Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, of Southwest China. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is called Tianfuzhi guo in Chinese, which literally means "the country of heaven", or more often seen translated as "the Land of Abundance". It was recently named China's 4th-most livable city by China Daily.

Fertile lands and a favorable climate endow the city with picturesque surrounding scenic landscapes: Wolong National Natural Reserve, Sanxingdui(Three-Star Piles) Museum, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, Baoguang Temple, Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, Dinosaur Museum in Zigong, Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Huanglongxi Ancient Town, Jinli Street, Mt. Qingcheng, Qingyang Temple (Gray Goat Palace), The Salt Museum in Zigong, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Wangjiang Tower Park, Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Yong Mausoleum.

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Jiuzhaigou Valley is located in Nanping County, 450 kilometers (about 280 miles) to the north of Chengdu City.

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a great masterpiece of nature having dreamlike scenery and abundant natural resources. It combines blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests, snow-covered mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang peoples.

This region covers more than 600 square kilometers (about 230 square miles), and includes areas such as Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley and Zharu Valley, etc. The main beauty spots such as calc-sinter lake groups, waterfalls, and other waterscapes, as well as 12 summits make Jiuzhaigou Valley a wonderful appearance.

Sanxingdui is the name of an archaeological site and its deduced culture in China, now believed to be the site of an ancient Chinese city. Leaving behind nothing in the historical record, not even in myth, the unknown culture that produced these artifacts is now known as the Sanxingdui Culture.

All the Sanxingdui discoveries aroused scholarly interest, but the bronzes were what excited the world. Task Rosen of the British Museum considered them to be more outstanding than the Terracotta Army in Xi'an.

Tianfu Square, overlooked by an enormous Chairman Mao statue in the center of the city, has been spruced up. Every evening at dusk, as well as at noontime, an elaborate water show, synchronized to music, bursts out from the square's fountains. Below the square is a large shopping mall and the future hub of Chengdu's subway system.

Jinli Ancient Street is part of the old city of Chengdu; it features hotels and small stores in old-fashioned style. Antiques are sold in a variety of different stores. It is very popular among both tourists and locals, especially at night, with many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Restaurants and bars in Jin Li are more expensive than outside. There are also antique hotels in there. Some consider Jin Li is to be tourist trap, which is partly true. However, this 'new old street' offers regional and fairly affordable street food specialties as well and can be combined with a visit to the Wuhouci Temple.