The city is famed for its cuisine, defined by the spicy Sichuan peppercorn, which flavours hot-pot dishes and other regional specialties. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and home to a grand selection of natural scenery, including Mt. Emei and the Nine Villages Valley. The Grand Buddha of Leshan and the Panda Research Centre are also located nearby.