Chengdu Travel Guide

  • The Giant Buddha of Leshan
    The Giant Buddha of Leshan
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  • Sichuan Opera
    Sichuan Opera
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  • Pandas
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Chengdu Things to Do

  • Pandas

    Panda Breeding and Research Center 6 miles from the center of Chengdu was much more than I thought it would be as a person that is not big on zoos. The captive breeding population is around 85 I was told. It really is an absolute "world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination." The...

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  • Leshan's Giant Buddha

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The is the largest Buddha in the world. The statue is carved directly into the cliff overlooking a river out of the mountainside and measures 71 meters (233 feet) tall. Come see it before is is gone because The Leshan Giant Buddha is a very visible symbols of destruction by air pollution. \ Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty...

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  • Wenshu Temple

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Wenshu Monastery is a famous Buddhist temple in China and is one of four major temples of Zen Buddhism. Initially built in the Sui Dynasty (605-617), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. Having undergone times of thriving during the dynasties of Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming, it was destroyed in a war at the end of the Ming Dynasty. In...

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  • Sichuan Opera/Other Performances

    Bian Lian "Face-Changing" is an ancient Chinese very dramatic art that seen in Sichuan form of Chinese opera. The Performers have on extremely bright colored costumes and dance to fast, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, of well known opera characters and they change from one face in an instantaneously with a movement, of the...

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  • Mount Emei

    Recently travelled solo from Chengdu - Leshan - Baoguo/Mt Emei - Chengdu over 3 days in early Jun. Day 1, public bus from Chengdu (7.30am, Y 48, Xinnamen bus station) to Leshan (2hrs), visit Giant Buddha, then Leshan (4.30pm bus, Y11) to Baoguo (1hr). Dusk walk from hotel next to bus station (Teddy Bear Hotel) to waterfall/bell area at the end of...

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  • Museums

    The Sichuan Provincial Museum is the main museum of Sichuan, one of China's most important provinces. The museum is located in Chengdu, Sichuan's capital city, and houses a solid collection of antiquities (ceramics, jades, bronzes, etc.), paintings, historical exhibits, and exhibits about the Tibetans and Sichuan's other ethnic minorities. The...

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Chengdu Restaurants

  • Snack City - Sichuan Style in Chengdu!

    Long Chao Shou (龙抄手) is a chain of restaurants in Chengdu that offers up a number of snack style foods - Sichuan style. Some offerings include: Chung's dumplings (钟水饺), Sichuan noodles with peppery sauce (担担面), Meat Dumplings in Spicy Sauce (红油抄手), Cold...

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  • Rebel Without A Cause

    You have to admire an American opening a restaurant in Chengdu, China to serve American food. That takes courage and the ability to appeal not just to the American taste, but the Chinese taste as well. Good food is good food I always say, regardless of where you come from, but this place falls short of that goal, and would not succeed even in...

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  • Sichuan Style Hot Pot

    The famous (or infamous) Hot Pot is something to try while in China, and especially in Chengdu, Sichuan style. The Hot Pot can be found throughout China and each province has it's own style using ingredients local to the area, but the Sichuan style may be one of the more famous in spicy style for the use of local red chili peppers and Sichuan...

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Chengdu Nightlife

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    I bet you guys in chengdu you will love this place not becase of variety of ppl only also here drinks are cheap many English speaking ppl you can find here around the globa including chinese, safe place no worry about the language as well as here most of young girls and boys speak good english and also the MUSIC is the best here from hip-hop to...

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  • Lotus Palace

    In the center of a renovated old street, together with a lot of bars and restaurants, like the Xin Tian Di in Shanghai.They have 2 floors, the 2nd floor has a outdoor corridor facing a pond, which is pretty nice. Live music is on the 1st floor. They also have garden seats. Food is French style, but never tried.The bar opens daily beyond...

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  • find partner for one night

    yesterday my friend recommend me to a bar named Dan Xing Dao, English means one-way street, this bar is special at friend find. male or female olny come to this bar alone or companied with friends with the same sex. ppl find opposite sex friends freely, every table has pens and papers, you can write down which boy or girl you wanna date in your...

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Chengdu Transportation

  • Bus from Leshan to Mt Emei

    Leaving the Big Buddha you need to catch a local bus #13 (only 1 yuan) to Leshan Town - it stops opposite the Main Coach Station which you need to go to to eithera) Catch the return coach to Chengdu (bus was 44 yuan one way - I guess it would be same cost to return to Chengdu or perhaps cheaper if buying a return ticket prior to leaving Chengdu)b)...

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  • Bus to Giant Buddha

    Caught the bus/coach to Leshan (44 yuans each) - home of the 71m Buddha. Once you arrive in Leshan Town you need to catch a local bus #13 (only 1 yuan) to Big Buddha. Not much to see in Leshan Town so go direct to Giant Buddha.

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  • Bus to Pandas

    From Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station: Take the Tour Bus Special Line No.902 to go directly to the Panda Base - cost is only 2 yuan per person 1 way trick or 4 yuan return!! Timetable is more accurate to get there but coming home.... well that's another story.

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Chengdu Shopping

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  • Near Du Fu's Thatched Cottage

    This market and small shopping arcade are just off Qing Hua Lu in the west of the city near Du Fu's Cottage. A series of antique shops and stalls sells all kinds of things such as pots, money, stamps, furniture, room fittings, Mao stuff, old books and posters etc.

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  • Near The Loft

    The gear they sell isn't all from brands we know in the west, but if you need something like hiking shoes or jackets, they seem to have a small but decent inventory. The shop itself is small, but they seem like they know their stuff, though I didn't say much more than hello and goodbye.

