Chengdu, China

Although a city of 11 million people and the capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu is a green city and a relaxing place to explore on foot. There are myriads of small bustling streets lined with shops and restaurants. Modern depatment stores and office buildings are becoming more and more common although the city retains much of it's historical flavour
Chengdu's history dates back 2300 years and was the first place to introduce paper money around AD1200.

Location: located between 102 54' - 104 53' east longitude and 30 05' - 31 26' north latitude, and in the hinterland of China's Sichuan province. Neighbouring areas: Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, and Yunnan Provinces, Tibet Autonomous Region Physical Features: mainly covered by plain, Min Population: 9.9million Urban Population: 3.2 million Area: 12,300 sq km Nationalities: Han, Hui, Tibetan, Man, Meng and Yi History: built in 316 BC during the late Warring State Period as the Dujiangyan dam and irrigation system was put in place, Chengdu boasts a 2300 year history. In Eastern Han dynasty, the city was called Jincheng ( Brocade City). By Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), it was considered a cornerstone of Chinese society Climatic Features: lies in subtropical humid climate with free-frost period of about 337 days and average rainfall of 900-1,300mm per year, annual average humidity is 82%, and the sunshine ratio is 28% Average Temperature: 15.5 C -16.5 C Rainfall: average rainfall of 900-1,300mm annually Mountains: Mt Qingchengshan, Mt. Emeishan Rivers: Minjiang River, the Tuojiang River and other over 40 rivers Products: grain, cooking oil, pork, and vegetables Local Highlights: giant panda and golden monkey, Chuanxiu (embroidery), bamboo ware, tea Sightseeing List : Baoguang Temple Chengdu Pan
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