Situated in the downtown of Chengdu city, Kuan Zhai Lane is one of the top three historic preservation districts in Chengdu City. It is composed of three alleys called Kuan Alley (Wide Alley), Zhai Alley (Narrow Alley), and Jing Alley. The major buildings in this site are courtyards and ancient style streets.
Though reconstructed in 2008, the quadrangle courtyards of Kuanzhai Alley still maintains it's original look with ancient style in Qing Dynasty. As a cultural site, it has attracted millions of tourists to explore the typical buildings in ancient Qing style, taste the Chengdu local snacks, experience the slow pace of life. Moreover, Kuanzhai Alley is abundant in fashionable bars with many young singers and various restaurants are abundant which makes this place a combination of traditional Chinese culture and modern life.
Kuan Alley, also called “Xingren Hutong” is the district of leisure where you can wander along the alley to appreciate more than 20 old courtyard and ancient doors of exquisite decorations, like “Kai Lu” which is one of the most representative doors in Kuanzhai Alley. Every corner in Kuan Alley shows the nostalgic feature.You can go to a tea house to taste the famous covered-bowl tea or try the world famous Sichuan cuisine in a restaurant to feel the old life of Chengdu.
Zhai Alley, about 5 meters in width, was considered as “Taiping Hutong” in Qing dynasty. Zhai Alley combines the western feature and traditional Chinese style. Because during that time groups of foreign people rebuilt and purchased houses here. And the “Horse Hitching Statue” in Kuanzhai Alley is a well-known spot for tourists.
Jing Alley is called “Ruyi Hutong” in Qing dynasty where you can feel both the traditional history and modern culture. And a wall of 500 meters long is standing to exhibit the photos of folklife and there is another same long wall for the historical culture show.
Recommended Tour Itineraries Including Kuan Zhai Lane
Welcome to Sichuan - the land of abundance! In the first 4 days, you can visit the well-known tourist spots like Mt. Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, Giant Panda Base, and enjoy the spicy yummy food. Then head to Tibet by train, continue a trip to this holy land and experience the different Buddhist culture.
Starting from Chengdu, you will visit panda base, where you have a close contact with Chinese national treasure panda, then take an overnight train to Lhasa. Chengdu-Lhasa train departs on every other day and arrives in Lhasa on the third day. After a two-day sightseeing in Lhasa, you will visit the stunning of Mount Everest, finally arrive in Kathmandu via Kyirong.