Another of the prefab strips that appear to be so popular in Chengdu, Qintai Street is another successful venture into Qing-era architectural ensembles. With the Brocade River providing a peaceful barrier at the south end of the strip and each building prettier than the last, Qintai Lu is a great little shopping street offering shops selling traditional clothes, souvenirs and handicrafts as well as restaurants, cafes and a couple of hotels. The only problem with the street is that it’s open to traffic, making it more stressful than the pedestrian streets by the Wuhou Shrine and and Wenshu Monastery.
Directions: Qintai Lu is just east of the Green Ram Temple. From the temple entrance, head east along Qingyang Jie until you see Qintai Lu on the left.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去琴台路, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Qintai Street. Thank you.)