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 and Narrow Alley pedestrian streets you take to access it.

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