Chengdu Today

Authors: Go Chengdu


Chengdu has set a goal to become the first modernized and internationalized metropolitan city in central and western China.
The State Council has designated Chengdu to be a commercial and trade logistic center, financial center, science and technology center, transportation hub and communication hub, as well as one of the country’s key bases of high and new technologies, modern manufacturing, modern services and modern agriculture. Statistics show that Chengdu commands 1/6 of the population of Sichuan and contributes 1/3 of the GDP of the province. Today, it is rising as a pivotal city not only in Sichuan but also in western China.
Chengdu has set a goal to become the first modernized and internationalized metropolitan city in central and western China, defining its future status as the “economic engine of western China”. It will lead China in development speed and western China in the hi-tech industries and show comparative advantages in some fields globally. It will strive to build itself as a vantage point in western Chinese economy and function as a transportation hub, industry main support, city main engine and main region for opening up. In order to achieve the goal, the city has implemented the “Five Strategies for City Revitalization”, which puts focuses on the development of transportation, city construction, industry, coordinated regional development and total regional opening-up. These should promote the formation of an opened regional center, an internationalized city and a world-class ecology city that is urban-rural integrated, fully modernized and comprehensively internationalized.
With the continual socio-economic development and improvement of investment environment, many enterprises and organizations around the globe have taken keen interest in Chengdu. In a recent poll conducted by Gallup Inc. on the international image of Chinese cities, Chengdu ranked third while World Bank declared it a “benchmark city for investment environment in inland China”.
A research report headed by Nobel laureate Robert Mundell and famous Chinese economist Li Yining, released by the State Information Center in 2010, stated that Chengdu has become the economic engine since the implementation of the Western Development strategy, a benchmark city for investment environment in inland China and a leader in modern urbanization. In October the same year, Forbes magazine named Chengdu the No. 1 in its list of the World’ Fastest-Growing Cities in the next decade.
Also in 2010, UNESCO honored Chengdu as Asia’s first “City of Gastronomy”. In 2011, Fortune magazine called Chengdu one of its 15 new best cities for business.
Chengdu is the first city in western China to adopt the 72-hour visa-free policy, which allows transit passengers from 51 countries with a flight ticket to a third country to stay up to 72 hours.

A Foreigner’s Chengdu Complex

Ms. Marion Alfretta Walmsley Walker with her husband and her granddaughter returned to her birthplace —— Chengdu.

Jun 29, 2014

Gourmet Chengdu

An internationally-renowned food culture city as well as the home to the Sichuan-style cuisine, Chengdu was named by UNESCO the City of Gastronomy in February, 2010.

Nov 09, 2014

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