Chengdu Attractions

Chengdu itself doesn't offer many traditional historic or cultural sights of appeal to the tourist. However, the city is not only a regional hub for production and trade - as well as being a regional railway and air-traffic hub - it is also at the center of a number of nearby regional tourist attractions (see the list below), making Chengdu a natural "base camp" for the tourist who plans to take a short jaunt to a number of the area's more traditional historic and cultural sights. Being a large, modern city (population: 9.4 million), Chengdu has all the material comforts that the international tourist demands, including a bustling night life where one is likely to run across scads of fellow expats (a 2006 article in the Los Angeles Times dubbed Chengdu as "China's party city"). Chengdu is also home to Sichuan Opera, a traditional Chinese opera with colorful make-up, masks, etc. (think of the film Farewell My Concubine, or "Ba wong bit gei" in Chinese).

Though it may receive no extra tourist points for it, Chengdu is an important city in China's history (for a brief introduction into Chengdu's history, click here). Moreover, did you know that:

Chengdu is the birthplace of paper money (everyone knows, thanks to Marco Polo, that paper money originated in China, now you know exactly where in China it started),

Chengdu was chosen, in 2007, as one of the Top Ten Cities in the world to invest in (Intel recently chose Chengdu as the site for its new, 200-million-dollar factory),

Chengdu was recently ranked as China's 4th "Most Livable City" by the Chinese newspaper giant, China Daily.

Activities

Xiling Ski Resort

Visiting Time:3 hours

Museums

Sichuan Museum

Visiting Time:3 hours

Jinsha Site Museum

Visiting Time:2 hours

Nightlife

Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu

Visiting Time:2 hours

Parks

Live Water Park

Visiting Time:2 hours

Huan Huaxi Park

Visiting Time:3 hours

Chengdu People Park

Visiting Time:1 hours

Wangjiang Tower Park

Visiting Time:2 hours

Chengdu Culture Park

Visiting Time:2 hours

Longchi National Forest Park

Visiting Time:2 hours

Religion Sites

Qingyang Temple

Visiting Time:1 hours

Zhaojue Temple

Visiting Time:1 hours

Shopping & Street

Chengdu European Style Street

Visiting Time:2 hours

Chunxi Road

Visiting Time:2 hours

Shows

Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera

Visiting Time:2 hours

Sights & Landmarks

Wuhou Memorial Temple

Visiting Time:2 hours

Thatched Cottage of Dufu

Visiting Time:1 hours

Dujiangyan Panda Base

Visiting Time:4 hours

Luodai Ancient Town

Visiting Time:3 hours

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

Visiting Time:5 hours

Huanglongxi Ancient Town

Visiting Time:4 hours

Sanxingdui Ruins

Visiting Time:2 hours

Stone Elephant Lake

Visiting Time:3 hours

Sichuan University

Visiting Time:2 hours

Tiantai Mountain

Visiting Time:3 hours

Yuecheng Lake

Visiting Time:1 hours

Water & Amusement Parks

Happy Valley of Chengdu

Visiting Time:8 hours

Flora Land

Visiting Time:7 hours