Chengdu is a vibrant city, known for its historical charm, cultural heritage and natural beauty. As the provincial capital of Sichuan, Chengdu is living up by its ethnic diversity and cultural fusion that become at the heart of the city. Chengdu is one of the largest cities in Southwest China. Chengdu is already more than 2,000 years old and can be said it is an ancient city. Even though this city is the technological center, commercial center, financial center as well as traffic center in southwest China but in contrast to some other Chinese urban centers, and despite rapid redevelopment, it has managed to preserve an atmosphere that evokes a sense of history. Chengdu blessed with a humid subtropical climate that is mild and humid. Spring comes early with all flowers blooming around the Spring Festival time meanwhile summer is hot and stuffy and during autumn is cool and pleasant. The best visiting time in Chengdu is from March to June and from September to November.
1. Home for the Giant PandaRich in natural resources and ecological diversity, Chengdu is home to the giant pandas. It is here that many of the world’s giant pandas live. Nowadays, less than one thousand giant pandas live in the wild and most of them are in Sichuan, specifically in nature reserves around Chengdu. The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people of all over the world. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Therefore, when visitors from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan, one of their main objectives will be to see this lovely animal for themselves. The base care of these panda is a non profit base, however it is provide a great number of plants and there are around 10,000 clumps of bamboos and bushes have been cultivated to provide for the these Panda diet and habitat.
2. Home for the unique hot spicy cuisineIf you ever heard about Sichuan Cuisine, first thing you will know is the spicy cuisine that its spiciness come from the famous Sichuan pepper or well known as Mala Pepper. The most famous spicy Sichuan dishes include spicy hot pot, peppery chicken, mapo tofu, and kung pao chicken. No matter which Sichuan dishes you order, they will invariably be spicy. The dishes may give you a numbing feeling at first, but you will fall in love with the food after you get used to the spicy taste.. Hotpot, as the pioneer of the Sichuan cuisine, has countless varieties. In recent years, Malatang and Mala Xiang Guo derived from spicy hotpot and spicy fried has been booming around China. Moreover, snacks on the street enjoy great popularity due to its special flavour, unique soup and high quality. In the year of 2010, Chengdu crowned as "City of Gastronomy" by UNESCO. If you a spicy lover, make sure Chengdu is on your list.
3. Paper Money Was Originally Created in ChengduNot many people know that the paper money was started in Chengdu that called Jiaozi become the earliest form of paper money in the world. It had been used in Song Dynasty around over 1,000 years ago. People had to carry heavy coins to purchase daily supplies before Jiaozi came into the world. Merchants understood the disadvantages of iron coins and wanted to change the form of money used. Paper was light and easy to carry, making it the best material to make money form. Paper money was a great invention and most countries still use it today. It might be increase your interest for Chengdu and its culture beyond it.
Chengdu Tourist Spots
1. Huanglongxi Ancient TownHuanglongxi Ancient Town of more than 1,700 years old is located at the southwest edge of Shuangliu, Chengdu. It is the best preserved ancient town in western Sichuan and has been listed as the top tourist attractions in Chengdu. So many Chengdunese like to go to visit this ancient town see this profound ancient town during weekend and holidays. This famous ancient town is themed with spring and stream that ancient streets scattered with stores selling local snacks and special old object. Moreover, its ancient trees towering for more than one hundred years, ancient folk houses in pile dwelling style, and traditional activities of Sichuan features are become the character that never been forgotten of the town. Visitors can walk along the old walkway and taste the local snacks, which is a fascinating moment.
2. Leshan Giant BuddhaIn Chengdu, you can be the witness of a giant Buddha where you are only as tall as its toe. Check this out for yourself when you stand next to the Leshan Giant Buddha, which is an hour’s journey south of Chengdu by high-speed train. The Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest stone seated Maitreya in the world at 71 meters (233 feet) high and 24 meters (79 feet) wide. As the local saying goes, "the mountain is a Buddha, the Buddha is a mountain". The Leshan Giant Buddha has been included on the World Heritage List. You can go there by foot or by boat.
3. Jinsha Ruins MuseumJinsha Museum of Ancient Ruins is the museum established in the Jinsha ruins site, and is also a museum to show categories of ancient Shu culture in Sichuan area during Shang and Zhou dynasties. It consists of the relic hall, exhibition hall, visitors center, cultural relic protection and restoration center, Jinsha theatre, garden area and many things. It is a collection of education, research, leisure in one of the modern garden museum. You can learn many things about its history from this ruin museum. Visitors can visit the archaeological site of Jinsha ruins and gallery from south to north in turn, the open space of the north-south make up the culture of longitudinal axis of the museum. Around the museum buildings there is garden area with lush vegetation, when visitors appreciate the long history and culture at the same time, also can feel in the woods of nature. Two of the main body of Jinsha Ruins Museum building is relics museum and gallery. If you see below from the plane view, you will see the Jinsha ruins museum two buildings like two pieces of leaves falling on the green grass, the museum also has become the important landmark of Chengdu.