Chengdu is 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. Chengdu is well-known for lovely giant pandas. You
can not only see giant pandas and panda cubs, but you can also take
care of them as a panda keeper.
Chengdu is also famous for delicious Sichuan food like kung pao chicken and hotpot. You can experience cooking the most authentic Sichuan cuisine with a local chef.
The areas to the west of Chengdu offer breathtaking natural scenery. Jiuzhaigou National Park and Huanglong National Park are well-known for their clean lakes, waterfalls, colorful ponds, snowcapped mountains, and gorges. The Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou travel route is one of China’s most scenic itineraries.
Construction of the Dujiangyan irrigation system began in the 3rd century B.C. This system still controls the waters of the Minjiang River and distributes it to the fertile farmland of the Chengdu plains. Mount Qingcheng was the birthplace of Taoism, which is celebrated in a series of ancient temples.
Chengdu is a large but relaxed city, with many natural, cultural, and historical sights in and around it.
Panda Breeding and Research Base
- See baby pandas
Dujiangyan Base - Experience the giant panda volunteer program
Bifengxia Panda Base - The largest giant panda base
Three-Star Piles site is a cultural relic of the ancient Shu (Sichuan). It is an important archeological discovery which changed the people's understanding of ancient history and culture.
Wide and Narrow Alley is one of Chengdu’s historical and cultural reserves, together with Daci Temple reserve and Wenshu Monastery reserve. It is a microcosm of the city’s history as well as a deep mark in local people’s memory.
The performance is colorful, musical, comedic, and highly acrobatic featuring half a dozen separate performances that are sure to impress. The performance location includes live instrumentation featuring a host of traditional Chinese instruments and is in an outdoor courtyard setting.
Charming Sichuan Cuisine
In 2010, Chengdu was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. It's not hard to see why, when there are restaurants and street vendors serving mouth-wateringly delicious dishes and snacks on pretty much every street. It really is a place where food is taken seriously and done well.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Dujiangyan is honored as the "Treasure of Sichuan", which still plays a crucial role in draining off floodwater, irrigating farms and providing water resources for more than 50 cities in the province. It's the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world, and a wonder in the development of Chinese science.