Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, which is well known as the “Heavenly State”. Being the natural habitat of giant pandas, Chengdu is ideal for all kinds of travellers, particularly families! China’s fifth most populous city, Chengdu was rated by Chinese media as the nation’s second most liveable city.
Binfengxia Panda Base Research Centre is the perfect opportunity to add the beauty that is the giant panda to your travels. Bifengxia Panda Base is the best place to see pandas in the natural scenery they inhabit and has been selected as China’s latest giant panda protection base. Bifengxia (meaning Green Peak Canyon in Chinese) has an important role to play in altering the destiny of this endangered species.
The giant Leshan and Great Buddha was built with hope that it would calm the waters at it’s feet. Carved in to Mount Emei and at 71 meters tall, it is the largest stone Buddha in the world. The area is of great cultural significance as it is the place where Buddhism was initially established in Chinese territories. There are many stone carvings to be seen, as well as temples and pagodas, and the area has many indigenous animals and plant species.
Dating back over 1,300 years, Wenshu Monastery is the best preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is famous for its elegant gardens and cultural relics, rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty, as it was damaged by a fire during the war in the Ming Dynasty, Wenshu Monastery is now a major tourist attraction. Highlights of the temple include the White Jade Buddha and the Thousand Buddha Pagoda.