Chengdu , as a historical and cultural city in China , is designated as the center of science and technology, trade, commerce and finance, as well as the hub of transportation and telecommunication in Southwest China . It covers an area of 12.4 thousand square kilometers and has a population of 10.82 million.
Thanks to its natural geographic advantages, Chengdu boasts of fertile land and abundant agricultural outputs. Free from bitter cold and scorching heat, its climate is quite mild. Chengdu has plenty of tourist attractions, including the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage ---- Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng , the Temple of Marquis Wu , the Thatched Cottage of Dufu, the Giant Panda Base, the heritages of the ancient Shu Kingdom , the culture of the Three Kingdom Period, and a wide variety of delicious food. All of these attributes make Chengdu a popular place for working, traveling, and living. Chengdu has won many awards, including the Best Tourism City in China , a National Model City for Environment Protection, one of the Ten Most Economically Dynamic Cities in China , and one of the Ten Best Inland Business Cities in China .
The best time to visit Chengdu is from March to June and from September to November. July and August are the hottest months in Chengdu. Mt.Qingcheng, Xiling Snow Mountain, Mt. Tiantai and Longchi Forest Park are ideal places close to Chengdu for escaping the summer heat.The average temperature in winter is about 5 degrees Centigrade. However, it is a good time to enjoy the beauty of the snow.