Luodai ancient town in Chengdu
Chengdu, capital city of southwestern China's Sichuan province, was named one of the top 10 ancient capitals in China at a forum held on Oct. 25. Along with Chengdu, nine other cities, including Xi'an, Luoyang, Nanjing, Beijing, Kaifeng, Hangzhou, Anyang, Zhengzhou and Datong, were also on the list.
As one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, Chengdu has a history of more than 4,500 years. It is one of the oldest cities in China, having been the capital of five major regimes. In addition, Chendu has done a good job preserving its history. The location, name and center of the city have never been changed, which reflects the city's vitality and profound cultural identity.
"Chengdu has its unique spirit, related to inclusiveness and independence," said the president of an association of ancient Chinese capital studies. "Chengdu is an influential and open city in Chinese history. There is no doubt that it is an important and famous capital."