24 HOURS IN CHENGDU

Epicure - - GLOBETROTTING EPICURE - ZHUO TA, show di­rec­tor of De­sign Shang­hai

» 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

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