Sichuan cuisine has become one of the most popular types of food in China thanks to its bold and fiery flavors, and the best place to sample authentic Sichuan dishes is at the heart of the province in Chengdu. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.
Renmin Park (People's Park)
A visit to Renmin Park is included in a number of guided Chengdu tours, ranging from half-day to multi-day options. The 28-acre (11.5-hectare) park is beautifully landscaped, with numerous walking paths and flower gardens, as well as an artificial lake where you can rent paddleboats. One of the best ways to enjoy Renmin Park is to people-watch over a cup of tea from one of the many teahouses in the park. Highlights include Jinshui Creek (with numerous trees and flowers along its banks), Heming Teahouse (the largest and best preserved teahouse in the park), Artificial Hill’s waterfall, Goldfish Island (home to hundreds of fish), the Orchid Garden, and the Bonsai Garden.
Things to Know Before You Go
Renmin Park is open to the public and free of charge.
Festivals and flower shows are held here on occasion, and entrance fees may apply.
With a dedicated kids’ play area and arcade rides, it’s a great option for a family outing.
How to Get There
Renmin Park is located in central Chengdu. Take the Line 2 subway and get off at Renmin Park Station. A number of buses also stop at the park, including the 5, 13, 43, 53, 78, and 905.
When to Get There
Renmin Park is pleasant to visit year-round. For flower lovers, spring and summer are the best times to see blooms, while the chrysanthemum show is held in November.
Other Parks in Chengdu
Other Chengdu parks nature lovers should check out include Huanhuaxi, Chengdu’s largest park; Baihuatan Park, known for its bonsai garden and gingko trees; Wangjiang Park, known for its scenic pavilions and many species of bamboo; and Culture Park, which hosts many Sichuan opera performances and cultural exhibitions.
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