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Chengdu

The City of Hibiscus:

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  • General Information

    Other Name: "Land of Milk and Honey"., District: Sichuan, State: Southwest China, China
    Area: 12390 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Mendarin
    Long Distance Code: +8628
    Importance: Chengdu has long been established as a national base for electronic and IT industry. Several key national electronic R&D institutes are located in Chengdu.
    Best Time to Visit: March to June and October
    International Access: well connected with other major cities of China.
  • Description

    Chengdu located in southwest People's Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan province and a sub-provincial city. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in Southwestern China.
  • Location

    Chengdu is situated at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin
  • Climate

    Subtropical Monsoon Climate
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located on the mountain of Futoushan in the northern suburbs of the city, 18km away from the town center. The Giant Panda Museum is a unique museum set up for Giant Panda's in the world, it collects and shows fruits of human knowledge, review and research on the Giant Panda. The Museum shows almost 300 rare, fine pictures and scientific , full & accurate charts about Giant Panda, exhibits literatures and monograph on Giant Panda's at all times and in different places of the world.

It shows practical specimens of Giant Panda's from fossils to every part of dissection, dejection and main types of food bamboo etc. The Museum also built many large zoology scope-boxes with an area of 300m2, such as remote antiquity as Giant Panda zoology environment, Giant Panda danger situation, and Giant Panda zoology environment in Qinling, Liangshan, Xiangling, Minshan, and Qionglai Mountain.

Du Fu (712-70 AD),one of China's most famous poets, left home at the tender age of 20, becoming a court official at the former capital in Chang'an (near Xi'an). Du Fu's civil service duties did not last long however, and he was captured by rebels and forced to flee the city for Chengdu after only a few years. It was in Chengdu, at this small and simple house, that Du Fu was inspired to write more than 200 poems which are regarded today as masterpieces of realist poetry.

Dufu's Thatched Cottage covers an area of 16 hectares. The Gate, the Screen Wall, the Lobby, the Hall of Verse History, and the Gong Bu Temple are lined one by one along the middle axis, flanked by corridors and other auxiliary buildings. The bronze statue of Dufu in the Hall of Verse History is broad-minded. The clay sculpture of Dufu was enshrined in the Gong Bu Temple is very lifelike. Among and between them are trees and bamboo groves, winding brooks and linking small bridges.

All these give the place an atmosphere of solemnity, meanwhile a sense of beauty and grace. Around the hones are bamboo fences and inside the fences are vegetable and herb plots, easily remind people of the scenes described in Dufu's poems. While taking a quiet walk in such a historical and cultural environment, visitors are apt to be brought back to the ancient times.

Wuhou Temple (Temple of Marquis Wu) in the southern suburbs of Chengdu is dedicated to the memory of both Liu Bei (161-223), Emperor of the Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms period (220-280), and Zhuge Liang (181-234), Prime Minister of the Kingdom. The board hung above the gate reads "Han Zhaolie Temple" (Zhaolie was a title given to Liu Bei posthumously). But the temple is commonly called Wuhou Memorial Temple (Zhuge Liang was conferred on the title of Wu Xianghou after his death). The memorial temple, dignified and simple in style, houses 47 statues of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang and other civil officials and senior generals of the Kingdom. The temple is furnished with many inscribed stone tablets, the most famous being the Tablet of Triple Success of the Tang Dynasty (618 -907) with its text by Prime Minister Pei Du, calligraphy by Liu Gongchuo and carvings by Lu Jian. The couplets written on scrolls and hung on the pillars in the temple are well-known for numerous aphorism.