Major tourist attractions

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-07-25

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.
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.
Jinsha Site Museum
The Jinsha Site Museum is located in the northwest of Chengdu. As a theme-park-style museum, it is dedicated to the protection, research, and display of Jinsha archaeological relics and findings. The museum covers 300, 000 sq. m, primarily housing the relics, exhibitions, and a conservation center.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System (58 km away from Chengdu proper) is the oldest existing irrigation project in the world with a history of over 2, 000 years. The irrigation system contains floods and droughts throughout the Chengdu Plain.
Mount Qingcheng
One of the Sacred sites of Taoism in China, Mount Qingcheng (青城山) is situated in the suburbs of Dujiangyan City and connected to downtown Chengdu 70 km away by the Cheng-Guan Expressway and a rail expressway.
With its peak 1, 600 m above sea level, Mount Qingcheng enjoys a cool climate, but remains a lush green all year round and is surrounded by hills and waterways. The Jianfu Temple, Shangqing Temple, Tianshi Cave, and Shizu Hall are some of the existing more well-known Taoist holy sites.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, lies in the northern suburb of the city, about 12 km from the city downtown, and covers an area of 200 hectares. The base is engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism.
The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987, with six giant pandas rescued from the wild. So far, Chengdu’s captive population has increased to 128 individuals.

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