Chengdu Travel Guide

Home for Giant Pandas
Home for Giant Pandas
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Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province,  is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, the city covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million.

Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as the Heavenly State, Tian Fu Zhi Guo in Chinese, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to 40 other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometres (270.27 square miles) with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.

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As the transport hub in southwest hinterland of China and the main access city to Tibet, Chengdu is easily approached thanks to its air routes and railways extending nationwide. The city bus and metro continue to develop, providing the locals and the tourists with great convenience.

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Traveling or living in Chengdu can be a great fun. Besides the amazing places of interest, the city offers a lot inviting activities for visitors and expats. Sampling the famous Sichuan food is a must here. The hot and spicy dishes and varied tasty snacks are sure to whip up your appetite. Go shopping at the Chunxi Road, spend a leisurely afternoon in a teahouse, and watch a Sichuan Opera performance at night – this would be a perfect day giving you a deeper understanding of this charming city.
The history of the city can be traced back 2,400 when the first emperor built his capital here and named the city. Through thousands of years its original name has been kept and its position as the capital and as the significant center of politics, commerce and military of the Sichuan area (once called Shu) has remained unchanged. Since the Han (206B.C.-220) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties when its handicraft industry flourished, the place has been famous for its brocades and embroideries. Shu embroideries still enjoy a high reputation for their bright colors and delicate designs, ranking among the four main embroideries in China. The city was also the place where the bronze culture, an indispensable part of ancient Chinese culture, originated; the place where the Southern Silk Road started; and the place where the earliest paper currency, Jiaozi (not the dumpling!), was first printed. It is listed among the first 24 state-approved historical and cultural cities and owns 23 state and provincial cultural relic units.

Further Reading

Top 10 China Destinations for First Time Travelers

  10 Places to Visit in China for a Trip of a Lifetime

  Travel in Depth: 10 Best Places to Visit in China for Return Visitors

  10 Best Cities in China for Budget Travelers

  9 China Famous Cities for Study Tour

  Top 10 Largest Cities in China by Population

  15 Important Cities in China for Business Travel

  Gourmet Paradise: 10 Tourist Cities in China for Food Lovers

- Last modified on Apr. 18, 2022 -
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Asked by John from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 28, 2021 09:45Reply
Post Code for Wenjiang District in ChengDu?
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Asked by Dinu from SRI LANKA | Mar. 02, 2021 18:49Reply
I want to visit China for 30 it want to quarantine 14 days in china
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Answered by Phoebe Chen | Mar. 05, 2021 14:43

Minimum 14 days, some cities require 14+7+7
Asked by Sim from CHINA | Jan. 15, 2020 14:02Reply
Is Xiling snow mountain is open now?
Hi the website doesn't provide information of if it has reopened. Does anybody know?
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Answered by Amy from DENMARK | Jan. 15, 2020 22:34

Don't worry. It opens normally nowadays. You can tour around. Have a nice trip!
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