recommended ChengduAnother take on a Chinese big city from those normally experienced in Beijing and Shanghai, Chengdu is famous for its hotpot (huoguo - 火锅) and the beauty of its women - both are said to be as fiery as ... read morethey come! A great base for exploring southwestern China, the city's got good accommodation in all price ranges (including the budget category that's often hard to find in China), and some fantastic restaurants and bars, along with a solid expat scene. And if you want to see pandas, the center in the city's northern suburbs is probably the best place on Earth to do it.Matthew Crompton
And certainly eat huoguo while you're there. Good luck! =)
- Fanglin Road Bar StreetFanglin Road, Qingyang, Chengdu, Sichuan, Chinarecommended Fanglin Road Bar StreetA classic Chinese "bar street", this neighborhood is packed with bars and clubs of a distinctly Chinese bent, which means small dance floors, awkward dancing, and tons of tables. There may be the ... read moreoccasional karaoke performance. Drinks are usually pricey, so it's best to pre-game.Matthew Crompton
A decent spot for going out in Chengdu.
recommended People's ParkWhile it may not be particularly creatively-named (virtually every city in China has a People's Park!) this green space in central Chengdu makes a lovely stop while you're exploring the city. There's ... read morea lake, and a lovely 'Chinese-style' garden (stunning when the fruit trees are blooming in spring!), but my favorite thing to do is to visit the tea-house in the center of the gardens for a cup of chrysanthemum tea. It's the perfect compliment to people-watching, as the locals play mah-jong and get their ears cleaned with terrifying metal implements!Matthew Crompton
Have a chrysanthemum tea at the tea-house here.
- Wenshu Temple 15号 Wenshuyuan Street, Qingyang, Chengdu, Sichuan, Chinarecommended Wenshu TempleThe grandest of Chengdu's Buddhist temples (and set in a cool neighborhood of nifty little lanes), Wenshu Monastery is a fantastic collection of Chinese Buddhist halls, gates, gardens and pavilions, ... read moreand is a popular place for the people of Chengdu to come and make offerings or just enjoy the grounds. The temple and its surrounding neighborhood is one of my favorite places for photography in Chengdu, and though this temple is a reconstruction (like most temples in China, sadly), it's still got loads of character, and more than merits a visit.Matthew Crompton
Very worth a visit!