3 Days in Chengdu: A Photo Diary

Panda Research Center in Chengdu China

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 Replies to “3 Days in Chengdu: A Photo Diary”

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

    1. thetravelsketch says:

      Thank you! They were super adorable.

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