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Land of Magic - China's Wilderness (6)

23 July 2010

In the Lens of Chinese Camera History Expert Youfang

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The flowers in purple and red glittering in the air scatter here and there

Titled as Forest City

More than a thousand years ago, a king ordered to plant hibiscus on the city wall and since then each year during the blossom season Chengdu is transformed into a giant garden covered by a colourful brocade that extends 20 km in length (四十里锦绣).

What a pleasant day and a wonderful night in the courtyard that is full of delight!

Famous for Delicate Gardens

Despite skyscrapers are erecting one after another, Chengdu's aspiration is to turn the metropolis into a garden city.

似这般如花美眷,似水流年, 终究是过眼云烟。
The young and beautiful, like flowers blossom in full, but the blossoms will fall, pretty soon.

Reputed for Ladies' Beauty

While inhabitants in another nearby super metropolitan Chongqing is full of life and vigour, Chengdu is more feminine and its ladies are renowned for their unpretentious charm and natural pretty.

So let's take a brief pause to appreciate life's moments

Celebrated for More Teahouses

It is said that only those who can give up what others chase after will find time to work on tasks that others don't have time for.

With a laid-back attitude, people in Chengdu are proud themselves for knowing how to enjoy what they have and to appreciate what they have experienced. It is no accident that Chengdu outnumbers Shanghai in the number of teahouses while having less than half the population.

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