Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda
Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas
and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas
that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and
the captive panda population has grown to 83. Its stated goal is to "be
a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and
international educational tourism destination. Chengdu Panda Base has
partnered with many organizations in improving ways to conserve giant
pandas. For example, its partnership with Zoo Atlanta helped the zoo
secure the loan of 2 giant pandas. To date, these 2 giant pandas, Yang
Yang and Lun Lun, have produced five off-spring: Mei Lan in 2006, Xi Lan
in 2008, Po born on November 3, 2010 and Mei Lun and Mei Huan in 2013.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
The Dujiangyan is an ancient irrigation system in Dujiangyan City,
Sichuan, China. Originally constructed around 256 BC by the State of Qin
as an irrigation and flood control project, it is still in use today.
The system's infrastructure develops on the Min River (Minjiang), the
longest tributary of the Yangtze. The area is in the west part of the
Chengdu Plain, between the Sichuan basin and the Tibetan plateau.
Originally, the Min would rush down from the Min Mountains and slow down
abruptly after reaching the Chengdu Plain, filling the watercourse with
silt, thus making the nearby areas extremely prone to floods. Li Bing,
then governor of Shu for the state of Qin, and his son headed the
construction of the Dujiangyan, which harnessed the river using a new
method of channeling and dividing the water rather than simply damming
it. The water management scheme is still in use today to irrigate over
5,300 square kilometres (2,000 sq mi) of land in the region. The
Dujiangyan, the Zhengguo Canal in Shaanxi and the Lingqu Canal in
Guangxi are collectively known as the "three great hydraulic engineering
projects of the Qin.
Wide and Narrow Alley
Consisting of Wide Alley (Kuan Xiangzi),
Narrow Alley (Zhai Xiangzi), Well Alley (Jing Xiangzi) three parallel
ancient city alleys and 45 courtyards along them, Wide and Narrow Alley
is one of Chengdu’s historical and cultural reserves, together with Daci
Temple reserve and Wenshu Monastery reserve. It is a microcosm of the
city’s history as well as a deep mark in local people’s memory.
The history of Wide and Narrow Alley can be dated back to the Qing
Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD). At that time, the area was a city within the
Chengdu city called Mancheng City or Shaocheng City, where the court
quartered troops. As time passed by, the city decayed and only the Wide
Alley and Narrow Alley were left. In 2003, renovation work of the two
alleys began, aiming to build a complex cultural and business street
with the functions of tourism and recreation. On June 14, 2008, the
newly renovated Wide, Narrow and Well Alley were opened to the public,
located in nowadays Qingyang District, to the east of Tongren Road and
west of Changshun Street. Nowadays, Wide and Narrow Alley is a popular
entertainment and nightlife block as well as a famous tourism site, with
lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured
Jinli Ancient Street
Chengdu is a city brimming with a strong
leisurely ambience with Jinli Street as the typical representative. The
street is located to the east of the Wuhou Temple of Chengdu (the most
famous Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280) relic museum in China).
It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli
Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth.
And it was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom
(221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In
order to reclaim its prosperity of former days, it was restored with
contributions from the Wuhou Temple and was opened to public in October
of 2004. Since then, visitors from all over China and abroad gather here
to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, and taste some local