Qintai Road

Authors: Go Chengdu


Named for the well-known and romantic love story between Sima Xiangru and Zhuo Wenjun which has been handed down from generation to generation, the Qintai Road is today a cultural street lined with antique structures and buildings for tea houses, jewelry stores, restaurants and Sichuan Opera theaters.
The 900-meter-long Qintai Road featuring structures and buildings with the styles of the Han (202BC -- 220AD) and Tang (618 - 907) dynasties, is a famous cultural street to commemorate two legendary figures, Zhuo Wenjun (175BC - 121BC) and Sima Xiangru (179BC - 118BC), and their love story which has been handed down from generation to generation. Wenjun, a poet in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC - 24AD), was beautiful and amorous in feeling, and Sima, a prominent poet, writer, musician and official, was talented in letters and unconventional in life. The two fell in love at the first sight, however, due to the big disparity in social status, their affection was opposed strongly by Wenjun’s parents. They had to elope to Chengdu and opened a liquor shop on the original Qintai Road. Though living in poverty, they led a happy life, totally immune to the trivia of worldly life.

* Named for the romance between Sima Xiangru and Zhuo Wenjun in the Western Han Dynasty
* The most distinctive attraction on the street is a 920-meter-long path paved with bricks carved with the pictures depicting the daily life of the people in the Han Dynasty
* Lined with many large-scale jewelry shops

How to get there: take bus numbered 5, 13, 27, 34, 42, 43, 47, 58, 64, 78, 81 or 513
Admission: free
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