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Chengdu is a modern metropolis set on the west end of the fertile Sichuan Basin, a region commonly fought over during ancient times. One of the biggest draws of Chengdu is to be able to experience the world renowned Szechuan cuisine such as Kung Pao chicken, Sichuan hotpot and tea smoked duck. It definitely does not disappoint on this front! Aside from spicy Sichuan food, the prevalence of Buddhism is undeniable. Chengdu's Wenshu Monastery, the holy mountain of Emei Shan, and world's largest stone-carved Buddha are some of the most interesting travel destinations in China. Located in the heart of eastern Sichuan, Chengdu is the capital of this southwestern province of Sichuan and it one of the largest cities in the world. As the economic hub of Southwestern China, but also the home to a large, thriving community of students and intellectuals, Chengdu embodies liberal thinking and progressiveness across a wide range of interests and pursuits. The chance to see the famous Panda Bears is a huge draw to Chengdu. Located on the outskirts of the city on Futou Hill, the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center is devoted to Giant Panda research, breeding, captive conservation and education.

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