Jinli Street


The wind­ing, nar­row lanes and bustling prom­e­nades of this area have been re­built to re­sem­ble the trad­ing and folk art streets of old West Sichuan. The tra­di­tional-style ar­chi­tec­ture re­mains, but the pris­tine con­di­tion of the re­stored struc­tures iron­i­cally de­tracts from their au­then­tic­ity. The vibe is still cen­tered on com­merce though, with tourists as the top tar­get. Here you will find plenty of tea­houses, restaurants, bars and the­atri­cal stages as well as ven­dors sell­ing hand­i­crafts and lo­cal spe­cial­ties. Try some shao kao – bite-sized, char­grilled meat and veg­eta­bles dipped in chili pow­der and served on a bam­boo skewer.

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