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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Massages. Tea houses. - Aug 7, 2017
For people who love outdoor activities, there are many groups to join. There is a group that runs nighttime bike rides, Hash Harriers plan runs outside of the city, and Weekend Escapes plans cultural and camping excursions on the weekends. Getting out of the city is very therapeutic. Within the city, I like to take Chinese calligraphy classes. - May 18, 2016
Eat, drive through the countryside, walk through the few truly old neighborhoods that still exist in the city. Go for tea in the park. Peruse Song Xian Qiao, the "antique" market. There are several stunning mountains within a few hours drive of town but you might have to get used to a different version of "hiking" than you are used to. The main routes up the mountains are paved with concrete stairs and jammed with families traveling up and down, many in high heels, mini skirts and stopping often to pose for pictures in the middle of the walkway. The Hash House Harriers is a nice alternative to find more off-the-beaten-track trails to get yourself acquainted with the area. - Aug 2, 2013
Pandas (of course!), LeShan Giant Buddha, DuJiangYan Irrigation System, JinLi Street...too many to name! - May 4, 2013