Kuanzhai Alley
Kuanzhai Alley
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  • Qisiang R
    Melbourne, Australia297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place to be when you are in Chengdu
    Kuanzhai Alley, Jinli Street and Wuhou Shrine are next to one another. Kuan Zhai Alley are actually two separate street-one wide, the other narrow but next to each other. As other reviewers had observed, it is very similar to the Hutong in Beijing. On a "low-season" time, these streets were still full of visitors. Some of the buildings here are more than 200 years old. It had every type of goods, souvenirs, foods, that you can think off, and more:-face changing opera, calligraphers writing your Chinese names on fans; stone/wood carving stamp of your Chinese names; all sorts of exotic foods (insects, rabbit, spicy hot pots; whole cuttlefish; various types of meat on skewers; dumplings; deep fried potatoes, various type of Chinese cakes, and yes even Starbuck coffee.) You just cannot list everything you come across. It is definitely an eye opener if you have not been to any of this type of street food district. If you loop in Jinli Street and Wuhou Shrine, plus explore the tea house, you can probably spend a whole day here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 October 2023
  • dyhx
    6,100 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another typical old street concept
    It's an area of ancient infrastructures on the outside, occupied by modern day shops inside, selling things from craft to souvenirs to food. Another of those 老街 / 步行街 concept, but this area is a main street filled with little smaller side streets, hence the 宽 and 窄. It's here that I caught some sub-par traditional performances in one of the dessert shops. Nice photo spots but it's just too crowded for any proper photos to be taken without a bomber.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Ragina R
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place but a bit crowded
    An interesting place to see with nice architecture and loads of food stalls and little shops selling everything from embroidery to cute panda toys. However, it was a bit overly crowded and touristy. Worth to visit to tick off the bucket list but just a one tie only exploration for me!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded shopping area where the new meets the old
    This is probably one of the "must visit" places in Chengdu and making a trip here can allow you to indulge the local history, food and arts culture, and of course lifestyle of the people here. The old shophouses located on both sides on the small walking paths, have been given a refurnished with a new lease of life, signaling the young and energy vibes of the city. These shophouses (also the makeshift stalls) are now mainly retail businesses, selling local souvenirs, toys, arts and handicrafts, foods and drinks etc. Because of these, the place is very crowded as lots of visitors and also quite touristy. Many shops have staff stationed outside their premise to tout passersby to go into their shops to buy things or watch the "facechanging" performances etc. Well, that's interesting but just smile and walk through them (unless you have intention to buy their products).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2024
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The area of ancient wide and narrow alley-ways has many well-preserved, renovated, and rebuilt Qing Dynasty buildings is a cultural treasure of Chengdu. There are shops selling local handicrafts, and Sichuan eateries offering local foods, some of which are Sichuan-spicy. A very touristy area.
Written 6 March 2020
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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have visited the place several times but the place is always interesting for walking around. It offers a variety of Sichuan foods, stage shows, souvenirs, etc. There is a back alley adjacent to the wide (kuan) and narrow (zhai) alleys, but most of the shops are in the latter two. Found some interesting people in the back alley; people dressed in Chinese opera costumes and posing for photos.
Written 31 March 2020
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA1,174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A paradise for photographers and great place to stroll, visit little shops and have a Sichuan tea ceremony. Also great for trying out local food and watch Sichuan opera performances. Fairly inexpensive and takes about 30 min. You have to go inside a lot of the houses to discover the courtyards, gardens, statues etc.
We liked it so much that we came back on another day before headed to the airport. All walkable and easy to get to by Did (taxi)
Written 10 April 2021
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dyhx
Singapore6,100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It's an area of ancient infrastructures on the outside, occupied by modern day shops inside, selling things from craft to souvenirs to food. Another of those 老街 / 步行街 concept, but this area is a main street filled with little smaller side streets, hence the 宽 and 窄.

It's here that I caught some sub-par traditional performances in one of the dessert shops.

Nice photo spots but it's just too crowded for any proper photos to be taken without a bomber.
Written 25 October 2023
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore10,344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is probably one of the "must visit" places in Chengdu and making a trip here can allow you to indulge the local history, food and arts culture, and of course lifestyle of the people here. The old shophouses located on both sides on the small walking paths, have been given a refurnished with a new lease of life, signaling the young and energy vibes of the city. These shophouses (also the makeshift stalls) are now mainly retail businesses, selling local souvenirs, toys, arts and handicrafts, foods and drinks etc.

Because of these, the place is very crowded as lots of visitors and also quite touristy. Many shops have staff stationed outside their premise to tout passersby to go into their shops to buy things or watch the "facechanging" performances etc. Well, that's interesting but just smile and walk through them (unless you have intention to buy their products).
Written 18 March 2024
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Qisiang R
Melbourne, Australia297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Kuanzhai Alley, Jinli Street and Wuhou Shrine are next to one another. Kuan Zhai Alley are actually two separate street-one wide, the other narrow but next to each other. As other reviewers had observed, it is very similar to the Hutong in Beijing. On a "low-season" time, these streets were still full of visitors. Some of the buildings here are more than 200 years old. It had every type of goods, souvenirs, foods, that you can think off, and more:-face changing opera, calligraphers writing your Chinese names on fans; stone/wood carving stamp of your Chinese names; all sorts of exotic foods (insects, rabbit, spicy hot pots; whole cuttlefish; various types of meat on skewers; dumplings; deep fried potatoes, various type of Chinese cakes, and yes even Starbuck coffee.) You just cannot list everything you come across. It is definitely an eye opener if you have not been to any of this type of street food district. If you loop in Jinli Street and Wuhou Shrine, plus explore the tea house, you can probably spend a whole day here.
Written 13 October 2023
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Zarza's Travels
Auckland, New Zealand1,000 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
An interesting place to see, in terms of architecture but it was extremely busy and lots of people wanting to take pictures with foreigners, which of course happens in China but to an uncomfortable level here. Loads of food stalls and little shops, selling everything from embroidery to plastic toys. Some beautiful tea rooms but hard to get close to see them properly. Visited from 5 - 7pm and it was manic whilst leaving. Was much quicker walking away from the area to get a taxi then trying to get one from there. Worth a look, definitely, but a one time only exploration for me!
Written 15 July 2021
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semitsvetik68
Chongqing, China145 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Went during May Day holiday. There were too many people! As many as herrings in a caddy. Could stay there for about half an hour. The same night market with souvenir shops and snacks, but more costly than in the city. Maybe, a good walk in a low season
Written 12 May 2021
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Ragina R
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
An interesting place to see with nice architecture and loads of food stalls and little shops selling everything from embroidery to cute panda toys. However, it was a bit overly crowded and touristy. Worth to visit to tick off the bucket list but just a one tie only exploration for me!
Written 26 October 2023
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Kyle Ciulla
Beijing, China347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
This is where you should be going for lunch for one of your days in Chengdu. So many great places to get kebabs, but the Chinese version haha. I live in China, and in my opinion Chengdu has the best food. Be adventurous, and try this amazing food. It will be crowded, but that is ok! It’s an amazing experience!
Written 9 October 2021
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