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Top 9 Things to Do in Chengdu

Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province in China, is well-known as the hometown of Giant Panda. With the reputation of “land of abundance” from ancient China, Chengdu attracts amounts of tourists to visit, for both its splendid culture and magnificent sceneries. What you should do in Chengdu? Top 9 things to do in Chengdu below may give you a satisfactory answer.

1. Have a closer contact with the cute Giant Panda

Giant Panda, as the symbol of China, has an irresistible charm that one could barely say no. Go to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to have a closer contact with the cute Giant Panda, that may be the top 1 thing on your must-do list of Chengdu.


You could also go to Bifengxia Panda Base or Dujiangyan Panda Base. And there is giant panda volunteer program in Dujiangyan Panda Base for you to experience taking care of giant pandas.

Read Tips on Chengdu Panda Base Tour.

2. Admire the Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha, started construction in Tang Dynasty, is the biggest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, with a height of 71 meters. Don’t forget to arrange your schedule with Mount Emei.

Read How to Get to Leshan Giant Buddha from Chengdu.

3. Enjoy a marvelous view on Mount Emei

Mt. Emei, only 38 kilometers from Leshan Giant Buddha, is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, which is famous for its beautiful natural sceneries and long culture of both Buddhism and Taoism. Sunrise on the Golden Summit is the highlight on Mount Emei.

Read How to Get to Mt. Emei from Chengdu.

4. Explore Shu Culture among historical sites

Being the birth place of ancient Shu civilization, Chengdu has a long history of more than 4,500 years. Amounts of historical and cultural sites may give you a great chance to have a culture discovery tour.


  • Sanxingdui Museum, owns all kinds of precious relics from Sanxingdui Ruin Site which is the largest and oldest ruins of the ancient Shu culture. This is an ideal place for you to explore the long history and rich culture in Chengdu.
  • Jinsha Ruins Museum is also a good choice for learning the history and Shu culture of Chengdu. Relics for exhibition show tourists the ancient Shu culture from Shang and Zhou Periods.

More about Best Places to visit in Chengdu.

5. Try Sichuan Cuisine and Chengdu Hot Pot

Sichuan Cuisine, with a distinctive flavor of spicy and hot, must be the top cuisine you want to try if you like if you’re keen on spicy food. As one of the Eight Cuisines in China, Sichuan Cuisine offers so many excellent choices for you, Mapo Tofu, Malatang, Tan Tan Noodles, the Sliced Beef & Ox Tongue in chili sauce, and the most famous Chengdu Hot Pot, one could never resist Sichuan food.

Read 8 Must-taste Cuisines in Chengdu.

6. Go shopping around Jinli Ancient Street and Kuanzhai Alleys

Except for beautiful sceneries, local culture in Chengdu is also charming, no matter the leisure lifestyle or a variety of ways to relax. After visiting different attractions, choose a place for shopping is more than comfortable, since you can buy souvenirs, taste local snacks and also get close to the local life. Jinli Ancient Street and Kuanzhai Alleys are quite suitable for you, which are combinations of folk customs, ancient culture and modern lifestyle.

Moreover, you could also go to Chunxi Road for shopping which is the fashion center of Chengdu.

Read more about Shopping in Chengdu.

7. Watch a Sichuan Opera Show

Sichuan Opera will give you a fantastic experience during your trip in Chengdu, especially the performance of face changing. You can go to Wuhou Temple Grand Stage or Shufengyayun Theater to watch a Sichuan Opera show, and it’s also available to watch in some teahouses.


8. Relax yourself in the teahouse

Tea culture in Chengdu really enjoys a long history for more than 2,000 years. Teahouses could be found everywhere in Chengdu, especially in the alleys and parks. Drink a cup of tea and enjoy a leisure time in the teahouse, the simplest happiness is to slow down your pace for a while and enjoy every minute of your life.

Read Chengdu Tea Culture & Teahouses in Chengdu.

9. Connect your Chengdu trip with Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou Valley, a wonder land in Sichuan Province with the best water sceneries, is renowned for its colorful lakes and forests, multi-level waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. It takes about 40 minutes from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by plane, don’t hesitate to connect your Chengdu trip with Jiuzhaigou Valley, the marvelous fairyland won’t let you down.

Read Travel from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.

Create an unforgettable memory in Chengdu

If you really love pandas, don’t hesitate to make a panda tour in Chengdu. You can even join the volunteer tour to experience more. Popular Panda Tours below may help you create your own plan for lovely pandas.

►One Day Chengdu Essence Tour: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, People's Park, Kuaizhai Alley

►One Day Chengdu Panda Volunteer Tour: Dujiangyan Panda Base

►Chengdu Giant Panda Volunteer Tour: Wuhou Temple, Jinli Ancient Street, Jinsha Site Museum, People's Park, Dujiangyan Giant Panda Protection and Research Center

Make your Chengdu trip connecting with Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei and Jiuzhaigou Valley to enjoy the best experience in Chengdu.

►6 Days Sichuan Tour to Leshan & Mt. Emei: Chengdu, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei

►6 Days Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Tour: Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou Valley

Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts, we’re pleased to help you with your Chengdu travel plan. You can also tailor-made your own Chengdu tour at Free Online Tailor-made Tour to create your unique Chengdu tour.


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