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Jinli Street

Jinli Street

Jinli Street, located to the east of Wuhou Memorial Temple, is representative of the local lifestyle. As is known to us all, Chengdu is a city with a leisure ambience. As a result, paying a visit to Jinli Street is a necessity. It is recorded that Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin as early as the Qin Dynasty. Additionally, it functioned as one of the most commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom, which explains its reputation as “the 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom.” To reproduce its prosperity in the past, it was renovated and opened to the public in October 2004. Since then, visitors domestic and abroad have the opportunity to gather in this ancient street to relax, admire traditional-style buildings, and taste local snacks.

Walking along the street, you will find yourself surrounded by old stores selling Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, folk handicrafts, calligraphies and paintings by celebrities. These stores have unique styles respectively, but they all share one thing in common. No matter how busy the street is the stores will always be peaceful and relaxing. You can take your time, browse leisurely or buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends. The surroundings outside the stores won’t fail to attract anyones attention. Folk artisans perform funny shows like shadow puppetry that are a feast to the eyes. Some traditional arts include paper cutting and clay figures made by skilled craftsmen can also be found there. From these artworks, you can gain deep insight into the local lifestyle and find representations of China's past.

During traditional festivals, the street has more to offer. Many activities are organized include the following: lantern exhibitions on the Lantern Festival, zong zi eating competition on the Dragon Boat Festival, appreciating the full moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival, among others. In spite of the traditional atmosphere in Jinli Street, you can also feel a fashionable aura there. There are various cafes and bars there. Tradition and modernity are in harmony so much so that you will never find it boring.

An indispensable part of the local lifestyle are its snacks. When you reach the end of the street, you’ll find the aroma of the delicious local snacks embracing you. The Chengdu people are born epicures and are particularly fond of dining. Here, there are many restaurants and sidewalk booths offering local snacks that will make your mouth water. San Da Pao, made from sticky rice, brown sugar, sesame, and beans, are distinctive snacks in Sichuan. The sweet dried persimmon there is also considered a unique reflection of Chengdu.