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Chengdu One-day Tour to
Wuhou Temple, Kuan & Zhai Lane,
Qintai Road, Qingyang Palace, Du Fu Cottage


Highlights:

* Delve into Chengdu’s rich history and culture with visits to the Qinyang Palace, Wuhou Temple, and Dufu Cottage.

* Sample the deliciously spicy cuisine of Sichuan, the most popular variant of Chinese food.

* Accompanying you will be your local English-speaking guide, who will give you the best information and tips in order to ensure you a great visit.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
GWAC-CD-
1B
Day Activities
 

 

You will be picked up from your Chengdu hotel by your English-speaking guide and driver between 7-7:30AM. From there we will drive to Kuan-zhai Lane. China's Lane (also called Kuan-zhai Lane, which literally means wide and narrow lanes), is a conservation of old architectural structures that have been implanted with modern decoration.

Kuan-zhai  is one of the three key preservation areas in Chengdu. It consists of Kuan Lane (Wide Lane), Zhai Lane (Narrow Lane) and Jing Lane of which there are three paralleled arranged traditional streets and Siheyuan (courtyard houses). Meanwhile, it is the only area with recorded rich architectural residential buildings from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) till now. However, those three parallel lanes have different styles. At Kuan Lane, you will immerse in the leisurely life of Chengdu. Killing time in open-air teahouse and tasting Sichuan dishes and snacks is an unforgettable experience. If you are history or architecture buff, Zhai Lane is the ideal place for you to explore, because that the well-preserved traditional buildings could be seen here. In a courtyard there are gardens, in which there are houses; while in a house there are courtyards, in which there are trees; above a tree there is the sky, where there is the moon... This is what is expected from a Chinese-style courtyard, as well as what a Zhai Lane life requires. Jing Lane is the most modernized lane in these three lanes, which combines Chinese culture with Western shopping.

Our next stop will be at the Qingyang Palace. It was first built during the Tang Dynasty over 1000 years ago but the original buildings were ruined and destroyed over years and the currently palace was constructed during the Qing Dynasty. One of the grandest buildings on the Qingyang Palace ground is the Sanqing Hall. Built during the Tang Dynasty and rebuilt in the 8th year of Tongzhi's reign during the Qing Dynasty, the wooden and brick structure covers an area of over 1,600 square kilometers. Walls, windows and pillars of the building are colorfully and exquisitely decorated with carvings of flowers, two lions playing silk balls.

The name of the palace "Qingyang Palace" or Black Goat Palace is derived from one pair of black bronze goat sculptures placed in Sanqing Hall. The single-horned goat on the left is in unique shape, which looks like a sheep at a glance, but it is actually a mythical looking creature which combines features of the 12 animal signs in Chinese Shenxiao. It has a mouse's ears, an ox's nose, a tiger's claws, a rabbit's mouth, a dragon's horn, a snake's tail, a horse's face, a goat's beard, a chicken's eyes, a dog's belly and a pig's thighs. Legends go that the two goats were incarnates of two boy servants of the Pure Emperor, and they could cure all diseases. A slight touch on certain part of the goat body will release pain and eliminate disease in the equivalent part of human body.

We’ll then head over to the Dufu Cottage. Du Fu, a very famous poet, lived in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Just as its name implies, the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu was his home more than a thousand years ago. Du Fu was born in Gongyi City, Henan Province in 712. In 746, he took the official examination in Chang'an (now known as Xian) and continued to live there for more than ten years after the failure. But, in order to get away from the An-Shi Rebellion breaking out in 758, Du Fu fled to Chengdu in 759. With the help of friends, the thatched cottage was built in 760 beside the Flower Bathing Brook on the western outskirts of Chengdu. During his four years there, Du Fu composed more than 240 poems that are considered to be precious national treasures.

After Du Fu's departure from Chengdu, the cottage was abandoned for a long time and became dilapidated. Hundreds of years later in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) a new temple was built on the original site of the thatched cottage to commemorate this outstanding person in Chinese literature. From then on, it was renovated and enlarged repeatedly. There were two very important reconstructions in 1500 and 1811 respectively, both of which set the scale and structure of the present thatched cottage. Today, it is a shrine to Chinese literature and a commemorative museum in the form of a traditional garden.

Following our visit o Du Fu cottage we’ll have a delicious lunch of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant. Also known as Chuan cuisine, the dishes of Sichuan Cuisine are famous for their spicy-hot flavors, a spicy-hotness that Sichuaners call "dry hot", insisting that it differs from the "wet hot" spiciness of other cuisines. The difference, say, Sichuaners, is that the spices used to achieve "dry hot" spiciness consists of a mixture of dry ingredients such as crushed peppercorns (black, red and white) and dried, crushed chili, as well as Sichuan Province's own native pepper, huajiao ("flower pepper" from the prickly ash tree, Zanthoxylum bungeanum) that is of course first dried, then crushed. After lunch you’ll be taken to the Sichuan Specialty Shopping Center, which happens to be Chengdu’s most popular shopping mall. Here you’ll have ample opportunity to stock up on souvenirs and trinkets for your friends back home.

Next it is off for some more history and culture at Wuhou Temple. Located in the southern suburbs, it is the most famous and influential of the temples dedicated to Zhuge Liang who lived from 181 until 234 AD. He is one of China’s most famous historic figures, and he was a renowned minister and military strategist for Emperor Liu Bei (161-223) of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period in China. The temple is also dedicated to Emperor Liu Bei. It was built during the Qing dynasty in 1672. Because Zhuge Liang was granted the title of “Wuxiang Hou” (Marquis Wuxiang) in his lifetime, this temple is known as the Wuhou Memorial Temple. The temple is one of Chengdu’s major attractions and contains numerous statues to Emperor Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang and other officials of the Shu Kingdom, and there are ancient inscriptions and tablets that are famous in China.

We’ll conclude your tour with a visit to the ancient street of Jinli. Jinli Old Street is one of the oldest and busiest streets in the history of China. As early as the Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms periods, it was known throughout the country. This street, which is only 350 meters long, is a stage for life in Chengdu and showcases its features. You can taste the flavor of old Chengdu by seeing the age-old street, official residences, folk residences, teahouses, inns, wine bars, stages and handiwork; you can get a taste of authentic Chengdu flavor by trying local snacks and specialties. Expect to be fully enthralled by the glamour of the folk customs in Sichuan Province. Green tiles are placed in order and bluestone ways twist forward, making people feel as if time was turned back and they are in the past again. Tea, dishes, wine, play and brocades with local features appear before your eyes one after another, creating quite a feast for the eyes.

You will then be dropped off at your hotel no later than 5PM, ending your tour with us.

Included in tour price:
1. Hotel pick-up & drop-off service,
2. English-speaking tour guide.
3. Air-conditioned tour van or bus.
4. Entrance tickets to the attractions as listed in the itinerary.

Not included in tour price:
1. All additional expenses not listed as included in the itinerary.
2. Tips/gratuities to the guide and driver for a well-done job.




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