For a charming blend of the old and new in Chengdu, visit the Jinli Ancient Street situated to the east of the Wuhuo Memorial Temple and sample some of the best offerings of Sichuan culture. Make Jinli Street part of your travel itinerary when you stay at a luxury Chengdu hotel such as the Millennium Chengdu. With elegant interiors and welcoming hospitality, it remains an ideal hotel in Chengdu for business or leisure visits.
Stroll along Jinli Ancient Street for a cultural immersion like none other. You will come across quaint coffee houses situated alongside Starbucks, so take your pick and sip on a delicious cup of coffee whilst watching Jinli Street flow by you in vibrant bursts of colour. In the evenings, the entire street lights up under the charming red glow of lanterns that swing lazily in the breeze. If you feel like dinner, then you are in luck, as you have a wealth of choices from the quality Sichuan restaurants dotting the trip. Sample some Fu Qi Fei Pian (a hearty beef dish infused with herbs and spices), and Mapo Tofu (a spicy Tofu and marinated pork creation) amongst the other regional delights on offer. After dinner, stroll on and you will see a variety of stores selling a myriad trinkets, handicrafts, jewellery and the like, which are perfect to take home as gifts. If you are lucky, you will be treated to a puppet show put on by local artisans, which is the perfect finish to a fun day and evening on Jinli Street.
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