Leisurely roaming in Kuan Zhai Alley in Chengdu
Kuanzhai Alley, one of the three historical and cultural protections in Chengdu, consists in Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley in parallel location. Kuan means wide; Zhai means narrow; Jing means Wells. Kuan Zhai Alley means a wide alley and a narrow alley, as well as an alley named wells.
It’s said that walking on the alleys just felt like firsthand experiencing an original life of local Chengdu citizens. There are well-preserved old walls, gates, hitching post, old trees. It’s just here to enjoy a leisure life of Chengdu style by tasting tea in tea house, tasting featured snacks, sitting in the courtyard to watch tourists coming and going, having ear cleaning, etc.
In the alleys, most of houses are used for commercialized shops, such as tea houses, antique shops, snacks bars, craft store, coffee shops, etc. But tourists can easily find some private courtyards and mansions in the alleys and feel astonished why theses privacy is still coexistent in such commercialized zone. No matter you come to Chengdu for leisure, history or culture, Kuan Zhai Alley is a must-go area.