Wide and Narrow Alley
The Wide and Narrow Alley (Chinese name:kuan Zhai Xiang Zi, 宽窄巷子) consists of three parallel ancient streets with courtyards, wide/kuan alley, narrow/zhai alley and well/jing alley. The history can be dated back to Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). At that time, the area was a city within the Chengdu city called Mancheng City or Shaocheng City, where the court quartered troops. As time passed by, the city decayed and only the Wide Alley and Narrow Alley were left.
In 2003, renovation work of the two alleys began, aiming to build a complex cultural and business street with the functions of tourism and recreation. After 5 years’ effort, the wide and narrow alley reopened to public with a new appearance. Nowadays, it is a popular entertainment and nightlife block as well as a famous tourism site, with lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured souvenirs. And it’s a good place to enjoy the folk culture and relaxing Chengdu life, such as trying various Chengdu snacks, famous hotpot, one of local people’s favorite rabbit head… Or why not trying the Chinese traditional ear cleaning? Except food experience, the 400-meter wall with bricks from different dynasties should not be missed in the well alley.
Opening time: 24hrs
Entrance ticket: Free