You must have been to Jinli Street to experience the essence of Chengdu during Chengdu tour. If you have been to Jinli Street, you must also go to Kuanzhai Alley, which is another famous site to explore and discover the most Chengdu styled culture and life.
Kuanzhai Alley is one of the three historical and cultural reserves,
together with Daci Temple reserve and Wenshu Monastery. Also known as
Wide and Narrow Alley, Kuanzhai Alley is actually consisted of three
parallel alleys Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley (Well Alley), and
the grid pattern streets and courtyards formed by the three parallel
As we all know, Chengdu is famed for its laid-back
lifestyle and various delicious food. And Kuanzhai Alley is the right
place to get the taste of Old Chengdu, especially the collection of
architectures there are typical and classic representatives of the old
Chengdu. Most of these buildings are of ancient Ming and Qing Dynasties,
while some are western styled courtyards and some are antique-looking
modern architectures. All are beautiful and delicate especially special
and unique when lights are lit up at night.
The three alleys are
featured with their own outstanding characteristics to provide rich
contents of themed entertainments for visitors.
Kuan Alley is
themed at leisure lifestyle of Chengdu City. At Kuan Alley, visitors are
supposed to enjoy the authentic leisure lifestyle of ancient Chengdu,
especially those traditional folk customs of Chengdu. You can sip a cup
of tea in a courtyard; you can enjoy authentic Sichuan food in a lavish
decorated restaurant or taste some delicious snacks in an open air
restaurant; find a place to watch a shadow plays and puppet plays. All
the entertainments in Kuan Alley are made to experience and memorize the
leisure and ancient Chengdu lifestyle.
Zhai Alley is themed at
laid-back lifestyle of Chengdu City. While the slow lifestyle is fully
demonstrated by the courtyards in Zhai Alley that are outstandingly
featured with gardening culture. You can imagine the surprise when you
enter a house, you see a garden; then when you enter the garden there
appears another house; then shows a courtyard for a third entrance. Then
there come trees and flowers. Zhai Alley is quite popular in the
afternoon to enjoy a slow lifestyle because there are also a lot of
elegantly or western decorated restaurants and bars, boutique shops and
musical pubs for you to stay and have fun.
Jing Alley is themed at
modern lifestyle of Chengdu City. To experience the young and fashion
lifestyle of Chengdu, Jing Alley is a great place to go. It is a popular
place for nightlife in Chengdu. There are a collection of nightclubs
and bars that are open to you to experience the modern creative
If you say Kuanzhai Alley is a historical and cultural site, it is; if
you say it is just a leisure and entertaining area where you can relax
and have great fun, it truly is; if you think it is a landmark of
Chengdu that bears the culture and lifestyle of Chengdu, it certainly
is. Whatever you are looking for at Kuanzhai Alley, you’ll get what you
want from it.