Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
One of Chéngdū’s most popular attractions, this reserve, 18km north of the city centre, is the easiest way to glimpse Sìchuān’s famous...
Jīnshā Site Museum
In 2001 archaeologists made a historic discovery in Chéngdū’s western suburbs: they unearthed a major site containing ruins of the...
Tomb of Wáng Jiàn
Built for Wang Jian (847–918), a general who rose to power following the collapse of the Tang dynasty to rule as emperor of the Shu...
Mixed-performance shows are held daily at this renowned opera theatre. The adjoining Yuèlái Teahouse , a local favourite, holds...
Wénshū Temple Vegetarian Restaurant
This excellent vegetarian restaurant and the atmospheric teahouse next door are on the Wénshū Temple's grounds. Both were closed for...
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Wénshū Temple information
This Tang-dynasty monastery is dedicated to Wénshū (Manjushri), the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and is Chéngdū’s largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. The air is heavy with incense and the low murmur of chanting; despite frequent crowds of worshippers, there’s still a sense of serenity and solitude.
The temple’s popular vegetarian restaurant and teahouse were closed for renovations when we visited. The 'old' neighbourhood streets surrounding the temple are crowded with teahouses, snack stalls and shops; touristy, yes, but fun to wander.