Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Chéngdū

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 large and well maintained…
Taoist Temple in Chéngdū

Qīngyáng Temple

Located alongside Culture Park, this is Chéngdū’s oldest and most extensive Taoist temple. Qīngyáng (or Green Ram) Temple dates from the Zhou dynasty, although most of what you see is Qing. A highlight is the unusua…
Park in Chéngdū

People’s Park

On weekends, locals fill this park with dancing, song and taichi. There’s a small, willow-tree-lined boating lake and a number of teahouses: Hè Míng Teahouse is the most popular and atmospheric.
Tomb in Chéngdū

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 kingdom, this above-ground tomb, the only one excavated in China so far, was pillag…
Buddhist Temple in Chéngdū

Wénshū Temple

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…
Buddhist Temple in Chéngdū

Wǔhóu Temple

Located adjacent to Nánjiāo Park and surrounded by mossy cypresses, this temple (rebuilt in 1672) honours several figures from the Three Kingdoms period, namely legendary military strategist Zhuge Liang and Emperor …
Museum in Chéngdū

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 …
Park in Chéngdū

Culture Park

A sprawling green park of ginkgo-lined paths, lotus-filled ponds and teahouses. Kiddie rides for a small fee.
Archaeological Site in Central Sìchuān

Sānxīngduī Museum

The Sānxīngduī Museum, 40km north of Chéngdū in Guǎnghàn (广汉), exhibits relics of the Shu kingdom, a cradle of Chinese civilisation dating from 1200 BC to 1100 BC. Some archaeologists regard these artefacts, which i…
Taoist Site in Dūjiāngyàn

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…