Chengdu is the capital of the “Heavenly State” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo) and is most famous for being the habitat of giant pandas and for its cotton-rose hibiscus. With a population of just under 15 million people, it has quickly become one of the largest cities in China and is among the fastest growing on both its population and economic importance.
Chengdu is one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in China. It’s also home to the fertile Chengdu Plain, which has earned it nicknames such as “Country of Heaven” and “The Land of Abundance”.
Unlike the coastal urban centers, the cost of living in Chengdu has remained affordable. Therefore, people who choose to live and work there will have plenty of choices in terms of entertainment and sightseeing.
Chengdu boasts profound historical and cultural background – among which are historic places of interest such as the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Monastery. Natural beauty abounds in surrounding areas such as in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and Huang Long Valley (Yellow Dragon Valley). Plus, the natural habitat of giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center supports the world’s only giant panda breeding and research base.
Sampling the famous Sichuan cuisine is a must on a trip to Chengdu. Enjoying the food as well as the culture, shopping and sitting for tea at an ancient tea-house afford a deeper understanding of Chengdu. Improved land and airlines have extended nationwide and provide convenient means of travel for those looking to explore other regions of China. Chengdu is also the main inland access city to Tibet.
Chengdu has consistently been in the top five “Most Livable Cities in China” for the past five years and is experiencing a huge surge in foreign investment. The local government has reported that two hundred thirty-three (233) Fortune 500 companies have offices in Chengdu.
With so many attractive features, many savvy expats are now choosing Chengdu as a place to live and work.
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