Chengdu is one of the oldest cities in China, already going strong during the 4th century BC, during the time that the area’s ancient irrigation and flood-control project was being built. It is the capital of Sichuan Province, called the “rice bowl” of China because of its subtropical climate, its irrigation system and its fertile red soil. The city has a laid-back feel to it, and a relaxing “teahouse culture” still holds sway. However, many of the older wooden houses and their cobbled streets have been razed to make way for new development.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013