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Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province which is located in southwest China. The fertile plain on which Chengdu is located is called Tianfuzhi guo which when translated means ‘land of abundance ’or 'Country of Heaven'.
The city is an important transportation and commercial hub and the location of Chengdu is such that it facilitates access to Lè Shan which is one of the most important breeding grounds for China’s national treasure, the Giant Panda. The Pandas of whom only a thousand remain are found only in the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces of China. More than eighty percent of the Panda population is concentrated in the Sichuan province and people from all over the world converge on Chengdu to see these Giant Pandas.
Chengdu is China’s fifth most populous city and apart for its Giant Pandas it is renowned for its tea houses and its many culinary delights which feature the fiery hot Sichuan cuisine which has red chili peppers as its main component. Some of the famous dishes of Sichuan Cuisine are dishes like Grandma Chen’s Bean Curd, the Chengdu Hotpot and Dan Dan Noodles. Chengdu has also witnessed the art of drinking tea evolve within its boundaries over the past 1300 years. The Gaiwan style of drinking tea originated in Chengdu and features a Gaiwan tea cup that consists of a lid, tea cup and a saucer. This Gaiwan tea cup is used to brew fine white and green teas. Today many tea house and restaurants dot the banks of the Fu Hé River that runs through Chengdu.
Chengdu is considered to be one of the economic powerhouses in China as it has within its environs a high tech industrial development zone where many an international as well as domestic companies have a presence. The world’s first. paper currency was also believed to have been invented in Chengdu in 1023 during the rule of the Song dynasty.Continuing in the same vein, Chengdu continues to remain a center for much financial activity as various banks and brokerage houses have established outlets in the city of Chengdu recently.
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The Flower Fair of Chengdu
The Flower Fair of Chengdu
The Flower Fair takes place every year at Qingyanggong Park which is located in the heart of Chengdu.
Chengdu's citizens believe that the fifteenth day of the second month in lunar calendar is the birthday of all flowers. This day coincides with the birthday of Lao Zi, who is the founder of Taoism in China. The followers of Taoism have been worshipping Lao Zi in Qingyanggong Park through the ages. The Flower fair of Chengdu not only features many kinds of flowers but it also features several local foods and folk art performances all of which can be experienced at Qingyanggong Park. This flower festival is usally held in the month of March every year.
The Chengdu Lantern Festival
The Chengdu Lantern festival can be traced back to 711 AD during the rule of the Tang Dynasty in China. Initially the Lantern festival used to be celebrated as a one day event around the 15th of January. During the rule of the Ming Dynasty it was extended to last for ten days and presently the Lantern festival lasts for an entire month.
The dates of the festival are determined by the lunar calendar and the festival is typically held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month . Lanterns of all types and sizes adorn every nook and cranny of Chengdu during the festival which is known to draw scores of tourists to Chengdu. During the festival a fair is also held at the Qingyang Palace, which is a prominent Taoist temple in Chengdu. The fair features a wide array of lanterns, local artists and native foods. New lantern designs are launched each year at the fair and most tend to feature a dragon. The festival also features traditional eats like yuanxiao which are small dumplings that are mainly consumed during the Lantern Festival.
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Airlines such as China Eastern,Air China, Cathay and Qantas offer airlinks between
Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne and the city of Chengdu. The flight times from these cities to Chengdu depends on the route that you choose to fly and the stops that you have to make. Generally these flight times are in an excess of 20 hours.
Australia doesn't have a consulate in Chengdu but the country has its embassy in Beijing and consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou.