A wall bordering a seemingly empty corner of the High-Tech Park a block south of the National Defense Park announces the world's biggest extreme sport park. While the global superlative has become the default for any development project in Chengdu, and perhaps many cities in China, most of the hundreds of thousands of square meters is currently covered with surburban vegetation.
The very first spot after the unmarked entrance is an artificial ski slope that is open year-round, offering skiing on a JF-Dry ski surface, a carpet of smooth plastic knobs that is sprayed with a fine water mist to simulate a snow slope. There are different slopes to suit various skill levels, as well as a ramp for jumping that is rolled out on special occasions.
The overall impression of the ski slope site is professional. Perhaps because it caters to beginners and kids, it sees a steady influx of customers, an impression the indoor skate park doesn't share; the half pipes are OK, but the area seems deserted and the personnel—women in their later years—all seem to be unlikely skateboarders. Nonetheless, it's still probably a unique option in Chengdu, and during the week you would most likely have the 1,000 square meters to yourself.
Scattered on three hills, the downhill bike park offers various ramps—from the highest peak you can see as far as the Baijiachang Flyover (百家场立交), where the High-Speed Ring Road meets the G93 highway to Yibin on one side and the new Global Center and adjacent Jincheng Park on the other. As with the indoor skate park, this place seems to be populated only on weekends.
The least extreme section and yet biggest business of the Extreme Sports Park is the Chengdu football park with several well-maintained fields of different sizes.
Other parts of the park are currently in planning and development phases, including a go-kart track, an outdoor parkour court, and a climbing range.
Entrance & opening times American Extreme Sports Park (美洲极限运动公园)
Chengdu Football Park 成都足球公园
Open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight
RMB210–600 for 90 minutes depending on day/time; 10–20 percent discount for regulars
Tel. 86912686/ 1351316941
Four Seasons Dry Ski Slope 四季滑雪场
Open daily from 1 to 11 p.m. (dinner break 6–7 p.m.)
RMB120 (100 until 6 p.m. on weekdays); 20 percent discount if you bring your own equipment; 20–50 percent discount for members and regulars
Downhill Bike Park 成都单车公园
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weekends 7 p.m.)
RMB50 (members RMB40)
Indoor Skate Park
Closes at 6ish, later on weekends
RMB39 (members RMB29)
Jincheng Dadao (锦城大道) at Xinyuan Dadao (新园大道) (approximately 30 minutes on foot west of the Metro Line 1 Incubation Park (孵化园).