Chengdu is ranked as one of the most livable mega-cities in China and is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin in China’s Sichuan Province.
Long known as the Gateway to Tibet, Chengdu sits essentially at the base of the foothills of the Himalayas, where spectacular hiking terrain is but a half an hour ride in any direction. Chengdu is also well-known for its spicy food and fiery Sichuan hot pot, for its relaxing teahouses and Sichuan opera, and of course, the Giant Pandas.
Although Chengdu is now a large modern city and the gateway for many of the Fortune 500 companies into Western China, it retains a quaint charm that makes it a very enjoyable, ‘laid-back’ city to live in. It offers many western restaurants across the city and there is always a Starbucks nearby.
To serve the growing expat community, Chengdu has an increasing presence of consulates and chambers of commerce from the USA and many European and Asian countries. New initiatives, such as the Chengdu Panda Hash House Harriers and Chengdu Sports Club help expats to feel even more connect and at home. For children, Chengdu offers a growing number of music, art and sport clubs. As co-founder of the CISA (Chengdu International Schools Association), CDIS has played a major role in providing more sport and creativity opportunities for expat children in Chengdu.
The Chengdu International Club (previously known as the Chengdu International Women’s Club) serves many expat spouses and families by organizing several fun and charitable events each year. A central part of the Chengdu expat community, CDIS hosts the CIC’s yearly Holiday Bazaar, a large fair involving many expat and local companies and restaurants.
Additionally, the CDIS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), regularly organizes trips and other activities in the city to help you get to know Chengdu and the many things it has to offer.