Kuanzhai Alleys – Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Kuanzhai Alleys – Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Kuanzhai Alleys (Kuanzhaixiangzi ) are in my opinion the two streets in Chengdu and the best represent Old Chengdu. It is a historical and cultural area.

They were originally built as a Beijing-style Hutong to house soldiers from Manchuria and Mongolia, but last century it became a popular spot for dignitaries to drink tea, feast and set up mansions.

Although it is touristy, I think Kuanzhai Alleys perfectly capture the relaxed and celebratory spirit of Chengdu.

Video Source: Kuanzhai Alleys: Chengdu’s Top 2 Old Streets (Kuanzhai Xiangzi) from Noah Kartha on YoutubeCC BY

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