Chengdu, “Rong” for short, is the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan Province. Chengdu is one of most important centers of trade, transportation, communication and finance in the region. Chengdu has a population of 12,579,000 and has direct jurisdiction over 9 districts, 4 county-level cities and 6 counties.
Chengdu is also a very popular tourist destination. Chengdu is home to many amazing world cultural and historical sites and natural splendid beauty such as the Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt Emei, Jiuzhaigou, Dujiang Dam, and Qingcheng Mountain. In addition, the world’s only Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center 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 China.
Chengdu attractions include the famous Chengdu Panda Base, a very popular place to see giant pandas! Chengdu boasts many historical and cultural tourist attractions like Sanxigndui Museum, Kuanzhai Lane and Wuhou Temple. Wuhou Temple was constructed in honor of Zhuge Liang (great military strategist during the period of Three Kingdom) set in the southern suburbs of the city.
Chinese Folk Art Form, or Qu Yi in Chinese Pinyin, can be traced back to previous Han Dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE). During the later Tang and Song dynasties, Chinese Folk Art in Chengdu was able to progress and evolve in some ways. During the Qing Dynasty, Sichuan Qu Yi, with distinctive local character, gradually came into being. During the period of the Republic China in 1949, a site was allotted for the performance of Qu Yi. Usually, Chengdu Qu Yi is performed not in large theaters but in tea houses, taverns and even on streets.
Sichuan Cuisine is one of the four famous cuisines in China, and 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.
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.