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Go West: A Week in Western Sichuan

If you’re planning a trip out of Chengdu this winter, consider travelling to the western part of Sichuan Province. Although it is cold at this time of year, the lack of rain and brilliant blue skies make this a stunning destination.Read more>>

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Drinking the Night Away: Chengdu’s Top Nightclub Spots HOT

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There are many words and images that come to mind when you think of Chengdu: spicy Sichuan food, terrible weather and bad traffic, an abundance of sexy girls, ease and comfort in lifestyle, mahjong, teahouses galore and clubs, clubs and more ...... Read More>>

"Out" in Chengdu: Gay and Lesbian Bars HOT

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Chengdu is one of the most open-minded cities in China. A quick look at the seductive male burlesque shows down Dongmen Daqiao on a Saturday night will convince you of that. This south-western metropolis, built for a comfortable lifestyle, is also a place ...... Read More>>

One Weekend in Chengdu: What to Do, Where to Eat and Drink HOT

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It’s Friday afternoon and you only have one weekend to explore Chengdu. Though Chengdu has much to offer, you can mark off the “must see” attractions in a few days. Listed below is an itinerary for those who only have one weekend in Chengdu. ... Read More>>

Chengdu’s Most Famous Temples HOT

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With thousands of years of religious history, it’s no wonder that China has some of the world’s most spectacular temples. Though Chengdu is perhaps most noted for pandas, zesty cuisine and teahouses, the city definitely has its share of eminent shrines ...... Read More>>

Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter – Gateway to Tibet HOT

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Many consider Chengdu to be the gateway to Tibet, so it is only reasonable that visitors to Chengdu would want to visit the Tibetan Quarter. Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter, or Little Lhasa, is located in the south-west of Chengdu, near the First Ring Road. It ...... Read More>>

The Sardine Box: Guide to Chengdu’s Bus System HOT

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Have you ever seen how crowded buses in Chengdu can get? In these buses, I've seen people with half an arm hanging out the window, heads smashed against glass, and drivers throwing fits over barely being able to hold the wheel. So why would you want to take ...... Read More>>

A Guide to the Best Markets in Chengdu HOT

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There have been a number of times when I have heard Chengdu expats complaining that Chengdu doesn't have X, Y, or Z. While there are certainly areas in which Chengdu is lacking, often it's more of an issue of knowing where to look. There was a time when the ...... Read More>>

Keeping Fit in Chengdu: Reviews of Gyms and Fitness Clubs HOT

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One of the questions that pops up regularly on Chengdu forums is, “Where can I find a good gym in Chengdu?” Keeping in mind that “good” is a relative term, this overview of some of Chengdu’s gyms and fitness clubs should get you pointed in the right ...... Read More>>

What’d you Say? An Introduction to the Sichuanese Mandarin Dialect HOT

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Buzzes and lots of "er's" and "ol's" and "lo's" is all you'll hear the first time you touch down in Chengdu. But what you're actually hearing is Mandarin being spoken in a charming southwestern drawl. Just as English has its' ...... Read More>>

Huoguo Fever: Chengdu’s Best Places to Eat Hotpot HOT

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Sichuan is home to some of the spiciest Chinese cuisine, including the famously spicy Sichuan hotpot. Eating hotpot in Chengdu is mandatory for those visiting the city. For those living here, anything short of loving it is sin. There are tons of great ...... Read More>>

Bargain Shopping in Chengdu: Lotus Pond Market HOT

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Getting ripped off is an unpleasant experience wherever you go, and unfortunately this is an experience that almost every foreign visitor to China will struggle with during their stay here. However, as confidence increases so too do bargaining skills, so ...... Read More>>

Vestiges of the Past: Ancient Towns Around Chengdu HOT

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Ancient towns near Chengdu offer a chance to explore ancient Chinese culture and just get a break from the crowded, nagging modernity of the city. There are a plethora of towns that can be reached within one hour. Such places are great for those living in ...... Read More>>

How to Find an Apartment in Chengdu HOT

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The first thing you need to do is decide what Chengdu neighbourhood you want to find an apartment in. Here's a quick breakdown of popular areas located with Chengdu’s largest and wealthiest district, Wuhou:...... Read More>>

Need a Drink? The Best Bar Areas in Chengdu HOT

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Before beginning this article, I was thinking about the lines from that Hank Williams song, Family Tradition: “Why do you drink? Why do you roll smoke?” He sang. We all have our own reasons, but there is one thing expats in Chengdu can agree on: this city ...... Read More>>

Soak Your Worries Away in Chengdu’s Hot Springs HOT

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While you are not going to find any natural hot springs around Chengdu, there are some man-made ones that offer refreshing escapes from muggy summer days and warm retreats from bitter winter evenings. The city has a couple of decent hot spring options, but ...... Read More>>

Grill Thrill: Best BBQ Restaurants in Chengdu HOT

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Barbequing is one of the most simple, yet delicious cooking methods out there. No matter where you go in China, you’re bound to find a small vendor grilling lamb on skewers in a busy street, or little shop windows emitting the mouth-watering scent of ...... Read More>>

Fun Times: 5 Things You Must Do in Chengdu HOT

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The slow, relaxed mentality of Chengdu makes it a popular spot for tourists who are tired of dealing with the fast-paced lifestyle of China's first tier cities. And, while certain tourist attractions in Chengdu are worth visiting, some of the best things to ...... Read More>>

City of Cha: 3 Must-Visit Teahouses in Chengdu HOT

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Let's play a little China trivia. Category: Food and Drinks. Level: Ridiculously Easy. Question: Most famous Chinese beverage? Thirty seconds on the clock. Go! Tea, the national drink par excellence, has it all: a long and interesting history, amazing and ...... Read More>>

A Quick Guide to Chengdu’s Top Tourist Spots HOT

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Many of the whirlwind China tours don't really leave enough time to fully appreciate everything in Chengdu. If you are planning on going to Chengdu, but don't have much time, these are some of the top tourist spots you definitely do not want to miss.... Read More>>

Letting Your ‘Qi’ Flow: Traditional Chinese Medicine Centres in Chengdu HOT

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Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, aims to bring and maintain harmony within your body. Your 'qi', blood, body fluids, major organs and meridians must be functioning in a balanced way or else you will get sick. This is where the treatments come in. ... Read More>>

The Chill and the Crazy: Chengdu Bars HOT

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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and sometimes you need to go where know one knows who you are. When it comes to bars, Chengdu has both types. Here’s a list of Chengdu’s chillest bars, and a few crazier ones thrown in for good ...... Read More>>

Where to Get a Good Pizza in Chengdu HOT

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Pizzas are a staple for many Western travellers, and Chengdu has a lot of expats looking for pizzas. Pizza is a little taste of home, a link to sanity and the “real world.” So the question arises: where can one get a good pizza in Chengdu?... Read More>>

Good, Wholesome Fun: Family Friendly Activities in Chengdu HOT

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While fun things to do in Chengdu are seemingly limitless, a lot of them are not suitable for kids. However, there are plenty of educational and recreational family friendly activities in Chengdu that merit mentioning. Whether your family is visiting ...... Read More>>

Find Some Air: The Best Nature Getaways Outside Chengdu HOT

Some of the best places to go to in Sichuan happen to be very close to Chengdu. While there are good nature spots within the province's capital, it's sometimes nice to actually leave the city to get your nature fix. So if you need to taste clean air and ...... Read More>>

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