In April, I’ll be heading to Sichuan province with my family, that is one of the largest provinces in China. Sichuan is a very big province, so i’m definitely not visiting every tourist attraction in Sichuan but only to it’s provincial capital Chengdu（成都） and it’s suburb municipality city Chongqing（重庆). That’s for sure that only the two cities will be enough for me to spend my 7-day holiday!
First, I would like to give a little bit background information of Chengdu（成都） and Chongqing（重庆）. Hope it can help for a better understand of China.
“Chengdu (成都）is the provincial capital and largest city of Sichuan, is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin in China’s Sichuan Province. Chengdu has a history of 2,000 years with numerous historical places of interest. Millenniums of history have left Chengdu countless historical and cultural sites definitely worth visiting. ” —Chengdu (成都）
“Chongqing has a four-season humid subtropical climate with monsoonal influences. Chongqing is very hot summer being one of the “Three Furnaces” in China with temperatures over 40 °C. Chongqing’s summers can be fiercely hot, so bring sunblock, but bring an umbrella too: heavy rain can fall at any time of the year.Winters are somewhat mild, but with many foggy days. Foggy weather is most prevalent during spring and winter days, hence the nickname of “the Fog Capital”. The best time to visit Chongqing, for most people would choose spring and autumn.”—Chongqing（重庆)
There are thousands of magnificent scenery and tourist attractions to visit in Chengdu and Chongqing. (I’ve listed some of them below for your interest). But for me, i have set my own targets for this trip. It’s to taste a bite of these two cities’ relaxed lifestyle and gastronomy. These two cities are well-known for it’s leisure, relaxed lifestyle especially in Chengdu. In Chengdu, people are living in a less stressful life when compare to the other big cities in China. What they care the most is to gather with friends or families for a hotpot after work, drinking tea or playing mahjong under the sun. These are what the Chengduers love to do no matter during the week days or weekends. It attracts me a lot, I don’t know why, it just like les café culture in Paris, everyone love to try and be a “parisian” in Chengdu.
For their gastronomy, it’s famous to know of its spicy and torpid flavors. It’s the typical Sichuan cuisine style. Thanks to chili (it delivers spiciness) and the Sichuan pepper (it delivers the torpid feeling to your tongue), these two perfect-match ingredients form all kinds exquisite Sichuan Cuisine. Chengduers and Chongqingers love this exciting spicy and torpid feeling for hundreds of years. For example, the hotpot. This is one of the typical Sichuan cuisine. A big pot filled with hot spicy oil and surrounded by plates of raw meats and vegetables. The pieces of meat and vegetables are sliced very small so they will cook very quickly. Most of the pots used in hotpot are divided into two sections. One half is filled with the spicy oil, and the other is filled with a delicious broth for those who are not a big fan of spicy foods. Restaurants are also more than happy to turn down the heat on request.
I can’t wait to explore these two appealing cities and share with my founding when i come back to Hong Kong.
Here are some tourist attractions in Chengdu and Chongqing for your interest.
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located on the mountain of Futoushan in the northern suburbs of Chengdu. It has been created and imitated the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding.
Luodai Ancient Town, situated at east suburb of Chengdu City and north of Longquanyi District, is the largest Hakka community in southwest China.Luodai Ancient Town has a long history and was said that it were a street in Han Dynasty, named “Wanjing Street”. The houses, courtyards and streets in Luodai are all in the ancient style of Qing Dynasty or the Republic period. There are one 1,000-meter-long main street and seven alleys in the ancient town.
Jinli Old Street is located to the east of the Wuhou Memorial Temple of Chengdu. As recode, the street was built originally as early as Shu Kingdom and is called “The First Street of the Shu Kingdom”. Listed in “the ten commercial pedestrian streets of the Nation” in 2005, Jinli Old Street combines the ambience of ancient and modern China. Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by an old world. . The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm.