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…
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!
Address: South Renmin Road Section 4, No. 46 (next to Master compound), inside East block of Orchard Villa (Singapore lion statues at both sides of the main gate). 人民南路四段46号锦绣花园东区内
Side entrance on East Tongzilin Road No. 3小门桐梓林东路3号
Metro: Tongzilin Exit B 桐梓林地铁B口
Opening Time: Daily, 10:00 – 21:30
Admission: ¥40 Adults, ¥20 Children
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Open 9:00 – 21:00 daily in summer months
200RMB per visit, including access to the gym.
Packages from 4800RMB.
Other Pools Worth Mentioning
Sports pool for lane swimming
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
Huge series of leisure pools near the TV Tower
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
Notice: >1.5m swimming pools might need you to pass the swimming test before entering.