Chengdu bleg

Your suggestions are most welcome, this short trip will follow the time in Taipei.  Where in particular should I eat and what should I eat?  I have been to Chengdu once before, four years ago.

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Was just there last week!

- Ming ting is the most famous of the “fly” restaurants, was excellent

- the Zhang Liangfen water noodles across from the Wenshu Yuan monastery in the middle of town are excellent.

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Wenshu Yuan Monastery - Must see. Beautiful monastery and gardens. The
nearby Gong Ting Bakery is an absolute must. As is the amazing little
Zhang Liangfen restaurant that serves this sweet water noodles that are
toothsome, spicy, sweet, sour --- everything at once. And incredibly
cheap.

The Zhen Shan Tang Tea House nestled among the Wide and narrow alleys is a
lovely oasis tea house to sit and enjoy tea and read. The alleys
(Kuanzhaixiangzi) are a bit touristy but fun to walk among.

Du Fu Thatched Cottage - Du Fu is a famous poet. This large park is more a
beautiful park than a historical site. It's ok.

Chengdu Eastern Memory - Industrial park / container park cum artist's
village. It's pretty cool.

Most people go to the Chengdu Zoo (don't --- it's awful), or the Chengdu
Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is about 45 minutes
outside of the city. It's expensive and crowded, but conveniently
located. True Panda-tourists go several hours to Bifengxia where you can
see pandas in basically the wild and walk among them. However, there is a
middle ground. It's called the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center
Dujiangyan Breeding Yefang Research Center and no one knows about it, so
it's empty and you can get within a few feet of pandas. The best way to
get there is to take the high speed rail from Xipu station in Chengdu to
Qingchenshan rail station (1.5 hour drive in about 20 minutes on the high
speed rail) and then take a taxi to the Dujiangyan panda research center.

Qingchenshan itself is a beautiful Daoist mountain which you can hike.
It's steep and beautiful and unusual. The rear mountain (hou shan) will
have fewer people. Basically, you could go take the train in the morning,
go directly to the Dujiangyan panda research center in the morning, go to
Qingchenshan and hike, eat lunch, hike some more, and return before dark
and then return to Chengdu. You can also spend the night on Mount
Qingchen and even stay in a Daoist monastery. (I did this once!)

Eat:

Yu Zhi Lan - Beautiful high end Sichuan dining --- just exquisite.

Yu Bos Family Kitchen - Even more high end Sichuan dining with one of the
world's great Chinese chefs. In a very fancy condo/apartment about a 30
minute drive south of the city.

Ming Ting Restaurant, 24 Changfa Street - Very good example of a so-called
"fly" restaurant; no-frills local dining.

Master Qiu's guo kui (Sichuan flatbread), Wenshu Monastery neighborhood,
Jinsi Street No. 45 - This is a dude in a hole in the wall churning out
amazing Sichuan flat bread, either plain or filled with brown sugar syrup.

Tang Shui Jiao (across from Tian Bu La restaurant, Shui Nian He Bei Jie) -
hong you shui jiao (chili oil dumplings) are the specialty at this humble
place with a very proud owner. You can order skewers from the Tian Bu La
meat skewers restaurant across the street to eat with the chili oil
dumplings too.

Da Miao Hotpot - A few locations, good clean hotpot and Sichuanese
performances. Very authentic

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Yes, excellent comment by Ya’ir.
Need only add enjoyment of some street food also.

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Sadly, Yu Bo's restaurant is no longer in operation - it was one of the culinary highlights of my life. Yu Zhi Lan, while not quite as revelatory, was an outstanding meal and I would recommend it highly to all looking to explore the pinnacle of Chinese fine dining (though it is not specifically Sichuanese).

I had a pretty spectacular meal at A're Restaurant in the Tibetan quarter last July. Load up on all things yak.

The tian shui mian at this location are out of this world: https://gastronomyblog.com/2013/10/30/old-chengdu-traditional-dishes/

I have been to Ming Ting a few times and have never been wowed by the food. For (IMHO) a superior fly restaurant experience (Ming Ting is really too large to feel like a fly restaurant anyway), track down Mr. Zhang: https://eatingasia.typepad.com/eatingasia/2010/12/what-mr-zhang-taught-me.html

The guo kui recommended by Ya'ir are phenomenal. My preference is for the noodle-filled option, though you really can't go wrong.

Last I heard, Yu Bo set up shop in Los Angeles so you can skip the visa.

https://la.eater.com/2018/9/10/17842784/yu-bo-sichuan-chef-restaurant-los-angeles-opening

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Been a few years, but I really enjoyed wondering around the tea market north of the city. It is distribution point for much of the tea from SW China. I would do this monthly, sitting down with different vendors and learning about their tea and products.

