Chengdu (population 10 million) is the capital of Sichuan Province. It's changing from a city of one-story buildings, draping power lines and people on bicycles - to a city of skyscrapers, modern-apartment buildings, underground utilities and lots of cars. We will use Chengdu as a base to visit the Ya'an panda preserve. Spicy Sichuan cuisine is world famous, while in Chengdu you'll get to enjoy authentic Sichuan Hot Pot.