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“Interesting Ancient Town”

Luodai Ancient Town
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Ranked #19 of 340 things to do in Chengdu
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Owner description: Luodai is an ancient town just outside Chungdu. The buildings date back to the 1600's. The main street is 1km long with ancient buildings on either side containing shops, craftsmen and restaurants. There are a number of dress and costume shops where people dress up to have their photo taken. It is easy to reach by either bus or taxi from Chengdu. The journey is c. 20km and takes about 45-60 mins. On a Sunday it is busy with local torists. Many of the shops and street vendors are of the native Hakka tribe. Well worth a visit for half a day.
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“Interesting Ancient Town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

I stayed at Traffic Hotel beside Xinnamen Bus station so it is very convenient for me to just take a bus to any of the attractions out of Chengdu. On the very first day I was in Chengdu, I went to Huanglongxi Ancient Town. Luodai was not in my tour itinenary but on the last three days in Chengdu, I suddenly decided to go there to have a look. The bus ticket was just RMB 7 and it only took less than an hour to reach my destination from Xinnamen.

The entrance to the attraction is also free. The bus from Xinnamen arrived at Luodai bus terminal and you just need to walk for about 5 minutes and you are inside the ancient town itself. I arrived at Luodai at about 8.30 am and left Luodai at about 4 pm. I never realized that I would spend almost a whole day at the ancient town.

Both Huanglongxi and Luodai each has its own uniqueness but Luodai gave me an impression of greater space and easy walking. The main shopping area is concentrated in just one long street while Huanglongxi is a bit more complicated with more streets of shops hidden at the tail end of the river.

There is a new site beside Luodai old town where you are served with free green tea and you can sit and relax in an atmosphere of serenity and music. The promoter was nice and topped up our tea and assured us that we need not pay a single cent as they are having a promotion to attract visitors to the new site. It was nice able to relax and sit at one corner away from the crowd and chit chat while listening to the soothing music. This contrasted with the noisy atmosphere at Huanglongxi.

We visited one of the shoes shop and found the price was quite reasonable. My wife bought a pair of shoes for RMB 29. She saw a similar design in Singapore but cost twice the price. The quality appeared to be equally good.

We have some noodles for our lunch at the town and ate at one of the restaurants that appeared to be cleaner than the rest. The price was not expensive but the dishes were overly saltish. I still prefer the less saltish noodles I ate in Chengdu town. The Sichuan health ministry should educate the hawkers and her citizens on using less salt in their diets and drive the message of how excessive salt had a detrimental effect on one's health.

The local peaches sold here at the ancient town were quite cheap. We bought one kg of them for just RMB8. One thing good about Chengdu is that you easily get to buy their local fruits at most anywhere. We are happy to be able to buy fresh fruits like pineapples, bananas, `pipa', peaches at most places during our stay in Chengdu. They are not expensive and look fresh.

Remember to visit the round roof yellow house of the Hakka people. It is not along the main street but a distant walk away. Although it is a `faked' one (constructed), it gives you a concept of how the structure and architecture of the Hakka house is all about.

For a relaxed walk, Luodai ancient town is not a bad option.

Visited May 2014
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“Half day trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We visited on a Sunday morning taking a bus from Xinanmen bus station. You have to purchase your tickets (@ 7RMB) at a counter outside the bus station building (there are signage put up, you just have to follow them). The bus journey is about 40 min. There is no need for advance purchase of bus tickets. Return ticket is purchased over at bus station in Luodai.

There are many shops along the town (though most sell the same type of goods/food). There is a Hakka museum (free admission) to visit. One can cover the whole area in about 3 hrs walking at a leisurely pace.

All in a good day trip out of Chengdu if you have a few hours to spare.

Visited May 2014
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Daegu, South Korea
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“Shopping and Eating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is a nice place to eat some famous food and do some shopping for stuff that you don't need. It is easy to get to, but I wouldn't go again.

Visited June 2013
Thank NashvilleS
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“Snacks and beautiful shops”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Liked - Snacks.
Dislike - nothing much to see except beautiful structure shops. Most of the shops selling almost the same thing. Just a 1 way strolls

Visited March 2014
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

The ancient town is more or less transformed into a tourist trap. Nothing really special about it. Things are quite pricey and vendors are unwilling to bargain. Souvenir items were 'modern' and tacky. From the food perspective, you can try the local grilled meat, yak products and herbal teas and chinese snacks and sweets. If you are looking to visit an ancient town in Sichuan you are better off visiting Huanglongxi which is about 40 mins - and hour's drive out of Chengdu. A tip - go during the weekdays.

Visited December 2013
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