If you’ve ever thought about visiting Chengdu – the hometown of giant panda as well as one of the most livable cities in China. Put it into your wish list!
With a long history of 2300 years, Chengdu enjoys the title of “the land of abundance”. Nowadays, as one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Chengdu is a metropolis of many guises. What’s more, since 1 September,2013, passengers from 51 countries holding valid air ticket to a third country can stay in Chengdu for up to 72 hours without a China visa.
We’re sharing our thoughts on what to do in Chengdu – well, at least the things you most definitely shouldn’t miss!
1. Meet Adorable Giant Pandas and Join the Panda Keeper Program
As the hometown of the giant panda, Chengdu is the best place in the world for panda lovers. Dujiangyan Panda Base is now the only base in Chengdu to join the Panda Keeper Program where you can take care of the pandas and hold a panda for taking photos.
2. Feel lilliputian while standing at the feet of Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha has a long history of about 1200 years old. You will be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Chinese who spent 90 years in total to carve this 71-meter-high huge Buddha statue which was listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage in the year 1997.
3. Amazed By The Unique Face-Changing Performances While Watching Sichuan Opera
Well-known for its unique face-changing performances, Sichuan Opera has a long history of over 300 years. Face changing is a visible stunt used to express the character’s invisible mood in Sichuan Opera. You will learn a lot about the splendid culture of this region by this amazing art performance.
4. Inspired By The Spirit of Chili and Salt From Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan cuisine is well known both home and abroad for its unique strong flavor of spiciness and salty featuring the widely use of garlic, chili peppers and peppercorns, the combination of which makes a real sensation in one’s mouth. A stimulating 3-day experience of local snacks, dishes and culinary culture in Chengdu would bring you an unforgettable experience.
5. Explore Chinese Taoism Culture In Taoist Holy Land – Mt. Qingcheng and Qinyang Palace
As the the only religion originated in China, Taoism is becoming more and more popular in the world because of its core idea of harmony between human being and nature. Qingyang Palace was originally built during the Tang Dynasty over 1000 years ago and now is the largest and oldest Taoist palace in Chengdu and one of the most famous Taoist palaces in China.http://laviezine.com/2334/8-things-you-must-do-in-chendu/
6. Hike Mt.E’mei As A Great Buddhism Pilgrimage
Mt.Emei is one of the four sacred Buddhism mountains in China. There are plenty of ancient Buddhism and Taoism temples scattered in the deep mountains. What’s more, Mt. Emei is abundant in various kinds of plants and animals in the forests. You will probably see some wild monkeys during your visit.
7. Appreciate the “The people living above the clouds” In Taoping Qiang Minority Village
Sichuan province is a land inhabited by many minority groups, of which the Qiang people have been known as ‘the people living above the clouds’, they used to live in the high mountains, hence the name. And they have their unique culture, language, art, religion, and architecture, therefore Taoping village is an ideal place for you to learn something about this ethnic group.
8. Visit “The world’s best dinosaur museum” In Zigong
As China’s Jurassic Park – Zigong Dinosaur Museum exhibits fossils of dinosaurs which located at the actual burial site of dinosaurs. You will absolutely learn a lot about the dinosaurs at this great museum.