Chengdu (Rong for Short), capital
of Sichuan Province, has been the economic and
cultural center of China's most populous province
since 400 BC, covering an area of 12,390 square
kilometers and with a population of 9.9 million.
Chengdu is also a famous Chinese cultural
city, endowed with unique natural conditions and
beautiful environment. Among this famed historical
and cultural city's historical sites are Marquis
of Wu's Temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang, prime
minister of Shu of Three Kingdoms Period; Thatched
Cottage, where the celebrated Tang poet, Du Fu,
lived during his stay in Chengdu; famous Buddhist
sanctuaries, such as Baoguang, Zhaojue, Manjusri,
and Daci temples; Qingyanggong, the best preserved
memorial temple for Lao Zi, father of Taoism;
Tomb of Wang Jian; and Wangjiang Tower. The giant
panda breeding centre of Chengdu is a must for
panda-loving visitors. Chengdu's restaurants serving
Sichuanese cuisine and refreshments, and teahouses
hold forth the fascination of local mores. Sichuan
brocade, embroidery and lacquerware are famous
souvenirs. With its trademark grimacing skills
and uncanny sense of humour, Sichuan Opera is
a major branch of the Chinese theatre.
What does still exist here in abundance,
is a great street life. Markets and street hawkers
fill the streets dealing in everything you could
possibly imagine, from snakes and snails to fortunes
and foot scrubs. Many travelers here are simply
killing time or passing through en route to Tibet.
This is however, a very pleasant city to do just
this: feast on some great food and soak up some
of the mellow atmosphere in one of the thousands
of tea houses dotted about the city.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.