Chengdu to Huanglongxi Ancient Town Route
Huanglongxi Town (黄龙溪镇) is a Chinese town with a 1,700 year history. It has been developed to be a tourist site, so buildings have been restored and shops have been built. The town is close enough to Chengdu to bike to. So you can see the transition from teeming city to a town with souvenir shops, wharves along the river, temples and cobbled streets. The ancient look of the town makes it a favorite place for movies of China's past. Many buildings are in Qing-era style (1644-1912). A route you can take to bike from Chengdu to Huanglongxi is described here.
You can go back and forth from Chengdu to Huanglongxi Ancient Town in a day. In the morning, you can start from Chengdu's downtown. Ride south along the new road between Chengdu and Huayang. After 13 kilometers (8 miles), you’ll come to Huayang City. Ride 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to Gongxing Town (公兴镇), and then you should ride to the south and ride past Yongan Town (永安镇) for a short distance distance to arrive at Honglongxi Ancient Town. The whole journey takes two or more hours. You don't need tickets to bike into the ancient town.
Things to Do There
You can try the local food served up in the restaurants. You can appreciate the ancient temples, folk houses, tombs and memorials. There are pavilions on the bank where you can see the ducks. As a town preserved from development, you can see a lot of the features of an old Chinese town including the stone streets, pillared store fronts, and old people sitting outside and playing cards. The area really does look like a town out of the past. Head back before it gets dark to avoid riding in the dark.