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Chengdu Holidays

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Chengdu Holidays

Located in the fertile plains of the Sichuan Province's Red Basin, Chengdu seems like such a small town that it can be easy to forget it is one of China's largest cities. With nicknames like 'Heavenly State', 'City of Hibiscus' and 'Land of Milk and Honey', it is no wonder that Chengdu is also ranked as one of China's most livable places.

Still a hidden gem for many tourists in China, Chengdu lacks the famous historical sites that draw crowds to tourist magnets Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an. This doesn't mean that the city lacks historical importance though, as it was the site of origin for the Bronze culture, the Southern Silk Road, and printed the first paper currency. Chengdu is full of history, and travellers can visit attractions like the Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Tomb of Wang Jian, Green Ram Temple and the Thatched Cottage of the ancient poet Du Fu.

Chengdu is an important culinary destination in China, and visitors can attend traditional Chinese tea ceremonies at many teahouses, including Wenshu Monastery and Guanghe Chalou. The food in Chengdu is some of the best in the region, offering fiery Sichuan dishes like hotpots, Chongqing duck neck, and spicy dragon prawns from roadside carts or stylish restaurants.

The top attraction in Chengdu, however, is located in the lush valleys surrounding the town. The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center is the world's only centre of its kind and offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to see pandas and their cubs.

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Top 5 Things to do in Chengdu

The People's Park features an artificial lake, several gardens, the Railway Protection Movement Monument, and the century-old Heming Teahouse.
Chengdu Wu Hou Shrine - Wuhou Temple, also known as Memorial Temple of Marquis Wu, is dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the Marquis Wu (Wuhou) of Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280)
Du Fu's Thatched Cottage is a 24-acre park and museum in honour of the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu at the western outskirts of Chengdu, adjacent to the Huanhua Xi.
Dujiangyan - A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dujiangyan is a historical landmark and testament to ancient China's remarkable resourcefulness.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - The centre rehabilitates and breeds a number of animals besides the loveable Giant Pandas, including Red Pandas, South China Tigers and Golden Monkeys; it is an absolute must for anybody who loves animals and is interested in wildlife conservation.

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  • Flying time from the UK The average flight time from London to Chengdu is 10 hours 20 minutes.
  • Primary Language Chengdu-Chongqing dialect s the most widely used branch of Southwestern Mandarin, with about 90 million speakers. It is named after Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, and Chongqing, which was split from Sichuan in 1997.
  • Passport & Visas British nationals need a visa to enter mainland China, you must get a visa prior to arrival.
  • Currency The currency used is the Renminbi.