Chengdu is China's fifth-largest city, but in contrast to some other urban centres, it has managed to preserve an atmosphere that evokes a sense of history. Founded over 2,000 years ago, it may be the only major city in China to have remained in the same location and still bear the same name. The highlight of Chengdu is the People's Park, where you can get a glimpse into everyday life as locals gather to sing, take exercise, relax and share a drink at one of the bustling tea houses.

Of course, for most the main reasons for any visit to Chengdu is to see the the famous Panda Research & Breeding Centre, close to the city. Far from being a zoo, the ongoing conservation efforts made here are respected the world over and are crucial to the sustainment of the species. The inhabitants (including red pandas) have large areas in which to roam and play, designed to replicate their natural habitat to encourage breeding. We visit in the morning to see the pandas at their most active, particularly the young babies.

A short drive south of Chengdu leads to the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved stone Buddha in the world.

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