Welcome to Central Sichuan
The province’s friendly and modern capital city, Chéngdū, is where most travellers start their Sìchuān explorations. It makes a great base for trips to the region’s top sights. The area surrounding this emerging metropolis remains dotted with quaint old villages and farmsteads. Nearby rise the lush, forested peaks of Éméi Shān, the cliffs of Lè Shān with an ancient Buddha (the world’s largest), and, hidden in the bamboo thickets, pandas; practically impossible to see in the wild, they are easy to spot in the area's reserve enclosures.