Chengdu, also called ‘City of Hibiscus’, which is located between the northwestern Sichuan plateau and the middle Sichuan hills. As the capital of Sichuan, Chengdu is a cultural city with more than 2000 years’ history; it is the political, economic and cultural center of Sichuan. Chengdu has a population of 11.25 million. The average altitude here is about 500 meters; and the highest point on the Daxuetang Peak of 5364 meters. "Paradise scenery ", "Panda Home", "Shu & Han Culture" are three major attractions. Chengdu was awarded as the best tourist cities in China in 2008.
Chengdu belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate zone with moist climate, fertile land and rich natural resources. Xiling Snow Mountain, Qingcheng Mountain, Jiufeng Mountain, Jiulong Valley, Tiantai Mountain, Chaoyang Lake, Longquan Lake, Guihu Lake, Huanglongxi Old Village and rural scenery together constitute to the most beautiful " Paradise scenery "; 80% Pandas in the world habits in the Anzi River in Chongzhou, Heishui River in Dayi , Longxi-Hongkou Natural Reserve Area in Dujiangyan and the Chengdu Panda Base. Visitors will not only visit the lovely pandas, but also learn about the latest scientific research achievement.
Chengdu has rich biological resources, such as the rare plants ginkgo, dove tree and so on. The world's unique panda breeding research base is located in Chengdu where a lot of rare animals such as Giant Panda, Lesser Panda, Golden Monkey live in. The lovely giant panda is not only China's national treasure but also a symbol of peace and friendship and the common wealth of the world. When the World Wildlife Fund was inaugurated in 1961, the image of Panda was chosen as the signal of this international organization by the representatives from all the country. Chengdu is rich in tourism resources, historical sites. In 2009, The World Centre of Excellence for Destinations has officially awarded Chengdu as the "excellent tourist destination city in the world", Chengdu is the first city who got this honor in Asia.
Not only the natural scenery is unique in Chengdu, but also a lot of cultural landscape, e.g. Dujiangyan, Temple of Marquis Wu, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Monument of North King Wen, Wenshu Monastery, Qingyang Taoist Temple, Yongling Tomb, Meng Zhixiang Tomb, Zhu Yuelian Tomb, Xi Tomb, Hsinhai Revolution Monument, Monument of Great General Peng, and so on.
Silk industry in Chengdu developed well, Shu embroidery and Shu Silk Brocade is one of the four most famous embroidery and Silk Brocade in China, known all over the world. Some arts and crafts such as Lacquer ware, bamboo plait, straw plait, a watermark silk fans are also refinement and famous in the world.
Moreover, Visitors in Chengdu must not miss the Sichuan cuisine and Sichuan Opera. In 2010, UNESCO awarded Chengdu a title of ‘Delicious Food City’ and formally approved Chengdu to join the UNESCO Creative City Network. Sichuan cuisine gained reputation of “one dish one taste’. Sichuan Opera is known as the top opera especially the face changing and fire-breathing stunt which attract most visitors.