Chengdu is the capital of the "Heavenly State", which is the nickname of Sichuan Province, habitat of the giant panda. Benefiting from
the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is known as "Tian Fu Zhi Guo", literally a place richly
endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive.
The history of Chengdu can be traced back 2,400 years to when the first emperor built his capital there and named the city. For thousands of
years, its original name has endured and its position as the capital and as a significant center of politics, commerce and
the military of the Sichuan area has remained unchanged.
As well as featuring historic places of interest such as the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, the Wuhou Memorial Temple and the Wenshu Monastery
natural beauty abounds in Chengdu’s surrounding areas. Highlights include the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and the Thousand Buddha Cliffs.
The natural habitat of the giant panda, Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre,supports the world's
only giant panda breeding and research base.
After visiting the Pandas, why not sample the famous Sichuan cuisine including its signature spicy hotpot? Or enjoy a tea at a local tea house
while you watch people go about their daily business, as they have for generations.
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