Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street is part of Chengdu Wuhou Temple Museum. It is a 550 metres long pedestrian street, reconstructed with Ming and Qing architectural style. As the famous pedestrian street in Chengdu, Jinli Ancient Street has a reputation of "First Street in West Shu Kingdom". It cover an area of 30,000 square meters.
Jinli Old Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in Sichuan Province, and it can be traced back to the Three Kingdoms Period, over 2,000 years ago. The street showcases the customs of Xishu and the culture of Shuhan (one of the Three Kingdoms from 221 to 263). Most of the architecture here is of the style of the residences in western Sichuan Province.
This area consists of four main areas including bars and entertainment area, Sichuan food and snack area, hotel inn area and tourism handicrafts exhibition & shopping area. You can fine many great open teahouses, theaters, wine shops, hand workshops, arts and crafts stalls, snack stands across the whole street. It's a lively and interesting street. People relax themselves and meet friends here. Jinli is a place total grassroots, local and homely, a place where you can experience authentic Sichuan life.
Photo shows a variety of local snacks sold in Jinli Ancient Street. Jinli Ancient Street is one of the oldest and busiest streets in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province. You can get a taste of authentic Chengdu flavor by trying local snacks and specialties.(People's Daily Online/Huang Jin)
In 2011, Chengdu was awarded as Asia’s First City of Gastronomy by UNESCO. From a variety of street foods to special Chuan dishes, food takes a very important role in Chengdu culture.