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7 Things to do in Chengdu

Located in the Sichuan Province of China is the bustling city of Chengdu. Considered to be one of the central hubs of economy, finance, commerce and culture in Western China, Chengdu is a rapidly developing and ever exciting city.


Visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base

Giant pandas are some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. These endangered creatures are endemic to China and the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is a great place to know about these creatures. The best time to visit this Base is from 8.00 to 11.00, when the creatures are fully awake as it is their feeding time. Watching the Panda cubs as they feed and play is truly an unforgettable experience.


Visit the Leshen Giant Buddha

The Leshen Giant Buddha is the largest structure of the Buddha in the seated position. Standing 71m tall and over 24m wide, this giant Buddha monument is carved into a large mountain of reddish stone, and has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monument is so big, that it is common to hear the phrase "the Buddha is the mountain, and the mountain is the Budda".


Experience the lifestyle at the People's Park

The People's Park is one of the most fascinating places to visit if you are interested to understand the lifestyle and culture of the people of Chengdu. In the evenings the park is quite lively, as lots of people come to engage in various activities. You will find people exercising, dancing in small groups to their own music, or flying kites so far up in the sky that you can hardly see them! The reputed Heming tea house I also within the People's Park.For tranquil and comfortable Chengdu accommodation in luxury serviced apartments, stay at the Citadines South Chengdu.


Experience Sichuan Opera

Sichuan opera is one of the oldest arts of China. Incorporating vivid costumes, dynamic music, rhythmic percussion, elaborate masks and many other theatrical tools, Sichuan opera is known for its intense dramas, hilarious comedies, and entertaining musical which keep audiences thoroughly enthralled. One of the most popular forms of Sichuan opera is Face Changing, an opera that involves rapid changing of masks, which is one of the most closely guarded secrets of the art.


Experience the Chuan Cuisine

Known to be one the oldest traditions in Chinese cuisine, Chuan cuisine is famously known for its rich flavors and mouth-watering blend of spices and herbs. Chengdu has many restaurants that offer authentic Chuan cuisine and many other fusions, which are sure to leave you craving for more. Make sure you try out the Ma Po Beancurd, Zhong Dumplings, and Clear Noodles in Chili Sauce. Jinli Snack Street and Chunxi Road are among the best food streets.


Go to Qingcheng Mountains

Qingcheng Mountains is one of the most picturesque scenic areas in Chengdu. The mountain range has 36 peaks, and is covered with lush grasslands and forests. The range is great for hikers and anyone looking for a day outdoors amidst nature. The mountains are also home to some of the city's most famous Taoist temples, such as the Shangqinggong Temple and the Jianfugong Temple.


Visit the many Historic Sites

There are so many historic sites scattered all over Chengdu, each of which adds to the rich heritage and culture of Chengdu in its own unique way. Make sure you pay a visit to the Jinsha Ruin, the Wu Hou Temple, the Sanxingdui Ruins, the Wenshuan Earthquake Museum, the Qingyang Palace and the Lizhuang Ancient Town.