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Chengdu is the provincial capital and largest city of Sichuan Province in southwest China. Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is sometimes called the "Land of Milk and Honey". Chengdu has the reputation as a very "laid-back" city that emphasizes culture and relaxation and as a result of this and much green space is ranked one of the most livable mega-cities in China. It is credited with a good nightlife scene and contains many new western style buildings in the large city center.

The Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the biggest facility of this kind in the world. Due to habitat destruction and other reasons, the giant panda is maybe the most famous endangered animal. It is home to some 60 giant pandas, but also has some red pandas and a colony of black-necked cranes. The pandas are basically on display for tourists but views are much closer than is possible at most Western zoos.

The Sichuan Opera is more like a burlesque cabaret than an actual opera, sometimes including magicians, traditional musicians, shadow plays, comedy, and dancers besides the traditional pieces. Of course the most famous would be a quick face-changing and fire spitting performance by dancers clad in colourful traditional costumes. You will follow the story sitting at your table, sipping on your constantly refilled tea cup and nibbling some salted snacks.

Mount Qingcheng is an easy day trips about 40 km from Chengdu and make for a fascinating visit. Qingcheng is a beautiful mountain with an extensive and well kept network of steps and pathways; it includes many pagodas, a small lake, and a chair-lift for those who don't want to walk. Qingcheng is an important site in the Taoist religion. Dujiangyan has a fascinating history and a marvelous swinging pedestrian bridge.

Chunxi Road area is a street and a contiguous shopping district. More than 700 shops in the area including shopping malls, department stores, boutiques and street stalls.

You will find no shortage of delicious and fiery Sichuan food in Chengdu. Most of the food is quite spicy. The spiciest food in Chengdu is hot pot (also called steamboat). Sichuan hotpots are basically a big pot of soup and spices simmering in a hole in the middle of your table. Patrons choose from a large selection of meats, vegetables and other add-ins.

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