Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, has a history dating back 2,300 years. With a moderate climate, Chengdu is known as the “Land of Abundances,” and boasts a vast expanse of fertile land, as well as a prosperous heritage of arts, commerce, and culture. As a modern metropolis with a forest of magnificent buildings, mansions, and a high-end residential district, it is an easy and comfortable place for foreigners and people outside of the city to work and live.
Wenshu Temple, located north of the city, is a temple that has been preserved for centuries. Some 450 Buddha statues made with copper, metal, and Tuosa wood stone are displayed, including a few painted ones.
Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage was the residence of Du Fu, a great Tang poet hailed as the “poetic saint” by later generations. It is a major collection of cultural relics enjoying state-level protection.
A highlight of any visit is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Large naturalistic habitats help visitors to understand how these animals live in the wild.
Jinli Street was once one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as “First Street of the Shu Kingdom.” In order to reclaim the street’s prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004. Since then, visitors from all over China and abroad gather in this ancient street to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, and sample local delicacies.
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