Home to the world's laziest bear, the famously cute giant panda, Chengdu is also known throughout China for its spicy Sichuan cuisine, fiery face-changing shows and a unique culture that traces its roots back to the Shu Kingdom and Bronze-age Sanxindui civilization. While the newly-built world's largest building, the New Century Global Center, is garnering global headlines, famous Chengdu attractions like the nearby Leshan Giant Buddha still amaze and awe. It's a historic city comfortable in its own cultural skin even as it becomes one of China's most important modern cities.
China and pandas go hand-in-hand and seeing the cuddly, monochrome creatures in the flesh is often cited as a top Sichuan, if not China, experience. Sadly, despite their status as ... >>
Situated at the confluence of the Min and Dadu Rivers, the Leshan Giant Buddha was originally built to protect and watch over ships passing in the night. The seated Buddha is a ... >>
One of Sichuan's most popular destinations, Mount Emei (Emei Shan) stands 200 km (124 mi) southwest of Chengdu. Its ... >>
Located just outside of Chengdu, Qingcheng Mountain (Qingcheng Shan) is one of the ancient cradles of Taoism. Taoist ... >>
China loves to tame rivers (think of the Three Gorges and proposed Tiger Leaping Gorge projects) and Sichuan's ... >>