Chengdu has already begun building a second international airport, the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which will have six runways and a capacity to handle between 80 and 90 million passengers per year. Pi County was considered to have the highest quality in Sichuan, which was the center of the country's cigar and cigarette production, the rest of the country long continuing to consume snuff instead. Chengdu Aircraft Company is also currently developing the J-20 Black Eagle stealth fighter. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. Therefore, Chengdu has no direct access to the Yangtze River or any other larger river. The centre houses retail outlets, a 14-theater cinema, offices, hotels, a water park with artificial beach and waves and a Mediterranean-style village comprising a large 5-star hotel, a 164 yards (150 m)-long LED screen, a skating rink and a 15,000-spot parking area. Intel's Chengdu factory, set up in 2005 is its second in China, after its Shanghai factory, and the first such large-scale foreign investment in the electronics industry in interior mainland China. It established the foundation of the Eastern and Southern sub-centers of Chengdu. These were rebuilt a third time and later missionaries would relocate and expand the Boys' and Girls' Schools just south of the city, dedicating the Divinity College as Hart College in 1914; a part of the West China Union University, that is now Sichuan University and the West China School of Medicine (Huaxiyida).[72]. And on this bridge there were houses in which a great deal of trade and industry is carried on. Leshan Giant Buddha is located in central Leshan city, about 140km from Chengdu downtown in north, 150km to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, 45km from Mount Emei in south. According to the 2010 AmCham China White Paper on the State of American Business in China, Chengdu has become a top investment destination in China. Daniel L. 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Among the four peaks, the fourth and highest stands 6,250 m (20,510 ft) above sea level, and is perpetually covered by snow. Chengdu also hosts many international companies and more than 12 consulates; more than 270 Fortune 500 companies have established branches in Chengdu. [55] Although 25% of the space will be dedicated to roads, one half of the roads will be pedestrian-oriented. To 311 BC, the king of Qin ordered the buildings of Chengdu along the lines of the then capital, Xianyang and the city became even more magnificent. Chinese media were banned from reporting the events. [82] Now, the somewhat clumsy giant panda is a symbol representing the World Wildlife Fund. Meng Chang, the king of Later Shu, wrote the first couplet for the Spring Festival, which says, "A harvest year accepts celebrations, good festivals foreshadow long springs.". Key buildings in the Du Fu Cao Tang Park were constructed in the early 16th century during the Ming dynasty and extensively renovated in 1811 during the Qing dynasty. The Sichuan Basin has a good natural environment, abounds in specialty products, and commands an ample labour force. Historically, the Jin River was used for boat traffic in and out of Chengdu. The National Development and Reform Commission has formally approved Chengdu's proposed establishment of a national bio-industry base there. The first western dispensary in Sichuan was opened 3 November 1892 with sixteen patients seeking care. 15 October 1696: The Roman Catholic Church established as Apostolic Vicariate of Szechwan. The company is one of the major manufacturers of Chinese Military aviation technology. In Chengdu, angry protesters set fire to the US consul general's residence, in the most dramatic moment of the mission's history. 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