Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 10:19 PM Last Post By: penny1986
Sep 29, 2012 1:00 PM
Also, has anyone been before and how did you find it?
Sep 29, 2012 6:16 PM
1Chengdu city - I doubt it. There used to be a guide for SW China, but I don't see it on LP anymore.
Sep 30, 2012 8:19 AM
2There's a lot to do in Chengdu, though I haven't been there since 2006. There's a lovely 800AD tomb complex, a Buddhist Monastary you'll want to eat at, and a Large Panda breeding Farm. There's also a street that has buildings that look old with a terrific tea house.
I had a great time there.
Oct 2, 2012 4:01 AM
Some links for you
I like the town , have been a few times
Its a great base for moving around
Forget about Lonely Planet issuing a guide , it will not happen . They havent even put out a new SW CHINA GUIDE .
Its all about buying chapters now
Also check out Rough Guide on China
Do not go to Luodai Old Town , woeful
Pingle old town is a much better bet , just . A couple of nice old bridges there and a few buildings
Huanglongxi is okay
Stroll around the Tibetan Quarter day and night some interesting little murky cafes there .
Jinli Street is just another man made sttraction selling for the most part the same old junk you see everywhere , though the food is great
The Sichuan Provincial Museum is worth a visit and its free who would have believed it.
The museum also houses the Buddhist Encyclopedia which dates from 1372 but I dont believe its viewable
Edited by: sakya
Oct 2, 2012 4:42 AM
4I really liked Chengdu.
We stayed in a place in Jinli Street which was good and there was a Starbucks there for morning coffee, but the crowds were awful and we got out as soon as we could in the morning. The Tibetan area was across the road and is worth a stroll around.
The Tao Temple was really nice and very peaceful with a really good vegetarian restaurant.
My favourite part was the tea houses along the river. Great for people watching. Very laid back.
The food was spicy and delicious.
Oct 4, 2012 2:34 PM
Oct 13, 2012 7:19 AM
6Can anyone provide pointers for what to do over the weekends? There seems to be so much around .. I'm after interesting places, scenery, walking, photo opportunities.
Happy to get an overnight train to X on a Friday night & wend my way back to Chengdu for Sunday evenings ...
Read about Yibin and Pingle which sound great.
I also think I can probably get a trip through the gorges from Enshi (after an overnight train) & head back towards Chengdu - but which part of the gorges is the most scenic? How much is still visible with the dams in place??
Thanks for any pointers
Oct 15, 2012 9:22 AM
7#5: Avoid Sichuanese food as much as possible if you don't like spicy stuff. Sichuanese food is one of the spiciest in China, most of my Chinese friends can't eat it either, even those who like spicy stuff. I lived with a Sichuanese family for a while and ended up eating only rice for most of my meals, after the first few days where both vegetables and meat brought tears to my eyes... But I'm not fond of spicy stuff, so I guess I might be biaised...
Nov 12, 2012 1:49 AM
8Just back from Chengdu.
Must see is the Panda sancturay. We also loved the "Sichuan Opera" (not really opera, more like cabaret) and also the Peoples Park.
We stayed at the Buddha Zen hotel near Wan Shu Monastery - a gorgeous area to stay full of "old " strees that are car only and in a great atmosphere.
Nov 12, 2012 1:50 AM
Nov 13, 2012 2:47 AM
Nov 15, 2012 10:19 PM
11That's a pity If you don't like spicy food in chengdu. It's not easy to get food without spicy in chengdu ,maybe all of sichuan. I suggest you to book with nova traveller's lodge This hotel have self service kitchen.You can make the food by yourself. Email:.firstname.lastname@example.org Anyway, chengdu is great.
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