What to do in Chengdu – LTL’s Travel Guide
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Chengdu is famous worldwide as the home of the Giant Panda.
A first-time visitor to the city will notice cartoon pandas everywhere – on the side of subway carriages, in shop windows, and even on the doors of local taxis. They’re certainly Chengdu’s best ambassadors.
We get it, they are super cute.
But we’re here to tell you now – there’s so much more to Chengdu than pandas!
Firstly though… A Brief History of Chengdu
Civilisation has thrived here for at least 4,000 years. Some people believe this makes Chengdu the longest continually-inhabited city in the world!
Whoever you choose to believe, the city first enters historical records as a cultural hub for the ancient Shu people who farmed the fertile Sichuan basin.
Some of their bronze treasures can be admired today at the impressive Jinsha Site museum.
During the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 – 220), Chengdu’s silk industry began to thrive.
The city became famous across Asia and Europe for its elaborate hand-woven brocades. (In fact, the river that flows through the city centre is called the JinJiang river, or “Brocade River” to this day.)
Its handy geographical location made Chengdu the starting point for the south-western branch of the Silk Road, and therefore a powerful player in the booming trade between China and the Western world.