Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city filled with charming culture and friendly people. The rapid modern growth in recent years did not destroy the laid-back lifestyle of this city.
In the tree-draped streets between the neon-drenched malls and glassy high-rises, you will still find the traditional wooden architecture, as well as many locals spending their leisurely time in teahouses.
The ancient cultural and historical background of Chengdu can be dated back to over 2,000 years ago. It has also been home to many notable personalities in China's history. The memorials such as Dufu's Thatched Cottage are great places to learn about these iconic figures.
Chengdu serves as an entrince city for many famous scenic spots in Western China, including Jiuzhaigou National Park and Mount Emei. The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the largest airport in Western China. Air China and Sichuan Airlines link Chengdu with many major cities and fly direct to Lhasa in Tibet.