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Introduction

Cute Giant Panda, Chengdu.

Chengdu has a long history of about 2,300 years. In about 250 BC of the first Qin Dynasty (221 BC–206 BC), the satrap of Chengdu Li Bing had taken charge to build the well-known Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in the plain. The area hence has become a 'Heavenly State' with fertile farmlands and rich produces. It was also reputed as one of the five most prosperous cities across China. It even created many other 'firsts' including usage of paper currency, printing and weaving technique, official schools and other aspects in China or even around the world.

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 Dufu, the bamboo park of Wangjiang Tower Park, Wuhou Memorial Temple , Tomb of Wang Jian , etc.

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.

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

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