Located just 6 miles (10km) from downtown Chengdu, this is the most convenient place for visitors to see the giant pandas at a close range. Apart from this center, the Dujiangyan Panda Base, 34 miles (56km) northwest of Chengdu, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, 37 miles (60km) from the city, Wolong National Nature Reserve, 80 miles (130km) away, and the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda, 100 miles (160km) away are also ideal choices to see this cute black-and-white creature.
The Sanxingdui Museum in Nanxing Town, Guanghan, about 40 kilometers from city proper, exhibits the excavations of the ancient Shu Kingdom. It is an important archeological discovery which changed people’s understanding of ancient history and culture.
400 kilometers away from Chengdu lies a fairyland whose natural and primitive beauty impresses everyone who visits here. Jiuzhaigou with its heaven-bestowed landscape, precious animals, plants and the special local flavor of the Tibetan People, deserves the first recommendation for a neighborhood tour of Chengdu.
This irrigation project is one of the world’s cultural heritages constructed 2,000 years ago, and amazingly continues to benefit more than 40 neighboring counties. It’s the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and a wonder in the development of Chinese irrigation works.
Baoguang Temple stands at the northern suburb of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, about 11 miles (18km) from downtown. It is a tranquil Buddhist temple with splendid structures. Surrounded by verdant trees, it comprises a stupa, five halls, and sixteen courtyards, which are arranged in a symmetrical way. Baoguang Temple gains much popularity in Chengdu because locals believe that their wishes will come true after praying in the temple.
Covering a total area of 104 acres (42 hectares), the Chengdu Botanical Garden is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of the city proper. In 1990, the garden was listed as one of the top eight landscapes in Chengdu, and was named “Embodied Treasures in a Green Sea”. The plants in the Chengdu Botanical Garden exceed 2,000 species, including over 1,000 species of woody plants and 800 species of horticultural plants. Visitors can enjoy many kinds of plants and breathe the fresh air. The garden is divided into four areas: the Flower Appreciating Area, Recreation Area, Tree Woods, and Experimental Center.
The temple was originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a period when Taoism was flourishing. Most of the parts of the temple that remain in existence are restorations from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), including Sanqing Hall, Doulao Hall, Hunyuan Palace, the Eight Trigrams Pavilion, and Wuji Palace.
Covering a total area of 43 acres (17 hectares), Chengdu Zoo is the largest zoo in southwest China. There are over 3,000 animals from more than 300 species, like giant pandas, South China tigers, takins, and clouded leopards living there. More than thirty animal houses are distributed throughout the zoo, surrounded by green trees, bamboos and flowers. Here are some major ones:
If one travels to Chengdu for the first time, Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street is a place that should not be missed. Located in Jinjiang District, this road in a broad sense covers an area of about 2,150,000 square feet (200,000 square meters). It stretches to the east of Beixin Street, the west of Hongxing Road, the south of Zongfu Road, and the north of East Street.
Established in the noted site of dinosaur fossils, Da Shanpu, Dinosaur Museum in Zigong is about 11 kilometers (about 7 miles) from the center of Zigong City. It covers 25,000 square meters (about 17 acres), which makes it the biggest in southeast China. It enjoys the same excellent reputation as the American National and Canadian Dinosaur Parks, presently affording a large-scale preserved dinosaur fossil burial site.
Chengdu Happy Valley is a large modern theme park with breathtaking scenery, interesting explorations and exciting entertainment facilities. Covering an area of 562,100 square yards (470,000 square meters),it is located at Xihua Avenue in Jinniu District, which is about 4 miles (7 km) to the northwest of Tianfu Square (city center). Made up of seven major areas with different themes, the park offers 130 interesting games.
Huanhua Stream Park, also known as Huanhuaxi Park, is the largest urban forest park in southwest Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Located between the 1st Ring Road and 2nd Ring Road, it covers an area of 386,544 square yards (323,200 square meters). Neighboring Sichuan Museum to the east and Thatched Cottage of Du Fu to the north.