Journey to China’s “Land of Plenty”
Air China’s newly opened Frankfurt to Chengdu nonstop flights make Chengdu the closest inland Chinese city to Europe. It takes European travellers just 10 hours to fly from the heart of Europe to China’s “Land of Plenty” imbued with oriental charms.
Silk, Tea, Giant Panda
While Beijing is the seat of many dynastic governments and Shanghai the throbbing heart of Chinese commercialism, Chengdu, tucked away in southwest China, exudes unique oriental charms. It’s the birthplace of Shujin, or Sichuan Brocade, a silk fabric of unique workmanship that traces its origins to the Warring States period of over 2,000 years ago, and its history as a tea trading centre provides visitors with a cross section of authentic Chinese tea culture. It’s also the hometown of the famous Giant Panda; the city is the world’s only habitat for both pandas in captivity and in the wild.
A Livable City
Chengdu, which has played host to China-EU Fair seven times, is western China’s important manufacturing and export base, and also a western China’s city with the largest number of Fortune 500 companies operating. Chengdu has become a regional hub where European travellers can experience the best of Chinese culture without going to other cities. Spend your whole vacation here and still go home with a great experience of wonderful food and drink. At the same time, Chengdu is strategically positioned so that travellers can journey easily to other leading cities like Beijing.