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Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

One of Chengdu’s most popular attractions, this panda park 18km north of the city centre is the easiest way to glimpse Sichuan’s most famous residents. Don't, however, make the mistake of thinking you'll be...

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Wenshu Monastery

This Tang dynasty monastery is dedicated to Wenshu (Manjushri), the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and is Chengdu’s largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. The air is heavy with incense and the low murmur of...

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Chengdu Museum

Spanning ancient Shu and pre-Qin dynasties to the Revolutionary era and modern Chengdu, this spectacular five-storey museum (completed in 2016) is packed with historical and cultural relics of the city's past....

Museum in Chengdu

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum

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

Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

Wuhiu Temple

Located adjacent to Nanjiao 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...

Museum in Chengdu

Sichuan Museum

Aficionados of Chinese history will enjoy a stop here for a look at Sichuan's past through Shu-era calligraphy and painting, bronze works and ceramics, and a nice gallery of Buddha statues unearthed during...

Taoist Temple in Chengdu

Qingyang Temple

Alongside Culture Park, this is Chengdu’s oldest and most extensive Taoist temple. Qingyang (Green Ram) Temple dates from the Zhou dynasty, although most of what you see is Qing. A highlight is the unusually...

Museum in Chengdu

Sichuan Science & Technology Museum

Families will love the hands-on nature of this huge museum – almost every display is of a touchy-feely nature. Labels and descriptions are light on English, but most displays are self-explanatory enough once you...

Gallery in Chengdu

Chengdu Art Gallery

Rotating exhibitions of classical-style Chinese art in a traditionally styled courtyard building that's almost as artistic as the paintings within. It's a real haven of calm from the frenetic crowds on the Wide...

Park in Chengdu

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: He Ming Teahouse is the most popular and atmospheric.

Tomb in Chengdu

Tomb of Wang Jian

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...

Gallery in Chengdu

Chengdu 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...

Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

Daci Temple

Very few things in Chengdu emphasise the stark contrast of modern and traditional China like the squat buildings of Daci Temple surrounded by the towering skyscrapers of the Tai Koo Li development. There's a...

Tower in Chengdu

Sichuan Tower

On a clear day the views from the outdoor 218m observation platform of the 339m Sichuan Tower are said to stretch all the way to Dujiangyan. On a hazy or cloudy day (so that will be most days), you'll get a...

Park in Chengdu

Culture Park

A sprawling green park of ginkgo-lined paths, lotus-filled ponds (listen out for the massive frogs croaking happily away) and teahouses. There's also children's rides (for a small fee). In the northern section,...

Buddhist Site in Chengdu

Aidao Nunnery

The earliest public nunnery in Sichuan, this Ming dynasty (1368–1644) nunnery was completely rebuilt in 2001. The small courtyard and two central halls are an oasis of calm, particularly in comparison to the...

Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

Zhaojue Temple

This Tang dynasty Chan Buddhist temple is worth a quick stop, particularly if you're passing through the nearby Zhaojuesì bus station on the way back from Sanxingdui Museum. There's a lively teahouse just inside...

Museum in Chengdu

Sichuan Art Museum

This six-floor museum is understaffed and understuffed, and the regular rotating exhibitions are hit or miss, but the good is good enough to make it worth stopping by. You may need your passport to enter.