Find a World of Ancient History and Flavours in Chengdu
Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China, is a land of grand structures and impressive statistics. With over 14 million inhabitants, Chengdu is the fifth-most populous city in China and home to the largest building in the world (in terms of floor space) – the New Century Global Centre.
However, Chengdu is much more than numbers and man-made structures. It has a rich culture and history and is famous for its Sichuan cuisine, which makes use of spicy chillies and peppercorns. You’ll find this style of cooking in both expensive banquets and cheap street food stalls. Local favourites include dumplings, noodles, wontons, soups and pastries to name a few.
A stroll through Chengdu’s streets will reveal its multitude of tea houses and bars. You’re likely to see people playing the tile-based game Mahjong here, which is an important way of socialising for the locals.
Other features that make Chengdu unique include its world-famous Lantern Festival and the fact that it is the home of the giant panda. 80% of wild pandas live in the Sichuan Province and Chengdu caters to the animal with a world-renowned breeding and research base, nature reserves and a panda museum.
Chengdu has thousands of years of history. See some of it in the Wide and Narrow Lanes from the Qing dynasty, initially made for soldiers and now full of restaurants, tea-houses and bars. View the impressive Wenshu Yuan Monastery, find fantastic street food in Jinli Pedestrian street and scale the mystical Mount Qingcheng. There’s far too much to see and do in Chengdu in one trip!