Administrative Map of Chengdu
The map can help you to get a better understanding of Chengdu !
1.Chunxi Road: Shopping Paradise
Chunxi Road in Jinjiang District, the city’s bustling arena of fashions and goodies with modern appeal, is often regarded as the shopping paradise for many people.Read More
2.Wide and Narrow Alleys:Vista to the Old Chengdu Memory
Wide and Narrow Alleys, a vista of historical elegance and local leisurely life, a melting pot of diversified cultural elements.Read More
3.Happy Valley: Disneyland in Western China
Happy Valley Amusement Park is located in Jinniu District. Jinniu District is the most populated district and most dynamic economic and commercial area in Chengdu.Read More
4.Wuhou Shrine Museum: Memorial Hall of the Man of Wisdom
Wuhou District, as the powerful economic development area in Chengdu, is the area of the Three Kingdoms culture and the pleasant livable new district.Read More
5.Panda Base: Come and Cuddle the Cute Animals
To many visitors to the city, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chenghua is a must. The panda base is located on the Futou Hill in the northeast to downtown Chengdu, about 12 km from the city center.Read More
9.Equestrian Sports Center
The equestrian sports center, called Chengdu Jinma International Racecourse, is the crucial part of the emerging Chengdu International Sports City, an ambitious project in western Chengdu’s Wenjiang District.Read More
10.Dujiangyan Dam: World Famous Old Irrigation Project
Dujiangyan City is the foremost tourist city in Chengdu and possesses a UNESCO World Heritage site —the Qingcheng Mountains and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. The city is on the northwestern side of Chengdu and borders on the Tibetan regions further to the north and west.Read More
11.Longmen Mountains: World-class Geological Park
The Longmenshan National Park, in northern Chengdu’s Pengzhou City, is a showcase of geological wonders. The park covers an area of 1, 900 sq.km and boasts diversified land forms characterized with well-developed strata, glacial erratic boulders (nappe) and thrust fault terrains (klippe).Read More
12.Ping’le Town: Ancient Post on the Southern Silk Road
The ancient town in western Chengdu’s Qionglai City, one of the “ Top Waterside Scenic Town” in western Sichuan, features ancient style architectures, river sights and idyllic life styles.Read More
14.Pear Blossom Valley: A Vast Sea of Pure White in Spring
A vast land of thousands of pear trees, Pear Blossom Valley covers an expansive area of almost 8 sq.km, and is a hot spot especially in spring when the pear flowers come out, making the valley a white sea.Read More
15.Huanglongxi Ancient Town: Showcase of Local Folk Culture
Huanglongxi in Shuangliu is the first tourist site with the theme of ancient town sightseeing in Chengdu, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country because of its enchanting scenery and interesting folk culture.Read More
16.Broad Bean Sauce: Soul of Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan Cuisine Experience Park is located in Ande Township of Pixian County and only 28km away from downtown Chengdu. The park is a cultural theme scenic spot for culinary culture, food experience, shopping and recreation, where people can visit the food production lines and get true understanding of the world famous Sichuan Cuisine.Read More
17.Skiing Field in Southern China
The Xiling Snow Mountains are in Dayi County in western Chengdu and cover a large area of nearly 500 sq.km, and part of the area is open to tourists who come to see the magnificent peaks and alpine scenes.Read More
18.Shixiang Lake: Green Lake, Deep Forest and Dazzling Flower Farms
The Shixiang Lake (Stone Elephant Lake) Scenic Spot crowns the ecological environment of Pujiang County in southwestern Chengdu.Read More
19.Water Sports Center: Venue of International Regatta Events
Xinjin Water Sport Center is located in Xinjin County at the most southerly tip on the territory of Chengdu, where many rivers running across the city converge and provide favorable conditions for water sports programs.Read More
Brendan Frentz, Canadian, one of the top six contestants in the 13th Annual "Hanyu Qiao" Chinese Language Proficiency Competition broadcast by CCTV4 and now studying in the School of Business Administration at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
When he was 10 his family moved to Malaysia where he started his journey of learning Chinese. He always loved learning the languages of the local people he lived amongst. He discovered that language acquisition builds bridges of friendship and opens the pathway of heart-to-heart cross-cultural communication.
