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Jinli Ancient Street

When Qin Dynasty traders started selling baldachin cloth on Jinli Street in 220 B.C. they set in motion a chain of events which would turn Jinli into the busiest commercial hub in the city of Chengdu. Known as “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom” for its commercial activity during the “Three Kingdoms Period” (221-263), the boulevard now known as Jinli Ancient Street was recently restored in 2004 in an effort to return it to its former glory.

Running for 382 yards just east of the Wuhou Memorial Temple, the green flagstone of Jinli Ancient Street weaves a pedestrian thoroughfare teeming with local Chengdu merchants and traditional Sichuan architecture. In a nod to the lengthy history of the boulevard many shopkeepers and street merchants continue to dress in a traditional Sichuan style in an effort to fuse the modern elements of Chengdu with ancient Sichuan custom and design. For many visitors it’s one of the easiest places in Chengdu to feel as if you’ve stepped directly back in time.

In the evening hours the street is illuminated by rows of Chinese lanterns and a public stage showcases performances of Sichuan opera and shows of shadow puppets. Rich in Sichuan folk arts, Jinli Street is the perfect spot for picking up some handmade clay figurines, traditional Chinese instruments or local snacks ranging from wontons and fried dumplings to deep fried bugs on a stick. Best known as the “old town” shopping district of Chengdu, Jinli Ancient Street is a peek into the lives of traders and merchants who have been hawking their wares on this street for over 2,000 years.

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Private Tour: Chengdu Sightseeing with Panda Breeding Center Visit

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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, Chengdu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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
10-Day Best of China with Pandas Private Tour: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai, Beijing, Custom ... 
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10-Day Best of China with Pandas Private Tour: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai

Explore China's famous golden triangle, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, on this private 10-day tour. Venture into the homeland of giant pandas in Chengdu. Hike ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $1,943.00
10-Day Best of China with Pandas Join-in Tour: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai, Beijing, ... 
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10-Day Best of China with Pandas Join-in Tour: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai

Explore the historic and cultural sites in Beijing and Xian, get closer to the cute giant pandas in their natural habitat of Chengdu, and finally feel the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $1,698.00
Pandas and History of Chengdu Day Tour from Guangzhou by Air, Guangzhou, Multi-day Tours
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Pandas and History of Chengdu Day Tour from Guangzhou by Air

Traveling by air from Guangzhou to Chengdu makes it possible for you to experience the special city of Chengdu in one day. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan ...  Read more

Location: Guangzhou, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $513.00
Chengdu Private Day Tour of Panda Breeding Center, Wide-and-Narrow Alley, and Jinli Food Street, ... 
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Chengdu Private Day Tour of Panda Breeding Center, Wide-and-Narrow Alley, and Jinli Food Street

How does it sound to you for taking a tour that combines lovely pandas visit, exploring ancient yet trendy Chinese architecture, and tasting lots of ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.99
Private Chengdu City Sightseeing Tour of Qingyang Palace, Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street, Chengdu, ... 
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Private Chengdu City Sightseeing Tour of Qingyang Palace, Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street

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Chengdu, with its profound history, was once the place where the ancient Shu State was located. This guided city sightseeing trip brings you to the main ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Chengdu Highlights: Panda Base, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Street, Hot Pot, and Sichuan Opera, Chengdu, ... 
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Chengdu Highlights: Panda Base, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Street, Hot Pot, and Sichuan Opera

Catch the highlights of Sichuan's capital, Chengdu, on this action-packed 9-hour guided tour. See endangered giant pandas at the Panda Base, lunch on ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.00
Guided Chengdu Day Tour including the Panda Breeding Center, Jinsha Museum, People's Park and ... 
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Guided Chengdu Day Tour including the Panda Breeding Center, Jinsha Museum, People's Park and Sichuan Opera

On this full-day tour in Chengdu, visit the panda breeding center, Jinsha Museum,Chengdu People’s Park and Jinli. The tour also stops at the Sichuan Opera, ...  Read more

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

From USD $235.00
Private Chengdu Biking Exploration Day Tour, Chengdu, City Tours
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Private Chengdu Biking Exploration Day Tour

On this Chengdu private biking tour you will explore many attractions including a vegetable market, a bird and flower market, Tianfu Square, Kuan Xiangzi, ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.00

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