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  • Hong Qi store

    Hong Qi store is an old store which selling Sichuan special local product, for example, dired beef, preserved ham, mashrooms and a great variety of delicious foods. dired beef, preserved ham, mashrooms

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Chengdu Local Customs

  • Umbrellas on Bicycles

    Chengdu has many rainy days. This will not stop the bicycle riders, they simply install an umbrella on the bicycle and ride on.On sunny days the umbrella functions as a parasol to prevent an unwanted suntan.

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  • Clashing Images

    A black, leather jacket with a skull and a pink commuter bike with a basket... the same sort of "standards" of "manilness" don't really seem to apply here in China, which is somewhat refreshing, while at the same time humorous.

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  • Wheeling and Dealing

    Keen negotiation skills are key in Chengdu as well as all of China. Never pay full price for anything including hotels, taxis and clothes. Most "western" hotels will post room rates that are at least twice what you can expect to pay. The best way to bargain is using the "good cop, bad cop" system where one person claims to really want something...

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Chengdu Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning: Hard to get around

    Surprisingly for a city of such importance, getting around Chengdu is quite a hassle. Subway was under construction in July 2010 and taxis were scarce. I heard that many taxis are hired for the day for excursions and that contributes to the scarcity of taxis in town. Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that during the majority of the day...

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  • Chengdu is one of the safest places in...

    Crazy traffic, noise pollution, long lines with people cutting in front of you and touts trying to sell you everything under the sun, is a regular part of life in China.Chengdu is extremely laid back with it's tea culture and fondness of spicy cuisine. I have found the people to be the most friendly of all the places I've traveled during the 1 yr I...

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  • Beware What You Drink!

    While the water in China is not always safe to drink, this image is mostly for the humor value- I assume the object hanging from his posterior is a strap from his bag- that the ad agency missed.

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Chengdu Tourist Traps

  • More flights to Jiuzhaigou directly now

    There are more flights to Jiuzhaigou directly now. In the past you only can fly to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu and Chongqing in China. But now if you want to visit Jiuzhaigou you can fly from Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou also. It is better to book the flight tickets in advance. You can read more details about Jiuzhaigou in this page....

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  • Taxi drivers

    When leaving the Panda Conservation Centre - if you are waiting for a bus to return to Chengdu - beware of various taxi drivers and private drivers who will try to tell you that there are no buses returning to Chengdu - only organised coaches - this is a lie and they are only trying to make $$$$ or yuans.Saying this - if you are a party of 4 or...

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  • DujianYan - save enough time for it

    On my way back from Jiu Zhai Gou, I went to DujianYan and found the entrance fee of Y60 not worth it (especially compared to Jiuzhaigou). With only two hours to spend there I barely had time to just walk from the entrance to the exit gate at the other end. I also took the wrong path as I thought I would not have time to cross the river and walk...

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Chengdu What to Pack

  • Packing List

    For Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong you need sunglasses, sun screen, and warm clothings. You can buy cheap and quite good quality gloves and scarfs in Songpan and Jiuzhaigou. Medicine for high altitude sickness if you are going to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. Half of my group needed to take the medicine. The oxygen tank we bought were basically useless. I...

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  • Packing List

    Rain Gear during late summer and early autumn. Please check the weather reports before you set off to there. Please check on any medication for relief of Altitude/Mountain Sickness or diarrhoe. Garlic supposedly helps for Altitude Sickness. There are tourist shops along the way to the tourist destinations in the mountains selling bottled oxygen....

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  • Packing List

    This is a name card from a Roadside-Freelance-Air-Ticket-Agent. We bought our air ticket cost RMB380 from Chengdu to Kunming from him, if you buy it from other travel agencies, it will cost RMB580. I don't know how he did it, anyway we flew to Kunming safely. Before we left, he gave me this name card and I promise to advertise for him.

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Chengdu Off The Beaten Path

  • Leshan Grand Buddha

    Leshan is located about 120km south of Chengdu and is easily reached by bus, which takes about 2 hours. Leshan is famous for one thing - the world's largest Buddha. Known as Dafo, he sits at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. His measurements are staggering. He is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and...

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  • Sugar Art

    A Chengdu Speciality: Artists make this wonderful sculptures from hot sugar they pur onto a cold stone. It is too bad, that these fine objects are too tender to take them as a souvenir.

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  • The 13 and a half hour Traffic Jam (Pt1)

    Not sure I'd exactly recommend this experience, but one certainly tells it often. You see, many years ago, I'd seen a TV series called 'Beyond the Clouds', which was set in the beautiful mountain city of Lijiang. And I remembered seeing this small bus puttering along mountain roads on the way there, and had always seen myself repeating this...

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Chengdu Favorites

  • Markets

    Here I want to show readers how they sell electric bicycles, its just a simple shop like selling bicycles, the price is cheap, take a closer look. You can simply throw away your petroleum or gasoline powered bikes, simple and nice, why still insist? Obviously, the reason is some greedy peoples had no other ways to survive without oils. I am...

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  • People's Park

    And people were having tea by the lake side. The bamboo chairs were really beautiful. However, it seemed like they will gradually be replaced by ugly blue plastic ones. I bypassed the Mahjong area as I hated the noise of it. To my disappointment, I didn't see anybody playing chess.

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  • Pandas

    To anyone wishing to visit Chengdu, My wife and I visited Chengdu last June 9, 10 & 11, 2006. We had made internet arrangements for our transportation with an English speaking driver before we left home with a man named “Mickal”. We were arriving at about 10:00pm on our flight from Hong Kong so there was nothing left for that day but to get to...

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