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Chengdu Sichuan Food Museum

There is a Sichuan Food (Chuan Cai) Museum in Chengdu. It was not old and open to the public everyday, One can learn how to cook Sichuan food there. They have an open course to teach Sichuan Food cooking skill.

Sichuan Food Museum
Sichuan Food Museum

This museum is located 20km west to the city of Chengdu and a museum dedicated to provide information about the history of Sichuan Food, the kitchen wares used in Sichuan food cooking as well as the much information about Sichuan Food itself.

Learn to Cook Sichuan Food
Sichuan Food Cooking Course

This is a good place to learn Sichuan Food and learn to cook Sichuan Food for food lovers. A reservation is necessary if you want to join in one of the courses here. You can contact us to have more information about this.

Chengdu Niujiaozhai Grand Buddha Hiking

Except the Leshan Grand Buddha, there is also a Renshou Grand Buddha Statue near Chengdu. It is called Renshou Grand Buddha. It is located 60km south to the city of Chengdu and in a village called Niujiaozhai. A day’s hiking trip is a perfect way of discovering this place.

Chnegdu Grand Buddha
Chengdu Grand Buddha Day Hike

Renshou Grand Buddha was built at the beginning of the 8th Century. It was completed even earlier than the Leshan Grand Buddha Statue. This statue is a half Buddha from chest to head top. It is in total 16 meters and it is believed that the Leshan Grand Buddha was a copy of this Buddha actually. This place has long been a sacred place among local people.

A hiking trip to visit this place starts from Gaojiazhen and the walking is about 5 hours. The hiking trip visit the Buddha and great views of the farming terraces at the lower mountains south to Chengdu. This hiking trip maybe one of the best day hikes in Chengdu.

The Origin of the name of Sichuan

Si means the number four, Chuan has two meanings, one is River and the other one is plain. But Sichuan does not mean four big rivers although we do have four big river in this province.

Sichuan Ancient Map
Sichuan History

Before Tang Dynasty, Sichuan (Four Chuan) was called Erchuan (Two Chuan), here Chuan means plain. Chuan was used to name a place that has vast and fertil land. During Tang Dynasty, Sichuan was called Sanchuan(Three Chuan) for a time when another Chuan was added under the govern of today’s Sichuan. From Song Dynasty, another Chuan was added so it has four Chuan by then but it was not called Sichuan until Yuan Dynasty when the Mongolians were in power after Song Dynasty. And we used the name Sichuan since then.

But today, the false belief of its origin is more popular because the rivers are very distinct in this province although in fact, Chuan means plain in Sichuan.

Mount Kawalori

Kawalori is the name of 5992-meter mountain located by the town of Ganzi. This place is one of the unexplored areas in Sichuan. It is a very beautiful place but not well-known even among local Sichuan People. It attracts adventure travelers every year.

Mount Kawalori
Kawalori

Kawalori is considered a god in local belief. One can get to Kawalori from either Xinlong or Ganzi. Kawalori is on eof the 13 gods in Buddhism. Yet two sides of the mountain hold two different spectacles towards Kawalori however both group of people regard Kawalori as a god. From Ganzi, Gelugpa Buddhism is popular and from Xinlong, local Bonpo is popular. In both beliefs, people do a pilgrimage every 12 years to worship the god Kawalori.It is believed Kawalori is the god of fortune, it brings people fortune.

From south of the entrance of Kawalori Park, you enter into a very remote paradise with great views of streams, peaks and rock faces. Here travelers can see the authentic life of local Tibetans.

Why a lot of monasteries and temples in Chengdu were destroyed at the end of Ming Dynasty?

