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Kuan Zhai Alley

 Chengdu Attractions

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Introduction to Kuan Zhai Alley (宽窄巷子)

Kuan Zhai Alley is one of the three historical and cultural reserves in Chengdu, together with Daci Temple Reserve and Wenshu Monastery. Also known as Wide and Narrow Alley, Kuan Zhai 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 alleys. Tourists can enjoy and experience the Chengdu lifestyles of leisure, laid-back, and modern, and also taste various delicious local food and snacks at the Kuan Zhai Alley.

With different themes in the three alleys, the Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley focus on providing people with leisure experience, including boutique hotels, characteristic local snacks and food, traditional teahouse, and distinctive inns.

Kuan Alley (Leisure Life)

Kuan Alley was called Xingren Alley in Qing Dynasty. Once entering the Kuan Alley, Chengdu life could be easily felt. Now in the traditional courtyard houses, people can savor the classic private kitchen cuisines, walk into the teahouse and enjoy the leisure or the dramatic performance. Besides tea-tasting, a cup of particular Chuanxi bowl tea can also be available. At sides of the street, the night snacks and barbecue under old trees at night make Chengdu people's night life accompanied with delicacies. Visiting the "Chengdu's Real-Life Experience Hall" is like taking a step back in time and people will feel that they are guests of a Chengdu family in 1935.

Zhai Alley (Slow Life)

Zhai Alley was called Taiping Alley in Qing Dynasty. It is interesting that the Zhai Alley is in fact wider that the Kuan Alley. It is architectures of combination of Chinese and Western styles marked the beginning of a western style introducing in Chengdu in early 20th century. Western food, Coffee, retails and themed culture salon can be found in the courtyard and the long alley are injected with elegant ambience and taste of fashion. There are various beautiful scenes in the courtyard at Zhai Alley.

Jing Alley (New Life)

Sichuan handicraft products are gathered in the street, Weidian Snack Town could serve the guests from different parts of the world with the essence of Sichuan snacks that have been handed down from generation to generation. A 400m long "Brick" culture wall has recorded a thousand-year history of Chengdu and is the must-see scenery in China Lane for taking pictures. The bars of various kinds fully express the modernity of Jing Alley at night. People can enjoy the multicolored night here. And the urban new youth's favorite Jing Alley market at weekend has become a gathering place for those persons who are good at creation.

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West of Changshun Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu

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Main Sights

Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley, Jing Alley

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Travel Information

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Open all day

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1. Take buses  5, 13, 43, 47, 58, 64, 78, 81 or 163 getting off at Jinhe Road stop.

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting Kuan Zhai Alley during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.

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