The Temple House Hotel
Chengdu, Sichuan and Yangtze Cruises, China
At a Glance
Trendiest Hotel in Chengdu
Wonderful selection and very individual restaurants
Stunning, modern design throughout the hotel
Lots of unique character for each different area of the hotel
Fantastic facilities available in the boutique hotel
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The vast province of Sichuan has a diverse and varied climate. The eastern lowlands of the Sichuan Basin have a tropical monsoon climate, characterised by humidity and fog. Winters are mild, summers are scorching, autumn is wet, and spring is dry and pleasant. The cities of Chengdu is famed for its fog, with the weather often likened to a damp day in London. The mountainous gorges and forested plains along the Yangtze River make autumn and spring the prime time for a Yangtze Cruise, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures making ideal sightseeing weather. Winter can be spectacular, despite the cold, when the water level is lower in the Three Gorges and the soaring cliffs even more dramatic.
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The Temple House is the latest addition to the Swire Group and is just as unique as its sister properties in Beijing and Shanghai. A fusion of traditional charm and modern elegance, this stunning property is the perfect base for exploring Chengdu.
Walking through the restored, historic Qing Dynasty building which serves as a gateway into the hotel's traditional courtyard, you would be forgiven for thinking you were stepping back in time as you turn off the busy streets of Chengdu. The mood soon changes as you walk into the super slick lobby and are greeted by the attentive staff with their wonderful 'at home' service. The entire complex has been carefully designed to sympathetically combine the old and new of Chengdu.
The 100 rooms and suites have a beautiful sleek design with an open plan layout and floor to ceiling windows giving a wonderful spacious feeling from the lead in rooms. All rooms come equipped with generous bathrooms and walk in rain showers and the larger suites come with their own private balconies.
The Temple House has three individual restaurants that all feel like independent venues offering a range of delicious cuisines including Western and Asian at Temple Cafe, Italian at Tivano and vegetarian fare at the Teahouse. Each outlet is beautifully and individually designed reflecting the boutique nature of property. The indulgence does not end here as there is an extensive spa is housed in its own private courtyard with access to s stunning indoor swimming pool.
The Temple House offers a range of beautifully appointed rooms, suites and residences all enclosed in a stunning a complex which cleverly combines traditional, Qing Dynasty architecture with contemporary elegance. The studios and suites offer light and airy accommodation with spa inspired bathrooms and luxury down bedding. The Studios range from 60 to 90 square metres and the Suites provide even more space with some coming with their own balconies and other being spread over two floors with multiple bedrooms. The incredible Penthouse is located over the 11th and 12th floors and enjoys the best views in the hotel. The enormous windows open onto to a huge terrace with outdoor Jacuzzi.
Children are welcome at The Temple House and babysitting services can be arranged.
The Temple House has three unique restaurants offering wonderfully varied and utterly delicious menus. The Temple Cafe offers a modern twist on the favourite Chinese, Western and Asian dishes and is perfect for a quick bite or a longer more leisurely dinner. For authentic Italian cuisine head to Tivano which has a vibrant open plan design evoking a traditional trattoria centred around a wood-fired pizza oven and unbeatable wine cellar.
Jing Bar and The Teahouse both provide wonderful spaces in which to relax whether its for a trendy laid back cocktail or a healthy light bite in holistic atmosphere. Alongside the Teahouse is the extensive spa complex which acts as a complete day spa in its own right with an extensive treatment menu and beautiful indoor pool.
The guest experience team offer completely personal around the clock service for its guests and also provide car services through Chengdu. One of the main draws for visiting Chengdu is to visit the Panda sanctuaries in the surrounding countryside which can easily be arranged.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Temple House is the newest hotel in Chengdu and is the third Swire Hotel in China joining the likes of The Opposite House and Upper House. The Temple House definitely lives up to the groups reputation with impeccable service, amazing design and fantastic food. There are two restaurants at the hotel - one Italian and one designed more for all day dining. We ate dinner in the all day dining restaurant which was fantastic. The menu is simple but fantastic using ingredients where you can really taste the quality. The prices are also extremely good value as the hotel believes in operating their restaurants like individual entities which is a brilliant concept to set themselves apart from the larger more corporate options in the city.
