STAYING IN CHENGDU
As one of the leaders in China's "new first-tier cities", Chengdu is a bustling and dynamic city that in recent years has seen an explosion in innovation from start-up culture to fashion. Known as a hi-tech hub, Chengdu still manages to retain much of the rich culture and history that has made Sichuan's provincial capital so popular over the centuries. Chengdu's cuisine has earned the city the accolade of being a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, and the city's efforts at integrating urban life with sustainability principles won Chengdu a Thiess Riverprize for its work on restoring the Sha River.
The people of Chengdu are young, entrepreneurial and enamoured of their urban lifestyle and add to the city's thriving street life. Hanging out with friends in teahouses, cafes and restaurants is an everyday affair, and life in Chengdu feels very laid back compared to other cities in China. When staying in your apartment hotel in Chengdu, don't miss out on the opportunity to explore the city's history through its temples and museums, enjoy some traditional tea at the Wénhuà gōngyuán (Culture Park) and of course pay a visit to Chengdu's most famous residents, China's iconic giant pandas.