The city has become a magnet for growth, pulling in people from farms and villages in Sichuan province with the lure of an easier and more exciting life. Tourists from around the world come to marvel at Chengdu's nearby majestic mountains, walk through stunning bamboo forests in a park to the south and to get a look at giant pandas.
Sichuan Province is panda-central. One of China's two major breeding centers has a beautiful facility on the outskirts of the city. Zhang Zhihe is the director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. One of his innovations was changing the pandas' diet back to almost entirely bamboo, which dramatically improved both the pandas' health and propensity to procreate.
May 12, 2008 · Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is about 60 miles southeast of the epicenter of Monday's deadly earthquake in China. The 7.9-magnitude quake snapped water lines and swayed buildings in the city, which has a population of 11 million in an area about half the size of Rhode Island. At least 45 people there were killed, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.