Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province (四川省都江堰市)
Stuff yourself with Sichuan hot pot at the food court right above the Dujiangyan reservoir. [Istock Photo]
The engineering feat dates back to the Qin Dynasty and draws water from the Minjiang River, a major branch of the Yangtze River originating in Sichuan. At the irrigation site, a rope bridge makes for great photo opportunities and a guaranteed adrenaline rush. Of course, you can't go to a Sichuan town without trying the fragrantly spicy food. Dujiangyan has its fair selection of spicy hot pot that will either make your tongue go numb or eyes water. Or both. Check out Xiao Tian'e Hot Pot Mall, a popular hot pot restaurant with locations throughout Sichuan.
The bus ride from Chengdu takes about 50 minutes.
Xiao Tian'e, No. 215, Building. 23 Yufu Jie, Yutang Town, Dujiangyan, +86 28 8718 2698, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.