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Things to do in Chengdu

Chengdu is awash with history. West Chengdu is home to important sights like the Qingyang Gong monastery, where the Daoist god Laozi achieved immortality. Thatched Du Fu's Cottage is where this famous poet wrote over 900 works. In north Chengdu, the Wenshu Yuan monastery is the city's biggest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. Further north is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where endangered species are bred.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Jinsha Yizhi Bowuguan - Museums & Galleries

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    Jinsha Yizhi, northwest of the centre, is another major ancient relic similar to Sanxingdui that's believed to have been part of the Shu Kingdom 3,000 years ago. The museum's two exhibition buildings comprise actual excavation sites and displays of gold wares, bronze, jade, ivory and stone statues. Highlights are giant ivories, a gold disk with carvings of the Sun and Immortal bird and a 19.6cm-tall bronze figurine. 

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    Cost

    Admission RMB80. Audio guide RMB20, passport, and RMB200 deposit

    Opening hours

    8am-6pm

    Address

    2 Jinsha Yizhi Lu (Jinsha Relics Road), Chengdu, China

    Telephone

    028/8730-3522

  2. 2. Sichuan Daxue Bowuguan - Museums and Galleries

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    Sichuan Daxue Bowuguan, Chengdu. Photo by Yunmeng

    City-centre Sichuan Daxue Bowuguan museum houses a diverse collection of ancient Buddhist carvings, bronzes, a shadow puppet theatre and clothing worn by shamans from 25AD. Look out for the two-metre carved figure of an enlightened bodhisattva figure draped in jewels.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB10

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm (closed at lunch time)

    Address

    Wangjiang Lu East Gate, Chengdu 610065

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8541 2449

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Sichuan University Website

  3. 3. Sanxing Dui Bowuguan - Museums and Galleries

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    Sanxing Dui Bowuguan, Chengdu. © Chas Pope

    Spiral-shaped modern museum, Sanxing Dui Bowuguan, 40 kilometres north of Chengdu, houses one of China's best collections of ancient sculpture, masks and bronzes, some dating back to 14BC. Highlights include a 2.4-metre bronze figure, thought to be an ancient sorcerer.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB50

    Opening hours

    Phone to check

    Address

    Central Guanghan, Chengdu 618300

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 541 2313

    Transport

    Bus to Guanghan

    Website

    Sanxingdui Website

Attractions

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  1. 4. Wenshu Yuan - Attractions

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    Wenshu Yuan, Chengdu. Photo by Oliver Brown

    Active Buddhist monastery Wenshu Yuan, founded during the Tang Dynasty, draws a stream of locals coming to worship and burn incense. Aside from gilded statues and a famous scripture written in human blood, there's a relaxing teahouse and vegetarian restaurant.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB1

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-8.30pm

    Address

    Wenshu Yuan Jie, just off Renmin Zhong Lu, Chengdu

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Wenshu Temple Website

  2. 5. Du Fu's Cottage - Attractions

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    Du Fu's Cottage, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

    One of China's most famous and revered classical poets lived in thatched Du Fu's Cottage from 760 to 764AD. Du Fu wrote more than 240 poems there. The surrounding area, including gardens and the Flower Bathing Brook, feels suitably pastoral.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB15

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    Close to Qingyang Gong and Yi Huan Lu Xi, Chengdu

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Du Fu's Cottage Website

  3. 6. Wangjianglou Gongyuan - Attractions

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    Wangjianglou Gongyuan, Chengdu. Photo by Autan

    The Wangjianglou Gongyuan park, in the south-east of Chengdu, is famous for its lush forests which boast over 150 varieties of bamboo. The beautiful wooden four-storey Wangjianglou pavilion was built in memory of Tang dynasty poet Xue Tao.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB2

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-9pm

    Address

    Wangjiang Lu, between the 1st and 2nd ringroads, Chengdu

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Wang Jiang Lou

  4. 7. Qingyang Gong - Attractions

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    Qingyang Gong, Chengdu. © Melissa Kay

    The hugely important Daoist monastery, Qingyang Gong, in west Chengdu is where the Daoist god Laozi is said to have gained immortality. The working monastery features spectacular pavilions, 81 carved dragons, and printing plates of rare and important Daoist scriptures.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB5

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    2, Duan, Yi Huan Lu Xi, Chengdu 610041

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Qingyang Gong Website (Chinese)

  5. 8. Tomb of Wang Jian - Attractions

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    Tomb of Wang Jian, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

    Wang Jian (AD847-918) was the general who founded the Shu kingdom after the collapse of the Tang dynasty. The Tomb of Wang Jian, in the northwest of Chengdu, is surrounded by statues of 24 musicians representing a Tang musical troupe.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB30

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    Fuqin Dong Lu, near Xian Lu, Chengdu

    Transport

    Taxi/Bus 25

Special things to do

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  1. 9. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - Special things to do

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    Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

    The aim of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is to increase the population of endangered pandas. Located in the northern suburb, it is also home to red pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks and 14 species of bamboo.Show this on map

    Cost

    RMB30

    Opening hours

    8am-6pm

    Address

    Xiongmao Da Dao (north-east of the zoo), Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8351 6748

    Transport

    Taxi/Bus

    Website

    Chengdu Research Base Website

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