A Day in Chengdu - Pandas and the Sanxingdui Museum
This morning, spend some time with the gentle giants of Sichuan as you visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Head to the Sanxingdui Museum and be amazed by the archaeological wonder of the ancient Shu Kingdom.
Baoguo & Wannian Temples
Today, we will visit two key temples of the Emei Mountain: Baoguo Temple and Wannian Temple.
Bian Lian (Face Changing) Performing Arts
Enjoy a Bian Lian performance after dinner today. Get front row seats to view this unique art form of Sichuan Opera and try to guess the trick for the skilled mask changing of the masters! Visit backstage and watch the actors' preparation before the show.
Chengdu City Tour
Discover the best of Chengdu as you explore Jinli ancient street, the Thatched Cottage of Dufu and wander in the trendy pedestrian streets of Kuanzhai alleyways. If time allows, visit Wuhou temple, dedicated to commemorating Zhu Geliang.
Chengdu Culinary Tour
Start at a local tea house in Chengdu People's Park, visit local food market to learn about different Sichuan spices. Continue to Kuanzhai Alley or Jinli Street doe sandapao, sweet rice jelly, sticky tofu, spicy rabbit head and end with delicious hot pot!
Chinese Medicine Cuisine at Qinshanzai Restaurant
Enjoy an evening feasting on the famous Chinese Medicine Cuisine at the Qinshanzai Restaurant.
Day Trip to Leshan
Take a trip to Leshan to see the Leshan Big Buddha, a majestic icon and the largest of its kind in the world! Climb the height of the statue and take a boat ride to view the Buddha statue from the river.
Discover Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei
Visit The Grand Buddha, the largest in the world and Mount Emei. Located in Leshan, south of Chengdu, The Grand Buddha measures 71m in height. From there, onto the sacred Buddhist Mount Emei, sacred to Buddhist people.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Take a tour of Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an ancient water system still in function today.
Dujiangyan Panda Base
This morning, visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base and spend some time with the giant pandas. Optional volunteer program and photo taking with panda is available in China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base.
Full Day Tour of Chengdu and Panda Experience
Enjoy a full day tour of Chengdu exploring the wonder of the Wenshu Temple, take a visit to the ancient Jinli Street, and of course spending time at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to marvel at these majestic and rare animals.
Jie Zi Old Town
Spend some time strolling through Jie Zi old town, considered among the most beautiful and well-preserved in Sichuan with its late Qing Dynasty-era architecture.
Discovered in 2001, the Jinsha Ruins is one of the most prominent recent archaeological discoveries, with relics of an ancient kingdom predating Chinese settlement in the area. Visit both the museum and the ruins exacation site.
Off the Beaten Track - Liujiang and Gaomiao Old Town from Chengdu
Go off the beaten track and visit Liujiang and Gaomiao old town today! Stroll through the charming and traditional streets and visit some of the well-preserved old style residences of the wealthy in the past.
Private Sichuan Cooking Class
Sichuan cuisine is renowned in China and perhaps one of the most popular with a reputation for its spiciness and flavour! Join a cooking class today at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum and get to enjoy your own creation.
Today, drive out to visit the beautiful Qingcheng Mountain, said to be the birthplace of Taoism. Enjoy an easy trek in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Scenic trip of Emei Mountains by Cable Car
Embark on a cable car ride to the Golden Summit of Emei Mountains and enjoy the scenic view.
Visit Chengdu's Pandas
A symbol of China, the giant panda is a national treasure. On this full day tour, learn about these lovable but endangered animals before visiting the Jincheng Bamboo Park, an elegant garden of bamboo built to commemorate one of China's most loved poets.
Location & directions
Chengdu, Sichuan and Yangtze Cruises, China
Located in the heart of the fast developing, vibrant city of Chengdu, Temple House Hotel is perfectly situated for sampling the local culture and meeting the area's best known residents, the Pandas.
How to get there
From the airport the hotel is best reached by car. Located 20km away, the journey should take approximately 45 minutes. From Chengdu North Railway Station, the distance is approximately 9 km taking about 25 minutes by car. If you're travelling from Chengdu's East Railway Station, the 7 km journey should take around 15 minutes.
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