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Chengdu - Land of Milk and Honey


Chengdu, regarded as the gateway, is located in the fertile plains of Sichuan province in China. Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is sometimes called "Land of Milk and Honey". Chengdu with more than 2,300 years history is also considered to be the cultural hub of southwest China.

The city area is divided into five districts and 12 counties, altogether home to more than 9.2 million people. Chengdu is known to be a very laid-back city and ranked one of the most livable cities in China in recent years. It is credited with a good nightlife scene and contains many new western style buildings in the large city center. In summer, the weather is hot and humid, as the city is surrounded by mountains in the Red Basin. Its suitable climate makes it one of most beautiful city in China.

Chengdu Highlilghts

Giant Pandas Breeding Base, Chengdu

[Giant Pandas Breeding Base] Giant Pandas Breeding Base is located in Futou Shan, about 7 miles (11km) north of downtown Chengdu in Sichuan Province. You can get there by taxi which is your best bet and there is a taxi stand outside the entrance for you to go to your next destination. Public buses do run there but you'll have to change several times. Organized tours including transportation can be arranged through your hotel.

Giant Pandas Breeding Base was established in 1987 and opened to the public in 1995. The whole base covers an area of 600 acres. It is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. And the base aims to increase the population of giant pandas and eventually release some of the animals back into the wild. What's more, it is the most ideal ecological tourism place for visitors all around world to get to know the appearance of giant pandas and to get around the wild nature. It was awarded "Global 500" twice by the U N in the year of 1989 and 1994.

Giant Pandas Breeding Base has several features for giant pandas life. The open grounds here are good for pandas to roam freely. Nursery is available where babies are care for. The museum covers pandas' environment and conservation efforts as well as separate butterfly and vertebrate museum. Here there are other endangered species such as the red panda and the black-necked crane to be bred.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Sichuan

[Dujiangyan Irrigation System] Dujiangyan irrigation system was constructed in 256 BC under the leadership of Governor Li Bing. It is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and also the World Cultural Heritage Site.

Dujiangyan irrigation system is still functioning, distributing waters of the Min River] to the farmland of the Chengdu Plain, supporting a population over 10 million today. It best embodies the ancient Chinese philosophy: man should always stay in harmony with nature while taking its advantage rather than working against nature (such as damming a river to build a reservoir).

The irrigation system consists of three sections: the Fish Mouth, which splits the Min River into the inner and outer rivers, the Feisha Dike, which helps reduce the amount of silt carried by the inner Min River before it flows into the Baopingkou ("mouth of the treasure bottle") Aqueduct, the third section which leads the waters into the Chengdu Plain. The bed of the outer river is convex while that of the inner river is concave. This fact, an integral part of Li Bing's original design, results in less slit going into the inner river which is primarily used for irrigation.

Sanxingdui Museum, Chengdu

[Sanxingdui Museum] Sanxingdui Museum is located at the northeast of Sanxingdui site, by the Duck River, 40 kilometers from the capital city of Chengdu, 26 kilometers from the industrial city Deyang. The museum was open to public in October 1997 and now it is a large modern historical museum with the central exhibition area of 7,000 square meters.

There are four different exhibition halls in the museum with the area of 800m and cover the area of 4,000 square meters. The main contents displayed are "Ancient Town, Ancient Kingdom, and Ancient Shu Culture." Some earthenware, jade articles, bone articles, gold plates and bronze wares which originally came from Sanxingdui Site and thousands of cultural relics of Shang Dynasty are displayed in the museum. It is known that the cultural relics of Sanxingdui are the most influential, most valuable and most fascinating relics among the tremendous relics of China. The museum has many breakthrough and novelties in terms of content and art forms in order to display the large treasure of Sanxingdui Site at this mysterious and dreamy art place.

Mountain Emei, Chengdu, Sichuan

[Mt. Emei] Mt. Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. It lies in the southwestern area of Sichuan basin, within the boundaries of Emeishan City in China, some 140 kilometers to the southwest of Chengdu and 33 kilometers to the east of Leshan.

The mountain has four peaks. The peaks raise one higher than the next to unfold into a vast and verdant scene, giving rise to the claim that "Emei's beauty is the finest under heaven." As one of four famous Buddhist mountains in China, Mt.Emei includes several attractions, such as Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Leiyin Temple, Chunyang Palace, Da'e Temple, the Qingyin Pavilion, Hongchun Plain, Xian's Temple, Xixiang Pool, Golden Roof, Ten-Thousand-Year Temple, and White Dragon Cavern.

Its main peak is called as the Golden Summit (Jinding). The highest peak, the Wan Fuding Summit is 3079.3 meters above the sea level. Jin Ding and Wan Fuding neighboring, here mountain stratus cloud, the scenery is grand, the tourists may be in steep absorbed to appreciate the sunrise, the cloud sea, the Buddha light, the saint lamps which are the four big marvelous sights. On the Mt. Emei, the Buddhism culture and the original enchanting scenery has been attracting the tourists. As the famous scenic spot and the Buddhist Mountain in China, UNESCO inscribed Mt.Emei in the World Natural Heritage List in 1996.

