The New York Times has Chengdu at number 44 out of 52 worldwide destinations, citing it as “one of the most dynamic cities in China” and “a panda and food capital”.
Milan tops the list of the 52 Places to Go, followed by Cuba and Philadelphia.
“Pandas are this city’s drawing card, but adventurous chefs and boutique hotels are now giving visitors a reason to linger after seeing the star residents,” said newspawr writer Justin Bergman in the article published on The New York Times.
Local tourism facilities and services are adequate to meet local, domestic and international demand. Currently, there are 63 National A-class tourist scenic spots, 247 star-rated hotels and 364 travel agencies in Chengdu, attracting 186.2 million domestic and foreign visitors in 2014, among whom 1.97 million are inbound tourists, up 11.66 percent from a year earlier.
Statistics of Inbound Visitors to Chengdu in 2014 (10, 000 person/time):
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
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (the Panda Base) is probably the most important base in the world dedicated to the protection of the giant pandas.
Nov 09, 2014
Home of giant pandas and land of success
Chengdu is a modern metropolitan city, but traditions are well preserved.
Apr 08, 2015
Broad Bean Sauce: Soul of Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan Cuisine Experience Park is located in Ande Township of Pixian County and only 28km away from downtown Chengdu. The park is a cultural theme scenic spot for culinary culture, food experience, shopping and recreation, where people can visit the food production lines and get true understanding of the world famous Sichuan Cuisine.
Jul 22, 2014
Panda Base: Come and Cuddle the Cute Animals
To many visitors to the city, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chenghua is a must. The panda base is located on the Futou Hill in the northeast to downtown Chengdu, about 12 km from the city center.
Jul 21, 2014
First Touch of Authentic Sichuan Food
Gastronomic enthusiasts Marc (France) and Arturo (the US) came to Daronghe Restaurant in Chengdu to learn how to cook Mapo Tofu and Kung Pao Chicken.
Oct 15, 2014
Michelle’ Chengdu panda tour
US first lady Michelle Obama heads for China with her mother and daughters in tow on Wednesday. Along the way, Mrs. Obama and the two generations of women accompanying her daughters Malia and Sasha and mother Marian Robinson visited the Chengdu Panda Base, home to about 50 pandas.
Jun 26, 2014
Sichuan Cuisine Culture Museum
The museum is a cultural theme scenic spot for culinary culture, food experience, shopping and recreation.
Oct 21, 2014
Where to See pandas
Chengdu is the only metropolitan city in the world less than 100 km from the habitats of wild pandas and the Chengdu Panda Base is the world's best-known research institute for panda protection.
Oct 10, 2014
Take a close look of pandas at the Panda Base
Information of services at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Oct 19, 2014
China launches first Giant Panda Valley in Sichuan
China has launched its first-ever Dujiangyan Giant Panda Valley in Southwest China's Sichuan province. It's part of efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild.
Oct 14, 2014
Two baby pandas in Chengdu get new names
Two little pandas in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were given new names – the elder brother is called Mao Zhu, and the younger sister is called Mao Sun.