Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, is located in Chengdu plains in the center of Sichuan basin. With an area of 12,100 square kilometers and a permanent population of 16.98 million, Chengdu is the fourth most populous city in China. As a core player in trade and logistics, finance, technology and transportation, and communication in western China, Chengdu is also an important base for hi-tech industries, modern manufacturing industries, modern service industries and modern agriculture.
    Surrounded by humid subtropical climate, Chengdu enjoys flat and watery lands, diversified natural environment and abundant resources. It has been referred as the land of abundance since ancient times. Enjoying comfortable climate, fine ecosystem, and rich tourism resource, Chengdu is neighbor to some of the world natural heritages and attractions like the giant panda habitat, Nine-village Valley and Huanglong scenic area, and has been entitled Top 10 Best Tourist Destination in China by UNWTO.
    Chengdu is the starting point of the famous Silk Road in southern China. In ancient times, Chengdu was the center of Chinese tea culture, painting, poetry and music, and was also an important cradle of Taoism.Approved as one of the first national historic and cultural cities by Chinese authorities, Chengdu has a number of historic sites and cultural sceneries, such as Wuhou Shrine, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Yongling Mausoleum, Wangjiang Pavilion, Qingyang Palace, Wenshu Monastery, Ming Tomb of Shu King, and Zhaojue Temple, etc.