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Capital of Sichuan Province, modern Chengdu offers visitors an

intriguing mix of modernity and tradition with a history of nearly

2,500 years. A

highlight is the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre, where you have a

chance to see this remarkable endangered animal at an institute

dedicated to the survival of the species.

You also visit the

home of the famous Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu, set in large leafy gardens,

and at night sample some of the cuisine for which Sichuan is justly