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Introduction

Chengdu is the capital of 'Heavenly State' (Tian Fu Zhi Guo), habitat of giant pandas and city of cotton-rose hibiscus. During the past 2,300 years, Chengdu never changed its location and its name despite many upheavals. It has always remained the capital of Sichuan. Fortunately the Dujiangyan Irrigation system brings the vast Chengdu plain under irrigation and has protected it against droughts and floods for over 2,300 years. Because of this Chengdu Plain has turned into the land of abundance with a mild climate and fertile soil.
While in modernized Chengdu, there are still many miles of bustling back streets to explore: free markets, flea markets, peddler markets, commercial districts, underground shopping malls. And what's more, the countless tiny restaurants specializing in Sichuan snacks, myriad teahouse scattered everywhere... you're looking at one of China's most intriguing cities.

Attractions

Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is an idyllic 24-acre (97,000 Squre Meter) park and museum in honour of the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu at the western outskirts of Chengdu, adjacent to the Huanhua Xi, (Flower Rinsing Creek). In 1961, the Chinese government established Du Fu Cao Tang as a National Heritage site.


History
In 759 Du Fu moved to Chengdu, built a thatched hut near the Flower Rinsing Creek and lived there for four years. The 'thatched hut' period was the peak of Du Fu's creativity. He wrote two hundred and forty poems, among them: 'My Thatched Hut was torn apart by Autumn Wind' and 'The Prime Minister of Shu'.
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is now a popular destination for Du Fu enthusiasts around the world to pay tribute to the great poet.

Museum
The original thatched hut built by Du Fu was destroyed. The key buildings in the Du Fu Cao Tang Park were constructed in the early 16th century during the Ming dynasty and extensively renovated in 1811 during the Qing dynasty.
Thatched Cottage of Du Fu consists of several main areas:

**Du Gong Bu memorial Hall (Du Gongbu ci), where the life and work of Du Fu was displayed, the library area displayed published works of Du Fu, including some rare Song dynasty wood carving editions. The foreign language section displays a large number of foreign language books of Du Fu's works.
**The Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. A reconstructed thatched hut partitioned into a study, a bedroom and kitchen, recreated the living and working environment of Du Fu's time.
**The Hall of great poets (Da Ya Tang). A new exhibition hall where a 16 long by 4 meter tall mural painting portraying scenes from Du Fu's poems: 'My Thatched Hut Wrecked by the Autumn Wind' and 'A Song of War Chariots'. There are also statues of twelve prominent Chinese poets (including Qu Yuan, Tao Qian, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Su Shi, Li Qingzhao, Lu You) on display.



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Jinli street


Dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), Jinli Street in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was in ancient times one of the busiest of commercial boulevards of the Kingdom of Shu, during the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). It is thus known as the 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'.
At the time of the Three Kingdoms period, the production of the famous Shu brocade (a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver) was centralized at the southern bank of the Jinjiang River in Chengdu, adjacent to the historical Temple of Marquis Wu. The area was originally known as Jinguan or Jinli, and during the later Tang and Song Dynasties, Jinli became another name for the city of Chengdu.
Chengdu was the capital city of the Kingdom of Shu (221-263). Due largely to the leadership of Zhuge Liang (an outstanding politician and strategist) and other personages of the Kingdom of Shu, the 'Sanguo' (Three Kingdoms) culture took strong root here. And here still exists some of the richest of the remains of the Three Kingdoms Period.
The geography of the area is relatively simple. Adjacent to Jinli Street is the ancient Temple of Marquis Wu, while the Jinjiang River lies to the north and the Rainbow Bridge to the east. By combining the spirits and styles of the Qin, Han, Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Three Kingdoms period, along with the folk customs of western Sichuan, Jinli has enriched the 'Sanguo' culture.
Renovation of the street was completed at the end of 2004. Visitors from all over China and abroad gathered here in this ancient street to relax, take in the surroundings, and perhaps taste some of the local specialties. It is said that citizens of Chengdu are particularly fond of dining and socializing, and perhaps this is what helps to create the city's leisurely ambience.Chengdu has been newly designated as one of the ten most livable cities in China.

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Sichuan embroidery and brocade
1.Shu embroidery  
Shu embroidery(Shu is the shortened form of Sichuan), also called 'Chuan embroidery', is one of the four famous embroidery styles in China. It has enjoyed high reputation as 'a treasure of Sichuan' ever since the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). the craft of Shu embroidery reached its peak during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), many embroidery workshops were set up. After the founding of new China in 1949, Shu embroidery craft was greatly improved and it developed various new kinds.Shu embroidery is renowned for its superb workmanship, smooth and bright in quality. It has strong expression and artistic effect. the features of it are said as 'fine and smooth needlework, simple and elegant colors, graceful and easy lines and the traditional Chinese paintings' style '. Its needling characteristics lie in 'the even stitches,bright threads, closeness and softness in texture, and both centrifugal and centripetal needling'. the embroidery takes locally-produced colorful satin and threads as its materials. the unique designs on Shu embroidery include flowers, birds, landscapes, fish, worms and human figures. Its products include pillowcases, embroidered slippers, mirror curtain, lace, wedding dress, scroll, hats and shoes, skirts, quilt facing, etc. It mainly employs the themes of auspicious happiness.

2.Shu Brocade  
Shu brocade was first produced in Chengdu, Sichuan province, during the Han Dynasty. It became the primary kind of traditional silk brocade. After Sichuan became linked to middle China, its brocade-making skills were spread throughout China. Sichuan brocade flourished during the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties, with more designs, patterns, and colors being used. Especially during the Tang Dynasty, Sichuan produced a large quantity of very high quality silken goods. the magnum opus of this period included patterns of bundles of flowers, red lions, and the Chinese phoenix.

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Post time 2011-12-16 12:20:20 |Display all floors
That is one city I want to visit before I die.
I've seen and read enough about it to want to go there.
Every time I see or read more about it, it only makes me
want to see it even more.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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robert237 Post time: 2011-12-16 12:20
That is one city I want to visit before I die.
I've seen and read enough about it to want to go ther ...

It's really a cozy place to stay!

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1. Beautiful girls in Chunxi street. (幺妹)
our life is full of sunshine

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2. old tea house and cozy bamboo chairs (茶馆)
our life is full of sunshine

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