Also known as Hibiscus City, Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province. As an emerging city on the world scene, the city wears many hats; it serves as a national central city, an economic driver, a hub of technology and finance, and a centre of culture & innovation. With all this—plus its permanent population of 16 million—Chengdu is rightly hailed as “the Land of Abundance”.
As a famous historical and cultural city in China, Chengdu is the cradle of the ancient Shu civilisation and Daoism philosophy.
As one of the ancient Chinese capitals, Chengdu boasts a history of about 4,500 years. Almost all the great Chinese poets in the history visited or spent an episode of their lives in Chengdu. Great names such as Li Bai, Du Fu, Lu You, among others, created a myriad of their best-known poems here.
Those coming to Chengdu are in for a treat as the city holds the title “Best Tourist City in China” by both the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and the World Tourism Organisation.
Part of Chengdu’s popularity as a travel destination comes to it being the home of China’s national treasure—giant pandas! That’s certainly not all, as famous tourist attractions dot Sichuan province, including the Jiuzhai Valley, Huanglong National Park, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount E’mei, Sanxingdui Ruins Site and Yading Nature Reserve.
With three thousand plus kilometres of urban greenways already completed, transportation is convenient in the city. The rapidly-expanding urban rail network is undoubtedly helping this as well.
One place you won’t be seeing much change from the ancient times is on the Wide and Narrow Alley and Jinli Ancient Street.
These well-known pedestrian streets feature the various courtyard-style retail stores that are meticulously maintained from an earlier age and feature plenty of places to graze on the world-famous Sichuan cuisine. With an array of snacks and unforgettable spicy hotpot, Chengdu holds the title of the Capital of Gastronomy by the UNESCO, the first Asian city to earn this distinction.
Sports are part of the fabric of life in the city, as Chengdu is the fastest developing city in China with the highest percentage per population engaging in sporting activities. University sport is well represented, as Chengdu boasts over 60 institutions of higher education, including Sichuan University and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
With several modern sports venues such as the Dong’an Lake Sports Park and Fenghuangshan Sports Park, the city has successfully hosted over 100 international sports events before earning the right to host the 31st FISU World University Games.
(Photo by Jia Nan)
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