00. Have fun!
Asked by J | Jun. 01, 2014 20:52Reply
bus trip from chengdu to jiuzhaiogou valley
Are there any stops on the route from chengdu to jiuzhaiogou for pictures/bathroom?
Answers (1)
Answered by Judy | Jun. 03, 2014 01:36

yes, the bus will stop on the way.
Asked by francine from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 25, 2014 22:31Reply
Chengdu to Jiu Zhai Gou road conditions
Can any one advise me of the safety conditions of the road from Chengdu/ Dujiangyan to Jiu Zhai Gou.

How long will the journey take.

Is it safe to travel the road in April?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mary | Feb. 27, 2014 00:06

It takes about 9-10 hours from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou and 8-9 hours from Dujiangyan to Jiuzhaigou by bus. The road condition in April is fine.
Asked by Francine from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 24, 2014 22:14Reply
Dujiangyan to Juizhaigou Bus Service
I would like to catch the bus from Dujiangyan to Juizhaigou.
Can you please help me with bus station details, cost etc?
Do I need to book in advance?
Can you please write bilingual details.
Thank you in advance,
Answers (1)
Answered by Anne | Feb. 25, 2014 19:58

There are buses to Jiuzhaigou directly from Dujiangyan Coach Terminal Station, which locates at No. 76 Yingbin Road. The bus is available at 9:40 everyday and the ticket fare is around CNY135. The bookings are made 10 days in advance. Hereunder is the details in Chinese:
Coach station name: 都江堰市客运中心
Address: 都江堰市迎宾路76号
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