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Going Back BC
Jinli Street, located to the east of Chengdu's Wuhou Memorial Temple. Records show the street was a busy, famous thoroughfare even before the start of the Qin Dynasty.Lianna Brinded
'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'
Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin, a rich, ornate cloth, during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC). It was also one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221 BC-263 BC).Lianna Brinded
Restoring History
The Wuhou Memorial Temple contributed to the restoration and renovation of Jin Li Street and it was subsequently reopened to the public in October 2004.Lianna Brinded
Food for Thought
While snacks and feasting are high of the agenda for any tourist visiting Jin Li, 'Hot Pot', flavoured vats of oil that allow you to cook raw ingredients in the company and presence of friends, are a long-held tradition.Lianna Brinded
Traditional Architecture
The ancient street has a number of traditional buildings that have been lovingly restored by the local temple.Lianna Brinded
The Three Kingdoms' Period
Hotels, shops and tea houses are modelled on the culture of the Three Kingdoms period, and the folk customs of Sichuan.Lianna Brinded
Operas, Folk Music and Plays
Jin Li stages Sichuan Operas on a wooden stage in the middle of the street, as well as a variety of classic Chinese folk music and plays.Lianna Brinded
Hustle and Bustle
With the rich Chinese history of Jin Li, the stalls are brimming with traditional art, cloth and wares.Lianna Brinded
Crafty Business
Craftsmen show their skills with shadow puppetry or a hand puppet show, as well as traditional arts such as paper-cut and clay figurines.Lianna Brinded
And Relax
Bars and restaurants are still sifted into the ancient atmosphere, using an ancient style of Chinese menus.Lianna Brinded

Chengdu has got it right, when it comes to balancing history and modernity.

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Chengdu has managed to marry both ancient historical sites and modern appetite for amenities, while also catering for the inevitable flood of tourists.

As early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was renowned for being the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. It has since been converted into a marketplace with shops and restaurants but with a strong sense of heritage and identity.

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