Chengdu 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…
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.
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 …
Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

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 …
Taoist Temple in Chengdu

Qīngyáng Temple

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

Chéngdū Art Gallery

Rotating exhibitions of classical-style Chinese art in a traditionally styled courtyard building off Wide and Narrow Alley pedestrian streets, it's worth the small detour from the main walking areas.
Tomb in Chengdu

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…
Gallery in Chengdu

Chéngdū Museum of Contemporary Art

This privately funded museum aims to create a space for the development and exhibition of contemporary and abstract art in Chinese society. Works on display range from thought-provoking critiques of the country's hi…