General Information

    Interpretation of the Conference Logo    


 Logo of the Conference for the Wenchuan Earthquake

– proposed by the Department for International Cooperation, CEA



    Studies on the Wenchuan earthquake   

Wenchuan Earthquake Research 

International Seismological Centre Online Event Bibliography

Elsevier Virtual Special Issue on the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake



    About Cheng Du     



  • Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, and its administrative, educational and cultural center, as well as a major industrial base. With a total area of about 12,000 sq. km, Chengdu is one of the largest cities in southwest China and it is also without question the economic, political and military linchpin of the south-west China.
  • Chengdu is also known for its historical charm, natural beauty and cultural heritage.
  • Throughout the long course of the Chinese history, Chengdu is the only city in the country that has never changed name or location. Chengdu means “to become a city” and the origin of the name can be traced to a famous saying by the ruler of Western Zhou Dynasty: “one year there rises a community, two years a town, and three years a city”. As part of the first batch of historically famous cities in China, Chengdu obviously has its share of glorious history. During the Sui and Tang dynasties, the active economy, vibrant culture and developed state of Buddhism lifted Chengdu to be one of the four famous cities, along with Chang’an (today’s Xi’an), Yangzhou and Dunhuang. Its agriculture, silk production, handicrafts, commerce, paper-making and printing were highly advanced and Chengdu was the earliest city to invent and use the printing press method. During the Song dynasty, Chengdu enjoyed a long period of flourishing economy and culture. After the Song and Yuan dynasties, Chengdu acted as the political, economic, military and cultural center of Sichuan and the entire southwestern region.
  • With a pleasant climate, Chengdu is quite rich in natural resources and ecological diversity and it is home to the giant pandas. It is here that many of the world’s giant pandas live. Currently, less than one thousand giant pandas live in the wild. Of these, most are in Sichuan, many of which live in nature reserves around Chengdu.
  • Chengdu has lots of beautiful and interesting attractions, including the Mt. Qingchengshan-Dujiangyan, a world cultural heritage site (2000) and Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, a world cultural heritage site (2006). The city is the permanent venue for the UNESCO International Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was initiated in May 2007 and is held biennially in Chengdu.
  • Chengdu is a vibrant city. With the Wide & Narrow Alleys ((Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi)) as a representation of Chengdu’s local essence and tea houses and Sichuan-style restaurants as facets of its traditional charm, the city’s unique characteristics are reflected in people’s daily life. Another intriguing aspects of the city is its artisans: small-time basket-weavers, cobblers, itinerant dentists and tailors who swarm the streets and contribute to its bustling energy.