When talking about experiences in Chengdu, proverbially called the city to which you never say goodbye, lots of people will bring its leisurely lifestyle to mind. The city is known for widespread teahouses, the variety of good food and abundant tourist resources – thanks not only to wildlife conservation sites like the local panda center but also because of the city’s foresight to protect some of its historic sites and the perception that Chengdu has a better quality of life compared to other Chinese cities.
“As young Chengdu people are living life faster than before and more extravagantly, stylishly chic and elegant places with distinctive decor have opened up recently.”
Here we have created a list of special places with unique atmosphere for you to check out.
Fang Suo Commune Bookstore 方所书店
Book and art lovers in Chengdu now have one more choice in the city: the Fang Suo Commune, an innovative and a top-end bookstore selling books, drinks, clothes, and creative houseware and gadgets. Located downtown adjacent to the Daci Temple, the bookstore, an underground space in Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, covers an area of nearly 4,000m² and consists of several functional sections for book retailing, boutiques, a café and a reading & interactive zone. Drawing inspiration from the classic style of European libraries and combining a modern design concept of space, the bookstore is designed by a group of renowned home and overseas designers.
Address: Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, 8 Middle Shamao Street, Jinjiang District
Wooton, a concept store that combines various interesting stuff in a 3000 square meter space. On the 1st floor, Wooton provides food, drinks, books, flowers, clothing, tattoos, open office, etc. The second floor is a fitness center (including boxing arena) and the 3rd a private club. The whole space gives customers a new idea of lifestyle and a relaxing environment to socialize.
Address: Wuhou District, Wangjiang Road No. 1, Building 20 – 5
Wuzao Bookstore 无早书店
Aimed at offering interesting and high-quality niche magazines to specific customers, the bookstore has a large collection of design, art and lifestyle-themed domestic and foreign periodicals. Decorated as a Japanese-style teahouse, the first floor of the store provides brunch.
Address: 5-1 Upper Qinglian Street, Jinjiang District 地址: 锦江区青莲上街5号附1号
Old Congde Alley 崇德里
Originally built in 1925, the Old Congde Alley is an old cultural block offering different places for drinking tea, having home-cooked Sichuan dishes and lodging. Featuring traditional architecture and unique and exquisite homeware, the block is located downtown, next to Tangpa Street by the Jinjiang River and not far from the Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu. The place is now a very popular venue for local artists and intellectuals to meet and host parties.
Address: 1 Old Congde Alley, Tangpa Street, Jinjiang District 地址: 锦江区崇德里1号
Youcha Teahouse 有茶
The Youcha Teahouse is nestled nicely in the tree-shaded Lidu Park in southeast Chengdu. Operated by three female designers, it is a three-story building with the third floor serving as an office space. Different from those which can be seen everywhere in the city, the teahouse has a tranquil Zen-like atmosphere where time seems to creep past on tiptoes.
Address: 1 Lidu Road, Lidu Park, Wuhou District
地址: Tel: 028-85009120
iBOX Creative Space 成都爱盒子
Opened at the end of 2014, the modernistic and creative complex serves as a venue for showing and developing cultural and artistic creations, where creative thinking and ideas meet real life. Inspired by London’s creative landmark BOX-PARK, iBOX Chengdu brings together independent designers, fashionistas, creative cultural organizations and art galleries with the goal of becoming a platform for cultural development. The complex is made up of three functional areas for creative arts, demonstration of public culture, as well as leisure and entertainment.
Address: Jinjiang district, HongXing Road No. 159 (4th Section of First Ring Road) Line 2 Niuwangmiao Metro Stop, Exit C
地址: 锦江区红星路二段159号 (地铁二号线牛王庙地铁站口锦东路一号)
No. 35 Hongxing Road Cultural & Creative Park 红星路35
The park, named No. 35 Hongxing Road, was refurbished from an old factory building to a successful design by German architects and was open to the public on December 28, 2008. Covering an area of 17,000 square meters with buildings for restaurants, fashion shops, exotic bars, art galleries, design studios and offices for business, the Park has become a popular place for foreigners and white-collar workers to spend their spare time.
Address: No. 35 Hongxing Road Cultural and Creative Park
Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu 成都钓鱼台精品酒店
Located in the Wide & Narrow Alleys, a famous tourist attraction in downtown Chengdu with a history of over 300 years, the complex consists of two courtyards with a total floor space of 16,000 square meters. Designed by legendary French designer Mr. Bruno Moinard, the Diaoyutai Boutique Chengdu features elegant and tranquil oriental courtyards with a modish style.
Address: 38-39 Wide Alley, Qingyang District
MUJI Chengdu 成都 无印良品
In December 2014, the Japanese brand MUJI opened its global flagship store in Chengdu’s city center. Covering more than 3,000m² in the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, the store features the largest floor area of any overseas store with both a Cafe & Meal MUJI and IDEE outlet located within the space.
Address: 8 Mid-Shaomao Street, Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu 地址: 锦江区中纱帽街8号远洋太古里28栋
By Dieter Vanonckelen, in cooperation with GoChengdu.cn
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