With the greatest number of universities and research institutes in southwestern China, Chengdu is the center of higher education and scientific research in the region. It has more than 50 colleges and universities
With the greatest number of universities and research institutes in southwestern China, Chengdu is the center of higher education and scientific research in the region. It has more than 50 colleges and universities, including University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (电子科技大学), Sichuan University (四川大学), and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (西南财经大学). In 2010, over 140,000 students graduated from the colleges and universities, more than half of them majored in IT, finance, economics, business management, or foreign languages studies. A growing number of universities and colleges now provide courses for international students on the Chinese language and culture, traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and so on.
Chengdu has a top-class elementary education system in China. Many schools have launched cooperative programs with overseas institutions and some high school students in the international classes use the textbooks introduced from the US, UK, Canada and other countries.
Most expats in Chengdu send their children to international schools. The most successful international schools in the city are the Chengdu International School, Chengdu Meishi International School, Eton House School, Leman International School, QSI International School and Guangya Schools.
Chengdu is the hometown of Grand Slam champions Zheng Jie and Yan Zi, who won the women’s double championships at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. Chengdu is now part of an elite group of cities to host an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Champions Tour tournament, along with London, Zürich, São Paulo and Delray Beach.
Football is a popular sport in Chengdu. Currently, the city has three football teams at different levels of the Chinese professional football (soccer) championships. Ma Mingyu, a footballer from Chengdu, was the captain of the Chinese team which won the only qualification for China into the World Cup matches held in 2002.
Grassroots football teams thrive in Chengdu and the outstanding Shamrock Club is a soccer team formed by a group of expatriates living in the city.
Chengdu, along with Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan, hosted the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sichuan Whale, with its headquarters in Wenjiang District in western Chengdu, represents Sichuan in China’s top basketball league CBA (China Basketball Association) matches.
Taichi boxing (shadow boxing) has a large number of practitioners in the city. And people can have courses of Taichi at clubs organized by local governments.
A large ring for international equestrian events is in Wenjiang District in western Chengdu. The FEI Show-jumping World Cup (China Zone) was held at the venue in 2012.
Longxi-Hongkou International Natural Protection Site龙溪-虹口国家级自然保护区, about 70 km from Chengdu downtown, is a national class rafting site, where an annual water rafting festival is held from mid-June through the end of August.
The craggy cliffs of the Heming Mountains in Dayi County in western Chengdu attracts a growing number of rock climbers from China and overseas and fans of the sports can have training courses at the base there.
The Green Paths
Cycling fans will find Chengdu a paradise for the sports since the city has many Green Paths around the city, which have a total length of over 1, 000 km and give cyclists the opportunity to enjoy rigorous exercise surrounded by beautiful scenery along the way.
Chengdu has a long tradition of the sport of Go (Weiqi) and boasts a large population of Go fans. Several schools of Go training courses in the city enjoy national fame.
Chengdu Sports Stadium
Chengdu Sports Stadium is located in downtown Chengdu, covering 140 acres (57 ha) and has 42,000 seats. As one of the landmarks of Chengdu, it’s the first large multi-purpose venue in Chengdu that can accommodate sports competitions, trainings, social activities, and performances. It is the home stadium of the Chengdu Blades, Chengdu’s football team.The stadium hosted the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sichuan International Tennis Center
Located 16 km (10 mi) away from Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport, Sichuan International Tennis Center covers an area of 250,000 square meters. It is the largest tennis center in southwest China and the fourth tennis center in China meeting ATP competition standards, after Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. This center is equipped with 36 standard tennis courts and 11,000 seats. Since 2009, the Chengdu Open, an ATP Championship Tour tournament, is held here annually.