There were once blue skies, and the streets were not full of cars: Sina Weibo microblogger 成都记忆 ("Chengdu Memory") has posted photos of 1980s-era Chengdu (must be registered to log in).
Take a look:
Renmin Nan Lu
A flyover that was dismantled in 2003. Schoolchildren evidently donated their change for the construction of the flyover, and after it was built would visit weekly to pick up litter.
The Chengdu Hotel near Shuinianhe.
The hotel opened in 1984 and in 1992 became the first four-star hotel in southwest China. It closed in 2008 and was auctioned off in 2010.
Renmin Lu, although it's not confirmed whether it's Renmin Bei Lu or Renmin Nan Lu.
Women making woven bamboo pottery.
A Shu brocade craftroom.
Chengdu train station.