3 Days in Chengdu: A Photo Diary

Joel and I recently spent three weeks traveling around China. One of our favorite spots on the trip was Chengdu; a mid-sized Chinese city that’s much more laidback than its coastal counterparts, such as Beijing and Shanghai. The delicious food and kind people made for an incredible three days.

Coffee in Chengdu

Started the day off with one these guys. Love the packaging.

Sichuan Chili Wontons

First meal before checking into our hostel: chili wontons!

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Statues outside of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Selfie-stick ready!

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Street vendor details.

Jinli Pedestrian Street Sugar Candy

Sugar art street vendor. This guy draws animals with syrup to make striking lollipop designs.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Walking into Jinli. Notice the Starbucks–even the ancient streets of central China are subject to the effects of globalization.

Sichuan Peppers

The famous Sichuan pepper (often paired with mouth-numbing peppercorns).

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Spicy tofu street snack. Yum!

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Pig snouts. Not so yum.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Peep the Sichuan opera masks in the back–these designs are featured all over Chengdu, from shrimp cracker bags to electric scooters.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Iconic Jinli lanterns in the main courtyard.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Jinli weaves through a small pond and lots of greenery.

Jinli Pedestrian Street

Glutinous pineapple rice, what dreams are made of.

Chengdu Sichuan Hot Pot

The star culinary experience of the Sichuan province: hot pot!

Chengdu Park

We walked by this small square when leaving our hostel each morning. Lots of locals dancing, eating, and tai chi-ing.

Mantou Street Vendor in Chengdu

Street vendor we stopped at for breakfast one morning. Joel bought a bag of mini baozi dumplings, and I snacked on the molasses bread shown here. Cost us less than $2 for both and it was all delicious!

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

Chengdu’s finest attraction: the Panda Research Base. This place has about 50 pandas living here (including babies!).

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

Welcome sculpture.

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

We caught some other wildlife sneaking around the base as well.

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

The base has both indoor and outdoor areas for the pandas to hang out in, depending on the weather conditions.

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

The grounds were enormous, and one of the walking paths is completely covered in the bamboo that’s harvested for the pandas to eat.

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

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Sichuan Pepper Chips

Appropriate snack choice of Sichuan pepper chips.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Next up on the itinerary was Kuanzhai Ancient Street, a collection of alleys known as Wide Alley, Narrow Alley, and Well Alley. This area dates back in the 1600s.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Locals hanging out along the street.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Sake and tea sets sold by one of the shops.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street Duck

Roast birdie.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street Sichuan Opera

Kuanzhai has a lot of tea houses with Sichuan opera performances.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

More snacks!

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Mmmm gutter oil. (Kidding, I hope)

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Pounding away at some mochi.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Smokey skewers.

Kuanzhai Pedestrian Street

Kuanzhai has some beautiful architecture, just like Jinli.

Dandan Noodles

Dandan noodles for dinner!

Wenshu Monastery

Wenshu Monastery.

Wenshu Monastery

This had to be one of the least touristy sites we visited in Asia. It’s completely free and filled with locals paying their respects, or just hanging out with each other.

Wenshu Monastery

Made a new friend!

Wenshu Monastery Buffet

There’s an inexpensive vegetarian buffet in the center of the monastery where we chose to eat lunch. The place was packed, and we ended up sharing a table with some old ladies and a monk.

Wenshu Monastery

Aforementioned monk.

Teahouse at Wenshu Monastery

Wenshu Teahouse, one of the more popular teahouses in Chengdu.

Wenshu Monastery

People would walk circles around the central tower and try to balance coins on the ledges.

Wenshu Monastery

You can light candles here as well.

Wenshu Monastery

Flowers left as an offering.

Wenshu Monastery

Success!

Wenshu Monastery

One of the workers (monks?) goes around collecting the coins after a while.

Wenshu Monastery

Praying at the temple.

Ofo Bikes in Chengdu

I think there might be more Ofo bikes in China than there are people.

Street Vendor in Chengdu

Spotted this dude selling corn, sweet potatoes, and chestnuts on the walk home.

Ordered a couple of lǜchá (green teas) at Yuelai Tea House. Rowdy place with lots of friends playing games and grandmas gossiping in the corner. I loved it.

Eggs in Chengdu

Aesthetically pleasing egg display.

Chen Mapo Dofu in Chengdu

Our last dinner in Chengdu was at Chen Mapo Dofu. It was very different from the versions back in the states, and a perfect way to end our trip.

2 Comments

  • Becky

    Wow it looks amazing! Loving all these pictures. The pandas are so cute! 🙂

    • thetravelsketch

      Thank you! They were super adorable.

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