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Chengdu Introduction

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, ChengduSipping fragrant tea and tasting some uniquely delicious dishes while sitting quietly in a teahouse and having the opportunity to appreciate the local opera, an eyeful cotton roses and ginkgos as well as delicate embroideries, where on the earth can a cozy life appear like this? It is just the common daily life of Chengdu, the capital of the well known 'Heavenly Kingdom' (Tian Fu Zhi Guo) of Sichuan Province. It is also called 'a city where one would not think of leaving once there'.


Chengdu is located in the west of Sichuan Basin and the hinterland of Chengdu Plain with an area of about 12.4 thousand sq km (3 million acres). It has a mild subtropical monsoon climate. The population is more than 10 million people. Regarded as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road leading towards Europe, it has historically played an important role in the political, economical, cultural and military development of the southwest China. As a matter of fact, Chengdu is famous for three unique characteristics, that is, 'Heavenly Scenery', 'Bashu (one title of Sichuan) Culture' and 'Hometown of Pandas'.
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The picturesque Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu.


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Chengdu is blessed with many rare and valuable natural resources that include dove trees, the gingkoes or city tree, the cotton roses or city flower and hundreds of Chinese medicines plants. Wild animals like giant pandas, lesser pandas and snub-nosed monkeys and others can be found here. The panda breeding and research centre is ranked first-class across the world.

Chengdu Zoo is also where one can see the cute pandas. The charming scenery of Chengdu comprises mainly the fairylands of Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area and the nearby Huanglong Valley. They are both listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage.There is a saying that goes like this: 'It is not necessary to see other mountains when returning from Mt. Huangshan or water from Jiuzhaigou'.

Cute Giant Panda, Chengdu.


Another point worth mentioning is the founding of the Shu State by Liu Bei during the unstable Three Kingdoms Period (220 – 280) when numerous heroes arose.

Other famous personalities of Chengdu include great poets like Li Bai and Du Fu, literati like Sima Xiangru and heroines like Xue Tao and Zhuo Wenjun. Their memorials can be found at the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, the bamboo park of Wangjiang Tower Park, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Tomb of Wang Jian , etc.

Tomb of Wang Jian

Also known as the Yong Mausoleum, the Tomb of Wang Jian is situated on Yongling Lu, Sandong Qiao, in the northwest of Chengdu City. The Yong Mausoleum is the burial place of Wang Jian (847 - 918), an outstanding Emperor of the Former Shu Dynasty (907 - 925) during the Five Dynasties and Ten States period.


Tomb of Wang Jian or Yong Mausoleum in ChengduThe Tomb of Wang Jian is a big mound, grander than the tomb of Liu Bei - emperor of Shu (221 - 263) during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). The burial chamber, divided into three compartments accessed via wooden doors with the coffin laid in the center of the three chambers. On the three faces of the stone plinth supporting the coffin are vivid relief carvings of musicians and dancers, which is the only representation of its kind from a Tang Dynasty palace known. The rear vault contains a statue of Wang Jian, seated, and with appearance of an emperor and an expression of serene dignity.

Unfortunately, robbers have raided the tomb with the only remains being the stone carvings and its structure, though these are an exquisite example of a mausoleum palace.

Admission Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 25, 46, 42, 48, 54

The flowery Shu Embroidery, Chengdu.


There are also some other cultural relics like the Taoist Temple - Qingyang Palace, the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery and the majestic Baoguang Temple that are for the religious followers or curious travelers who may be interested in the architecture, painting, antiques and other aspects. The Leshan Giant Buddha which is about 160km away from Chengdu is also a hotspot.

Chengdu Dining
Chengdu is also famous for its many local products. For the traditional delicate brocades it has made since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-- 24 AD), the city is also called 'City of Brocades'. Another treasure of the city is the Shu (short for Sichuan) Embroideries, reputed as one of the four most famous embroideries of China (the other three are Suzhou, Hunan and Guangdong Provinces). Other festivals that impress any visitor are the Lantern Festival (Lunar 15th) and the Day of City Tree and City Flower during the Chong Yang Festival or Double Ninth Festival (Lunar September 9th). The Sichuan Opera, on the other hand, performed in its own interesting local dialects and intervened by various acrobatic shows, is another spectacular scene of this city. As for food, the Sichuan Cuisine, one of the four largest cuisines of China, along with the local snacks and pastries are really a feast to appetite for a visitor when traveling in Chengdu.


 Foreign Consulates in Chengdu

Germany
Chancery: 6th Floor, Western Tower, No.19, 4th Section, Renmin Nan Lu
Tel: +86-(0)28-66801996
Fax: +86-(0)28-66801990

R.O.K.
Chancery: 19F Paradise Oasis Mansion, No.2, Xia Nan Da Jie, Chengdu
Tel: +86-(0)28-86165800
Fax: +86-(0)28-86165789
E-mail: Chengdu@koreanembassy.cn

Thailand
Chancery: Kempinski Hotel, 2nd Floor, Office Building, 42 Renmin Nan Road, 4th Section, Chengdu
Tel: +86-(0)28-85180688, 85192668
Fax: +86-(0)28-85125928

U.S.A.
Chancery: No.4 Ling Shi Guan Lu
Tel: +86-(0)28-85583992, 85589642
Fax: +86-(0)28-85583520
E-mail: consularchengdu@state.gov