About Chengdu

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.

History & Culture

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.

Entertainment

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.

Food

Sichuan food is very famous in China, thus because of the variety of the dishes such as hotport, mapo tofu. Therefore, the tastes of the Sichuan food are spicy. These points are making Sichuan food unique in China.

 

Artware

Shu embroidery, which is produced in Sichuan area. Shu embroidery is one of the ‘four embroid’in China, it has a long history, by the end of the Han dynasty, Shu embroidery was the most luxury silk fabrics.

Tapestry from Sichuan, which is also made in Chengdu. Tapestry from Sichuan has 2000 years history, beginning from the Warring States Period. Nowadays, Tapestry from Sichuan is the one of the intangible cultural heritage in China.

Attractions

A two-thousand-year history leaves Chengdu with numerous historical places of interest. Fertile lands and a favorable climate endow the city with picturesque surrounding scenic landscapes.

Chengdu tourist map

Chengdu tourist map

Chengdu Panda Base

Chengdu Panda Base

Wuhou Temple

Wuhou Temple

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Jinli Street

Du Fu Thatche Cottage

Du Fu Thatche Cottage

Sichuan Museum

Sichuan Museum

Chunxi Road

Chunxi Road