As the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is the technology, commerce and finance centre as well as the traffic and communication hub of Southwest China recognized by the State Council in 1993; it is also the national high-tech industrial base, commercial logistics centre, and integrated transport hub, as well as one of the major cities in Southwest China.
A two-thousand-year history leaves Chengdu with numerous historical places of interest. Fertile lands and a moderate climate endow the city with picturesque surrounding and scenic landscapes.
Attractions at Chengdu
1.Chengdu Panda Base
The Breeding center is in the north of town and is worth the 45 minute drive to walk the peaceful bamboo groves, snap shots of the lolling pandas and catch a glimpse of the tiny baby pandas that are born here with startling regularity. Try and go early in the morning, when the pandas are most active. For more information please visit http://www.panda.org.cn/english/
2.Dujiangyan Irrigation System
This irrigation project is one of the world's cultural heritages constructed 2,000 years ago, and amazingly continues to benefit more than 40 neighboring counties. It's the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and a wonder in the development of Chinese irrigation works.
3.Three-Star Piles Museum (Sanxingdui Museum)
The Three-Star Piles Museum in Nanxing Town, Guanghan, about 40 kilometers from Chengdu, exhibits the excavations of the ancient Shu Kingdom. It is an important archaeological discovery which changed people's understanding of ancient history and culture.
Sichuan cuisine has developed over the centuries. Its distinctive flavors entice people both at home and aboard. It is famous for piquancy, but its flavoring is complex as well as hot. Typical dishes include the following:
Ma Po Tofu (Bean curd with mince and chili oil): one of the most influential flavors of Sichuan cuisine, served in almost every restaurant in Sichuan.
Kung Pao Chicken (Spicy diced chicken with peanuts): a specialty of Sichuan cuisine, diced chicken, hot pepper and peanuts.
Introduced from Chongqing, Chengdu hotpot has its own style ranging from simple spicy to moderate, three or four kinds of spices, as well as fish head hotpot, medical herbs hotpot, etc.