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 China 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.
Founded in 1987, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit and breeding facility for giant pandas and other precious and endangered animals. It is located at Futou Hill, about 10 kilometers away from downtown of Chengdu.
The base began with 6 wild pandas rescued from the wild. Now the number of giant pandas increases to 70.
Taking an area of 37,335 square meters, the base was built on basis of creating and imitating the wild environment. It is home not only of giant pandas but also of lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white crane and some other rare and endangered animals. The necessary facilities for giant panda have been build, which contains fodder room, veterinary station and comprehensive service center. The imitative natural environment was built for protecting species of giant pandas and releasing into the wild at last. The base is a must-see for your affordable China travel packages, especially children including in the packages.
Located at the west section of Dujiangyan City in Sichuan, near Chengdu, Dujiangyan Irrigation System so far is the only water project featured with no-dam irrigation system in the world. It plays roles in flood control, irrigating and shipping.
With the history of 2,260 year, Dujiangyan Irrigation System was constructed in Qin Dynasty by Li Bing. During the Warring States period, people lived along the banks of Min River suffered the annual flooding. So Li Bing was assigned to build the Dujiangyan.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System is made up of three main constructions which work harmonically one another to resist against flooding. These three main constructions include Yu Zui, Feishayan and Baopingkou.
Sanxingdui, or Guanghan Sanxingdui, is situated at the southwest of Sichuan Basin. Sanxingdui is the ruins of the Bronze Age in the middle and late Shang Dynasty. With the history of 5000 years, Sanxingdui is hailed as the "Ninth Wonder of the World" by historians.
Sanxingdui was discovered by a local peasant in 1929. In 1986, two sacrificial pits were discovered and thousands of ancient articles and treasures were dug out which includes bronze wares, jade wares, ivories, shells, earthen wares, gold wares, etc. Since then, over 10,000 relics which can be dated back to between 5,000 and 3,000 BC had been unearthed at Sanxingdui. This museum should not missed for your top China tours in Chengdu.
As one of famous street in Chengdu, Kuanzhai Lane is regarded as the oldest street which can represent Chengdu City. Built in Ming Dynasty, Kuanzhai Lane is composed of Kuan (Wide) Lane, Zhai (Narrow) Lane and Jing Lane. These three paralleled lanes have different style.
Walking along the Kuan Lane, you can experience and witness the original life style and people's living which cannot be seen in other places of Chengdu. Here you can find local residents, taverns, elaborate door headers and old tea houses. You may also find Old Chengdu life Experience House which unveil to visitors the true life of old Chengdu in an all-round way.
Jing Lane is packed with various kinds of entertainment places such as restaurant, club, boutique shops and so on.
Kuanzhai Lane is a best place for you to relax after tired popular China tours.
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