Guide to City Night Tour

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-08-30

You need a guide on your tour for entertainment, sightseeing and exploration of the city during evening. And here it is!
Night falls and the city begins to unfold its grand scenario of colorful life when the bars, museums, libraries, bookstores, tourist attractions and cultural centers are activated with throngs of visitors ― recent statistics by Meituan Dianping, China's leading online city guide, show that 45% of the spending of Chengdu people happens at night — the highest proportion among the cities surveyed.
As night life in Chengdu is getting more diversified, you need a guide on your tour for entertainment, sightseeing and exploration of the city. And here it is!
★夜游锦江Night Cruising on Jinjiang River
Opening: 19:00-22:00
Sightseeing tour in an old-style boat along the Jinjiang River
◆ Price: RMB 60 (Daytime); RMB120 (night)
◆ Ticketing and boarding: Dongmen Dock, Binhe Rd, Jinjiang District
★天府熊猫塔Sichuan TV Tower
Opening: 9:00-21:30
Sichuan TV Tower stands by the Jinjiang River as the highest tower of the Western China, with a height of 339 meters. Its top is one of the best place to see the night view of the city.
★锦里古街Jinli Old Street
Opening: 24/7
Jinli Street is the hottest spot in the city at night, noted for the popular Sichuan snacks and numerous shops selling souvenirs.
★浣花溪公园 Huanhuaxi Park
Opening: 24/7
The largest park in downtown Chengdu, it's famous for the agreeable environment, sunset viewing, clear brooks and the long "Poems Avenue", making it a highly recommended place for jogging and strolling.
★青羊夜猫子夜市Food Journey at Yemaozi Night Market
Opening: 17:00-22:00
Yemaozi Night Market (Night Owls Market) is a large open-air night market in western Chengdu with stalls offering a myriad of foods and snacks.
Links: A Foodie's Adventure at the Night Market
博物馆 Museums
★成都博物馆Chengdu Museum
Opening: 09:00-20:30 (Summer); 09:00-20:00 (Winter)
★四川博物院 Sichuan Museum
Opening: 09:00-21:00 (Summer); 09:00-20:00 (Winter)
★成都武侯祠博物馆 Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum
Opening: 08:00-20:00 (May 1 - Oct 31); 08:00-18:30(Nov 1 - April 30)
The most influential museum of the Three Kingdom culture in China.
★成都杜甫草堂博物馆Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum
Opening: 08:00-19:00 (May 1 - Oct 31); 08:00-18:30(Nov 1 - April 30)
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum in western Chengdu is a park and museum in honor of Du Fu, a great poet of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).
★成都金沙遗址博物馆 Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum
Opening: 08:00-20:00 (May 1 - Oct 31); 08:00-18:30(Nov 1 - April 30)
It is the best site to know about the history of Chengdu. More than 5,000 artifacts of gold, jade, bronze, ivory and stone were unearthed at the site.
书店Bookstores
★方所Fang Suo Commune
Opening: 10:00-22:00
Known as one of the 14 most beautiful bookstores in the world, the bookstore is located on the underground floor of the Taikoo Li Chengdu, one of the high-end shopping malls in downtown Chengdu which is adjacent to the Daci Monastery.
★言几又(成都IFS店)Yanjiyou Bookstore (Chengdu IFS)
Opening: 10:00-22:00
The flagship bookstore has an area of more than 4,000 square meters, embracing the bookstore, cafe, creative market, galleries and other functional zones. Themed activities are held here frequently.
★轩客会•格调书店 Winshare 24-Hour Bookstore
Opening: 24 hrs
The first bookstore in Chengdu that initiated 24-hour operation
★三联韬奋书店 Sanlian Taofen Bookstore
Opening: 09:00-22:30(Monday - Thursday); 00:00-24:00 (Friday - Sunday)
Located at Kuanzhaixiangzi Alleys (Wide&Narrow Alleys), it's the first branch of its chain outside Beijing. The bookstore is designed by famous designer Wanghai, who made a combination of western Sichuan architectural styles and traditional building. The separated three areas respectively serve the functions of product sales, reading, and events, making this bookstore stand out at the neighborhood with its freshness and originality.
★钟书阁 Zhong Shu Ge Bookstore
Opening: 10:00-22:00
Located on the fourth floor of the Yintai In99 shopping mall, the bookstore is recognized as "the most beautiful bookstore in Chengdu".
Links: Zhongshuge Bookstore
★行知书屋 XIngzhi Bookstore
Opening: 10:00-20:00
The bookstore with a history of 22 years deals solely in picture books.

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About the Author: Victor Paul Borg is from Malta. He has lived in six countries on three continents and spent much of the past 12 years in Asia. He currently spends his time in Europe and China. His travel articles and photographs have been published around the world.

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