Futuristic buildings and giant pandas
Do you enjoy a city with character? Book a flight to Chengdu and explore this green Chinese city full of historic temples, classic gardens and spicy food. For a panoramic view, climb to the top of Mount Emei, one of China's four holy mountains. Or explore bustling Jin Li street to taste the real Chengdu. Chengdu will surely surprise you!
From giant pandas to an enormous complex
The Chinese panda breeding centre is housed in Chengdu. The Giant Panda Reserve in the Wolong nature reserve is a breeding centre for giant pandas to prevent the species from going extinct. Another giant, but on a very different scale, is the New Century Global Center: this enormous complex houses a cinema, a beach resort, shops and a full-scale replica of a Mediterranean village. Chengdu is not only the ideal destination for a city trip, but also as the starting point for a longer vacation in China. Treat yourself: book a flight to Chengdu now!
Traditional temples and elegant tea houses
Chengdu offers a wide choice of museums, Taoist and Buddhist monuments and millennial temples. The most famous example is the Wuhou temple, set in a magnificent park with cypress trees. Tea leaves make for a fun Chengdu souvenir. Tea drinking is a culture here and you will find many tea houses throughout the city. Browse the Wukuaishi tea market where you find every imaginable tea variety.
Flights to Chengdu for a unique holiday
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The Miyaluo landscape is at its most beautiful during autumn, when the leaves of the maple trees turn a deep red. With a surface area of 3,000 square kilometres, this is China’s largest ‘red forest’. Mountain streams of melted ice water and bubbling hot springs lend the region a natural beauty, which can be deeply appreciated during a mountain walk.
The giant panda is the symbol of China. Once spread across the entire country, these bamboo eaters are now confined to the uninhabited forests of central China. If you’d like to see one, your best bet is to visit one of the breeding centres around Chengdu, where information and knowledge of the pandas are gathered and from where the creatures are eventually returned to the wild. The most famous centre is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
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Hewn from rock, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is something special. The world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, 71 metres tall, is so enormous that his fingernails are bigger than the height of a person. Sandwiched between 2 rock faces, he stares calmly over the water at his feet and at the sacred Mount Emei. This Buddha is an icon that will take your breath away.
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The cuisine of the southern Chinese province of Sichuan is well known for its chilli peppers. In the regional capital of Chengdu, chillies are not only thrown into the wok but also into hotpots: fondue pots filled with broth, in which everyone cooks their own food. Placed on restaurant tables, a hotpot dinner is the height of sociability.
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The Sanxingdui Museum, located in the city of Guanghan just 40 kilometres from Chengdu, lies in a quiet setting among the hills. However, several thousand years ago, these same hills were part of the city wall that surrounded a Bronze Age city. The Sanxingdui Museum displays a rich collection of finds from this lost civilization. The ghostly masks in particular speak to the imagination.
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