7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Chengdu
Located in the heart of China's southwestern Sichuan province and the gateway to the beautiful country's Tibetan plateau, Chengdu is a comfortable base from which to explore this fascinating and culturally rich region.
Surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, Chengdu is a town that exudes a relaxed atmosphere and is rapidly establishing itself as a Chinese cultural hub. Here, visitors can discover the true richness of China's past, with its thousands of years of history, as well as its exciting present. Whether you're after shopping, dining, or soaking up the nightlife, the first places you need to visit in Chengdu are the city's modern shopping centers and malls.
Along with its restaurants and shops, Chengdu's festivals and attractions are also well worth a look. One such event is the Chengdu Tourist Festival, the longest-running wine festival in the world.
To plan your perfect trip to Chengdu, start with our list of the top attractions in Chengdu.
Sichuan Provincial Museum
Sichuan is one of the most important regions in China in terms of archaeological, archaeological and artistic heritage. With 10 percent of the country's archeological remains, Chengdu (Chengdu) is the most important Sichuan Province city and the gateway to the province. Visitors are drawn here by its outstanding folk cultural displays, while being best known for the Da Long Ling Museum (Da Long Ling Binguan). This museum contains over 700,000 items from the area, including 1,000 pieces of weaponry, 60,000 life-size bronze sculptures, and 1,400 rare copper items. The exhibits are well arranged by subject and geographic location to enable visitors to understand the cultural life and development of Sichuan Province.
Leshan Giant Buddha
The gourd-like form of the Leshan Giant Buddha is actually not unique to Leshan, the other is in Nagasaki, Japan. Despite its size, the Buddhist sculpture was carved on a vast, 60,000 tonne rock - rather than moulded from a single block of stone, it was carved over a period of years and its unique gourd-like form is the result of how the rock was worked. The strange shape means that visitors will need to bend as they approach the Great Buddha to see it fully, and an overhanging building protects the head from the elements. One of the largest and best known Buddha statues in the world, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989, in recognition of its great historical, cultural and artistic value.
Yunnan Provincial Museum
Set on the north bank of the Yellow River in Chengdu, Yunnan Provincial Museum (Yunnan jiaozhu Gucheng shiye Louguan, 0120-6459451) is the largest museum in the province, located in the upper parts of old Chendu (chengdu). It has a number of attractions, but the top draws are two giant dragons from the Dongshan Giant Rock Caverns. The Dragon's Head (Xionglong Fudian), the largest in the cave, is believed to be 6,000 years old, and its 27 meters long, has been preserved to this day, despite the powerful earthquake of October 10, 1928. The nearby Dragon's Body (Zhuanlonggu), is a 10-meter-long serpent and was discovered in 1948.
Famous for its large halls and incredibly ornate exterior, this unusual Buddhist temple is based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. The main building features a courtyard with waterfalls, several halls, and a huge reclining Buddha in a sitting position. The temple was built in 1085 during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and its name, meaning "prayer to heaven" is a reflection of the area's importance during the era. Of particular interest are the intricate architectural details, some of which were carved by a craftsman who died in a fire and his statue sits, alone, in a corner. The tower dates back to the 12th century, and today serves as an office for the temple and its priests.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Heilongtan diaoliao dong) is best known for its combination of spectacular scenery, which includes a river that's over 1,500 meters wide, and impressive waterfalls. The deep, winding gorge is not open to the public. Instead, the area offers a few easy-to-reach viewpoints, as well as hikes, cycling and rafting along the gorge itself, which is dotted with ancient buildings. Travelers approaching the region should arrive during the low season, May to September, since the majority of places are closed, and even during this time there is not much to do except take some nice photos.
Du Fu Memorial Hall
Du Fu Memorial Hall was opened in 1989. Dedicated to the great Chinese poet Du Fu, the museum is housed in the third-century courtyard of Du Fu's former residence. Inside are thousands of valuable manuscript, coins, porcelain and paintings. With its exquisite gardens, visitors can admire the over-all architectural design. The museum also holds special exhibitions in all the halls.
The Forbidden City
Chengdu is a large city and is surrounded by lush mountains and plains. The urban area is home to 12 million people. The entire city is a testament to the skilled labor that was involved during the former dynasty of the Qing (17th -20th century). The city is divided into districts that each celebrate and highlight a specific virtue or virtue as described in the Chinese culture. The Mingjiang District of Chengdu, for example, celebrates the virtue of hospitality and hospitality is demonstrated at the Sichuan Hot Pot Museum. The 10,000-year-old art of the Sichuan region is another attraction. Chengdu is easy to access and it is connected to many neighboring destinations by a subway system.