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CNNGo TV in Chengdu: More than pandas and spicy food
Rabbit head snacks, panda cuteness or the latest in contemporary Chinese rock, Chengdu offers an eclectic variety of visit-worthy scenes
CNNGo TV this month heads to Chengdu in China, Sichuan province's capital, to seek out the coolest attractions in the city.
From the beloved hot pot skewers to Sichuan's notorious tongue-numbing pepper to snacking on rabbit head along Jinli Street, the city's food culture is one of China's most celebrated.
But did you know about the face-changing opera? The hip music scene?
And yes, we couldn't forget those cuddly, bubbly pandas.
Yulin Chuan Chuan Xiang
Yulin Chuan Chuan Xiang is Chengdu’s most popular hot pot restaurant.
Chuan Chuan Xiang has a unique way of eating hot pot in Sichuan. Diners boil all the food -- from pork to chicken offal to dumplings -- on a bamboo skewer.
58 Yulin Street, Sichuan
Shu Feng Ya Yun
Shu Feng Ya Yun, a famous Sichuanese opera house, brings one of the best Sichuanese opera experiences to the stage.
In addition to Sichuanese opera, the theater also performs "face-changing shows," where performers wear and dramatically change a variety of masks depending on the character's mood.
It also performs fire and puppetry shows.
Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera, Qintai Road, Chengdu 610072 China; +86 28 8611 1025
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
The biggest stars in Chengdu are undoubtedly the giant pandas, who reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
The facility is home to more than 80% of the world's giant pandas and as well as undertaking research and conservation, offers educational tours.
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, No.1375 Xiongmao Avenue the Outside Northern Third Ring Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 610081 China; www.panda.org.cn
Chengdu's home to rock and alternative music.
The bar regularly throws gigs by local as well as international bands.
The Little Bar, 1/F, Fengshang Yulin Business Building, No.47 Yongfeng Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu China; +86 28 8556 8552
Jinli Street aka Snack Street
CNNGo TV met up with Chinese singer Yu Kewei to sample local snacks on Jinli Street, also known as snack street.
Travelers can brave local treats like rabbit's head here.
Jinli Pedestrian Street, No.231 Wuhouci Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610041 China;