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Chengdu Travel Guide

Chengdu is located in southwest China and is the capital of Sichuan province. The Sichuan province is reputed as 'Tian Fu Zhi Guo,' literally means 'Heavenly State,' a place richly endowed with natural resources with Chengdu as its extremely productive capital. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation, and communication ports in Western China. Other nicknames associated with the sub-province are Jincheng (The Borcade City) and Rongcheng (The City of Hibiscus). Chengdu's population is about 11 million. Some of Chengdu's top attractions include Wolong National Natural Preserve, Sanxingdui Museum, and the Anshun Bridge.

The weather in Chengdu is largely mild and humid. Chengdu is situated at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin and therefore shelters from the northeast winds fro, Siberia. The annual average temperature in Chengdu is about 61 degrees F (16 degrees C). The average low temperature is 37 degrees F (2.8 degrees C) and the average high temperature is 85.3 degrees F (29.6 degrees C), which occurs during the month of July and August. The best time for tourists to visit Chengdu is from March to June and from September to November. Rainfall is common year-round but peaks in July and August.

The native language in Chengdu is Sichuanese, otherwise referred as Sichuan dialect. People from Chengdu tend to eat spicy food. Local specialties include Grandma Chen's Tofu, Chengdu Hot pot, and Dan Dan Mien (Dan Dan noodles). The city is famous for its teahouses, where people gather at tea houses to chat, socialize and enjoy tea. Young people often meet at tea house of date. The Guangdong style teahouses not only serve tea, but also dim sum, people can eat different kinds of food while they drink their tea.

The Wolong National Natural Preserve is a comprehensive state natural reserve located in the east of Mt. Qionglai. It is now a protected area with over 4,000 different species recorded. Wolong National Natural Preserve houses more than 150 highly endangered giant pandas, where 67 of which are captive. Other endangered species that are protected in this reserve are red pandas, golden monkeys, white-lipped deer and some precious plants. The reserve gets up to 100,000 visitors every year.

The Sanxingdui (Three-Star Piles) Museum is located in Notheast of Sanxingdu archeological site, west of Guanghan. Sanxingdui is a cultural relic of the ancient Shu (Sichuan) and was re-discovered in 1987 when archaeologists excavated remarkable artifacts in this unknown Bronze Age culture. The museum was opened in 1997 as an archeological museum with excellent modern facilities that house these ancient relics, which changed the people's understanding of ancient history and culture.

The Anshun Bridge is a bridge located in Chengdu that crosses the Jin River. Anshun, meaning 'Peaceful and Fluent,' was a roofed opened bridge containing a relatively large restaurant and became a popular eating location in the city. The bridge was constructed in 2003 as a replacement of the old bridge which was destroyed by a flood in the 1980s.

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