Ancient Chengdu on track to be a global metropolis

Authors: China Daily


Chengdu, with history of more than 2,300 years, has set itself the target of becoming an international city of culture, tourism and sports events, as well as an international metropolis known for its food, music and event hosting.
Chengdu's spirit of innovation goes back almost as far as the city's history itself.
During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), Li Bing, a local governor, ordered to build the Dujiangyan Irrigation System.
The system enabled Chengdu's people to manage the irrigation of their land and helped the region develop steadily. It eventually became known as Tianfu, or the land of plenty.
In recent years, Chengdu has drawn heavily on its cultural heritage as a promotional tool. For example, cultural blocks and towns highlighting the characteristics of ancient Chengdu have been designed to attract tourists from around the world.
The city now plans to push on with projects such as Tianfu Jincheng, a themed town; Tianfu Museum of Nature; Tianfu Culture International Centre and Shaocheng International Cultural and Creative Silicon Valley.
Tianfu Jincheng aims to recover the ancient glamour of the city's cultural urban blocks and old towns, such as Chunxi Road and the Wide and Narrow Alleys.
Two music industry parks in the Shaocheng Silicon Valley opened in December, 2017. Chengdu is well placed to build an international metropolis for music, local officials said.
Chengdu is also endowed with resources that make it an international tourist destination, the most obvious of these being its iconic panda. Just as people worldwide have come to identify the panda as an emblem of China, many Chinese regard Chengdu as the animal's hometown. The panda is one of the key attractions for tourists who descend on the city, but local officials are intent on expanding its panda culture and creating better tourism services relating to the animal.
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