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Kuan-Zhai Lane (China’s Lane)

When Chinese soldiers of the Qing Dynasty returned from war with Tibet in 1718, many of the soldiers and their families based themselves around Kuan-Zhai Lane in the Sichuan city of Chengdu. Though only 3 of the original 42 lanes remain from the period of military housing - Kuan, Zhai, and Jing - these three lanes collectively comprise an area of Chengdu now known to travelers as China’s Lane.

Although the name literally translates to “Wide-Narrow” Lane, both Kuan and Zhai lanes exist as narrow alleyways, with one being imperceptibly wider than the other. Along with the third lane, Jing, these three parallel alleyways are recognized as one of Chengdu’s three historic conservation districts.

Ranking as one of the finest pedestrian thoroughfares in downtown Chengdu, Kuan-Zhai Lane offers a visually pleasing blend of traditional Sichuan architecture fused with modern Chengdu commerce. Dozens of quadrangle homes built in the Qing style stand nestled between fashionable cafés, nightclubs and clothing boutiques; and visitors can sip tea in a traditional tea house on Kuan before grabbing a beer at a trendy bar just one street away over on Zhai. Next door on Jing Lane is a 1,300 foot (3,962.4 meter) long wall that depicts a thousand years of Chengdu history and is an informative complement to the old style architecture and various antiques being sold throughout Kuan-Zhai.

With many modern hotels opening in and around the Kuan-Zhai Lane area there rarely is a shortage of activity in what is arguably one of Chengdu’s most cosmopolitan yet traditional districts.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Chengdu Sightseeing with Panda Breeding Center Visit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

This private city sightseeing tour of Chengdu takes you to all the highlights: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Zhaojue Temple, People’s Park ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.90

Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

See the Chengdu attractions that interest you most on a private tour that can you can customize with a private guide. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing within ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $14.66

Chengdu Half-Day Bike Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Get a good workout on this half-day bike tour while learning about the daily customs of Chengdu locals. Visit People’s Park, where the locals come to relax ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China

4-5 hours

From USD $44.00

Chengdu Walking Tour Including Teahouse and Street Food

Discover life in Chengdu on a leisurely walking tour with an experienced guide. See contemporary buildings like the New Chengdu Museum and Sichuan Library, ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00

Traditional Chengdu Lifestyle Guided Day Tour including the Panda Research Center, the Wide and Narrow Street and a Hot Pot Dinner

Embark on a guided day tour and experience the traditional Chengdu lifestyle which includes a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, Factory ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $312.00

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