Top attractions in Chengdu (for more information, click here):

1. Jinli Ancient Street  (distance from the conference venue: 12.3 km)

Jinli Street, located to the east of the Wuhou Temple of Chengdu (the most famous Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280) relic museum in China) is particularly representative of this city. 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). It was restored and 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 snacks.

2. Wuhou Temple (Memorial Temple of Marquis Wu)  (distance from the conference venue: 12.3 km)

Situated in the south suburb of Chengdu, Wuhou Memorial Temple covers an area of 3.7 hectares. It is dedicated to the memory of both Liu Bei (161 - 223), Emperor of the Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280), and Zhuge Liang (181 - 234), Prime Minister of the Kingdom.

3. Wide and Narrow Alley (Kuan Zhai Xiangzi)  (distance from the conference venue: 13.4 km)
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. It is the only existing copy in southern China from the lane (Hutong) culture and architectural style of northern China. 

4. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding  (distance from the conference venue: 30 km)
Located just 6 miles (10 km) away from downtown Chengdu, this is the most convenient place for visitors to see the giant pandas at a close range. Apart from this center, the Dujiangyan Panda Base, 34 miles (56 km) northwest of Chengdu, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, 37 miles (60 km) away from the city, and the Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda, 100 miles (160 km) from Chengdu are also ideal choices to see this cute black-and-white creature. 

5. Jinsha Site Museum (distance from the conference venue: 18 km)
Jinsha Site Museum is a significant relic of the ancient Shu civilization discovered in recent years. It is considered to be the ancient civilization center along Yangtze River and dates back to 12th to 7th century B.C. (Approximately 2900-3200 years ago). From the remains of buildings and a great deal of jade, pottery, and gold ware excavated there, we can draw the primary conclusion that the site used to be the capital of the ancient Shu Kingdom more than 3,000 years ago. Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum become the holy land for scholars and tourists who are interested in Chinese civilization. 

6. Sanxingdui Museum (Three-Star Piles Museum)  (distance from the conference venue: 65 km)
The Sanxingdui Museum in Nanxing Town, Guanghan, about 40 kilometers from city proper, exhibits the excavations of the ancient Shu Kingdom. It is an important archeological discovery which changed people's understanding of ancient history and culture.

7. Dujiangyan Irrigation System  (distance from the conference venue: 75 km)
This irrigation project is one of the world's cultural heritages constructed 2,000 years ago, and amazingly continues to benefit more than 40 neighboring counties. It's the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world and a wonder in the development of Chinese irrigation works. BTW, it is a positive system. Try to figure it out by yourself.

8. QingCheng Mountains (distance from the conference venue: 78 km)
Qingchengshan Mountain (Qingchengshan) is one of the ancient cradles of Daoism. The mountain has numerous Daoist temples and sites along the paths to its peak. The area is green all year round and is known for its secluded tranquility. Jianfu Temple (Jianfu Gong) sits at the base of the mountain and is a large, well-preserved Daoist temple from the Tang Dynasty. 

9. Leshan Giant Buddha  (distance from the conference venue: 151 km)
Leshan Giant Buddha is located in Leshan City, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. It is a sitting Maitreya Buddha, carved into the cliffs of Qixia Peak of Mt. Lingyun, and firstly cut in the first year of Kaiyuan (AD 713) in Tang Dynasty, which took more than 90 years to build. Buddha is 71 meters high as the world's largest stone Buddha, and has a reputation that "the mountain is a Buddha, and the Buddha is a mountain".

10. Mount Emei  (distance from the conference venue: 211 km)
Mt.Emei is located in Emei Mount City, 160 km south west of Chengdu.  It is 3099 metres above sea level. It is known as  "the fairest mountain among the fair mountains in the world”for its majesty and beauty.  Mt. Emei is one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains.

11. Jiuzhaigou Ravine (distance from the conference venue: 426 km)
Located in Nanping County, Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Jiuzhaigou Ravine stretches 80 kilometers in one direction and takes up an area of more than 60,000 hectares. It becomes a world renowned scenic spot because of its diversity in natural scenery which includes snowy peaks, double waterfalls, colorful forests and green sea. Furthermore, Tibetan customs are another attraction. It was listed as a world heritage site in 1992.  

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