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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

4.5/534,177 Reviews
Zoo
7:30-18:00, the latest admission time is 17:00 (Local time)
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in the northern suburbs of Chengdu, about 10 kilometers away from downtown Chengdu. The facility is famous for the protection and breeding of endangered wild animals that are unique to China. It simulates the natural habitat of the giant pandas, and has lakes, streams, bamboo forests and lawns. The chance to come into close contact with the giant pandas is a highlight here. Visitors can have a close-up observation of the pandas' living conditions. There is also a "Panda Villa", which is a restricted area for the pandas to rest.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

4.7/519,485 Reviews
Water Conservancy Project
December 1st - March 1st of the following year, 8:30-17:30, March 2nd - November 30th 8:30-18:00 (Local time)
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System is located along the main branch of the Lancang River, west of Dujiangyan City. It was constructed in the Qin dynasty around 256 BC by Li Bing, Prefecture Chief of Shu County, and his son. It is one of the few ancient Chinese water conservancy projects that has remained preserved and intact. The project consists of three primary works—Yuzui Diverting Embankment, the Feishayan Spillway, and the Baopingkou Water Inlet, and two secondary works which include the Baizhangdi (the thousand-feet dam) and Renzidi (the y-shaped dam). They divide the Yongjiang River into an outer and an inner branch, the former of which is used to divert floods and the latter for irrigation. This has allowed the Western Sichuan plateau to become "the land of abundance" as we now know it.

Jinli Ancient Street

4.4/513,689 Reviews
Featured Neighbourhood
Performances
5:00-23:00, lighting time 20:00 (Local time)
Jinli Ancient Street is a well-known pedestrian commercial street in Chengdu. It consists of large antique buildings with architectural styles of the late Qing Dynasty, and has a large number of bars and restaurants. The famous Wuhou Temple is another well known attraction nearby. People generally visit Wuhou Temple before coming over to Jinli Ancient Street. Both sides of the street sell small ornaments with local characteristics and many old Chengdu craftmen can be seen busy blowing sugar paintings and dough figurines. The huge variety of food available on site can make you drool too - Zhang Fei beef, beancurd pudding, beef pancake, bobo chicken etc. Each of them has its own unique flavor so please go there with an empty stomach! The street also comes alive at night as red lanterns light up and visitors fill the bars and teahouses.You can fill your tummies with street food and head to the bars or teahouses after that for some alcohol or tea depending on your preferences.

Kuanzhai Alley

4.4/511,291 Reviews
Featured Neighbourhood
5:00-23:00 (Local time)
Kuanzhai Alley is an ancient street in Chengdu left over from the Qing Dynasty. It is composed of three parallel lanes - a wide alleyway, a narrow alleyway and a criss-crossed alleyway, with courtyards between them. Here, you may drink tea, eat hotpot and experience the old and new way of life in Chengdu. It is one of the hotspots in Chengdu where old folks come together and carry out their activities. Kuanzhai Alley also comes alive at night due to a couple of modern bars situated there. Feel free to check it out if you are a night-life person.

Du Fu's Thatched Cottage

4.6/510,372 Reviews
Famous Residences
(May 1st - October 31th) 8:00-20:00, (November 1st - April 30th of the following year) 08:00-18:30; ticket sales ended 60 minutes before closing. (Local time)
Du Fu Thatched Cottage is the former Chengdu residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu. Du Fu lived here for nearly four years. During his stay, he created hundreds of poems. This place is thus regarded as the “holy land” of Chinese literature. Today's Du Fu Thatched Cottage has survived multiple dynasties and been restored many times. The most important architecture of the place is his former residence, the thatched house. This former residence was built with the architectural characteristics of the western Sichuan civilian residences.

