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ChengduChengdu is one of the oldest cities in the world, and has been the most important center of economics, politics, and culture of the region for more than 2,400 years. This is the epicenter of Sichuan culture and one of the most interesting major cities in Asian.

The profound historical significance of the city is demonstrated by Chinese artistic traditions, such as embroidery, calligraphy, Sichuan Opera, and bronze working, which were first developed here and continue to the present. This is where tea was originally cultivated thousands of years ago, and the world’s first currency was issued.

Chengdu lays on the western edge of the Sichuan Basin. This is a sub-tropical region which is geographically cuff off from the rest of China by the massive mountain ranges which encircle it, allowing a unique style of Chinese culture to have developed here over the course of millennium. The climate is dominated by these mountains and the weather systems they generate. Summers are ferociously hot and humid with occasional heavy rains. Winter gets cold but freezing temperatures are rare. Spring and autumn are very pleasant.

Chengdu is one of the major cosmopolitan centers of Western China, and a major rail stop with convenient transport links throughout Sichuan and beyond. Chongqing is 4 hours away. Kunming and Guiyang are each reached easily on overnight trains. Kangding, the traditional frontier town between Tibetan and Han ethnic regions, is 6 hours to the west and there are several daily busses. Chengdu International Airport has destinations throughout the country and Southeast Asia.

Sichuan cuisine needs no introduction and Chengdu is the spicy heart of it. The restaurants of Chengdu prepare one of the world’s greatest cuisines and anyone interested in food culture will have a great time with what the Sichuanese have to offer. As if this weren’t enough, some of the best international food in all of China can be enjoyed here. There is fantastic North American, Italian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, French, and Mexican food.



 
 
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