Have you seen my other posts from this China trip? Downtown Chengdu has numerous pockets worth exploring, and right at its heart is Tianfu Square. Beneath all of this is a shopping mall, loads of eateries and a bustling metro interchange. Opposite the hotel is this convenient little eatery which is very much about home-style Sichuan cooking.

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Have you seen my other posts from this China trip? Downtown Chengdu has numerous pockets worth exploring, and right at its heart is Tianfu Square. Beneath all of this is a shopping mall, loads of eateries and a bustling metro interchange. Opposite the hotel is this convenient little eatery which is very much about home-style Sichuan cooking.

Lou She is as un-fancy as they come — bright lighting, tiny plastic stools and vinyl tables topped with bottles of vinegar, soy and chilli. The menu is in Mandarin, but photos of the more popular dishes are plastered about the walls; which makes choosing a little easier for someone like me. As an evening shower cooled things down outside we tucked into bowls of dry noodles with meat sauce 9 and something typical of the region — sweet potato noodles with pig intestine Mornings can kick off with several of these steamed bundles of pleasure, found at a hole-in-the-wall a few doors down from Lou She.

Next door is Jinsha Temple , an enclave that provides a little peace and tranquillity from the bustling city outside. Originally named Huaguang Temple, it was built during the Qianlong reign of the Tang Dynasty, back in the s. Its three pavilions are dedicated to the gods Guanyin, Maitreya, Manjushri, Puxian and Shakyamuni, all of which are visited by devoted locals lighting incense, candles and saying a prayer, or two.

Adjacent to Lou She is a restaurant we tried a couple of times; for breakfast and for dinner. The steamed pork bao was so loaded with garlic chives that I found myself eating just the casings. Way too strong for me! Our dinner spread was a little more substantial and, with a couple of cold beers, totally hit the right spot. My beloved braised eggplant 29 , some salty beef 39 and fried beef with onion 29 were all pretty good. When it comes to handicrafts, folk art, local snacks and Sichuan specialities, Jinli Street seems to have it all.

Since its restoration, the precinct has been a magnet for visitors wandering its flagstone walkways and lapping up its atmospheric Qing Dynasty architecture, meandering canals and lush gardens.

Numerous stores sell paintings and calligraphies, Shu embroidery, lacquerware, shadow puppets and more. The further you walk along its m length, the more you discover. Cafes, teahouses, inns, bars and so many vendors selling food. Visiting Jinli Street with an empty stomach is seriously advisable. The array of food is as overwhelming as it is varied. Steamed and fried dumplings, skewers of pig snouts and trotters, all types of seafood and spicy, marinated rabbit heads. Many are based in the Tibetan Quarter, an area also referred to as Little Lahsa, which is rich with the culture of its mountainous motherland.

The one or two streets that make up the incense-filled precinct are filled with shops selling traditional Tibetan clothing, trinkets, religious objects and many household items. Need a saffron-coloured blender? We may have been in Little Tibet, but somehow we ended up doing lunch at a diner-style Sichuan joint.

So much for Tibetan food! Thin plastic sheets cover every table — which makes for easy disposable cleaning — with locals chowing on cheap food and catching up on gossip; all whilst sucking on cancer sticks at the same time. Dotted about are restored old wooden buildings which are home to teahouses, food stores and restaurants. Yes, it feels a tad contrived but, hey, this is China and they love this kind of stuff. One place worth investigating is Wensuyuan below pic which has many-a-local lining up to grab boxes and bags of cookies, cakes and sweet pastries.

It may not have rocked my world, but it sure did excite many of the locals. Many of us have experienced that moment in a restaurant — often abroad — where every morsel of food is perfection.

This was the case with Taipo Duck Shop , an unassuming little joint a block, or so, from the hotel. Especially on a balmy Sichuan evening. The old ornate buildings have been restored, and along with many new ones they are home to restaurants this being Chengdu, there are numerous hot pot restaurants , tea houses, cafes, boutique hotels, clubs and pubs.

I can definitely recommend Paris Baguette , a gorgeous cafe with irresistible sweet and savoury temptations. The metre Qintai Road can be found running south from Tonghuimen metro station, not far from Kuanzhai Alleys.

Along its length, there are buildings with the styles of the Han BC — AD and Tang — dynasties; all of which contain hotels, teahouses, jewellery stores and Sichuan Opera theat res. The colourful road commemorates the year-old love story of two legendary figures — Zhuo Wenjun and Sima Xiangru — which you can read by tapping the above link.

The best time to visit Qintai Road is in the evenings when it comes alive with colourful lights, swinging lanterns and lots of people. Before we hit up one of the hot pot restaurants, I tucked into something almost as ubiquitous — spicy rabbit head. A lot of effort is involved in this Chengdu speciality, so gloves are always given when you buy them.

Salty, spicy, a little bitter with plenty of numbing Sichuan pepper. Now that my lips were tingling from massacring a rabbit head, it was time for something much more substantial — hot pot.

There are at least seven hot pot restaurants along the Qintai strip; our choice was Bazi Hot Pot. This place is seriously busy, so most people end up leaving their name at the door and wait their turn to enter. We went for a hyper-spicy broth in one half of the cauldron, and very mild cloudy chicken broth with ginger, red dates, goji and other aromatics.

The rest is easy — simply dip your ingredients into the simmering liquid — some will take longer to cook than others — dip into your sauce and chomp away. Things to do in Chengdu.


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