Chengdu, unfortunately, doesn’t make it on to many peoples list of places to visit while in China unless they are visiting Tibet or maybe going to see the Giant Buddha. Thats a bit of a shame as it is a really nice city, with freindly people and a somewhat relaxed enviroment compared to many other major Chinese cities.
Chengdu has plenty to offer including shopping, sight seeing and wonderful food along with it’s major draw card being the Panda bears. Its a place worth hanging around for at least a few of days. Some of the major sights to see in Chengdu are:
Wenshu Monastery is a famous buddhist temple and is one of the four major temples of Zen Buddhism. Previously known as Xin Xiang temple it was built during the time of the Sui Dynasty around the years 605-617AD. It features a large pagoda, plenty of walkways and many temples. Its an active monestry too, with many monks in training. Dont miss the tunnel that goes undeground to another temple with a giant golden buddha.
Entry cost was 5 yuan. You can wander around this place in an hour or so, but its a nice place to sit back and relax, and the freindly monks serving tea in the courtyard are all too happy to have you sit down for even longer, even if you cant understand each other!
The Wuhou Shrine
Built in 223 AD this shrine covers vast area including various temples and gardens. The shrine was built in honor of Zhuge Liang who was a miltary strategist and leader during the Three Kingdoms Period. You may also find yourself spending time here drinking tea with temple minders! It’s also the largest museum in China for artifacts from the Three Kingdom period. Entry was 60 yuan.
The River Viewing Park (or Wangjiangluo Park)
Standing alongside the Borcade River this park covers over 2.5 hectares. The park features many beautiful pavillions and its quite popular with photographers and those looking to relax. Next to the park is a large bamboo garden with tea houses providing drinks to hundreds of chinese just sitting, relaxing and many playing the game M.ahjong.
Chengdu Sights Map