Last week I said goodbye for now to my Chengdu and returned back to live in my passport country Canada - the maple leaf kingdom and the home of ice hockey, polar bears, Justin Bieber, and the hugest mosquitoes you've ever seen! Did you know that in Canada you can drive on the highway for hours and not see a single car, most stores close at 6 PM, in the summertime the sun doesn't set until midnight, and we always put ice in our drinking water even though you can jog outside in the middle of summer and not break a sweat. Canada ranks as the second largest nation on earth. However, per square kilometer of land we average only slightly more than three people (vs. 145 in China). Canada contains one-fifth of the world's entire supply of fresh water and one-tenth of the world's forest reserves. Canadians enjoy beauty and blessing on a scale hard to imagine for most in the world. But upon arriving back in Canada this time while driving home from the airport I made the comment to my sister, "Everything seems just as it was when I left four years ago."
I come from the city of Edmonton, which is the provincial capital of Alberta (hint: the province from the West coast). Canadians from other cities often joke by calling my city "Dead-monton" instead of "Edmonton". By so doing they imply that nothing exciting ever seems to happen around here. Of course this clever little play on words doesn't contain much truth, as Edmonton with over 800,000 residents impressively ranks as the fifth most populated city in Canada. Trust me, many places in Canada deserve the prefix "Dead" far more so than Edmonton. For example Ormiston, the little town where my dad grew up, literally died when everyone moved away. Living in big Chinese cities like Chengdu for four years has totally redefined my concept of what makes a truly large, vibrant, and bustling international city. With over twelve million residents (according to Wikipedia), Chengdu could swallow up Edmonton and hardly bulge. Not only massive, Chengdu is also changing at a pace only matched by teenagers in the middle of their awkward growth phase.
This leaves me wondering, "If I had never moved to China, would I have simply stayed the same too, just like 'Dead-monton'?" I am no longer that 20 year-old boy who moved to China to follow his (perhaps overly ambitious) dream of mastering Chinese. Compared to him, I now grow (slightly) more facial hair, weigh a few kilos more, and have memorized thousands more hànzì (Chinese characters). But such changes occur naturally as a function of age and time spent in a classroom. Rather, just as I personally witnessed mega projects like the Elevated Second Ring Road and Subway Line 2 completed during my short time in Chengdu, I also experienced equally impressive mega projects completed in my own life. In Chengdu I learned the art of perseverance during my incredibly difficult university courses taught in Chinese. In Chengdu I mastered the process of thinking in a different language and viewing the world through the lens of another culture. In Chengdu I became comfortable in settings with many people - none of whom looked like me. In Chengdu I made progress in recognizing the blessings I have received and putting them to use by helping those around me in greater need. In Chengdu I even picked up enough Sichuan Hua to impress most local taxi drivers (or at least to shout "guawazi" at the rival car competing for our lane). The adventures and the difficulties associated with cross-cultural living in Chengdu seem to have unlocked, and with great speed, a new and improved version of me. For these great works completed in my life I must thank Chengdu and my many friends there.
Put another way, I believe that while in Chengdu I stepped out of childhood and became an adult, in the process becoming more like the person I long to be. I do believe that during these same years Chengdu also made important strides towards maturity as one of China's most important international cities - the city we all long Chengdu to be. The Fortune Global Forum held in Chengdu in 2013 helps to illustrate this coming of age. The event brought to Western China, for the very first time, the world's top scholars and the leaders of the world's most influential companies. I feel as though Chengdu has arrived as one of the most livable cities in China and one of the most attractive tourist destinations for foreigners. After all, we have the Pandas too!
As I look ahead at my future I know that I have much more growing still to do in order to more closely resemble the person I long to be. My transition back into regular life here in Canada will seem slow and difficult, as no one here on the street seems interested in taking my picture and I can't find authentic "húigūoníuròu" anywhere! Likewise for Chengdu, the years ahead must include even more building and mega-projects, with the traffic congestion that unfortunately entails. Subway Line 4 will one day soon run all the way from downtown Chengdu to the west gate of The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Wenjiang - just a one minute walk from my old dormitory residence. My old tedious two-hour commute aboard the most crowded bus of all time (the 309) will suddenly give way to a comfortable 25 minute subway ride.I cannot suppress my envy! Chengdu shows no sign of slowing down or simply accepting life the way it is now. So why should I? I will keep on growing up with Chengdu. I know on my next visit I'll feel proud to see all of the new positive changes in Chengdu. I only hope that my friends there will see how much I've grown in the same time too.