On the Mt.Emei, there is an area where you can see wild monkeys. You can feed them food with your pleasure. To your surprise, if the monkeys notice you are carrying food, sometimes they will jump on you. It is really great to see a lot of monkeys around the mountain.

Leshan Giant Buddha

[Leshan Giant Buddha] Leshan Giant Buddha is one of the most magnificent tourist attractions in Sichuan Province. It's located at the Westside of Xiluan Peak (Phoenix Perched Peak) of Mt.Lingyun, just the east of Leshan City.

Because the Buddha is carved into the cliffs, there is a local saying describes the Buddha like this: "The mountain unveils a Buddha, while the Buddha fades into the mountain."

The huge figure takes the shape of a Maitreya Buddha, a disciple of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. The figure occupies the entire hillside. Its head reaches the top of the cliffs, his hands rest on his knees and his face has a serene expression as it gazes at Leshan city across the river which rushes past its feet. Looking solemn and stately, the Buddha is 71 meters high. His shoulders are 28 meters wide, head 14.7 meters long and 10 meters broad, with a total of 1021 chignons of hair clustered on it. Each is as big as a round table. Its drooping ear is 6.2 meters long, its eye 3.3 meters wide. Its middle finger is 8.3 meters long, and each of its bare feet is 11 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, large enough for more than 100 people to sit on.

As a colossal statue the Buddha is so awe-inspiring that every pious Buddhist feels compelled to fall to his knees and to pray for blessings and safety in life. According to records, the carving of this massive statue began in 713AD, during the Tang dynasty, and took 90 years to complete, finally being finished in 803AD.

The Leshan Giant Buddha is believed to be the world's largest and tallest sculpture of a Buddha carved in rock. In 1996, it was added to the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List.

Myriad Years Monastery

[Myriad Years Monastery] Myriad Years Monastery, also called Wannian Temple, is one of the most ancient temples on the Mt,Emei in Sichuan Province.

Myriad Years Monastery(Wannian Temple) was built in Jin Dynasty. Originally the construction scale of this temple was quite grand and its history was the longest and it was the grandest temple on the Mt.Emei. It is very pity that in 1946 it suffered a big fire, the beautiful wood temple halls were burnt completely and only the brick palace built with bricks in Ming Dynasty left. Later in 1953 two temples were rebuilt and the brick palace was also called "Beamless Hall”, which is 16 meters high and 15.7 meters long. Its walls, window lattices and arcs are all built with bricks and stones. Inside the hall a bronze statue of Samantabhadra Buddha riding on a white elephant is enshrined, built with bronze, 7.35 meters high and 62 tons weigh.

In the temple, there is a statue of the god of Universal Benevolence mounting a white elephant. The statue, made of bronze with 7.3 meters high and 62 tons, was molded in the Song Dynasty dated back one thousand years ago and really is a valuable state treasure. It is said that there is a kind of special small frog on the Mt.Emei in the rectangle pond at the right side inside the Wannian Temple. In quiet evening, they will release pleasant sound all the year. All who have heard the sound describe this kind of frog as "Playing Instrument Frog". To the left of the hall is the Xingyuan Tower in which three treasures are stored. The first is a Buddhist scripture, presented to the royal family from Burma; the second is Kasyapa's teeth Sarira, take back from Sri Lanka; the third is the Sealof Wish King Puxian, presented by the emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

[Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area] Jiuzhaigou valley Stretches over 72,000 ha in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the jagged reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems.

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a mountainous area with series of lakes and waterfalls containing clear, mineral-rich water. It is located in the Min Shan mountain range, the Northern Sichuan Province of China.

Jiuzhaigou Valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. Some 140 bird species also inhabit the valley, as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda and the Sichuan takin.

The landscape of Jiuzhaigou can be compared with Plitvice Lakes(Croatia) and Huanglong(China), though Jiuzhaigou’s attractions are held in higher esteem than that of the other two. At its inscription in 1992, it was recommended that Jiuzhaigou and nearby Huanglong (also in the Min Shan) would be inscribed as one site.

It is said that if there should be wonderlands on the earth, Jiuzhaigou Valley must be one of them.

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

[Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area] Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is Situated in Songpan County, in the northwest part of Sichuan Province. It is made up of snow-capped peaks and the easternmost of all the Chinese glaciers. In addition to its mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems can be found, as well as spectacular limestone formations, waterfalls and hot springs. The area also has a population of endangered animals, including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey.

Because of its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest, Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is regarded as "The World Wonder" and "Fairy Land on Earth". And it was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992.

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is famed for its outstanding travertine (calcium carbonate) formations. With the virgin forest as its backdrop, the travertine scenery holds colorful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls, caves, etc. The travertine formations scenery is No.1 in China.

Huanglong's beauty is beyond mere words, you need see it in person to truly appreciate this "'Fairy Land on Earth".

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