Mt. Emei is a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site for its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist sites.
According to the white paper, those traveling to China primarily for sightseeing, having a better understanding of Chinese culture and for relaxation, account for 64%, 50% and 45% respectively of the total tourists. And those for visiting friends/relatives and shopping account for 28%.
A lot of charming tourist attractions in Sichuan, including adorable giant pandas, mysterious ancient Southern Silk Road, the brilliant culture of the Three Kingdoms, the beautiful Jiuzhaigou Valley and Mt. Emei, one of China's “Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains", have long been attracting numerous overseas tourists.
Over the recent years, Chengdu has been seeing more and more tourists from home and abroad. In 2014, it received 186.2 million domestic and foreign visitors, up 20.05 per cent year on year. Among them, 1.97 million are inbound tourists, increasing 11.66 per cent from a year earlier.
In January 2015, Chengdu was named one of the “52 Places to Go in 2015” by The New York Times, as one of the only two Chinese cities (the another one is Zhouzhuang) on the list. Before that, the city had won lots of tourism-themed titles, including the Excellent Tourist City in China, the Best Tourist City in China and one of the Happiest Cities in China. It had also been approved by the World Center of Excellence for Destinations (CED) as a member of the network, becoming the first city in Asia to win the title. Chengdu will be the second Chinese city to host the 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly in 2017 after Beijing which hosted the event in 2003.
As a well-known transportation hub and tourist city, Chengdu is famous for its extensive transportation system as it is the communication junction of Southwest China and the gateway to Tibet. Conveniently connected to over 100 domestic and international airports, Chengdu is accessible from and to almost all the major countries in the world.
Jul 24, 2014
More travelers flying overseas from Chengdu
An increasing number of people are taking international flights from Chengdu as the city seeks a more global presence. Latest data from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport show that the passenger load for flights from Chengdu to London and Amsterdam stayed beyond 90 percent from Jan 1 to 10.
Jul 01, 2014
Welcome to Chengdu, City of Gastronomy
Chengdu ranked 1st on China’s most popular domestic travel destinations list and 70% travelers come to the city for its food, according to a travel report published by Mafengwo, a major tourist information website in China.
Jun 18, 2015
Enjoy Your Travel in Chengdu
With a pleasant climate, Chengdu is endowed with stunning natural beauty and has lots of beautiful and amazing tourist attractions.