Chengdu is a sub-provincial city and is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. The city has a subtropical humid monsoon climate.
The average annual temperature is 15.5 °C. Chengdu is one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in Western China. According to the 2007 Best Chinese Cities for Investment, Chengdu was chosen as one of the top ten cities to invest in out of a total of 280 urban centers in China.
In 2006, Chengdu was named China’s 4th-most livable city bij China Daily. The city is known for its thick characteristic of leisure and enjoyment.
Sichuan opera is an important part of Chengdu culture. Sichuan opera often presents a charming witty atmosphere. There are a different performances, like Bianlian (Changing faces), Gund eng (Rolling lamps) and Tuhuo (Spitting fire). Bianlian, changing faces is famous even overseas for its mysterious techniques.
Sichuanese, Sichuan dialect is the native language in Chengdu. Chengdu dialect, more precisely is generally used in lieu of Sichuanese due to the largely different accents of Sichuanese speakers residing elsewhere.
Tea houses play an important role in the lives of Chengdu communities. Everywhere in the city, tea houses are far more than places for drinking tea. They are places for relaxation and social activities and even more. Tea houses are reflection of the local life.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs
Chengdu is “China’s Party City”. The numbers of bars and pubs are growing faster than in Shanghai. The citizens of Chengdu are famous for their laid back en enjoy life attitude. Bars and pubs in Chengdu are part of leisure activities that people indulge in. There are modernized and most of them are located in the busy streets of Chengdu like the Renmin South Road and the West of Yangshi Street.
The Jiu Yan Qiao is popular nightlife district with western clubs and bars. Also western styled Lan Kwai Fong. For the more Chinese atmosphere, the party street on the other side of the Jin River is nice location to go to.
Food in Chengdu
Chengdu food culture is very famous. Most of the food is quite spicy. Sichuan cuisine is one of the four famous local cuisines in China. Sichuan food makes use of Sichuan pepper. It numbs your mouth. Sichuan pepper has an important citrusy taste. It creates an authentic Sichuan taste.
Hotpot is the spiciest food in Chengdu. Sichuan hotpots are a big pot of soup with a large selection of meats, vegetables and other add-ins.