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 Post subject: Destination of the Week - Chengdu, China
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The City of Chengdu
The Los Angeles Times in 2006 dubbed Chengdu as "China's Party Capital." With 3000 pubs and karaoke bars and another 4000 teahouses, people living in the Sichuan capital really know how to party up. Chengdu's history traces its roots back to the fourth century BC, when the ninth Kaiming king from ancient Shu moved the capital from Pixian. The name Chengdu comes from the two Chinese characters that mean "become" and "capital." Chengdu was also the birthplace of the first paper money in the world around 960 AD, during the Northern Song Dynasty.

Today Chengdu is turning into one of China's leading high-tech cities, especially in electronics, IT, finance of late, and soon biotechnology. The city is also home to the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, an AVIC I subsidiary that builds fighters and airliner parts for Airbus, Boeing and the ARJ21.

Sichuan province, including Chengdu, is known for its spicy cuisine. Some of the more famous spicy dishes include my personal favorite mapo tofu over hot rice, as well as Sichuan hot pot and dan dan noodles. On 12 May 2008, a devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit the region, killing over 69,000 and injuring 375,000 others.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport(CTU/ZUUU)
Located about ten miles southwest of downtown Chengdu, the airport opened in 1938 originally for military purposes during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is now the busiest in Western China, with flights to many cities within and outside of the country.

Location: 30 ° 34' 42 " N 103 ° 56' 49" E
Elevation: 1625 ft.
Runways: 02/20: 11811 x 150 ft.
Standard Time Zone: GMT+8

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SimAirline.net Flights to/from Chengdu
Hong Kong: Hong Kong
KLM: Amsterdam
Thai: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi


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