is located on the western Sichuan Plain and has a rich history of over 2,300 years. As the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is renowned for its fertile land and agricultural wealth, which has earned the city the nickname of “The Storehouse of Heaven”. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers in western China. Chengdu also hosts many international companies and more than 12 consulates. More than 260 Fortune 500 companies have established branches in Chengdu due to the huge demand of Western China. According to the 2010 census, Chengdu is the fifth-most populous city in China.
To the west of Chengdu, the steep ascension of the Tibetan Plateau begins. Chengdu enjoys a temperate climate, but the plateau moisture is to blame for the frequent cloud cover. Still though, the temperature rarely drops below freezing, and the city enjoys many months of comfortable weather. Many main streets are tree lined while unused public spaces are filled with flowers and other kinds of vegetation. The natural atmosphere created by the urban vegetation sets Chengdu apart from most modernized, large cities in China. Two rivers, the Funan and the Jin (Brocade), also weave their way through the city, creating space for many pleasant riverside paths, parks, and teahouses.
Unlike most other parts of China, Chengdu locals live typically relaxed lives. Residents fill the sidewalks day and night drinking tea and playing mahjong. It is the gateway to the famous scenery Jiuzhai Gou, the Mountain of E’mei Mountain, and Great Buddhist in Le Shan, as well as home to one of the most important panda breeding centers in the world. It is also a traveler’s haven and a place to gather information and resources in-between backpacking trips. The people in Chengdu are friendly and their pace is slow.
Sichuan cuisine has developed over several centuries. Its distinctive
flavors entice people throughout China, and even recently in foreign countries. Sichuan cuisine is famous for piquancy, and its flavoring is complex as well as hot.