Known as the “Land of Abundance” for its fertile plains and vibrant mountainsides, Chengdu has nurtured humanity for at least 4,000 years. Today this modern metropolis offers a variety of attractions, many near our Chengdu hotel, such as Tianfu Square and its dancing fountains, and the panda base, which is a favorite with families. Visitors can also explore the traditional tea houses, or get lost amidst the winding streets of this ancient city.
1.5 kilometers / 5 minutes
The Wenshu Monastery was originally constructed in the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and known as the Xinxiang Temple. In 1681, during the reign of the Qing Dynasty’s Kangxi Emperor, a monk named Cidu constructed a hut on the temple grounds and took up residence there; upon Cidu’s death, witnesses claimed to discover the figure of Wensu (Bodhisattva Manjusri) in the flames as the monk was cremated and the temple was rechristened the Wenshu Monastery.
Today the monastery is home to an extensive collection of Tang and Qing Dynasty artworks, including paintings, calligraphy and statues, in addition to Buddhist relics.
Wide and Narrow Alley
2.6 kilometers / 10 minutes
Wide and Narrow Alley is an idiosyncratic intersection of historic alleyways which today lives on as a bustling pedestrian area. Due to the area’s original occupants being soldiers from northern China, It features many courtyard homes called hutong which were atypical of the indigenous architectural style but popular in Beijing. Originally built in the Qing Dynasty, most of the Alley’s remaining hutong were renovated between 2005 and 2008 and now house boutiques, restaurants and other businesses catering to tourists.
Jinli Ancient Street
3.6 kilometers / 15 minutes
Right next to the Wuhou Shrine is Jinli Promenade, a rebuilt trading and folk-art street inspired by the ancient-style buildings in West Sichuan. "Jinli" came from the name of an old street in Han-Dynasty Chengdu, meaning "make perfection still more perfect and hide the universe in the universe". The ancient Jinli street was one of the oldest and most commercialized streets in the history of West Shu, and was well-known throughout the country during the Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms periods.
With Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms cultures as its soul, the social styles of Ming and Qing dynasties as its appearance, and the West Sichuan folkways and customs as its body, the new Jinli Promenade, complemented by Wuhou Shrine, has unified the elements of the vibrant Chengdu life: teahouses, inns, restaurants, bars, handicrafts, local snacks and specialties. Mysterious red lanterns embellish the narrow street. Free-standing wooden stages host regular shadow puppet and opera performances, rekindling memories of the good old times. The street’s music bars are famous for live music performances. Try the most famous Sichuan snacks you’ve always wanted to taste, sit on the side of the road and indulge in a gastronomic experience under the moonlight. All these are the best sketches of the most romantic night in the city.
No. 231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Tel: +86 28-6631-1313
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. – 10 p.m., all year round
Free of Charge
From The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu to Jinli Ancient Street
Taxi Ride: 15mins/RMB15
Limousine Service: 15mins
For inquiries and reservations, please call +86 28-8358-8888.
Qing Yang Palace
4.7 kilometers / 15 minutes
Located in the southwest of the city, the Qing Yang Palace was originally constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and was later rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) after the original structures were lost. Deriving its name from a pair of bronze statues depicting a goat and a cryptozoological amalgam of no less than twelve creatures, the Palace is one of the most significant Taoist sites in China and remains occupied by monks to this day.
5.2 kilometers / 20 minutes
Built along the banks of the Jinjiang River on Chengdu’s eastern outskirts, Wangjianglou Park takes its name from the 39-meter-tall pagoda at its center. Constructed during the Qing Dynasty, each of the structure’s four stories is decorated from floor to ceiling with detailed carvings and its bronze roof shines in the sunlight. Also of interest is the Well of Xuetao, where the eponymous Tang Dynasty poetess is said to have created inks from flower petals with which to write her poetry.
Known for its tranquil ponds and enchanting bamboo groves, Wangjianglou Park is also popular among Chengdu’s pensioners as gathering place for early-morning calisthenics and games of Mahjong.
