The City of Chengdu
There is a saying that “once you come to Chengdu ,you do not want to leave ” Which reveal the charming of this city.
The splendid Chengdu city is renowned for its fertile land and agricultural wealth. It is the capital of Sichuan province and the center of its economy culture, politics and information. With many images, Chengdu is a colorful and charming city. City of brocade, city of leisure and Eden of the east are several of its widely spread names.
According to historical records “Chengdu was built into a city with one year's effort. And then, it became the capital the next year.
The total area of Chengdu is about 12600 square kilometers, and the city proper occupies an area of 87 square kilometers. According to the recent population census, Chengdu's entire population was close to 11000 million, of which 1/6 live in the urban area Lying in the eastern part of Chengdu plain, Chengdu is strategically situated in western part of the Sichuan province by the Mingjiang River. It extends about 166 kilometers from east to west about 192 kilometers from north to south.
Chengdu enjoys a generally subtropical and monsoon climate. Therefore, warm and moist weather dominate most days of a year. The four seasons are clearly demarcated, The average annual temperature is around 16th century, while the rainfall is about 997.6million meters.
Topographically speaking, Chengdu is high on the relief map in the northwest but low in the southeast. The highest elevation is 5364 meters and the lowest 387 meters. The average elevation of the city is 500 meters.36.4 percent of the land area of Chengdu is occupied by plains while 63 percent is hilly lands and mountains.
For the purpose of administration, Chengdu is divided into 7 urban districts, and 12 suburban counties.
Chengdu is proud of its cultural background and scenic beauties. we can see a clear history with all the sites and evidence that exists. On the vast and fertile Chengdu plain,there are many historic remains that reveals the past of this city. Sangxingdui museum displays the ancient city, ancient kingdom, and ancient shu, which is considered as one of the ten most valuable discoveries in china. The Jinsha ruin is anther important remain that has been discovered in recent years. The Dujiangyan irrigation system built about 2000 years age contributes to the fertile land and agricultural wealth of Chengdu. In Chengdu city, we can visit the royal tomb of Wangjian, the Wuhou temple, the river viewing pavilion park, and Qingyang temple.
Around Chengdu city, there are many beautiful and impressive natural scenery sports, such as Mt Emei, Mt Qingcheng, Mt xilingxueshan Etc.Those are the best choices to smell the fresh air.
The famous cultural city, chengdu,is not only known for her history of more than 2300 years, but also noted for its leisure life style.
On a fine day, one can go to a plain tea house, find a bamboo chair,lie on it in the most comfortable position and order a cup of tea. You can half a dozen newspapers and flip through the pages as you like. You might doze off in all the comfort. You might slop tea while watching tea art or various performances, such as the breathing of fire or acrobatics.
The leisure and idleness of chengdu is also reflected in various local snacks. The snacks are delicious yet inexpensive,and a food break is a good way to kill time. After dusk in the summer, the native like to go out to sit on the dikes of the Funan river to drink beer, eat snacks, and enjoy the slow pace of life.