Jinli Ancient Street Tours

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Stretching for 1,148 feet (350 meters), just east of Wuhou Temple, Jinli Ancient Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in Chengdu, dating back to the Three Kingdoms period. Restored in 2004, this historical lane paved with green flagstone still teems with shops, restaurants, and food stalls in traditional architecture.

The Basics
Jinli Ancient Street is a great place to sample local snacks and delicacies, and to pick up souvenirs, especially locally made handicrafts. In addition to the numerous shopping and dining options, you’ll find a number of performances along the street, ranging from classic Sichuan opera and folk plays to shadow puppets, folk drama, and even traditional weddings.
 
With so many options available, you may find it helpful to go on a guided tour to help navigate the shops and recommend local delicacies to try, as well as to learn about the street’s long history. Day tours tend to include other top attractions such as Wuhou Temple and Qingyang Palace, and can even include a visit to see Chengdu’s famous giant pandas.  
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Jinli Ancient Street is a must-visit for foodies, shoppers, and history buffs.
  • Sichuan opera performances are also held in some restaurants and teahouses on the street. These performances are free with the purchase of food or tea.
  • Bring cash, as few vendors accept credit cards here.
 
How to Get There
Jinli Ancient Street is located just east of Wuhou Temple. Take bus number 1, 57, 82, 334, or 335 and get off at the Wuhou Ci (Wuhou Temple) stop.

When to Get There
Jinli Ancient Street’s shops and snack vendors tend to close around 10pm, while bars generally stay open later. At night the street is illuminated by traditional Chinese lanterns, which lend it a romantic atmosphere. Weekends are very busy, and the street is packed with locals and visitors alike.

Popular Gifts and Snacks
Among the many products sold on Jinli Street, popular items include lacquerware, old porcelain, Shu embroidery, clay figurines, paper cutouts, calligraphies, paintings, and folk handicrafts. Must-try street snacks and local specialties include dumplings, wontons, ma po tofu, fried sugar balls, and buckwheat noodle dishes.
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Private Tour: Chengdu Sightseeing with Panda Breeding Center Visit

Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Chengdu on an enriching full-day tour of the spectacular city. On this private tour, venture to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to spend several hours observing adorable pandas, and then absorb the sacred ambience of the Zen Buddhist monastery during a leisurely lunch. Sip refreshing tea at a traditional teahouse in the picturesque park, and then meander through the narrow alleys of Kuan and Zhai Lane for dinner. Upgrade to immerse yourself in the melodious magic of the Sichuan opera.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of a private guide and flexible itinerary, tailored to your interests, on this full-day tour of Chengdu, including lunch and transport (optional). Stroll along lively Kuan-Zhai Lane, browse the markets and shopping centers, then relax in a traditional teahouse in People’s Park or tuck into Chengdu’s famous hot pot at a local restaurant. Alternatively, escape the city for a tour of Mt Mengding, marvel over the world’s largest Buddha in Leshan or see adorable Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base. It’s up to you!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Chengdu Private Day Tour to Panda Base Wenshu Monastery and People’s Park

Cross Chengdu’s must-see attractions off your list with this private 8-hour tour that takes you to the Panda Breeding Center, Wenshu Monastery, and People’s Park. Learn about each attraction from your guide as you travel with the ease of personal transportation.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Chengdu Private Day Tour: Pandas, Kuanzhai Ancient Street, and Jinli Ancient Street

Combine a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding with an exploration of Chengdu's Kuanzhai and Jinli ancient streets during this 8-hour private tour. You'll learn about two important Sichuan icons: pandas and spicy food. This private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Chengdu City Sightseeing Tour of Qingyang Palace, Wuhou Temple and Jinli Street

To perceive the history that underpins the modernity of vibrant Chengdu, it pays to have a guide. Enjoy a masterclass in Chinese culture from your personal host on this full-day door-to-door tour. See the Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Ancient Street, the Taoist temple Qingyang Palace, and Du Fu Cottage, home to an 8th-century poet, and learn about the personalities that underpin it all. Please note: Tour excludes entrance fees.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Chengdu Highlights: Panda Base, Wuhou Temple, Jinli Street, Hot Pot, and Sichuan Opera

Squeeze all the highlights of Chengdu, the Sichuan capital, into a 9-hour guided tour. This tour includes the chance to watch a traditional Sichuan opera in a classic Chinese teahouse, take a walk down bustling Jinli Street, and learn about panda conservation at the Panda Base. Hot pot lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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