5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla February 4th, 2022 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Chengdu soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Chengdu and where to stay!

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Want to see adorable giant pandas? The city of Chengdu in China is the best place to be! It is the capital of the country’s Sichuan Province. But other than these adorable creatures, you can also learn a lot just by exploring the city. Below is a list of the places to visit and things to do in Chengdu.

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List of Best Things to do in Chengdu, China

1. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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A spacious, well-kept park with more than 500 types of bamboo and, above all, large constantly eating pandas. Ideal for taking pictures when you can assert yourself against the masses of Chinese visitors. The Chinese are very fond of their pandas. Therefore, the facility is designed very generously. The park can be reached in less than an hour from Chengdu.

Suggested Tour: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket Chengdu – ID Card Direct Entry

2. Wenshu Yuan Monastery

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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The old Wenshu Temple in the midst of the hectic city of Chengdu is a place to linger. It’s an oasis of calm, with various inner courtyards, which many believers go to for prayer. If you’re in luck you will witness a ceremony in the main temple.

3. Mount Qingcheng

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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With a hike to the summit of Qingscheng Shan, which can be shortened a bit by means of a cable car, you can immerse yourself in the mystical Taoist world. The hike leads through dense, mossy, and dripping wet forest to an enchanted place called Grünstadt-Berg with centuries-old, green wooden temples. The further route leads to a lake, which is crossed with a somewhat kitsch dragon boat ferry, higher and higher through various small temples to the summit. The path is wide with steps, there are a lot of pilgrims on the way, and you reach the 1260 m high summit with a loud chirping of cicadas with a fantastic view of the wooded mountain ranges and the Chengdu plain.

Suggested Tour: Dujiangyan and Mount Qingcheng Private Day Tour

4. Jinli Pedestrian Street

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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Jinli Pedestrian Street is an entertaining excursion with interesting shops and nice buildings. Every souvenir hunter will find something here. The street itself is great for strolling, shopping, eating, and drinking. The architectures are worth seeing, although not much of the original is left.

5. Jinsha Site Museum

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]
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A totally magnificent museum! In 2001, archaeologists made one of the most exciting and richest finds in recent decades, treasures from the 17th to 11th centuries BC, essentially evidence of the Shu era. Their importance and abundance led to the consequence not only of exhibiting thousands of objects, many of them made of gold and countless of jade, in an impressive display but also of stretching a huge, steel and glass tent roof over the entire excavation site, which is certainly among the boldest and the greatest things to do in the world of museums. The collection and the excavation area justify seeing the nearby Chengdu.

Suggested Tour: Jinsha Site Museum Ticket Chengdu

Where to Stay in Chengdu, China

Budget Hotel

Loving Chengdu Youth Hostel

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]

Loving Chengdu Youth Hostel provides accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a shared lounge, and a garden. The homestay also offers a terrace. Kuanzhai Ancient Street is 5 km from Loving Chengdu Youth Hostel, while Wenshu Monastery is 6 km away.

Price: Starts at $12 per night for a Small Double Room, taxes and charges included, and it offers a free cancellation. 

Luxury Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

5 Best Things To Do in Chengdu, China [with Suggested Tours]

Located right opposite Tianfu International Finance Centre, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Chengdu Hi-tech Zone. Each spacious and tranquil guest room at Waldorf Astoria Chengdu comes with a floor-to-ceiling window for you to enjoy a marvelous city view. Rooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed, each has a sofa, a desk, and a TV. Indoor pool perched on the 48th floor overlooking Chengdu, partnered with a 24-hour fitness center. Spa at the Waldorf Astoria offers 6 private suites with exclusive June Jacobs and Valmont treatments.

Price: Starts at $217 per night for a Deluxe Queen Room with Skyline View, add $36 for taxes and charges, $46 for breakfast, and offers a free cancellation.

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These are the possible things you can do in Chengdu. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Chengdu.

Fun Facts About Chengdu, China

  • Chengdu is popularly known for being the home of Giant Pandas.
  • Chengdu is a haven for spicy lovers. If you want to have a taste of the spiciest food in China, you have to try the Shichuan cuisine here.
  • The paper money we use today was created in Chengdu more than 1,000 years ago. This first paper money was called Jiaozi.
  • The best season to visit Chengdu is Fall. This is when the Panda cubs have just been born and the weather is nice.

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About the Writer

Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.