Meet The world’s Heritage
In an increasingly international and modern city which is witnessing rapid economic and social development, it’s not surprising to see more and more foreigners from different parts of the globe to invest, work, travel, study and live here. What made you love with Chengdu? What is your answer? The city’s laid-back lifestyle, promising job opportunities, or the food, wonderful natural scenery, and beautiful ladies.
One of the Most Famous Traditional Chinese Operas
Sichuan Opera is one of the most famous traditional Chinese operas with a history of hundreds of years, originating in Sichuan province. Sichuan Opera is an important part of the Chengdu culture and has great influence in south western China’s Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou provinces. Sichuan Opera features vivid, humorous narration, singing and acrobatics. Acts or stunts like “face changing” Face-changing is famous even overseas for its mysterious techniques. The libretto of Sichuan Opera is humorous and flushed with vivid expressions and local characteristics.
Lianpu in Sichuan Opera – Sichuan Opera facial mask (lianpu in Chinese) refers to the various patterns on the faces of actors and actresses in operas to indicate different personalities and characters of the roles, as well as to express moral judgment and appraisal of these characters. Different colors in the masks represent different character roles.
Blue and green: indicate a relatively ruthless, avaricious, brave and fierce character.
Red: symbolizes royalty and hot temper.
White: represents evil and arrogance.
Black: stands for righteousness.
Head into the city – You’ll find bars, teahouses and food stalls on Jinli Street, a central pedestrianised area which dates back to the Qing dynasty era (1644-1912). If you’re hungry for street food, fill up on spicy chicken kebabs, fish-flavoured tofu, and hot bread with molten molasses while browsing for souvenirs. Tianfu Square, the original site of the Imperial Palace, is a short walk away. It’s overlooked by an imposing Chairman Mao statue, and every noon and dusk you’ll spy elaborate music-synchronised water fountains too – a rather eccentric spectacle.
To witness the locals’ love of mahjong, tai chi and tea drinking, venture to The Peoples’ Park, a popular city hang-out. Here you can wander through Zen-style gardens, take a ride on the retro funfair, and sip a brew at the 100-year-old lakeside Heming teahouse.
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.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding – The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chengdu Panda Base), located about 15km from downtown Chengdu, opened in 1988 and includes a research center, an research laboratory, a veterinary hospital, an enclosure, and an open ground for giant panda activities. It is the most famous research base in China dedicated to the protection of the giant pandas.
Spy Treasures in Museums – In 2001, the remains of the 3,000-year-old city of Jinsha were discovered in the northwest of urban Chengdu. The Jinsha Relics Archeological Museum holds 10,000 items found during the dig – including jade tools, masks, pottery, blades and jewellery. Jinsha Site Museum was covered a total area of about 38,000 square meters, it mainly consists of Relics Hall, Exhibition Hall, Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Ecological Garden. It is a rare site museum among Chinese museums because of its combination of modern civilization and the civilization of ancient Shu State (Sichuan Province was called Shu State in ancient times), as well as the combination of ecological environment and culture.