the City of Chengdu
City of Development
Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan Province and rank among the first group of Famous Historical and Cultural Cities of China. As an important central and sub-provincial administration city, it is designated by the State Council as the hub of science, trade, finance, transportation and telecommunication in Southwest China. Covering an area of 12400 square kilometers, including 283.86 square kilometers of central urban coverage, administers 9 districts, 4 county-level cities and 6 counties and houses a total population of approximately 15 million.
Chengdu , Capital of Success
Taking pride in its long history, Chengdu is a metropolitan hub which is making the effort to integrate its ancient civilization with the modern one. The site and the name of the city have remained unchanged for centuries. The 9th Kaiming King of the Shu Kingdom established the capital in Chengdu over 2300 years ago. As early as 2150 years ago, Wenweng, the Governor of Shu State, set up a school in Chengdu and named it Shishi.
Chengdu is blessed with favorable natural conditions, fertile soil, abundant produce, and a mild climate which is neither baking hot nor freezing cold.
With world-renowned cultural heritage including the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mountain Qingcheng (the birthplace of Taoism), the Wuhou Temple, Du Fu's Thatched Cottage; and remarkable attractions such as the Giant Pandas, the Ancient Civilizations of the Shu Kingdom, the Three-Kingdom Culture, and Sichuan Cuisine; Chengdu has a great appeal to tourists, investors, and residents.
City of Brocade
Chengdu has been designated by the State Council as a center for scientific & technological development, trade & commerce, finance, and as the hub for telecommunications and transportation in Western China. It is also listed by the State Council among the roll of Well-known Historic and Cultural Cities in China; and is set as a pilot zone of comprehensive reform for coordinated development of urban and rural areas.
In the process of making the city into a civilized one and to create a human-friendly environment, Chengdu is improving its infrastructure and eco-environment, its long-term management mechanism, and the landscapes in both rural and urban areas to promote and upgrade the qualities of city life and the city itself. For what has already been achieved, Chengdu has been given such honorable titles as Civilized City in China, Model City in Environmental Protection in China, China's Best Tourist City, Garden City in China, the Most Economically Dynamic City in China, and Benchmark City for Inland Investment in China.
In 2000, the UN Human Settlement Center conferred on Chengdu the Best Practice Award, for its comprehensive revitalization of the Funan River. In 2006, the Sha River of Chengdu became an international winner of the Thiess River Prize of Australia. In 2010, formally approved by UNESCO to join the creative city network, Chengdu became Asia's first "World Gastronomic Capital". Forbes，the leading U.S. financial magazine, has published the world's fastest growing city in the next 10 years , and Chengdu is on the top of the list.
In year 2014, Chengdu's total GDP stood at 10056.6 billion, fixed asset investment 662.04 billion yuan, local public fiscal revenue 102.5 billion yuan, total retail sale of social consuming goods 420.24 billion yuan, and practical use of foreign capitals $10.016 billion.
City of Openness
With its rapid social and economic development, Chengdu is receiving world attention. 10 countries, USA, France, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Pakistan, the Philippines, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have set up either consulates or consulates general in Chengdu. 16 foreign cities; including Phoenix in the USA, Montpellier in France, and Bonn in Germany; have signed Sister-city Agreements with Chengdu.
More than ten foreign financial institutions including Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, BNP Paribas, ABN AMRO Bank, United Overseas Bank, and the Bank of East Asia have set up branches in Chengdu. And 260 corporations out of the Fortune Global 500 including Intel, Wal-Mart and Toyota have settled.