Chengdu People’s Park
Location: 12 Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Reason to visit: a perfect place to get to know local people's lifestyle and culture in Chengdu
Our Ratings: ★★★★★
Entrance Fee: Usually free to visit the park, during the flower show, you need to purchase tickets to enter the park.
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:00 in summer
06:30 – 22:00 in winter
People's Park is an urban public park in central Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, China. Built in 1911 as Shaocheng Park, it is the first public park in the city. The Railway Protection Movement Monument in the park is designated a Major Historical and Cultural Site of China. The park has famous tourist attractions such as Jinshui Creek, Miniascape Garden, Goldfish Island, and Zhenliu Tea Garden. Chengdu People’s Park is a comprehensive park integrating gardening, culture, cultural relics protection, patriotic education, leisure, and entertainment as a whole. The park has a national key cultural relics protection site and four city-level cultural relics protection sites. Also, Chengdu People's Park is a national "AAAA" tourist attraction.
The park is located in the former Shaocheng ("small city"), which was built by the Qing dynasty as the garrison for the Manchu and Mongol soldiers from the Eight Banners.
In 1911, Yu Kun (玉昆), the last Qing general in Chengdu, converted part of Shaocheng into the city's first public park, known as Shaocheng Park.
From 1913–14, the new republican government built the Monument to the Martyrs of the Railway Protection Movement (辛亥秋保路死事纪念碑) in the park, which is now a Major Historical and Cultural Site of China. The park was enlarged in 1914.
In 1924, the education minister of Sichuan Lu Zuofu at that time made many improvements to the park, building museums, a library, a zoo, and sports facilities.
After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the new Communist government renamed the park as People's Park in 1950. The park was enlarged, refurbished, and reopened in October 1952.
Famous Attractions in Chengdu People's Park
Jinshui Creek is located at the foot of West Hill lotus pond in the People's Park, which passes the gate to the eastward gate along the medial, total length of 355 meters, 6 meters wide. Jinshui Creek started to build in 1999 and completed in August 2000. The bottom of the creek is paved with smooth pebbles, and along the creek, it was paved with the cobbles in different shapes and sizes. Along the bank, there are peach trees, willow, yellow oak tree, flowering crab, lobular privet, gold leaf privet, red leaves berberis plants, etc. It is quite enjoyable to take some memorable pictures here.
Located in the south of the park, Miniascape Garden covers an area of 2600 square meters with a rest hall and a lotus pond inside. Pond shore was stacked with rockeries. The pond is planted with aquatic plants such as water lily, lotus, calla, umbrella grass and calamus. There are lush trees, green bamboos in the garden and the environment is quiet.
Perennial exhibits more than 200 pots of bonsai, including more than 20 pots of landscape bonsai and more than 180 pots of tree bonsai, mainly including eucalyptus, ginkgo, arborvitae, sable, gold marble, iron scorpion sea otter and other ancient trees and pile heads. The park's Luohansong ancient pile bonsai has won the special prize of the China Bonsai Appraisal Exhibition and is the treasure of the Chengdu People's Park.
Golden Island is in an artificial lake. It is located between Heming Tea House and the artificial rockery waterfall, and is connected to Heming Tea House through the arch bridge. In 2004, the park developed and utilized Goldfish Island, and restored the "Yongju" historical old tea house. You can watch the goldfish while enjoy your tea. Here is a place for public to relax in a cool place, chill, chat, drink tea, and watch and feed goldfish. There are more than 10 different types of goldfish on the island.
Zhenliu Tea Garden
Founded in the early years of the Republic of China, Zhenliu Tea Garden is one of the oldest tea gardens in the People's Park. Zhenliu Tea Garden covers an area of about 300 square meters, including a floor area of 500 square meters. The tea house is now located on the Xi hill of the People's Park. It is integrated with the Xi hill green landscape and the small peach blossom forest. Before the liberation, it was mostly a gathering place for scholars and students. Reconstruction started in January 2003 and completed in May 2003. The tea garden is full of forests, the stream is continuous, the birds are twittering, the flowers are fragrant, and the environment is quiet. The rocks stand quietly and the pavilions are stacked. It has both a rich historical character, and it is also a leisure resort in the downtown area. The famous writer Wei Minglun personally wrote the "Zhenliu Tea Garden" for the tea garden.
How to Get to Chengdu People's Park
The park is located in the center of the bustling city, with convenient transportation. You can reach by bus No. 4, 5, 13, 14, 47, 29, 53, 64, 78, 98.