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Kuan & Zhai Alleys literally means “Wide and Narrow Alleys” in Chinese, but they are not really wide or narrow at all. As one of the three conservation districts of historic sites of Chengdu City, Kuan & Zhai Alleys is consist of three parallel Chinese old-style alleys---Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley.
In the fifty-seventh year of Kangxi in Qing Dynasty (1718), the government has sent about 3,000 soldiers to Tibet. After the war was stopped, over one thousand Baqi Garrison and their families have stayed in Chengdu forever. Kuan, Zhai and Jing Alleys were included in the 42 alleys for soldiers. However, the process of urbanization gradually swallows up the historical relics of old Chengdu, and nowadays only three out of 42 alleys, that is, Kuan, Zhai and Jing Alleys have been remained with reserve of the past signs.

Kuan Alley –area with Chengdu’s ancient culture
Kuan Alley was called Xingren Alley in Qing Dynasty. Once entering the Kuan Alley, Chengdu life could be easily felt. Now in the traditional courtyard houses, people can savor the classic private kitchen cuisines, walk into the teahouse and enjoy the leisure or the dramatic performance. Besides tea-tasting, a cup of particular Chuanxi bowl tea can also be available. At sides of the street, the night snacks and barbecue under old trees at night make Chengdu people's night life accompanied with delicacies. Visiting the "Chengdu's Real-Life Experience Hall" is like taking a step back in time and people will feel that they are guests of a Chengdu family in 1935.
Zhai Alley – area with Chengdu’s leisure lifestyle
Zhai Alley was called Taiping Alley in Qing Dynasty. It marked the beginning of a western style introducing in Chengdu in early 20th Century as the architectures of it is a combination of Chinese and Western styles. Various western food and drinks, coffees, arts, healthy living plaza, and special culture-themed fine life zone are available at Zhai Alley. Jing Alley (Well Alley) was called Ruyi Alley in Qing Dynasty. Interesting traditional Sichuan handicraft products are gathered in the alley and various bars contribute to the multicolored night.

Jing Alley – area with Chengdu’s modern life
Sichuan handicraft products are gathered in the street, Weidian Snack Town could serve the guests from different parts of the world with the essence of Sichuan snacks that have been handed down from generation to generation. A 400m long "Brick" culture wall has recorded a thousand-year history of Chengdu and is the must-see scenery in China Lane for taking pictures. The bars of various kinds fully express the modernity of Jing Alley at night. People can enjoy the multicolored night here. And the urban new youth's favorite Jing Alley market at weekend has become a gathering place for those persons who are good at creation.

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