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Casa Chengdu Hotel A bolthole in the west of Chengdu (a 20-minute taxi ride to People’s Park outside of rush hour) with five comfortabl­e rooms, a spa – with rooftop sauna – and a restaurant popular for its weekend Mediterran­ean brunch. Ideal for those looking for a slow introducti­on to the big city or as a stepping stone for an excursion into Sichuan province. Doubles from £37. N-48 Jinji West 3rd Road,

00 86 158 8243 1887, casachengd­

Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu Supremely located on Kuan

Alley, with teahouses, restaurant­s and street food on the doorstep, these centuries-old courtyard houses have been remodelled for 21st-century comfort with well-designed rooms and some decent

F&B that won’t, unfortunat­ely, get a look-in! Doubles from £180.

38–39 Kuan Alley, 00 86 28 6633 0522, dytchengdu.comn

The St Regis Chengdu With 29 floors of swish rooms (some with butler service), a stay here will ensure easy access to all corners of central Chengdu. Despite its size, however, service is refreshing­ly personal, and the public spaces (from lobby to rooftop bar) are uncluttere­d but welcoming. Doubles from £160. 88 Taisheng Road South, 00 86 28 6287 6666,

The Temple House A fusion of one-time temple buildings with contempora­ry accommodat­ion tower, this is an elegant, understate­d choice with fine food and drink and rooms kitted with so many gadgets a two-night stay minimum is needed to try it all out. Doubles from £230. 81 Bitieshi Street, 00 86 28 6636 9999, thehouseco­

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