Qingcheng Mountain

4.6/59,440 Reviews
Mountain
Taoist Temple
Historical Site
March - November 8:30-18:00, December - March 8:30-17:00 (Local time)
Qingcheng Mountain is dubbed as the "most quiet and secluded place in the world". It is the birthplace of Taoism and there are many Taoist temples to explore there. Qingcheng Mountain is divided into two parts: Qingcheng Front Mountain and Qingcheng Back Mountain. They require separate tickets. The Front Mountain is a place where Taoist culture and cultural relics are concentrated. Visitors talking about “Qingcheng Mountain” are often referring to the front mountain; Qingcheng Back Mountain is known for its natural scenery making it a good place for vacation and leisure.

Wuhou Shrine

4.4/510,506 Reviews
Temple
Monday - Sunday 8:00-20:00, ticket sales ended at 19:00(May 1st- October 31st ); Monday - Sunday 8:00-18:30( November 1 - April 30), ticket sales ended at 17:30 (Local time)
Wuhou Temple commemorates Zhuge Liang, the prime minister of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms Period. When it was first constructed, it was adjacent to Liu Bei’s Han Zhao Lie Temple, but It was later incorporated into the Han Zhao Lie Temple during the Ming Dynasty and became a rare temple in China that commemorates both a ruler and his subordinates in a same compound. The cultural relics area is composed of Huiling Mausoleum, Han Zhaolie Temple, Wuhou Temple and Sanyi Temple. The main building is Wuhou Temple, which enshrines Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang and other heroes of Shu-Han Kingdom. Chengdu's famous landscape "Red Wall and Shadows of Bamboo" is also in the scenic area. Do take some photos when you are there!

Chengdu Happy Valley

4.6/56,086 Reviews
Theme Park
9:00-21:00 (all day), night 18:00-21:00. (The operation time of the scenic spot will be adjusted with the season. For details, please visit the official website of the scenic spot.) (Local time)
Happy Valley Chengdu is a theme park that is part of the Happy Valley Chain theme parks that also have editions in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It is an attraction suitable for a day trip. They have a variety of thrilling rides that target visitors of different ages. With attractions like the Magic Castle District and the Happy Light District in the Valley, there are entertainment options catered for children. The park has four roller coasters with two best thrill rides (Dragon in Clouds and Fly Over Mediterranean) right next to each other. It also has multiple rides and attractions that are more mild and targeted at those with less of an appetite for thrills making it an ideal attraction for families.

Jinsha Site Museum

4.7/57,253 Reviews
Museum
Summer: May 1 - October 31, 8:00-20:00, ticket sales stopped at 19:00; Winter: November 1 - April 30, 8:00-18:30, ticket sales stopped at 17: 30. The scenic area is closed every Monday. (Local time)
The Jinsha site contains the remains of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. The Jinsha Site Museum is built on the Jinsha site and consists of buildings such as the Heritage Museum, the Exhibition Hall and the Jinsha Theater. The discovery of the Jinsha site has wound back the urban history of Chengdu to 3,000 years ago. Among the many exhibits in the museum, the most famous is the "Golden Sun Bird Gold Foil". The gold foil is round and comprises the inner ring of the sun and the outer ring of a divine bird. It expresses the superior standards of the gold craftsmanship of the ancient kingdom of Shu. The relics hall of the museum is the excavation place of the Jinsha relics commemorative site, where visitors can watch the archaeological excavation happening at close range.

Xiling Snow Mountain

4.7/56,224 Reviews
Skiing
Mountain
Mountain
Front of mountain 9:00-17:00, back of the mountain 9:00-18:00 (Local time)
The scenery of the Xiling Snow Mountain has its own unique characteristics throughout the year. The main peak Miaojiling is one of the highest peaks around Chengdu at a height of more than 5,000 meters above sea level. The top of the mountain is covered in snow all year round and is magnificently beautiful. In spring, the azaleas in the mountains and fields are in full bloom forming a sea of flowers. Due to the lush forests, this attraction is ideal for avoiding the heat during summer. The winter season runs from end November till end March. During this period, the mountain attracts many visitors to its snow-filled attractions. There are ski resorts in the mountains as well as snowmobiles and dog sleds available for rent.
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