Located in western Sichuan Basin (center of Chengdu Plain), Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, known as the "Heavenly State." It is the habitat of giant pandas and the city of hibiscus. “Heavenly State” describes Chengdu’ abundance in everything. Two branches of the Yangtze River, the Min and Tuo River, converge in the Sichuan Basin and supply irrigation. It is blessed with abundant mineral resources and the land is extremely fertile.
2,400 years ago, the first emperor built the capital there and named the city “Chengdu.” Although thousands of years have passed, its original name remains as well as its role as a political, commercial and military centre in the Shu area. Back in the Han and Tang Dynasties, its handcraft industry developed quickly due to its Shu brocades and exquisite embroideries. Today, its embroideries are renowned for their bright colors and delicate designs, ranking as one of the four main embroideries in China. The bronze culture, together with the starting point of the Southern Silk Road has contributed to its historical significance. What’s more, it’s the place where the earliest paper currency, Jiaozi, was first printed.
Sichuan cuisine is so well known that you in different parts of China you can find Sichuan restaurants. However, if you would like to taste authentic dishes, a trip to Chengdu is a necessity. It’s true that Sichuan is a paradise on earth because of its rich culture and history, convenient for shopping and comfort.