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Chengdu



What are the particular advantages of living in this city?

Low cost of living, easy-going locals, lots to explore. - Aug 7, 2017
Chengdu is one of the few cities in China that provides modern conveniences and western culture as well as preserving Chinese culture. It is not as fast-paced as Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, and it also does not attract as many outsiders as those cities, so it has retained more of its traditional Chinese culture. It is a great place to learn more about Chinese history and culture. It is also very safe. Chengdu is located in a basin surrounded by mountains, so there is beautiful scenery and hiking and camping outside of the city. Also, Southwest China is a great travel destination. From Chengdu, it is easy to get to amazing tourist destinations like Jiuzhaigou national park, Lijiang, Shangrila, Kunming, and other great loations in Yunnan province. - May 18, 2016
Sichuanese food (the regional cuisine) is delicious and wholly unique and you are never far from many good options for it. While traffic can be nutty and cars tend to take over the sidewalks, its still an infinitely more walkable city than many other "developing" cities and countries. It's an easy place to save money as there's not a great deal of shopping. China is also an incredibly interesting place. Even though I didn't always love living there, I always found it endlessly fascinating. - Aug 2, 2013
Great food, interesting history/travel, good FS community. - May 4, 2013