The Du Fu Thatched Cottage
6.7 kilometers / 25 minutes
During the An Lushan Rebellion (755–763), celebrated Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu fled present-day Xi’an for Chengdu, where he took up residence in a modest thatched cottage on the banks of the Huanhua Stream in the western suburbs of the city. Although Du Fu’s stay in Chengdu only lasted four years, he wrote more than 240 poems in that time and inspired the construction of memorial gardens and structures on the site where his cottage once stood.
Jinsha Site Museum
8.5 kilometers / 30 minutes
Only recently excavated after having been buried for nearly 3,000 years, the discovery of the Jinsha archeological site caused a sea change in historians’ understanding of ancient China. Since its accidental discovery in 2001, thousands of Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BCE) artifacts have been unearthed from the site, including the now-iconic “Golden Sun Bird”, a 0.2-millimeter-thick decorative foil which depicts four birds in nearly pure gold. A museum dedicated to the site’s finds is located conveniently within 15 minutes of The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu by taxi.
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System
56 kilometers / 40 minutes
Located on the nearby Min River, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System was built in 256 BCE by Governor Li Bing of the Qin Kingdom. Originally intended to guard against annual flooding, this system of artificial levees, weirs and channels had the side effect of significantly improving agricultural productivity in the surrounding areas. Still in use today, it continues to irrigate more than 5,000 square kilometers of farmland.
68 kilometers / 60 minutes
A 1,600-meter peak covered by lush vegetation, Mount Qingcheng is home to numerous sites of religious significance to Taoism, including the Fujian Temple, Tianshi Cave and Shizu Hall. It was named as World Culture Heritage by UNESCO together with The Dujiangyan Irrigation System in 2000.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a must-visit place in Chengdu. Over 80 giant pandas, red pandas and black-necked cranes live here and are well taken care of. Surrounded by verdant bamboos and chirping birds, you can watch the cute pandas sleeping on trees or playing in their luxury villas. Tourists can even make a reservation to hold a baby panda for picture-taking-for a small donation.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was established in March 1987, with a mission to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species. Over the course of 20 years, the Chengdu Panda Base has become well-known for the preservation of endangered wildlife, scientific research, breeding of giant pandas, conservation education, educational tours and panda cultural events.
1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chenghua Distict, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 610081Contact
Websitehttp://www.panda.org.cn/Hours of Operation
- Tel: (86 28) 8351 0033
- Booking Hotline：(86 28) 8351 0119
- Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., all year round
- Ticket selling and checking: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Entrance Ticket: RMB58 per person
- Picture-taking with Giant Panda: RMB2,000 per person
- Tour Guide:
Chinese Tour Guide:
English Tour Guide:
- RMB50 for 1 – 4 persons
- RMB100 for 5 – 19 persons
- RMB5 per additional person for a group of no less than 20 persons
- RMB100 for 1 – 10 persons
- RMB10 per additional person for a group of no less than 11 persons
- Tour Bus Service: RMB10 per person
- Panda Post Office:
The Panda Post Office is located at the right side of the tourist service center, supplying Chinese and foreign tourists with postcards, giant panda commemorative stamps with free stamping service, etc.Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Tourist Service Center:
The Tourist Service Center, located on the first floor of the Giant Panda Museum, provides free services and materials, including a microwave oven, hot water, baby carriages, armchairs, walking sticks, umbrellas and sewing kits.
From The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
- Take taxi: 25mins/RMB40
- Limousine Service: 500km/3 hours
For inquiries and reservation, please call (86 28)8358 8888
- Bamboo-themed restaurant: bamboo-based delicacies
- Rose Garden Western Food Restaurant: coffee, pastries and regular meals
- Panda-themed café: Italian coffee, regular pastries
- Entrance Souvenir Shop
- Museum Tourist Souvenir Shop
- Sunning Nursery Room Souvenir Shop
- Panda Bookstore