One person is critical for the destructions made by the end of Ming dynasty (around 1600BC), his name is Zhangxianzhong. By the end of Ming dynasty, lots of farmer rebellions raised up and were fighting against the largely corrupted government. The government army was failing and at the same time, the Manchurians came into China and took into control immediately. One group of rebellion was led by General Zhangxianzhong and they fled to Sichuan during the chaos. According to history books, Zhang was a very brutal man and he liked to watch people tortured and got brutally killed or beheaded. Also according to the history books and also from verbal stories passed down by generations from local people, Zhang was responsible for the massacre and destructions in Sichuan. Over 90 percent of the people were killed or starved during Zhang’s stay in Sichuan, let alone over thousand of temples and monasteries destroyed.
The story says that Zhang had had hatred towards Sichuan people during his trip to Sichuan when he was still a child. He and his father were not well mistreated by a Sichuan people. So when he became the general and was in Sichuan, he slaughtered the people there. In the books described: blood has redded the river, no sigh of lives in a hundred miles, and trees growing in the streets in the city of Chengdu. Wherever he traveled to, people got slaughtered by him.

Zhangxianzhong
Zhangxianzhong the Rebellion Leader

However there was another side of the story which believed that the crime was made by the Manchurians. Most of the history books that have records of Zhang were written in Qing dynasty. And there are plenty of precedents of this re-writing history tradition in every dynasty. Another fact pointed out by some historians is that the Manchurians didn’t take over Chengdu until over 10 years after Zhang’s death. So if all the people were killed by Zhang, who were there to defend Chengdu?
But if the massacre and destructions were made by Manchurians, why there are so many unofficial stories from local people that Zhang was responsible, because in some way it would be difficult for any government to make people to believe in lies. And also the reconstruction of most monasteries and temples in Sichuan were led and founded later by Manchurians.

Gaoshengqiao Antique Market

The Gaoshengqiao Antique Market is one of the antique markets in Chengdu. It is located at Luoma Plaza by Gaoshengqiao in Wuhou District in Chengdu. This market opens on Saturday and Sundays in the morning. The sellers sell things from old potteries to Chinese paintings.

Gaoshengqiao Antique Market
Street Stall at Gaoshengqiao Chengdu

It is a very good place to search for possible precious and ancient items. You may find some bracelet very expensive because it was used by some important people in Chinese history or some china products made in Ming Dynasty or even older. It is a very interesting place where the sellers display their goods on the floor. Some of them are fake and among them there maybe genuine ones. Most of the items been sold there will first be offered at a high price, so negotiations are necessary if you do want to buy. But the high price does not guarantee authenticity of the item. Normally one will have to have a lot of knowledge about Chinese history to make an informed decision.

Chengdu Zoo

Zoo in Chengdu has a collection of different animals range from rhinos and ostriches to pandas and golden monkeys. Chengdu Zoo is located by the north of the city close to Zhaojuesi Bus Station and neighboring the Zhaojue Monastery. It is within the 3rd ring road and easy to go there by buses and taxis from the city.

Chengdu Zoo
Zoo in Chengdu

The south gate of the zoo enters from Zhaojue Monastery and the north gate exits to Zhaojue Bus Station. In the zoo, there are chimpanzees, gibbons, tigers, lions, leopards, wolves, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, zebras, antelopes, bears, snakes, birds and giant pandas.

It is a good place for kids. The park opens on everyday from 8:00 to 18:00. The ticket costs 16 yuan per person. Child less than 1.2m is free to go in.

The Eastern Suburb Memories of Chengdu

Eastern Suburb Memories of Chengdu is a music park built on a deserted old factory. It is featured with music industry and music culture experiences as well as industrial factories from 50 years ago. It is located in the eastern suburb by the second ring road in Chengdu. Seasonal music festivals are hold in this park and it has attracted many music lovers in Chengdu. It is considered a modern art corner of Chengdu, corresponding to 798 in Beijing. This complex shows the days of industrial and communist China about half century ago. Many slogans were intentionally painted on the wall as memories of communist China. If one wants to see Chengdu in the last 50 years, this is a good place to visit. In the park, many music bars were established around the former factory buildings. This park is also a popular place among photography lovers.

Chengdu Eastern Memory Park
Chengdu Music Park