I spent 4 days in and around Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Albeit it was a work-trip, I did get to a do a little bit of sightseeing also, which was very nice. The people in Chengdu are unbelievably friendly, the food is beyond spicy, yet so delicious and I’d love to come back for a longer stay that could include climbing the holy mountain followed by a venture southwest. A striking part of China.
Really fun to visit are two areas: Kuai Zhai Xiangzi (Wide and Narrow Street) are two ancient streets (really ancient, not Xintiandi-style ancient) that offer a lot of little shops, great restaurants and a load of Chinese tourists, who were very delighted to run into a “mei guo mei nü” (a pretty American Girl), which I did correct to no – German…
The other really nice area, however a bit more artificial, is Jinli Old Street
Similarly to the locks on Cologne’s bridge, here lovers have their little trinket that promises eternal love.
Chengdu is definitely worth a trip – a fun, worthwhile city with a lot to offer. I also had the best 100 minute foot massage for a mere 130 RMB.
Did you know: There are Pandas in Chengdu.