Kuanzhai Alley is also called Big and Small Alleys in Chengdu. It is a traditional block of shops. The constructions are a copy of the old Chengdu about 100 years ago. And it is usually very crowd. Kuanzhai Alley is one of the three preserved old blocks after Daci Monastery and Wenshu Monastery. The alleys are composed of KuanAlley (the big alley), Zhai Alley (the small alley) and Jin Alley. It was rebuilt in 2008 for travelers. But the original shops and houses were copied and you can still see folk costumes of Shu Embroidery, Shu Brocade, Bamboo Products, etc. And there are also houses with different characters like there is a traditional painting house, an old tea house. There are also restaurants, you can find many fancy and authentic Sichuan restaurants here.
Kuanzhai Alley is located near the city center. It is very easy to get there by taxi. If using public transit, you can use subway line 2 or line 4 and get off at Tonghuimen Station. The buses have 5, 13, 43, 47, 58, 64, 78, 81, 163, 62, 70, 93, 340 pass this place.
Kuan Alley was called Xingren Hutong, a copy from the hutong from Beijing in Qing Dynasty because Kuan Alley was once the place for the Manchurians in Chengdu. And you may also see some houses with western style, that was from the end of Qing Dynasty when the Christians came. Kuan Alley in Chengdu is featured with Leisure Life style. Demenrenli in Kuan Alley is a place to see how a local house was like. It kept the original appearance of the old house.
Zhai Alley features the Slow Life Style in Chengdu. It has bars and restaurants of modern and traditional. There is a horse hitching statue at Zhai Alley. It is also a proof of the presence of Manchurian residence.
Jin Alley is a galley of old Chengdu for about 100 years’ ago. It is located at the south-most and it was called Ruyi Hutong in Qing Dynasty. There is a wall of pictures showing the old photos of old Chengdu next to food stalls and tea houses.
It started from 2009 and was held in every March and April. During this event, there will be activities featuring tea at this alley.
Started from 2010, the music festival in Kuanzhai Alley held in the summer time has attracted many music lovers. And it has become a center of music in Chengdu.
It is held on every New Year’s Eve. The event here was usually used on the TV as the official celebration of Chengdu’s New Year.
Entrance Charge: free
Opening hours: all day
ecommended length of visiting: 2 hours
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