CHENGDU

CHENGDU FACTS

Location: capital of Sichuan Province, located in the west plain in the Sichuan Basin

Population: 15 million

AREA:14,605sqkm

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS:11 districts, 4 county-level cities and 6 counties

GDP(2016): RMB1.2170 trillion

IMPORT & EXPORT(2016):RMB271.34 billion

6 Key Industries: ICT, bio-science, machinery and equipment manufacturing, energy-saving and environmental protection, aviation, chemicals, food, tourism

CHENGDU PROFILE

Chengdu, the central city of western China, is capital of Sichuan Province. As historic and cultural center, Chengdu is recognized by the State Council as Southwest China's center of science, commerce and finance, and its hub of telecommunication and transportation.

The city boasts of strong R&D strength, exemplified by the presence of The Nuclear Power Institute of China, the Aircraft Design and Research Institute, and 42 colleges and universities, such as Sichuan University, and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The number of college students in Chengdu exceeds 500,000. A number of advantageous industries have been established here in the fields of electronic information, automobile machinery, aviation, petro-chemical, photovoltaic (PV), and bio-pharmacy, making Chengdu a global base for the electronic information industry, and a national base for new industrialization, new energy and new materials.

As the gateway for western China's opening to the world, Chengdu already hosts 272 of the Fortune 500 enterprises. 14 countries, including the U.S.A., Germany, France and Australia, have consulates general in Chengdu, making it the city with the largest number of consulates general in China ranked only after Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Chengdu-Europe express train, which opened in April 2013, is the fastest freight rail link between China and Europe. From 1 Sept 2013, Chengdu has started 72-hour Visa-free Policy which is aimed at making Chengdu more accessible to the world.