The city of Chengdu was selected as one of the 21 "Best of the World" destinations for 2017, China's only city on the list, in the recent National Geographic Traveler magazine, which features Chengdu in the culture section for food and cultural heritage.
In recent years, Chengdu has gained tourism-themed titles as follows:
Best Tourist City in China;
UNESCO's City of Gastronomy;
One of the World's Fastest-Growing Cities;
One of the "52 Places to Go in 2015" by The New York Times;
2015 MasterCard Global Fastest-growing Destinations Cities, 2nd place on the rankings;
The world's 2nd fastest-growing destination for international visitors in 2016 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index;
Right to host the 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2017.
With its stunning natural beauty and long cultural tradition, Chengdu boasts numerous world-known tourist attractions, excellent tourism services and transportation facilities. The city has been seeing an ever-growing number of tourists from home and abroad.
Statistics show that during the first three quarters of 2016, Chengdu's tourism generated a total revenue of RMB178.98 billion and received 151.5 million tourists, up 22.31% year-on-year.
Let's have a look of what people talk about tourism of Chengdu:
Ben Metcalf (General Manager of the British Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China): Chengdu is known for more than just pandas, with international visitor growth at over 20%, and Chengdu cuisine begins to take its place on the global stage.
Ye Xiulan (local Tour Guide): this year the foreign arrivals increased significantly; they come to Chengdu because of Sichuan food and the giant pandas.
Dai Bin (president of China Tourism Academy): Chengdu has become a sample city of tourist destination development.
Highlight 1: Panda Tour
Located in the northeast suburb of Chengdu, the Panda Base is one of the most popular places for travelers, and probably the most important base in the world dedicated to the protection of the giant pandas and other endangered species. Chengdu also has the Panda Post, with its branches around the city, which provide panda-themed postcards and all sorts of Panda derivative products. Furthermore, Chengdu becomes more famous somehow owns to the film Kung Fu Panda 3. The representation of the homeland of pandas in the film is based on the scenes in the Qingcheng Mountains featuring the green hills and cliffs. So, why not have a Panda's Trip in Chengdu?
Why Choose Chengdu as Travel Destination?
Have a look of all the exquisite gardens, temples, shrines, and museums in and around Chengdu.
Jul 23, 2016
"Girlfriend" of Harry Potter Visits Chengdu
At the invitation of the Tourism Department of Chengdu Municipality and Chengdu Culture & Development Group, Bonnie Wright, who played the role of Ginny Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies, visited Chengdu and experienced the folklore of Western Sichuan on Sept. 24, 2014.
Oct 19, 2014
Chengdu's Tourism Wins Global Recognition
The 3rd Annual Meeting of the MCSTO took place in Chengdu on Nov. 19.
Nov 21, 2014
Chengdu Ranks Fourth in Tourist Satisfaction in National Survey
The China Tourism Academy (CTA) announced a report on China’s index of tourist satisfaction and rankings of 60 cities in the country.
Jan 12, 2015
11 Scenic Spots in Chengdu Named 'Price Trusted'
Eleven scenic spots in Chengdu were recently listed as "price trusted" by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).
Jun 23, 2015
Tourism Fair and Latest Successful Events in Chengdu
The third Chengdu International Tourism Exhibition attracted more than 300 travel agencies, administrative departments, management companies of scenic sites and hotels from 35 countries and regions.
Dec 21, 2015
City takes another step forward onto global tourism map
Chengdu becomes first city in western China to adopt tax-refund policy for overseas tourists.
Jan 16, 2016
2016 Chengdu-Korean Tourism Festival Held in City
The 2016 Chengdu-South Korean Tourism and Culture Festival kicked off on June 24.
Jun 25, 2016
World-Class Cultural City, a Magnet for Visitors from Afar
The city's efforts to promote tourism in recent years have given rise to various new forms of tourism, such as eco-tourism, Three Kingdoms theme tourism, rural tourism, and folk culture theme tourism, which have greatly expanded the scope and enriched the contents of leisure tourism of the city and injected new cultural vitality to the city's tourist industry.
Sep 26, 2016
Chengdu special: Food festival serves up special cultural feast
The 13th Chengdu Food and Tourism Festival was held in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, from Sept 26 to Oct 8.
Oct 24, 2016
Reference Prices for 15 Hot Tourist Sites
Sichuan Provincial Tourism Association announced on Nov. 11 the reference prices for 15 hot sites for tourists traveling from Chengdu.
Nov 08, 2016
Chengdu International Tourism Expo 2016
The Chengdu International Tourism Expo 2016 will be held December 2-4 at the Chengdu Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center, bring together 40 countries and regions across the world.
Dec 01, 2016
Major tourist attractions
Despite its vigorous drive towards modernization, Chengdu spares no efforts to retain its sense of tradition and ancient landscapes. As a rising economic, cultural and transportation center in western China, Chengdu is also a very important tourist destination, with many historical and scenic spots around the city. The city also serves a transit station to Tibet, and several world-class tourist destinations are conveniently located in neighboring areas, including Mount Emei and the Grand Buddha, Jiuzhaigou, Hailuogou, Siguniang Mountains (Four Maidens Mountains), the Sanxingdui Ruins and so on.
Jul 25, 2014
Summer Resorts around Chengdu
The city gives its dwellers a plenty choice of summer resort destinations.
Sep 19, 2014
Wetland Parks around Chengdu
The numerous wetland parks around Chengdu are also popular tourist destinations, attracting city dwellers for the fresh air and agreeable environments.
Nov 16, 2015
Chengdu Quickens Pace to Become World Tourist Destination
Playing an ever important role in the national development strategy, the city, known as the Land of Abundance with dynamic economy, well-established traffic infrastructure, magnificent culture and attractive natural beauty, is expected to be a key regional major city in the world.
Sep 26, 2016
How to Book Train Tickets in Chengdu
Trains in China can take you to many popular destinations, and it would be a fantastic experience to take a bullet train during your Chengdu tour. Travelers in Chengdu can buy train tickets in person, online or through a travel agent or ticket agency.
Sep 30, 2016
Chengdu Rises as World’s Second Fastest-growing Tourist Destination
A new report shows that Chengdu is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations around the world.
Oct 10, 2016
Chengdu Listed as One of World’s 21 Must-see Destinations in 2017
Chengdu was listed as one of the world’s 21 must-visit destinations in 2017 by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, becoming the only one of its kind in China on the list.