24 HOURS IN CHENGDU
» 8AM: Start the morning with a timehonoured breakfast of tang yuan (glutinous rice balls with fillings) at Lai Tang Yuan Restaurant, an establishment that dates back to 1894. Go for the set meal of 17 courses which includes dan dan noodles, dumplings in chilli oil and other regional favourites. No. 27 Zhong Fu Road, Jinjiang Qu, Chengdu 610000, China. Tel: +86 28 8662 9976
» 10AM: Check out Jinli Old Street, a shopping street with over 1,800 years of history. It is teeming with folk artisan performances (shadow puppets, sugar painting), craftsmen as well as local delicacies like spicy rabbit legs and brown sugar pancakes. No. 231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610041, China. Tel: +86 28 8551 1800
» 11AM: Within the lush greenery of People’s Park sits Heming Tea House. Come for the gaiwan tea (tea served in a bowl and lid) and stay for the tea pouring performance and local snacks. No. 12 Shaocheng Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu 610015, China. Tel: +86 28 8613 2021
» 1PM: Book a table at André Chiang’s THE BRIDGE. Set atop the iconic Anshun Bridge (constructed during the Yuan Dynasty), it presents the myriad flavours of Sichuan cuisine to go along with the splendid view of the Jin River. No. 66, Binjiang East Road, Jinjiang Qu, Chengdu 610061, China.
» 6PM: After an afternoon of shopping along Chunxi Road or stocking up on antiques at Songxianqiao Art City, feast on a fiery hong guo (hotpot) at Yuan Li Hotpot. Modelled after a Chinese courtyard, it features a variety of sliced meats, goose intestines and side dishes such as liang fen (starch jelly served in a cold, savoury sauce). B1-3 Icon Dayuan Center, Third Tianfu Street, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu 610000.
» 9PM: Savour the numbing spice of Sichuan peppercorns in JING’S signature Sichuan Negroni that’s made with Osmanthus fragrans-infused G’vine Floraison Gin and peppercorn-infused Campari. The 1920s-inspired bar and lounge comes with an in-house DJ on the weekends. The Temple House, No. 81 Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu 610021, China. Tel: +86 28 6297 4192
» 11PM: Grab a nightcap at Wizar Bar. Popular among locals for its intimate setting, it offers a slew of classic cocktails, like an Old Fashioned. 1/F, Jingronghui, No. 99 Dongda Street, Chengdu 610027, China.
Tel: +86 28 8147 5633