Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province and home to some of the country’s spiciest food to challenge nomads, including the famous ma po tofu and bright red chili hot pots. Coliving is starting to become extremely popular here, as more people seek to live and work in the Far East.
Digital nomads in Chengdu can network with the employees of the over 270 Fortune 500 companies that now have a branch in Chengdu. Despite this international investment trend, the city’s ex-pat population is still relatively small and coliving spaces are a good way to establish a base here.
Hibiscus flowers are one of the city’s symbols as they refer back to Chengdu’s ancient name “Hibiscus City”. Its other symbol is, of course, the giant panda! Chengdu has the largest panda breeding reserve in the world, where visitors can see the rare animals in their natural habitat.
Chengdu has much to offer to remote workers. From this hub, it’s easy to explore the many stunning national parks that surround the city or even travel on to Tibet.
Here are some fun facts about Chengdu:
- Over 10 million people live in China’s 5th biggest city.
- Chengdu also has the world’s largest population of pandas.
- It's the closest metropolis to the jewel-colored Jiuzhaigou lake that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992.
- Chengdu is surrounded by mountains and close to the beautiful Songping Valley.
- Visitors can marvel at the Dujiangyan ancient irrigation system built in 256 BC.
- Lovers of Literature can visit Huanhuaxi Park with its 338-meter-long avenue that features engravings of classic Chinese poems.
- Kite flying is a popular hobby amongst the local elderly.
- Young locals often enjoy boating, and in Chengdu, it's usually the girls who do the rowing on a date!
- A local saying is “whatever swims in the hot pot is good to eat.”
It’s easy to see why so many digital nomads are choosing China’s western city as their base for exploring the country. Coliving spaces are springing up as more people look to book a space in this eclectic city. Live, work and play with pandas.