Featured streets and historic towns

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-07-25

The Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuan and Zhai Alleys) were first built during the Qing dynasty for Manchu soldiers. The alleys remained residential until 2003 when the local government turned the area into a mixed-use strip of restaurants, teahouses, bars, avant-garde galleries and residential houses. Historic architecture has been well preserved in the Wide and Narrow Alleys.
The Wide and Narrow Alleys
The Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuan and Zhai Alleys) were first built during the Qing dynasty for Manchu soldiers. The alleys remained residential until 2003 when the local government turned the area into a mixed-use strip of restaurants, teahouses, bars, avant-garde galleries and residential houses. Historic architecture has been well preserved in the Wide and Narrow Alleys.
Jinli Street
Nearby Wuhou Shrine, Jinli is a popular commercial and dining area resembling the ancient-style architecture of West Sichuan.
Many aspects of the urban life of Chengdu are present in the current-day Jinli area: teahouses, restaurants, bars, theatrical stages, handicraft stores, local snack vendors and specialty shops.
Huanglongxi Historic Town
The ancient town of Huanglongxi is approximately 40 km southeast of Chengdu. The ancient town has preserved the Qing dynasty architectural style, as seen in the design of its streets, shops, and buildings.
Chunxi Road
Located in the center of downtown Chengdu, Chunxi Road (春熙路) is a trendy and bustling commercial strip with a long history. It was built in 1924 and today is one of the most well-known and popular fashion and shopping centers of Chengdu, lined with shopping malls, luxury brand stores, and boutique shops.
Anren Town
Anren Historic Town is located 39 km west of Chengdu. Old mansions have been well preserved and turned into museums. Museums in Anren have a rich collection of more of than 8 million pieces of relics and artifacts.
Luodai Town
Luodai Historic Town is one of the five major Hakka settlements in China. Three or four hundred years ago, a group of Hakka people moved to Luodai from coastal cities. It has since grown into the largest community for Hakka people in western China, where visitors can find old-style architecture, buy local specialties and enjoy activities with distinct cultural flavors.
Bailu Town
A small town in Pengzhou City in northern Chengdu, some 50 km from downtown Chengdu. The town features French-style streets and buildings and the quiet riverside landscape. The damaged Catholic Church was restored after the massive destruction caused by the 2008 earthquake, and some new facilities have already been constructed, including a restaurant, Internet café, bakery, wedding photo gallery and winery.
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