What to see in Chengdu

Chengdu Attractions

Chengdu is a hidden gem for many tourists. Travellers are most commonly drawn to the area by the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, but once there they discover many other interesting things to see and do in Chengdu.

Pandas are justifiably Chengdu's biggest attraction and the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is much more than a zoo. The centre rehabilitates and breeds a number of animals besides the loveable Giant Pandas, including Red Pandas, South China Tigers and Golden Monkeys; it is an absolute must for anybody who loves animals and is interested in wildlife conservation. For a special donation, visitors can even hold a panda cub.

Another popular excursion from Chengdu is a trip to Mount Qincheng, which is very close to the city. The mountain is a great hiking destination with lots of historical and cultural places of interest as well as natural wonders.

Travellers interested in archaeology and ancient civilizations should visit the Jinsha Site Museum, which is located on the site where archaeologists unearthed an ancient village of the Shu Kingdom (220 - 280 AD) and displays some wonderful ancient relics and artefacts. A good companion site in town is the Wuhou Memorial Temple, which has shrines to the ministers of the Shu Kingdom.

Other attractions in Chengdu include Wenshu Temple, the city's largest Buddhist temple complex, and People's Park, a big public park with a number of attractions, including a rather odd underground museum. Kuanzhai Ancient Street is also worth visiting: it is a trendy shopping street and cultural hot spot as well as a historic preservation area with several ancient structures. Kuanzhai and the charming Jinli Alley are the best places for bargain hunting and sampling local cuisine.

Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center

The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is a must-see for animal lovers and anybody interested in wildlife conservation.…

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Kuanzhai Ancient Street

Kuanzhai Ancient Street is one of three historic preservation areas in the city and scores highly on most visitors' lists…

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Mount Qincheng

As a tourist attraction, Mount Qincheng really does have something for everyone. It is located approximately 41 miles…

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