Chengdu has been rising in the ranks as one of China's commercial powerhouses with its ambition to become the world's next Silicon Valley, having attracted numerous tech start-ups in recent years, along with foreign investment estimated at over US$8 billion.
But apart from its economic boom, the city is also a colourful hub for foodies – after all, Chengdu was the first Asian city to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2010, a nod to Sichuan cuisine being one of the most complex of Chinese cuisines. From street snacks to teahouses to hotpot restaurants and upscale private diners, tourists can eat around the clock in this bustling city.
And then there are the giant pandas, one of the key reasons tourists flock to this city and its outer regions. In addition to several locations where one can see a panda in action (or inaction), Chengdu is also home to a slew of historical attractions that make for an eye-opening travel experience.