Although the Jincheng Park (锦城公园) is currently Chengdu's largest park, it's remained relatively under the radar in local media perhaps in the shadow of the opening of the Global Center for which it, along with the American Extreme Sports Park, serves as a back yard of sorts. The park is laid out on a 2 kilometer by 1 kilometer patch of land bordered by Jincheng Road to the north and the Tianfu Yi Jie real estate project to the south. Each of its four connected parts has wide sidewalks wrapping around fish-filled lakes—a perfect place for a stroll or a jog, or even a bike ride during non-peak hours (that is, any time apart from evenings and weekends).
At the junction of Jiannan Dadao and Jincheng Dadao is a newly built large Tibetan Buddhist temple called Jinci Temple (近慈寺) whose history dates back four centuries. The attached monastery can be found in an older, rundown temple building two minutes' walk south.
Some areas of the park are still in development, but for the moment it's relaxing despite the highway cutting right through the middle and speakers blaring Chinese pop music. As there are no shops in the park or its immediate vicinity, park visitors are advised to bring their own snacks and drinks.
Directions for Jincheng Park
Take Metro Line 1 to the Incubation Park (孵化园) or Jincheng Plaza (锦城广场)/Global Center. Walk west 10 minutes until you reach the northwestern entrance to the park, just behind the Global Center.