Chengdu (map) is the provincial capital and largest city of *Sichuan Province in southwest China. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.
The giant panda, a Chinese national treasure, is one of the most popular animals in the world. A breeding center for giant pandas called Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve (map), the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 km (81 mi) outside Chengdu.
Mount Qingcheng (map) is amongst the most important centres of Taoism (Daoism) in China. It is situated in the suburbs of Dujiangyan City.
With its peak 1,600 m (5,200 ft) above sea level, Mount Qingcheng enjoys a cool climate, but remains a lush green all year round and surrounded by hills and waterways. Mount Qingcheng’s Fujian Temple, Tianshi Cave, and Shizu Hall are some of the existing more well-known Taoist holy sites.
The Wide and Narrow Lanes (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi, or Kuanzhai Alleys, map) were first built during the Qing dynasty for Manchu soldiers. The lanes remained residential until 2003 when the local government turned the area into a mixed-use strip of restaurants, teahouses, bars, avant-garde galleries, and residential houses.
Hot pot is a traditional Sichuanese dish, made by cooking vegetables, fish, and/or meat in boiling spicy broth. A type of food suitable for friends’ gathering, hot pot attracts both local people and tourists. Hot pot restaurants can be found everywhere in Chengdu.
Also named Xinxiang Monastery, Wenshu Monastery (map) is the best preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. Initially built during the Tang dynasty, it has a history dating back 1,300 years.
Located in Xindu District, Baoguang Monastery (map) enjoys a long history and a rich collection of relics. It is believed that it was constructed during the East Han period and has appeared in written records since the Tang dynasty.
Chengdu’s annual Chengdu Grand Temple Fair of Wuhou Temple (map) is held every year during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in Wuhou Shrine, Jinli, the Culture Park, and several other city parks. The 15-day-long festival showcases both traditional Sichuan folk art and modern fashions of the city. Food stalls on site offer over 100 varieties of freshly made local snacks.
Huanglongxi Historic Town (map). Facing the Jinjiang River to the east and leaning against Muma Mountain to the north, the ancient town of Huanglongxi is approximately 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Chengdu. It was a large military stronghold for the ancient Shu Kingdom.
Located in the center of downtown Chengdu, Chunxi Road (春熙路, map) is a trendy and bustling commercial strip with a long history. It was built in 1924 and was named after a part of the Tao Te Ching.
Anren Historic Town (map) is located 39 km (24 mi) west of Chengdu. It was the hometown of Liu Wencai, a Qing dynasty warlord, landowner and millionaire. His 27 historic mansions have been well preserved and turned into museums. Three old streets built during the Republic of China period are still being used today by residents.
Luodai Historic Town (洛带古镇, map) is one of the five major Hakka settlements in China.