Circled by UNESCO World Heritage Sites and brimming with thousands of teahouses, pubs, and street vendors, Chengdu is the perfect jumping-off point for a foray into the wonders of Sichuan. Here’s what to do if you have three days to spend in China’s fifth-largest city.
Museum of Sichuan Cuisine (Chuancai Bowuguan)
No.251 Huanhua South Road, Wuhou District, Pixian Ancient Town, China
Everyone visits the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine from Chengdu. Tickets are affordably priced, particularly given the wealth of tastings on offer. There’s a substantial additional charge if you’d like to join a cooking class, although the price does include alcoholic drinks. Select from a choice of menus, including Sichuan signatures such as dumplings or “mapo doufu” spicy tofu, and prepare them in the well-equipped kitchen, with all prep done well ahead of time. Private classes are also an option.
While you can visit the museum independently, it’s not currently possible to book tickets online. Most travelers opt for a tour that includes hotel transfers to save time and ensure entry.
Things to know before you go
- The Museum of Sichuan Cuisine is a great choice for foodies of all kinds.
- Sichuan food is known for spicy and “numbing-hot” flavors. If you’re not a fan of chili, this probably isn’t the place for you.
- Some guides and chefs at the museum speak English.
- The museum is not wheelchair accessible.
How to get there
The Museum of Sichuan Cuisine sits in Pidu District (formerly known as Pi County or Pixian), north of metropolitan Chengdu. It’s about a 27-mile (43-kilometer) drive from Tianfu Square. A tour is the easiest way to get here, but you can also take the metro to Xipu (Line 2) and pick up a P22 bus to Gucheng.
When to get there
The Museum of Sichuan Cuisine is open from morning until early evening. Cooking classes are timed around lunch or dinner, and it’s worth visiting around lunchtime with an empty stomach to enjoy the wealth of Sichuan nibbles on offer.
The Eight Great Cuisines of China
China is a vast country, and almost every city or province boasts its own dialect, ingredients, dishes, and cuisines. Experts consider China’s eight great cuisines to be Cantonese, Sichuan, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang. It’s the use of garlic, chili, and Sichuan pepper that gives Sichuan cooking its distinctive flavors.
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