Chengdu Aims to be a World-Class Tourist Destination

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-07-23

The Jinsha Site, the most important archaeological discovery of China in the early 21st century, the gold Sunbird foil, logo of China cultural heritage, the giant panda, China’s national treasure, the Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a world natural and cultural heritage site ...
All of the human and natural legacies undoubtedly show that Chengdu is a fascinating city with a long history and profound culture and civilization.
According to Global Destination Cities Index of MasterCard released in July 2015, Chengdu's number of international tourists increased significantly between 2009 and 2015, ranking second globally in terms of growth in foreign tourist arrivals and becoming one of the world's 10 fastest growing destination cities.
The Wuhouci Shrine located in downtown Chengdu, first built in 223, is a famous historical site dedicated to Liu Bei (161-223), Emperor of the state of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), and Zhuge Liang (181-234), Prime Minister of the state of Shu and a well-known military and political strategist.
The Du Fu's Thatched Cottage is a park located in Huanhuaxi, west of Chengdu's city center. In honor of Du Fu (712-770), the greatest realistic poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the thatched cottage was the poet's residence where he had lived for four years and wrote about 240 poems. As a national cultural heritage site and one of the most famous historical attractions in Chengdu, the park features a serene and poetic ambience, and lush greenery.
As one of China's famous Taoist mountains and summer resorts, Mount Qingcheng is 20km to the southwest of Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was an irrigation infrastructure built in 256BC during China's Warring States Period and is now still in operation. The Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System were listed together as a UNESCO world natural and cultural heritage site.
Located in western suburb of Chengdu, the Jinsha Site Museum, one of the top ten museums in China, is one of the most important sites in Pre-Qin Period (before 221BC). More than 5000 artifacts of gold, jade, bronze, ivory and stone were unearthed from the site. The gold Sunbird foil excavated from here was adopted by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China to be the country's logo of cultural heritage.
In the city with cultural diversity where East meets West, and tradition meets modernity, there are lots of unique neighborhoods and streets lined with exotic structures and facilities. The Tongzilin Street in the city center is such a popular community with both locals and visitors for the western-style cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars, and boutique stores.
In addition, there are plenty of theaters, music halls, libraries, galleries and museums in Chengdu. An official report shows that Chengdu now has around a hundred museums, topping the cities in western China.
As important part of the city's culture, Sichuan Cuisine is highly reputed in the world. The cuisine is famous for its diversified flavors, and almost every dish has its own unique taste. Because of the diversity and inclusiveness of Sichuan Cuisine, Chengdu, birthplace of the food, was listed by the UNESCO as the first City of Gastronomy in Asia.
Lots of international celebrities, including the US first lady Michelle Obama and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel showed their love for Sichuan food during their visits to the city. To date, there have been 30 famous Chinese snack brands, 13 China Time-Honored Brands, over 10 food streets, and more than 60,000 restaurants in the city.

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