The weather in Chengdu is already reaching the steamy heights of 35 degrees, and whilst ducking into 7/eleven and opening the fridge doors feels real good, there are other options…

There is no shortage of outdoor swimming pools here, but most of which are tucked away in residential compounds or in five-star hotels, so can be a little hard to find. They range from lap pools, and children’s paddling pools, to the city’s much loved leisure piscines, best enjoyed with a margarita in hand…

Orchard Villa

There’s a fenced in shallow children’s pool, and the larger lap pool which is 1.7 meters at it’s deepest. There are very basic toilets and showers on site, and they’re quite relaxed about bringing in your own food – although their shop has started to stock some decent beers like Corona. So pack up your picnic, pull up a blue plastic chair, summer has arrived!


Oh Peter! 

 Orchard Villa, East Block

The main entrance is on South Renmin Road Section 4, No. 46

(just by Tongzilin Exit B )

There’s another side entrance on East Tongzilin Road No.

 Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 21:30

Admission: ¥35 Adults ¥20 Children

Fangcao Di

Just next door Orchard Villa in Tongzilin is the Fang Cao Di compound, which also has a big outdoor pool. Enter through (gate 1) which is on Tongzilin Middle Road. This spacious, square pool has giant inflatables and rubber rings for the kids to play. There are gazeebos if you’d like to stay in the shade and some of the pool is sectioned off for lane swimming.

They have quite a few lifeguards on duty, and lockers for your belongings – although the toilets and shower facilities are very basic. You can buy swimsuits and goggles at the entrance.  This well managed,  family-friendly pool, is a lesser-known Chengdu treat!

Take Tongzilin Metro Station Exit BFancao Di, Gate 1, Tongzilin Middle Road

Monday – Sunday 9:30 – 21:30

Admission: Adults: 28RMB Children: 23RMB

St. Regis Chengdu

Open from April through September, the outdoor pool at the St Regis Chengdu, offers city views and a little slice of urban luxe. Unlike other big Asian cities, there aren’t many 5 star hotels here with outdoor pools, but this sixth-floor gem is a pretty good shout; with an outdoor bar, lounge chairs and views of downtown Chengdu.

The admission fee here also gets you a day pass to the St. Regis Athletic Club, if you feel like a full day of R&R.

The St. Regis, Chengdu 6F, TaiSheng South Road No.88, Qingyang District

Tianfu Square Station, Exit East

June – September

Daily 6:00 – 22:00r

Admission: 220RMB for a day pass

including entry to the St. Regis Athletic Club

Children Under 1.4m swim for free

Egret Island
If you’re based in the west of Chengdu, the Egret International Community is not far from the new line 7 station Wuhou Dadao and has pretty good facilities. There’s a small heated indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and a large outdoor pool, which at it’s deepest is 1.7 meters.

Egret Island Block 1, Gate 1, 33 Egret Island Road

A fifteen-minute walk from Wuhou Dadao station metro station, Exit B (Line 7)

10:00 – 21:30 daily 18140153158

Admission 40RMB for adults, 30RMB for children

Homeland Hotel

Homeland Hotel

No.181 of Meihao Yard, Shuangliu village

This pool is only open in peak summer months, please check before visiting.

Monday – Sunday  10:00 – 22:00

028-82936666

The Renaissance Chengdu Hotel

The pool is only open in peak summer hours, so please check before visiting. They have a membership package if you want to go regularly, but considering the price, it might be best kept for when you want to splurge.

The Renaissance Chengdu Hotel

 No.48, 4th Section, South Renmin Road

Access through Tongzilin Exit B 

Open 9:00 – 21:00 daily in summer months

200RMB per visit, including access to the gym.

 Packages from 4800RMB.

028-88878888

Other Pools Worth Mentioning

Sports pool for lane swimming

Sichuan University Wangjiang East

WangJiang East pool has 2 swimming pools of 50m (depth1.4-1.8m/1.3-1.6m).

It also has one shallow pool for children.

Wangjiang Road (close to Wangjiang Park)

16:00 – 21:00

6-9RMB

 028-85412666

Huge series of leisure pools near the TV Tower

Mengzhuiwan

Huaxing Road No.1

 Deep Pool: 6:30 – 17:30

      Shallow Pool: 12:30 – 17:30 (Mon-Fri), 10:00 – 17:30pm (Sat,Sun)

      Heated Pool:(Daytime)6:30 – 13:45 (Mon-Fri), 6:30 – 11:45 (Sat, Sun)

                              (Nighttime)19:45pm – 21:45pm (Mon-Sun)

20 – 40RMB

 028-86950626

 

Notice: >1.5m swimming pools might need you to pass the swimming test before entering.

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