Central Sichuan attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Chengdu

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 most famous residents outside of a zoo. The enclosures here are generally large and well …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

Wénshū Monastery

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; d…
Top Choice Museum in Chengdu

Chéngdū Museum

Spanning ancient Shu and pre-Qin to the Revolutionary era and modern Chéngdū, this five-storey museum (completed in 2016) is packed with historical and cultural relics of the city's past. Don't miss the two 'Puppetr…
Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan

Jīndǐng Temple

This magnificent temple is at the Golden Summit (Jīndǐng; 3077m), commonly referred to as the mountain’s highest peak. This temple is a striking modern renovation, covered with glazed tiles and surrounded by white m…
Park in Chengdu

People’s Park

On weekends, locals fill this park with dancing, song and t'ai chi. There’s a small, willow-tree-lined boating lake and a number of teahouses: Hè Míng Teahouse is the most popular and atmospheric.
Buddhist Statue in Le Shan

Grand Buddha

Lè Shān’s serene, 1200-year-old Grand Buddha sits in repose, carved from a cliff face overlooking the confluence of three busy rivers: the Dàdù, Mín and Qīngyì. The Buddhist monk Haitong conceived the project in AD …
Taoist Site in Dujiangyan

Qīngchéng Shān

Covered in lush, dripping forests, the sacred mountain of Qīngchéng Shān has been a Taoist spiritual centre for more than 2000 years. Its beautiful trails are lined with ginkgo, plum and palm, and there are caves, p…
Historic Site in Central Sichuan

Pínglè Old Town

A popular subject of paintings for Chinese art students, this ancient river village began as a way-station on the southern Silk Road more than 2000 years ago. Many of the wooden buildings have been rebuilt, but some…
Wildlife Reserve in Ya'an

Yǎ'ān Bìfēngxiá Panda Base

Yǎ'ān Bìfēngxiá Panda Base was established in prime forest in Yǎ'ān in 2003 for research purposes rather than tourism, and its mission expanded in 2008 following the earthquake that severely damaged its sister reser…
Museum in Chengdu

Jīnshā Site Museum

In 2001 archaeologists made a historic discovery in Chéngdū’s western suburbs: they unearthed a major site containing ruins of the 3000-year-old Shu kingdom. This excellent, expansive museum includes the excavation …