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The Ten Best Sights and Attractions in Chengdu + Map

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. That’s a bit of a shame as it is a really nice city, with friendly people and a somewhat relaxed environment compared to many other major Chinese cities.

Chengdu has plenty to offer including shopping, sightseeing, and wonderful food along with its major drawcard being the Panda bears. It’s a place worth hanging around for at least a few of days, or more if you like.

Here is a brief intro to my three favorite places in Chengdu followed by a list of the top ten attractions with addresses and open times.

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

It’s a must visit, as they really aren’t that many chances in China where you can see so many and get so close. I’ll cover my visit there in a dedicated post Panda bears

 

Wenshu Monastery

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. It’s an active monastery too, with many monks in training. Don’t miss the tunnel that goes underground 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 it’s a nice place to sit back and relax, and the friendly 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 a vast area including various temples and gardens. The shrine was built in honor of Zhuge Liang who was a military 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 Brocade River this park covers over 2.5 hectares. The park features many beautiful pavilions and it’s 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 Mahjong.

 

Attractions addresses and details

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
Recommended Visiting Hours: 3 ~ 4 hours
Open Hours: 07:30 ~ 18:00
Tickets: 58 RMB
Address: 1375 Panda Road, Northern Suburb, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, P.R. China

Mount Qingcheng
Recommended Visiting Time: Half day for Front Mountain, Half day for Rear Mountain
Opening Hours: March 2nd ~ November 30th: 8:00 to 17:00 /December 1st ~ March 1st: 8:00 to 18:00
Tickets: Front Qingcheng Mountain: 90 RMB; Rear Qingcheng Mountain: 20 RMB; Ten-Thousand Buddha Cave: 5 RMB; Crystal Cave: 10 RMB
Address: Qingcheng Mountain Town, Chengdu 611844, China

Wenshu Yuan Monastery
Recommended Visiting Hours: 2 hours
Open Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
Tickets: 5 RMB
Address: No.66 Wenshuyuan Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610017, China

Du Fu Cottage
Recommended Visiting Time: 3 hours
Opening Hours: 8:00—18:30 from May to October, 8:00—18:00 from November to next April.
Tickets: 60 RMB/person
Address: No.37 Qinghua Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu city, Sichuan province

Kuanzhai Ancient Street of Qing Dynasty
Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
Opening Hours: 24 hours; most shops (bars excluded) close at 22:00-23:00
Tickets: Free
Address: East of Tongren Road, west of Changshun Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu City.

Jinli Pedestrian Street
Recommended Visiting Hours: 2 ~ 3 hours
Open Hours: Some snack stores will close around 22:00, and some drinking bars will open all night
Tickets: Free
Address: No.231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610041, China

Jinsha Site Museum
Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
Tickets: RMB 80
Address: No.2, Jinsha Site Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu.

Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple)
Recommended Visiting Time: 1~2 hours
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Tickets: 10 RMB
Address: West Section 2 of the First Ring road, Qingyang District, Chengdu, China

Wuhou Memorial Temple
Recommended Visiting Time: 2~3 hours
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
Tickets: 60 RMB
Address: No.231 Wuhou Temple Street, Chengdu city, Sichuan province

Chengdu Renmin Park
Recommended Visiting Time: 1 ~ 2 hours
Opening Hours: All day
Tickets: Free when there are no activities; 12 RMB when there is flower show; 8 RMB for the major festivals.
Address: No.12 Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015, China

 

Where’s my pick of the best place to stay in Chengdu? The Chengdu Tibet Hotel

For transport maps and the top foods to try, see my Essential Intro to Chengdu

 

Chengdu Attraction Map

InterContinental Chengdu Global Center

InterContinental Chengdu Global Center

 – Metro access

Offering free Wi-Fi and wired internet access, InterContinental Chengdu Global Center provides a water park, 2 swimming pools and a fitness centre. Mingdu Park is a 15-minute walk away.
Holiday Inn Chengdu Century City West
Holiday Inn Chengdu Century City West is located in the Century City Complex, which also features Chengdu International Exhibition & Convention Centre. It offers Internet access in all guest rooms.
The St. Regis Chengdu

The St. Regis Chengdu 

Offering an outdoor pool and an indoor pool, 8 minutes' walk from Taikoo Li and IFS Shopping Mall, The St. Regis Chengdu is located in Chengdu. Free WiFi access is available.
Chengdu Panda Apartment

Aparthotel Chengdu Panda Apartment

Chengdu Panda Apartment is located in the heart of Chengdu, less than a 5-minute walk from People’s Park Subway Station and a 10-minute walk from the ancient Kuanzhai Alley.
Niccolo Chengdu

Niccolo Chengdu

 5-star hotel - Metro access

Featuring a fitness centre and 2 restaurants, Niccolo Chengdu is located in Chengdu offering commercial accommodation to travelers. Free WiFi access is available in all areas.
The Temple House

The Temple House

 5-star hotel - Metro access

Featuring free WiFi, a spa centre and a terrace, The Temple House offers accommodation in Chengdu, housed at Chunxi Road, the city centre and right next to Daci Temple.
Grand Hyatt Chengdu

Grand Hyatt Chengdu

 5-star hotel - Metro access

Offering a barbecue and spa centre, Grand Hyatt Chengdu is set in Chengdu. The hotel boasts a 1,000-square-metre French-style outdoor garden, a fitness centre and signature restaurants.

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Cheng Du Trium Apartment(Taikoo Li)

Apartments Cheng Du Trium Apartment(Taikoo Li)

4 stars - Metro access

Set in Chengdu within 600 metres of Chunxi Road and a 19-minute walk of Tianfu Square, Cheng Du Trium Apartment(Taikoo Li) provides accommodation with free WiFi, a TV and a kitchen.
East House service apartment(Taikoo Li)

Apartments East House service apartment(Taikoo Li)

 

Situated within 600 metres of Chunxi Road and an 18-minute walk of Tianfu Square in Chengdu, East House service apartment(Taikoo Li) provides accommodation with seating area. Free WiFi is provided.
Mia Suites (Taikoo Li Chengdu)

Apartments Mia Suites (Taikoo Li Chengdu) 

 Metro access
 
Mia Suites offers accommodation 20 metres from Taikoo Li. Chunxi Road is 600 metres from the property. The accommodation is air conditioned and features a seating area.
Fraser Suites Chengdu

Aparthotel Fraser Suites Chengdu

 Metro access

5 Star - Located 200 metres from Tian Fu Square and 1 km away from the bustling Chunxi Road, Fraser Suites Chengdu is a 30-minute drive from Shuangliu International Airport.

9 Citang St, RenMin GongYuan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610000

Sichuan, Chengdu, Wuhou, Wuhouci St, 231号武侯祠景区内

QingYang GongShangQuan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610071

JinSha ShangQuan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610091

WuHouCi, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610041

Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610000

QingYang GongShangQuan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610072

CaoShiJie, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610081

Sichuan Sheng, Chengdu Shi, Chenghua Qu, 外北熊猫大道1375号 邮政编码: 610081

 

Chengdu Tourist Map