Historical city, Chengdu, radiates new life

​By Wang Yanfang
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The interior view of the Western China International Expo City in Chengdu, one of the largest venues for exhibitions and meetings in western China. [Photo by Wang Yanfang/China.org.cn]

Chengdu, a megacity in southwestern China's Sichuan province, enjoys a history that dates back more than 2,400 years. With its profound cultural heritage and natural environment, the region has been called a "land of abundance." 

As an early center of Taoism, the city is known for preserving Chinese traditions and fostering a pleasant atmosphere in a way other megacities don't. 

Likewise, Chengdu's cultural legacy is rich, attracting millions of tourists every year who are eager to learn about its China Panda Base, culinary offerings, leisure and scenic spots, tea and Taoism. 

According to its urban development plan, Chengdu will become a fully realized "garden city" by 2035, reflecting a bold and innovative model for urban design.

The development model is driven by an "ecological civilization" ethos, which emphasizes striking a balance between environmental protection and economic growth. 

For instance, the 16,900 km Tianfu Greenway, which is expected to be completed by 2035, will serve as a major artery running through the garden city, linking nature reserves, parks and green belts with industrial clusters, effectively consolidating an all-for-one tourism model. 

Meanwhile, as a key growth zone in western China, Chengdu's Tianfu New Area, which was approved by the State Council in October 2014, currently boasts more than 5,000 tech companies. 

The city's high-tech ambitions are bolstered by its 49 colleges and universities, including Sichuan University, Chengdu University of Electronic Science and Technology and Southwest Jiaotong University, positioning it as a hub of unicorn start-ups that will underpin the new economy. 

With a focus on aerospace, nuclear energy and technology, medicine, information security, astronomy and other "new economy" sectors, the zone remains committed to "garden city" planning and putting the well-being of residents at the center of its development. 

On a global scale, Chengdu is an important gateway to the West that's connected to more than 50 overseas cities and 16 Chinese cities via the China-Europe freight trains, an integral route within the Belt and Road Initiative. 

As a comprehensive hub spanning logistics, trade, finance, technology, transportation and communications in west China, this historical city now radiates new life, with promising economic vitality and a sustainable and beautiful natural environment.

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