Important Events and Festivals in Chengdu

International Food & Tour Festival of China

It has been held by Chengdu government for a consecutive 11 years since 2004. This is one of the major food events in China. As Chengdu is also named a gourmet city, this festival has brought a larger popularity in both China and the world. Time of the festival is not set; it can be in July or October every year.

Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival

It is celebrated at Jinsha Museum each year during Chinese New Year. This celebration includes the display of the glorious history and civilization of Ancient Shu Kingdom to show the courageous, unified and integrated part of Chinese people. It is an amazing journey to participate in this activity.

Chengdu Flower Festival

Chengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu Flower Festival

Chengdu is one of the places in history that was called a city of flowers especially city of hibiscus flowers. According to the tradition that there is a birthday of all the flowers, which falls on the 15th day of the second month in Chinese Lunar Calendar, hence this specific day and the days around are made a Flower Fare around Chengdu. At present the place to hold this festival is mainly at Qingyang Taoist Temple. It used to be a time for people to have a spring break from work. Families would take the day off and go out to see the flowers with friends and drink tea or wine together. This is a time when people buy and sell flowers, exchange ideas of flower raising experiences, etc. Also for the many people been attracted to this event, there are usually lots of food and other items to be sold at the Fair. There is a famous poem written by Luyou that is familiar to every Chinese: 当年走马锦城西,曾为梅花醉似泥;二十里路香不断,青羊宫到浣花溪. (Long ago I traveled through west Chengdu and was drunk from the smell of plum flowers. Today ride for 20 li to see the flowers from Qingyang Temple to Huanhuaxi Park)

Chengdu Plum Blossom Festival

This festival is featured with Plum Flower solely. It is held at Xinfu Plum Forest at Sanshengxiang by the second month of Chinese Lunar Calendar each year. The plum forest is one of the four major forests of its kind. It covers a total area of over 3000 mu and has over 200 different kinds of plum trees and over 200,000 trees. It is a marvelous sea of flowers when they bloom.

Tazishan Lantern Festival

It is also a traditional festival celebrated at Tazishan Park at each Lantern Festival 2 weeks after the Chinese New Year. It was originated from the lantern fair from ancient times. During the festival, acrobatics, traditional music instrument playing and many snacks are full of the park. Each year a million visitors are recorded to this park to attend this festival.

Chengdu Grand Fair

It is also held during the Chinese New Year. The location is by Wuhou Shrine as a tradition. Dragon Dancing and food are the highlights.

Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World

Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World is by the south of Tianfu Avenue, Huayang, Chengdu. It is an aquarium and the biggest aquarium in Chengdu. It was opened in 2010 and has features of different ocean animals include polar bear, penguins, dolphins, white whales, sea lions and many other kinds of sea fishes. Polar animal displaying hall, Whales and dolphins performing hall, a theater, ocean life displaying hall compose to the polar park.

Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World
Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean World

An full price ticket costs 130 per person and seniors between 60 to 69, children with height between 1.2 to 1.5 meters only need to pay 70 yuan. And those who are over 70 years old or under the height of 1.2 meters are free to go in. The buses goes to the park include 501, local 4, 819, 805, 817, 501, 828, 815.

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

Wangjianglou Park

WangJianglou park is one of the major parks in Chengdu. It is located by Shahe River next to Sichuan University. This park is featured with bamboos. There are over a hundred kinds of different bamboos in this park. Part of the park needs a 20 yuan entrance fee to go in. It is the northern part where several constructions were built in memory of a famous female poet from Tang Dynasty. Her name is Xue Tao. She was listed as one of the four greatest female poets in Sichuan history and one of the eight most talented and beautiful (fengchen) women in Chinese history. Xue Tao had written some 500 poems and among them less that 100 left today. She worked as officials and traveled to many places in Sichuan. She is still believed to be a legend in history, given that women didn’t have any privileges during her time. There is a Xue Tao museum built inside this park, surrounded by many green bamboos. It is a very educative museum. There is also a pagoda called WJ pagoda, which is where the name of the park came from. This pagoda is one of the icons of Chengdu. Other parts of this park include several tea houses and a small amusement park for the kids.

Wangjianglou Park
Wangjianglou Pagoda

And this park is probably the place where they have the most bamboos after the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. It has a wide collection of different bamboos. A museum featured solely for information about the bamboos. In this museum displayed many pieces of bamboo-made handicrafts through different times in China. It is very interesting to see that ancient Chinese people can make so many useful things out of bamboo.

To visit Wangjiang Park, there are buses include335, 19 and 35 are available. Approximately 2 hours are enough to tour this park.