There are of course unlimited incredible places to eat. I will plug a friend's company, but only because it truly is a great resource https://chengdufoodtours.com/#section-featured-in

And the further west (or just the further from the city) you can go, the more interesting it gets in Sichuan.

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I forgot to say - this list of places to dine was quite good and very reliable.

https://www.thefoodranger.com/the-ultimate-chengdu-food-tour/

This is perhaps the best food guide I have ever seen. Thanks for posting this!

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Xiaotan douhua, the original location slightly northwest of the centre of town, serves a range of traditional small dishes or 'snacks'. They even have pictures these days so you can point and order if necessary, but best to bring some friends and sample more dishes. After living in Chengdu for five years this is my one must-visit whenever I'm back in town.

小谭豆花
West St, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu

For something convenient, I've actually heard good things about the Sichuan restaurant at the Shangri la, rather surprisingly.

Most restaurants in Chengdu are famous for a particular dish or ingredient, rather than being good all round. If you're interested in a particular dish it might help to ask after it specifically (eg where can I find the best yuxiang rousi?), ideally to someone who's into the cuisine and/or raised in the city.

(I've been hoping you'd ask this question ever since you mentioned that last time you ended up visiting a food court in a shopping mall. Some of those are ok, but there is so much better food out there.)

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In Chengdu, try Wei Gen restaurant:

33 Jialing Road
Hong Pai Lou, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng 610014, China

Excellent food

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Try some pig brain- either BBQed or hot-pot style.

You might warm up to that by definitely finding good DouHua (super soft tofu in chili oil)

There are a few famous rabbit liver places, recommended. A few famous fish places, also recommended.

ChaoShou is basically Sichuan dumpling soup- but also an indispensable snack and can be one of the most 'mala' dishes.

Try to enjoy some chicken feet and rabbit head, getting into that texture enjoyment and relishing the process of tearing meat off of bones and ligaments is a special part of eating in Chengdu.

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Saw Trevor James, YouTube's Food Ranger, do a recommended segment yesterday on food in Chengdu. He speaks Chinese, and I think lives in Chengdu. Watch the segment: it may give you ideas.

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You ought to visit the site of Early Rain Covenant Church. The PRC seized it and imprisoned it’s pastor Wang Yi and his wife and the elder of the church for refusing to join the state three self church.

Wang Yi’s Declaration if Faithful Disobedience is a classic. https://www.google.co.kr/amp/s/www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2018/december/early-rain-church-releases-letter-written-by-pastor-arrested-by-chinese-authorities%3famp

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It's the rap capital of China, is it not? You should see a rap show.

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I visited Peking just before the 2008 Olympics and ended up--despite hating to do so--eating at the local McDonalds. I eat anything but there was no restaurant where you could stuff chucks of meat into your mouth, UK style or American midwest style, with a side of carbohydrates. Now I get it--I do live in the Philippines most of the year--that meat is expensive in north China for peasants, but the idea that I, a rich foreigner (I'm in the 1%) have to eat like a peasant, things like chicken feet, is appalling. And noodles? Ramen noodles? That's poor people's food. Do you think the emperor of China ate ramen noodles? No. He stuffed chunks of meat like Peking duck into his mouth, "UK/American" style. Back in the Han dynasty too. Truth!

Bonus trivia: don't fall for the 'tea ceremony' scam with the pretty girl hostess, that set me back $500 and the tough looking thug threatened to break my arms if I didn't pay him, I actually was frog marched to the nearest ATM machine and forced to fork over the money before they allowed me to leave. True. And this was within a stone's throw of a police station.

The old emperors of China definitely ate chicken feet and ramen noodles. What they didn't eat though is McDonalds.

But they would have, if given the chance. Just like most people now.

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Can't tell if this is a joke or not? Bit of a Poe's Law thing going on.

In either case, I'd direct you to Tyler's conversation with Fuchsia Dunlop for evidence that in China one does not (and has not, because the country has been home to some of the world's most storied and refined cuisines for centuries) need "to eat like a peasant."

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Check out Xi Cun courtyard for neat planned community that's now mostly businesses.

Check out the Chengdu library for a surprisingly large collection of English-language journals.

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Just emailed you a 30 page guidebook!

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Chengdu is amazing! 2 suggestions:
1. Eat at Shujiuxiang hotpot (蜀九香火锅 (九眼桥店)), and
2. Have tea at the historical Heming Teahouse (鹤鸣茶社) in the People's Park.

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A train trip and hike up Emei-shan is highly recommended. I visited Chengdu 3 years ago and it remains the best eating city I've ever been to, and a great place in general. Still, I am very upset to learn about all these places that I missed and you should all stop making me feel bad.

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Try these guys out...they run a great tour. They also operate a baijiu club in the city...a tasting with that group would also be a special experience

https://chengdufoodtours.com/

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where is noodle in restaurant china?

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