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!

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

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 B
Addresss: Fancao Di, Gate 1, Tongzilin Middle Road

Opening Time: Monday – Sunday 9:30 – 21:30

Admission: Adults: 28RMB Children: 23RMB

St. Regis Chengdu [Closed]

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.

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

Tianfu Square Station, Exit East

Opening Time: June – September

Daily 6:00 – 22:00

   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.

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

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

Opening Time: 10:00 – 21:30 daily 18140153158

Admission: 40RMB for adults, 30RMB for children


Mengzhuiwan has 3 swimming pools: inside/ outside standard swimming pools (depth 2m) and one shallow pool (1m).

Huaxing Road No.1 华星路1号(近猛追湾街)

No. 33、46、60

⌚️ 6:30am-9:30pm

RMB 20 6:30am – 5:30pm

RMB 25 5:30pm – 9:30pm

 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

☎️ 028-86912004, 028-86950626

Other Pools Worth Mentioning


Huge series of leisure pools in the South (ask Andy)

不二 Luxelakes

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Address: Luhu Middle Road West Section 888 No. 10 Building No. 1


Opening Time: 11am-2am

Admission: RMB153/p

Tel: 028-89768886

Indulge in South Asia Forest

Indulge in South Asia

Address: Landscape Road, Jinniu District


Opening Time: 10am-11pm

Admission: RMB119

Tel: 028-87630666

Homeland Hotel

Former home of the Jellyfish Pool Parties, the Homeland Hotel has a selection of large outdoor pools – and is a good shout if you live near QSI. There are a few shallow pools for chilling out, and paddling with the kids. There are sun loungers, and decent shower and toilet facilities.

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Address: No.181 of Meihao Yard, Shuangliu village



Opening Time: Monday – Sunday  10:00 – 22:00

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

Tel: 028-82936666

JiangTan Park Swimming Pool

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Address: ShiYang Street


Opening Time: Monday – Friday  9:00am – 11:30am, 1:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday – Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm

 Price: 40RMB/adult, 30RMB/children

Outdoor Pools around Chengdu

InterContinental Heilong Lake

InterContinental Heilong Lake is located in Meishan, Sichuan. It has South Tower and North Tower with total 401 rooms. Elegantly furnished with local designs and contemporary fittings. Each room presents a relaxing stay with a digital entertainment system, ergonomic work space and high speed Internet. 
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Address: Meishan Renshou County Heilongtan Long Island Paradise InterContinental Hotel minus second floor


Opening Time: 11am-8pm

Admission: ¥168

Fanxiang Kangxi Hotel

Fanxiang Kangxi is a boutique hotel at the foot of Qingcheng Mountain – one of the best nature reserves in Sichuan. The hotel owns a huge private garden full of all kinds of plants. The area used to belong to an antiques collector. Here you can start an adventure in the yard and search for treasures date back to Tang Dynasty. The 3 outdoor spring pools here, soaked with 20+ kinds of Chinese herbal medicine, are the best comfort in the evening.
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Address: No. 31 Taoyuan Road, QingchengShan Town


Opening Time: 11am-8pm

Admission: Free

Tel: 17723346936

Minjiang Xinhao Hotel

Minjiang Xinhao Hotel is located at the core area of Dujiangyan city. It offers its guests comfortable stay and great entertainments. The hotel has various hot spring pools and a few outdoor swimming pools. It is a great choice for those who plan to visit the ancient city of Dujiangyan, or simply want to get away from Chengdu for a little  break.

Address: 388 Dujiangyan Avenue


Opening Time: 11am-8pm

Admission: Free

Tel: 028-87266666

Samatha Lodge Emei

Set in Emeishan, Samatha Lodge Emei offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a shared lounge. Featuring a kids’ club, this property also provides guests with a children’s playground. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.


The 1st Resort of Huashuiwan Hot Spring

The 1st Resort of Huashuiwan Hot Spring at Dayi is located at the foot of snow-capped Xiling Mountains. Huashuiwan is famous for its hot springs. The water, clear and transparent, contains a number of trace elements including H2S, fluorine, strontium, lithium, metaboric acid, metasilicate and iodine which are beneficial to the human body. Apart from the hot spring pools, its outdoor swimming pool also offers its guests a cool & fun experience.

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Address: Onsen South Street No. 138


Opening Time: 11am-8pm


Tel: 028-68380006

Chanyi, Jiading Yuanzi

Leshan Chanyi Jiading Courtyard Hotel, facing the magnificent three rivers (Minjiang River, Qingyi River and Dadu River) and is very close to the Leshan Giant Buddha. The theme of the hotel is ‘Zen’ – a philosophy of calm reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination. The hotel provides its guests an escape from modern life and an experience of Zen cultures – calm and peace. 
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Address: West of the intersection of Lingyun Road and Bishan RoadOnsen South Street No. 138


Opening Time: 9am-9pm

Admission: RMB545

Tel: 0833-2118222

Ramada Guergou Hotel

Ramada Guergou Spring Holiday Hotel is located at Aba Tibetan & Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, surrounded by incredible natural features like Bippengou and the Miyaluo National Scenic Protection Area. The hotel provides accommodation with a garden and a terrace, hot spring pools and an amazing outdoor swimming pool facing snow mountains.
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