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Sichuan Province Visitor's Guide

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Sichuan Province Visitor's Guide

A Giant Panda munches on a bamboo breakfast, Chengdu Panda Breeding Base

© 2008 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Introduction:

Sichuan Province (四川) is in China's southwest. It is currently experiencing a surge of development as China continues industrial and commercial expansion into the hinterland.

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, in particular, is experiencing rapid growth as one of China's important "second-tier cities" and is receiving a lot of investment.

Click for a map of Sichuan Province.

Sichuan Weather:

To get a grip on the weather in Sichuan, you need to understand a bit about Southwestern China Weather. But this won't give you all the facts because, of course, dependent on where you're going in Sichuan, and what time of year, the weather will be quite different.

Chengdu is in a basin with mountains around it. Therefore it experiences quite a hot summer compared to the mountainous areas around it. Here are two helpful links to check the average temperatures and rainfall in Chengdu:

Getting There:

Most visitors make Chengdu their entry and exit point for Sichuan Province travel. Chengdu Shangliu International Airport is connected to most major cities in China and also has a few international flights to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan (to name a few). The current airport is quite small but a new terminal is under construction and is set to open in 2012.

Chengdu is also well connected by rail and long-distance bus.

Chengdu is one of the few places in China from which you can fly on to Lhasa so it also serves as a gateway to visiting Tibet.

What to See & Do in Sichuan Province:

Sichuan Province is home to UNESCO World Heritage sights, beautiful nature reserves, amazing cuisine, many Chinese ethnic minorities and their cultures as well as its own unique western culture. Here are links to many things worth checking out while you're in Sichuan Province.

Pandas:
A chance to see Giant Pandas up close is a huge attraction for people visiting the province. Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Base is a very good place to have a close encounter with a Giant Panda.

Visiting Chengdu:
In the links below are a number of suggestions for visiting Chengdu and sightseeing around the city (and beyond). There is much to see and do in the city itself and plenty to fill up a few day-trips using Chengdu as a base.

On the UNESCO List:
These are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and do indeed make up some of Sichuan's most amazing attractions. Some can be seen using Chengdu as a base.

Eating Sichuan Food:
Sichuan Cuisine is famous throughout China and one of the most popular cuisines in big cities outside Sichuan Province. But it stands to reason that the best place to experience this spicy fare is in Sichuan itself. Here are a number of good options.

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