Qiqi Chen: Places of Interest in Chengdu

The following are some of the places in Chengdu I have visited throughout my stay at Sichuan University during the month of September.

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
    • The Chengdu Panda Base is a research and breeding facility for giant pandas.  It also serves as a conservation education center and international educational tourism destination to the visitors. From what I have learned from the tour guide who had brought our class around the Base, this place was founded in 1987 with six giant pandas rescued from the wild after 250 giant pandas were starved to death between the years 1974 and 1983. The only reason they are being held captive is to help them artificially breed the next generation of giant pandas so they don’t go extinct. At the Base during our visit, we were also able to witness three giant panda babies.

  • Jinli Ancient Street
    • Jinli is an old Chengdu Folk Street that’s located next to the Wuhou Temple and Tibetan Quarters. The style of the buildings inside are mainly from the Ming and Qing dynasties with numerous shops showing the characteristics of the Three Kingdoms, which is between the interval of 220 to 280 when China was made up of the kingdoms of Wei, Shu, and Wu. A walk through Jinli gives you a feel of going back in time when China hadn’t been exposed to Western culture, the classical feeling of being in a different world in a different time period. The street also has a variety of Sichuan cuisines and snacks, candy made out of sticky rice, paintings painted with sugar, and hand-pinched clay figurines of both ancient and modern icon.

  • Chunxi Road
    • Chunxi Road is a human traffic, busy, commercial, pedestrian street, which contains many Western brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Coach. Along with it are some traditional Chinese-style shopping malls for shoes and clothing suitable for people that follow the current fashion trend. Chunxi Road also features many fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Dicos, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and many others small food stalls that sell Chinese-style street foods like baozi, crepes, and stinky tofu. My personal favorite is the street barbeque that gives you the option of roasted/fried spicy beef, chicken, pork, squid, octopus, and potatoes on a wooden stick.

  • New Century Global Center
    • The New Century Global Center is a multipurpose building that contains the Global Mall, the Lotte Department Store, a water park, an ice skating rink, and an IMAX cinema. It is located in the Tainfu New Area of Chengdu and is considered one of the world’s largest buildings because of the floor area. The Global Center allows access to the first 6 floors, which is made up of one floor of parking lot (two levels below ground), a supermarket and food court (one level below ground), and a shopping mall from levels one to four. The prices of the clothing there may be regarded as expensive to college students like me who don’t have much money to spend; however, I still enjoyed my trip there, because the building is very beautiful and the cuisine at the food court is equally delicious.

  • Chengdu: The First Tunnel
    • The First Tunnel, also called the Diyi Dadao, is 90,000 square meters of underground shopping centers owned by Renhe Commercial Holdings Corporation. This had been my favorite shopping destination of all since I have arrived in Chengdu, simply owing to the fact that the clothes there is more of my style and the prices are more within my range of allowance. Not to mention the bubble milk tea and milkshakes there are extremely delicious (personal preference).

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