Top 10 Experiences in Chengdu, home to Pandas

21/01/2015
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Chengdu is one of the popular tourist cities in China, famous for the Giant Panda, historical relics, Chengdu teahouse culture, snacks, hot pot, pretty girls and so on. We listed here the top 10 things to do just in Chengdu, Sichuan.

Top 1 Hug a Giant Panda

The first things to do in Chengdu visiting tour is to hug a Giant Panda at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breading (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地), or go to Dujiangyan Panda Rescue and Research Center. You can read more about China Giant Panda at the website: http://en.chinapanda.org.cn/. (PS: According to the news on Jan.4, the Panda interaction programs are closed, incl. hugging a panda, taking photos in a near distance. )
Add: No.1375, Xiongmao Avenue, Chenghua District, Chengdu, Sichuan (四川省成都市熊猫大道1375号)

Hug a panda in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

Hug a panda in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

Top 2 Taste Sichuan Hot Pot

Sichuan Hot Hot is very popular for Chinese people. Some travel agencies also arrange international visitors to taste the hot pot. Gather around a boiling pot of chili oil and other spicy juices, cook raw dishes by yourself such as ox esophagus, goose intestines, pig brains and pieces of congealed duck blood, etc. and dip oyster sauce. It sounds like an episode of Bizarre Foods, but really, it is all quite delicious.
Suggestion: Shujiuxiang, Xiangtianxia and Chuanxibazi are the top popular Chengdu’s hot pot restaurants.

Taste Sichuan Hot Pot in a famous restaurant in Chengdu

Taste Sichuan Hot Pot in a famous restaurant in Chengdu

Top 3 Visit Wuhou Temple

Visit Wuhou Temple and experience history at the close quarters with the heroes of the Three Kingdoms.
Add: No.231, Wuhouci Road, Chengdu

Top 4 Stroll at Jinli ancient street

Stroll at the Jinli ancient street, near to Wuhou Temple, and find the snacks in the shopping street. The street is a microcosm of all the Chengdu delights, both for the mouth and for souvenirs to bring back home.

Wuhouci Jinli Ancient Street

Wuhouci Jinli Ancient Street

Top 5 Wonder around Du Fu Caotang

Du Fu Caotang is the site of the thatched cottage where Chinese grand poet Du Fu lived and wrote during the Tang Dynasty.
Add: No.28, Waixi Caotang Road, Chengdu

Tea House in the People's Park

Tea House in the People’s Park

Top 6 Walk around People’s Park

Walk in the People’s Park with its lakeside pavilion tea houses, where you can sit and sip a cup of tea and join the locals in a friendly game of mahjong, or have your ears expertly cleaned, or go to join in the locals to dance or Taichi.
Add: No.9, Citang Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu

Game of Mahjong

Game of Mahjong

Top 7 Buy panda toys

If you have no enough time to visit the real pandas at the base, 10km away from Chengdu downtown, go to Chengdu International Financial Square (IFS) and take a photo with the giant panda installation. On the IFS building, there are many restaurants and a quiet rooftop garden with interesting art. The more important one to buy plush panda toys there.
Add: No.1, Sanduan, Hongxing Road Pedestrian Street

Top 8 Be impressed by Shu Bocade

Shu Bocade is very popular in China. When walking in the centers where they sell the Shu Brocade, you will be impressed by the mastery of renowned weavers of Shu Brocade. However, the best place to learn about the history of this astonishingly detailed craft is at the Museum of Shu Brocade.

Suggestion: Guests at the St Regis Hotel in Chengdu can take part in their special Weave in Style – Shu Brocade Aficionado package featuring an exclusive private evening tour of Chengdu’s Brocade and Embroidery Museum at No.2, Caotang East Road, Chengdu.

Shujing in the Chengdu's Brocade and Embroidery Museum

Shujing in the Chengdu’s Brocade and Embroidery Museum

Top 9 Enjoy the local Firewater

White wine, also firewater here, goes well with the equally fiery Chengdu Hot Pot that is the city’s best-known signature. White wine here has a time-tested quality and history, and has traditionally fueled the courage of the local famous warriors. Pay a visit and enjoy a glass of the White wine.
Suggestion: Guests lodging at the Chengdu St Regis are offered an Unveiling the Art in Baijiu Aficionado package to visit Shujing Fang Museum, where the baijiu master will showcases the production of the traditional Chinese distilled alcoholic beverage.

Top 10 Watch pretty girls

In addition to the cute Giant Panda, Sichuan is also famous for the pretty girls. For Chinese people, Chengdu is the best place to watch pretty girls. The local lasses are petite, pretty and very easy on your eyes.