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In 1991 we came to Chengdu for our flight to Tibet. Because the flights to Tibet were cancelled day after day, we had some days to explore Chengdu.

Chengdu has 1,5 million inhabitants and is an important regional centre of industry.

Chengdu has allready an old history. From the 11th century to 221 BC during the Zhou dynasty Chengdu was a capital. During the Han dynasty from 206 BC till 220 AD the city had a flourishing brocade trade and got the name Jincheng, city of brocade or the nickname departmentstore of heaven. In the period from 906 till 960 AD Chengdu was the city of the hibiscus, because a ruler planted hibiscus flowers at the city walls. In the 13th century AD Chengdu, the perfect metropole, was destroyed by the Mongolians.

Nowadays Chengdu is a modern city and the capital of the province Sichuan.

Coming from a cycling country like the Netherlands it is very surprising to see a country with even more bicycles.

There were wide carriageways for the bicycles at both sides of the carriageway for cars.

  • Last visit to Chengdu: Aug 1991
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    wow Ali, I was in Chengdu last week and it is now the 4th largest city in China with a population of 15million! Very spread out city still though and with many trees and flowers - really liked it and much better air than here in Xi'an!

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Mar 8, 2014 at 6:38 AM

      I suppose, it would look different after more than 20 years.

  • soundchaseruk's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    it looks like the bike park at Cambridge (UK) rail station !!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Excellent page on Chengdu! The traditional living areas, backstreets of Chengdu, the colourful market streets and Wenshu Temple certainly look lovely to explore! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Nice page on Chengdu. But nothing on the Panda Research Center!

  • Museeuw's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 2:37 AM

    Always amazing to see older pictures of Chinese cities. I was in Chengdu 2 months ago, and it changed quite a bit. :-) Greets from Belgium.

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2005 at 10:59 AM

    A very interesting journey. I also visited China 10 years ago and I still like to remember it. Great page, Ali ! Thank you for sharing.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2005 at 4:20 PM

    Wonderful page on fascinating temples, charming markets and countless bicycles. I do hope to see it personally someday :-)

  • basstbn's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2005 at 1:50 PM

    A fascinating look at Chengdu - especially the scenes of daily life in the market place and the back streets.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2005 at 11:19 AM

    A wonderful page for insights into the everyday life in a large Chinese city! Very interesting photos of the markets and backstreets where the people actually live. A great job Ali !

  • Upward's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2004 at 7:23 PM

    Ali, I can't tell you the meaning of that tall pagoda at the wenshu monastary, but i do remember that it was the pagoda of a thousand buddha faces, which represents the different forms/incarnations. take care, bc


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