The capital of Sichuan province in southwest China, Chengdu is an important transportation and commercial hub. The fertile plain on which Chengdu is located is called Tianfuzhi guo which when translated means ‘land of Abundance’or ‘Country of heaven.’ Chengdu, China’s fifth most populous city is renowned for its teahouses and its culinary delights, which are representative of the fiery hot Sichuan cuisine, which has red chili peppers as an important component. Some of the famous dishes of the region are Grandma Chen’s Bean Curd, Chengdu Hotpot and Dan Dan Noodles. Chengdu has also witnessed the art of drinking tea evolve here over the past 1300 years. Today many teahouse and restaurant dot the banks of the Fu Hé River that runs through Chengdu.
The capital of the People’s Republic of China Beijing called ‘Jing’ for short is the epicenter of the nation’s political, cultural educational spheres as well as the center of international trade and communications. The city of Beijing which has been awarded the 2008 Olympic Games is located in northern China close to Tianjin Municipality and is surrounded by Hebei Province. The capital today is a modern city, teeming with a population of approximately fourteen million people but evidence of the old Beijing is still visible in its tea houses and temple fairs which co–exist with its towering skyscrapers, bustling shopping malls with their international retail outlets and its endless stream of traffic.
From a small fishing town, Shanghai, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, has emerged as the eighth largest city in the world, drawing millions of tourists and businessmen alike. China’s largest city spread over an area of about 6341 sq km, is the epicenter of all business activities in the country and is well-equipped to handle that responsibility.