Chengdu Emerging as Top China Vacation SpotApr 1st, 2011 | By Sue Gonzales | Category: Travel
Chengdu has been awarded as one of the “best tourist city in China” by China National Tourism Administration and UNWTO. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin.
A trip to China is one of the best travel deal around right now. For travelers who have already been to Shanghai, Beijing and the Yangtze River or just want a different experience, Chengdu is a perfect next destination. Chengdu offers not only vitality and modern spirit, but also offers a unique combination of genuine preservation of old traditions, taking pride in the more than 5000 years of history, all while being the number one center of business trade in western China.
Chengdu is the home to one of China’s natural treasures, the Giant Panda Bears. Visitors are able to get up close to these amazing endangered animals with an interactive learning experience at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base.
A worthwhile side trip is the region considered to be the birthplace of Taoism. Visitors can travel to Mount Qingcheng, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see beautiful landscapes and the most concentrated number of Taoist temples in all of China. The Giant Buddha, the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, is located in Leshan, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Jinsha Relic Site, noted as the first major archaeological discovery of the 21st century, is home to more than 5000 spectacular relics. Details of the excavations are available.
Visitors can travel through 5000 years of history in Chengdu’s ancient towns of Pingle, Anren, Xilai, Huanglongxi and Luodai.
Chengdu is a mecca for shopping for everything from panda souvenirs to lacquer work, bamboo woven china, Swellfun liquor, Shu embroidery and even silk carpets. The city is the birthplace of the tea culture and China’s capital of fine cuisine. Cultural performances are found throughout the city in different venues where China’s vibrant past comes alive.
The modern lifestyle of Chengdu is apparent. Visitors will experience musical entertainment from rock and roll to karaoke in the various bars and nightclubs into the wee hours of the morning. One good way to blend the old and the new is to visit Wide Alley and Narrow Alley, a recently restored district in downtown area where visitors will find an urban oasis of traditional architecture.
With these attractions, Chengdu is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most unforgettable vacation experiences in China.