October 14-21, 2016 Chengdu,China

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Chéngdū(Chinese: 成都), formerly transliterated as Chengtu, is the capital of Sichuan province, of Southwest China. Famed for being home to the adorable Giant Panda, and fiery cuisine. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Western China.

Chengdu literally buzzes with the very best of new world amenities, and yet old world culture and traditions remain fused together with the laid back life style of its inhabitants. Whatever your reason for coming to Chengdu, you will not go away disapointed!


Chengdu has a long history. More than four thousand years ago, the prehistorically Bronze Age culture of Jīnshā (金沙) established itself in this region. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is also known as "天府之国" (Tiānfǔzhi Guó), which literally means "the country of heaven", or more often seen translated as "the Land of Abundance".

Chengdu has seen the rise and fall of nearly a dozen independent kingdoms or dynasties since its founding in 316 BC.

Jinsha Site Museum

Three-Star Piles

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

The giant panda is a rare and beloved animal that only inhabits the six major mountain ranges in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces of China. With a population of less than 2000, the species is included on the endangered list by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is protected by China's Wildlife Protective Law as the special-class protected animal. Giant pandas are appreciated and cherished by humans the world over; their familiar black and white faces and rounded ears endearing them to children and adults alike. Because of its prominent scientific research value, endangered status, and delightful viewing value, the giant panda is considered a national treasure of China. Though small in number, giant pandas have visited many countries and served as envoys of friendship from China to the world. Chengdu has been the ancestral homeland to giant pandas since ancient times.

Scenic Spots

Chengdu has some of the most breathtaking scenery and fascinating travel spots to be discovered in China, such as Jiuzhai Valley, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng and Emei Mountain.

Jiuzhai Valley

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Mount Qingcheng

Emei Mountain

Eating in Chengdu

Sichuan cuisine (Chinese: 四川菜) is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in the Sichuan Province of southwestern China famed for bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavour of the Sichuan peppercorn (花椒). Peanuts, sesame paste and ginger are also prominent ingredients in Szechuan cooking. Although the region is now romanized as Sichuan, the cuisine is still sometimes spelled 'Szechuan' or 'Szechwan' in United States. It is said that Chengdu leads with its stomach, perhaps explaining the title "City of Gastronomy" bestowed upon the city by UNESCO in 2010. Eating here will be an absolute joy, and a memorable highlight of your visit.

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