Chengdu, “Rong” for short, is the capital of Sichuan Province. Chengdu is one of most important economic centers, transportation, communication and trading hubs in the southwest China. With the total area of 12,400 square kilometers, Chengdu has the population of 12,579,000 and has direct jurisdiction over 9 districts, 4 county-level cities and 6 counties.
Chengdu is rich in tourism resources. Besides some nation-level scenic spots, Chengdu is home to many amazing world cultural and historical heritages and natural splendid beauty such as Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt Emei, Jiuzhaigou, Dujiang Dam, Qingcheng Mountain. In addition, the world’s only Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre is located in Chengdu. In 2007, Chengdu received 42,536,000 domestic tourists and 786,000 foreign visitors. In February of 2007, Chengdu won the title of the Best Tourist City in 2006 of China.
Chengdu attractions highlight Chengdu Panda Base, a most popular place to see giant pandas. Chengdu with long history has many historical and cultural tourist attractions like Sanxigndui Museum, Kuanzhai Lane and Wuhou Temple. Wuhou Temple in honor of Zhuge Liang (great military strategist during the period of Three Kingdom) set in the southern suburbs of the city. Moreover the tourist attractions like Wulong Natural Reserve outside Chengdu City greatly feast your eyes with picturesque landscape. Explore the Chengdu sightseeings with our Chengdu tours.
Chinese Folk Art Forms in Chengdu
Chinese Folk Art Form, or Qu Yi in Chinese Pinyin, can be traced back to previous Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). During Tang and Song dynasties, Chinese Folk Art Form in Chengdu made some progress. In Qing Dynasty, Sichuan Qu Yi with distinctive local characteristics gradually came into being. During the period of the Republic China, a site was allotted to specialize to performance Qu Yi. Usually, Chengdu Quyi is performed not in large theatre but in tea houses, taverns and even on streets.
Sichuan Cuisine is one of four famous cuisines in China, while Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan Province, is the best place to taste local authentic Sichuan Cuisine. The predominant ingredient in food here is chili. If you are a chili-lover, try some of Chengdu’s spiciest food laced with chili from top to bottom. With the history of thousands of years, Sichuan cuisine now has more than 3,000 kinds most of which are famous nationwide.
Chengdu is not only a paradise of delicious food but also an ideal place for shopping. Here there are various kinds of craftsmanship such as Lacquer Ware, Qingcheng silk carpet, Shu brocade, etc.