Chengdu, China’s latest urban star

When Chinese were asked what they knew about Chengdu, many would respond that it was “the panda’s hometown,” or a city where residents got up late to pass the day playing mahjong in one of its famous teahouses.

Today, Chengdu is a vibrant, modern metropolis. Chengdu announced that it’s applying, along with Guangzhou, to join Beijing and Shanghai in offering visitors from 45 countries 72-hour visa-free stays to promote tourism.

The Sichuan capital is filled with ancient streets, cultural attractions.

Chengdu Panda Research Base

Despite Chengdu’s economic rise, the biggest stars will always be the giant pandas, who reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Jinsha Site Museum

Chengdu’s Jinsha archaeologic site was buried for almost 3,000 years until it was discovered in 2001 during construction work, bringing to light thousands of rare relics traced to the late Shang dynasty.

Kuanzhai Alley

Kuanzhai Alley is a conservation of old architectural structures that have been implanted with modern decoration in a bustling Chengdu city. It consists of Kuan Lane (Wide Lane), Zhai Lane (Narrow Lane) and Jing Lane of which there are three parallelly arranged traditional streets and Siheyuan (courtyard houses). Meanwhile, it is an only area which recorded rich architectural and social characteristic feature about the residential building from Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) till now.

Jinli Ancient Street

Jinli is one of the oldest and most commercial streets in Chengdu.

A stretch of just 350 meters, Jinli crams in teahouses, inns, restaurants, bars, theaters, handicraft stores, snack vendors and specialty shops.

Shu Feng Ya Yun

This famous Sichuanese opera house also performs “face-changing shows,” in which performers wear a variety of masks depending on their character’s mood. There are also fire and puppetry shows.