Kuanzhai Alley

Wide and Narrow Alley, composed of Kuan Xiangzi, Zhai Xiangzi, and Jing Xiangzi, forms a quintessential part of Chengdu’s historical and cultural heritage. With its 45 courtyards and centuries-old architecture, the alley complex serves as a microcosm of the city’s rich history and holds a special place in the hearts of local residents.

Dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD), Wide and Narrow Alley was once known as Mancheng City or Shaocheng City, serving as a military garrison within the larger Chengdu city. Over time, the city fell into disrepair, and only the Wide Alley and Narrow Alley remained. In 2003, efforts to revitalize the area began, with the aim of creating a vibrant cultural and commercial hub for tourism and recreation.

After extensive renovation work, Wide, Narrow, and Well Alley were reopened to the public on June 14, 2008. Located in the Qingyang District, between Tongren Road and Changshun Street, the revitalized alley complex quickly became a popular destination for entertainment, nightlife, and tourism. Today, visitors flock to Wide and Narrow Alley to explore its charming streets lined with restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and souvenir shops, all housed within beautifully preserved historic buildings.

With its blend of historical charm and modern amenities, Wide and Narrow Alley continues to captivate visitors and locals alike, offering a glimpse into Chengdu’s storied past while providing a vibrant and lively atmosphere for leisure and entertainment.

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