CHENGDU, the capital of Sichuan Province, China, is the natural habitat of giant pandas. In addition to offering these adorable animal attractions, Chengdu is known as the "Heavenly State" (Tian Fu Zhi Guo) has many other interesting tourist attractions related with nature. Besides blessed with stunning natural beauty, Chengdu, China, also has a rich history and culture that become a tourist attraction. Here are top tourist attractions in Chengdu you must visit:
1. Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
'Wonders of the World,' this is one of the nicknames that accompany the presence of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is famous for its colorful lakes, snow mountains, valleys and forests that are still beautiful. This area is also entered into the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992.
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is located in Songpan County covers Huanglong and Muni Valley. The main sights are concentrated in the 3.6 kilometer long Huanglong Valley that includes snow peaks and glaciers in eastern China. Because the layer of calcium carbonated deposit patterns membentik, the valley resembles a golden dragon.
Along the valley, you will see the swimming-pool with a colorful variety of sizes and shapes filled with gold colored limestone deposit. This gives a glittering gold hue when the sun meets the water and thus appears as a gold dragon out of the woods. It's also what makes it be named Huanglong Valley (Yellow Dragon Valley).
Along the valley, you will also see a variety of attractions, such as Feipuliuhui (glowing waterfall), Cave Xishen, Swimming Penjing, the Temple of Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Huanglong Cave, Swimming Shitazhenhai and Zhuanhua, and three statues of Buddha.
2. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
It is said, there is no other place that has a view like a fairy tale or the purity of nature such as Jiuzhaigou Valley. Jiuzhaigou Valley is located in Nanping County, 450 kilometers north of Chengdu City is a masterpiece of nature with abundant natural resources. It combines blue lakes, waterfalls, green forests, snow-capped mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang.
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area which covers an area larger than 600 square kilometers it covers areas such as Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley, the Valley and the Valley Zharu Zechawa.
The origin of the Jiuzhaigou Valley could not be separated from local legend. It is said, the mountain god of yore named Dago love goddess Semo. As part of his eye, the god to give a mirror made of wind and clouds. However, the devil appeared and made the problem and inadvertently, Semo break the mirror into 108 parts. The mirror fell to the ground and then form a lake 108 colorful. This is one thing why Jiuzhaigou Valley has beautiful scenery.
3. Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center
The giant panda is not only China's national treasure, but also loved by people around the world. They are only found in the province of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. In total there are more than 1000 pandas, in which 80 percent is distributed in the region of Sichuan Province. Therefore, when you come to Chengdu, Sichuan Province one of the main objectives to see the giant panda.
Located just 10 kilometers from the center of Chengdufor , Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center has made a mock natural habitat pandas have the best environment and processes for maintenance and breeding.
4. Thatched Cottage of Du Fu
Special fan of literature, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu offers a wide collection of poetry from one of the greatest Chinese poets who lived during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). In addition, it also offers a great offer for relaxing holiday. Du Fu Thatched Cottage has an area of about 59 hectares, and is a combination of the Temple Fan'an Plum Park in the east and west. In the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, you will find a thatched cottage, tranquil gardens, meandering waterways, bridges and pavilions, bamboo and plum trees standing side by side, all of which was wrapped in a classical architectural style.
5. Wuhou Memorial Temple (Wuhou Ci)
Wuhou Memorial Temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang, a statesman, ideological and strategist during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 -280). Zhuge Liang was the personification of noble character and intelligence. Shrine to commemorate established in many places after his death and the famous one in Chengdu.
The most valuable cultural relics in the temple is a monument which recorded since 809. The memorial to 367 centimeters high and 95 centimeters wide is called the Triple-Success Stele.
6. Wenshu monastery
Wenshu Monastery is located at number 15 Wenshu Yuan Street, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the best preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. This is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. Built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wenshu Monastery used to be called Xinxiang Temple. Then in 1681, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Cidu, a Buddhist monk came to the monastery.
Since Tang and Song Dynasty, more than 500 pieces of painting and calligraphy have been kept in this monastery. Valuable works of art of which is made by the famous Chinese painter, Zhang Daqian including, Zheng Banqiao, and Feng Zikai. Of all the precious relic, a piece of broken skull Zhang Xuan, a famous monk of the Tang Dynasty, is the rarest.
Another treasure jade Buddha statues brought from Burma to China in 1922 by Xing Lin. In addition, the monastery is also home to about 300 Buddha statues of various materials such as iron, bronze, stone, wood, and jade.