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Sichuan Conservatory of Music

Located just off Kehua Bei Lu, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music houses thousands of students in Chengdu and is ground zero for buying instruments in Chengdu. Whether you’re shopping for an electric guitar or a traditional Chinese instrument, you can probably find it in one of the shops lining the streets near the music university. You might even catch local bands or musicians practicing or chatting over tea inside the shops.

Prices

Prices in shops near the music university are higher than online, but you’re paying for the satisfaction of getting a hold on your equipment right away, in addition to reducing the possibility of purchasing counterfeit instruments.

Details

Address in Chinese: 四川音乐学院

Hours: Shops are open every day except on national holidays

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  1. Ria May 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Hey, the name of it should be Sichuan Conservatory of Music! Cheers

    • Charlie May 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      You are correct, I was directly translating the Chinese to English (四川音乐学院) when I created the title of this place. Thank you, Ria.

  2. John Martin November 15, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    I am visiting Chengdu for the first time on December 4 and 5 and I would like to visit conservatory and piano shops. I am English speaking. Will I need an interpritor ?

    • Charlie November 17, 2015 at 2:01 am #

      Most shopkeepers in this area will probably not speak English, but you might get lucky. It would be best to have someone with you who speaks Chinese if you are trying to negotiate or discuss something.

      • John Martin November 17, 2015 at 3:40 am #

        Can you advise where I can contact with a university music student that would do interpreting for cash.

        ALSO is there an opportunity for me to meet with music department people at the conservatorium

        • Charlie November 17, 2015 at 3:42 am #

          I have no idea, sorry.

        • Moran November 19, 2015 at 9:15 am #

          Hi John,

          If you will tell me what it is you need I might be able to help you to some extent.

          I am a musician who lives in Chengdu and visit this area quite often.

          Contact me at [email protected]

  3. Paul Rooney December 26, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Almost opposite the gate of the Conservatory (Qun Zhong Lu), on the corner where there’s a sculpture made out of violins – easy to to find – is a music shop run by a man who speaks excellent English.

    • Charlie December 29, 2015 at 4:40 am #

      Great tip. Thanks Paul.

  4. John Martin December 29, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    I visited Chengdu early December and I am impressed with the quality of piano shops and I am very keen to get Wertheim pianos represented in Chengdu. If your not getting the Wertheim story your not getting the real story.
    I met some very friendly people in Chengdu and I am looking forward to visiting again.

  5. Sachin July 2, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    Hello. I am a violist who will be staying in China for quite a while and I would like to rent a good viola to use during that time. Are there shops where I can rent a viola to use?

    • Charlie July 2, 2016 at 3:33 am #

      There may be – check on the street of shops near the conservatory.

    • Moran July 6, 2016 at 2:58 am #

      Hi, There are few violin workshops over there,
      Maybe they rent, If you need help asking I might be there on saturday or friday.

  6. blago July 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Great neighborhood. Good instruments. Classical Chinese or modern electric twangers. I can’t understand why so many students come out of this school to sing pop songs on Hunan TV. No skill required. Nothing original, just Aguilera or Beyoncé wannabes. Gross

  7. Lex November 20, 2016 at 4:07 am #

    Hey there, my friend will be moving to Chengdu soon, can she rent violins? Thanks!

    • Charlie November 24, 2016 at 4:54 am #

      No idea, you’ll have to go there and check!

  8. Mabel July 9, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Hi there, are the prices of Guzheng in chengdu alot more expensive than online?
    Thanks!

    • Charlie August 3, 2018 at 9:45 am #

      It’s customary for things to cost more in shops than online in China, so yes.

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