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Chengdu in China-City of Brocades

Beautiful Landscapes and ethnic folklore of Chengdu makes it one of the most interesting places in China. Blessed with beautiful climate all round the year, Chengdu is a land of abundance.

Accommodation
Chengdu has exclusive sky rise five star hotels near the airport, commercial area of Chunxi Road and the International Exhibition Centre. They are best suited for people visiting Chengdu for business purposes and provide facilities such as teahouse, Chinese restaurants, fashionable and ethnic deluxe rooms. Tourist cabs are readily available for reaching the city’s tourist destinations.

Two and three star hotels in the downtown and Tianfu Square are best for tourists as they are near shopping malls and restaurants and have attractive facilities of airport pickups, 24 hours room service etc. Budget Hotels near Jinjiang River provide an awesome scenic view. Guest houses and youth hostels are also present in the older part of the city. They are most suited for young backpackers who just need bed and breakfast facilities. Bicycles are available here on rent.

History
Chengdu has a history of more than 2000 years. Ever since the first emperor, it has been the capital of Sichuan and the hub of commerce, politics and military. In 206 B.C. the handicraft industry started in the Han Dynasty and since then Chengdu is known for its embroideries and brocades. Jiaozi, the first paper currency was printed here. In Chinese history, Chengdu is the place where Bronze Age Civilization began. Today, it is flourishing in textile industry, aluminium production as well as chemicals.

Popular Places and Monuments
Tianfu Square is in the centre of the city with a huge statue of Chairman Mao. It has fountains around it where water shows are held every evening. George Panda Base is the biggest Panda reserve in China where you have a very close view of 60 giant pandas as well as few red pandas.

Sichuan University museum has an awesome collection of ancient handicrafts as well as bronze artefacts. Wenshu Temple and Qingyang Temple are famous temples worth visiting. Jinsha Excavation Site, Jinli Ancient Street are other major historic attractions of Chengdu.

Getting Around
Chengdu has an international airport about 20 km from the city. It has flights to about 70 domestic and 20 international destinations. Cabs are easily available to reach the city. It has the largest rail services in China connecting major cities. Tourist trains can be used to reach nearby areas like Guangyuan City. Chengdu has three bus stations. All bus stops have city maps and list of buses running which can guide you well.

Places of Entertainment
People in Chengdu are very relaxed and leisurely. It has a vibrant night life with various clubs, bars, theatres, operas as well as traditional tea houses. Sichuan Opera is a must watch for its amazing performances of changing faces (Bianlian).

Currency
Currency in Chengdu is the Renminbi. Majority of malls and hotels have started accepting credit cards. You can get the daily currency exchange rates and other news from the internet.

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