Get Inspired / China China: Chengdu Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Chengdu story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Sichuan Province's capital, Chengdu is in south-western China, about 2050 km from Beijing. An important educational and industrial centre, it has many Chinese history highlights, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 3rd-century BC Dujiangyan irrigation project, and the bronze masks in the Sanxingdui Museum. Chengdu is also home to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base where visitors can see and learn about pandas and China’s conservation efforts. The success of the breeding programs, and the future they bring to China’s endangered giant panda, ensures this centrally located city remains a hot spot for animal lovers who adore (and seek a close glimpse of) China’s loveable national symbol. But while the panda provides a prime reason to visit, it isn’t Chengdu’s only attribute as there are many sights and experiences of intrigue to fulfil a traveller’s dreams. This bustling capital of Sichuan province has a long chequered past – it dates back 2000 years - with so much unearthed over the centuries. It is in this agricultural heartland that a host of historic sites and relics have been uncovered, a visit to Sanxingdui Museum providing an impressive showcase and insight into ancient Chinese cultures, traditions and handicraft. Equally intriguing is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which dates back to the 3rd Century BC and highlights how advanced local ingenuity was at the time. Rising with the development of a more contemporary central Chengdu has been the opening of a contrasting range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, some found in the Jinniu district, a transformed and revitalised former industrial area of the city. One Chengdu restaurant is of such magnitude that the waiters move along the corridors on roller blades to ensure the food and drinks arrive in swift time. No-one should visit without seeing the amazing local act “Changing Face”, the quick removal of colourful masks – far too swift for the human eye. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Top 5 Club Med ski resorts for families Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where Should I Go in Asia? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.