Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Chengdu, China, it’s not all about the pandas

OK, the Pandas are a must see and there’s no better place than Chengdu, however Darren found Chengdu to have so much more to offer.

I loved Chengdu and like most cities in China it’s busy and bustling with so much going on, however I found the place to have a whole charm of it’s own.

The people are fun and friends and of a night the place becomes alive. A must visit is the Chinese Opera. The Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera is an amazing mix of the old and the new. Wonderful traditional Sichuan Opera costumes, stories, mask changing which was pretty mesmerising, fire breathing and puppetry are mixed with laser and multimedia effects.

It’s easy to prebook, or book locally with your tour guide or at the hotel and with tickets starting from around £20 per person its great value for money.

After the show head to the beautiful Anshun Lang Bridge (just by the Shangri La Hotel) which is beautifully lit creating a mystical reflection on the river.

Just across the Jin River there are a number of lovely, low key bars offering cheap beer and a real local feel, great place to drink well into the night.

If you are after more of a glitzy option then head to Lan Kwai Fong, like its Hong Kong namesake this area is home to an array of fine restaurants, great bars and nightclubs, though it can be a pricey area so keep an eye on your Yuan!

So yep visit Chengdu for the pandas but also have a wander round and soak up the fun atmosphere of this vibrant city!

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