Get an up-close look at giant pandas at Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center. The 126 acre research and breeding center provides a natural environment for the endangered pandas with a vast bamboo forest and lovely scenic surroundings. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon course runs by the center.
The Dujiangyan irrigation system was originally constructed in 256 BC as a water conservation and flood control project. The system harnessed the river using a new method of channeling and dividing the water instead of using a dam. It is still in use today. The Marathon stars and finishes in Dujiangyan.
China’s teahouses originated in Sichuan. In Chengdu, there are teahouses in the busiest streets, tea stands in the shabby lanes, open-air tea rooms in the parks and fancy tea gardens . Teahouses are important places to socialize. There’s no need to rush; only enjoy the flavor of the brew and the comfort of friends.
Traditionally, Chengdu has been a city of active, culturally involved people who are fond of music, art and shopping at open-air markets. Today, Western-inspired shopping malls, upmarket restaurants, trendy night clubs and a plethora of Karoke bars are part of the scene.