Like the theater performances of bianlian(face-changing) that originated here, Sichuan is a land of many guises. Capital Chengdu is quick to show its modern China face, but you don’t have to venture far to see a more traditional pose. The countryside is scattered with ancient villages and teahouses, while mist-shrouded mountains creak with wooden monasteries. Central Sichuan is also home to the giant pandas, the most famous face in China.
Head north, though, and you find a Chinese province posing as a region of alpine valleys and forested hills dotted with blue-green lakes and wonderful hiking trails. The hiking becomes spectacularly good as you venture west to witness Sichuan’s fabulous impression of Tibet. This is Kham, one of old Tibet’s three traditional provinces: a vast landscape of high-plateau grasslands and glacial mountains where Tibetan culture still thrives and where you’re almost certain to have your most challenging, yet most memorable, experience.
The predecessor of the Center (the former WCUMS) is West China Union University (WCUU), which was jointly founded in Chengdu by five Western Christian Missions from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada in 1910. In September 2000, the former Sichuan University and the former West China University of Medical Sciences merged into a strong union—a new Sichuan University was born. Sichuan University, a national key university under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE), is one of the key construction universities of Project 211 and Project 985.
As the patriotic general Cai E said in the inscription for WCUU, the Center would enjoy a long history as the mountains standing still and rivers passing by Chengdu. Over the past century, the faculty and students of the Center have been working arduously, one generation after another, dedicating them to the sacred medical cause. The Center has experienced a leaping development and forged its centurial prosperity after an enduring striving: its predecessor WCUU was founded in 1910, granted to register by the former Chinese government in 1933, jointly run by five universities during the Anti-Japanese War and renamed “West China University”(WCU) after the people’s government took over the university in 1951. It was identified as a professional medical college—Sichuan Medical College—after a series of departments adjustments and reforms in 1953, and then renamed “West China University of Medical Science” in 1985 so as to adapt to the development of medical education and to meet the need of promoting international academic exchange. The merger with the former Sichuan University in 2000 has greatly speeded up the development of the Center from a medical university into a comprehensive research university with full range of disciplines covering arts, science, engineering, and medical sciences. Thanks to the merger, Sichuan University possesses a more integrated system of disciplines as a comprehensive university and obtains a sound base to build a first-class institution of higher learning. Thanks to the merger, the Center itself also achieves a speedy development and a significant leap.
As the lines by Du Fu (Tang Dynasty) go, “The spring scenery along Jinjiang River comes to the world; Jade Castle’s floating clouds change at all times.” Today, in the place where the Center originated, there stands a comprehensive medical institution with full range of medical disciplines, strong teaching faculty, excellent medical techniques, advanced diagnosis and treatment equipments, and powerful scientific research capacity. It is also an important base for China’s higher education of medical sciences, the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Difficult and Severe Cases in Southwest China, the Medical Sciences Research Center, the Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Center and the National Safety Assessment Center for New Drugs and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Center consists of five colleges and four affiliated teaching hospitals, namely, West China College of Basic and Forensic Medicine, West China School of Medicine, West China College of Stomatology, West China School of Public Health, West China School of Pharmacy, West China Hospital, West China Women's and Children's Hospital, West China Stomatology Hospital and No.4 West China Teaching Hospital. Focusing on the aim of constructing a first-class comprehensive research university, the Center fully utilizes the advantages of various disciplines in a comprehensive university, promotes interdisciplinary development of arts, science, engineering and medical sciences, and plays a crucial role in the fields of medical education, discipline development, scientific research, health services and international exchanges, etc.
“Sea, all water, receives all rivers; Utmost wit listens to all sides.” Today, in the spirit of this motto and working with an enduring emotion, the faculty and students of the Center are ready to embrace the brightest future ever.
Sichuan Cuisine is one of four famous cuisines in China, while Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan Province, is the best place to taste local authentic Sichuan Cuisine. The predominant ingredient in food here is chili. If you are a chili-lover, try some of Chengdu's spiciest food laced with chili from top to bottom. With the history of thousands of years, Sichuan cuisine now has more than 3,000 kinds most of which are famous nationwide.
Raffles City is a large complex located in Ren Min Nan Lu. There are a shopping mall, a cineplex and a
supermarket. For students in West China, Raffles City is the closest world of entertainment. There, you discover international high fashions and local brands. There you enjoy McDonalds and Szechuan Cuisine. There you experience Chengdu young people’s life.
How to get Raffles city?
It is a twenty-minute walk from West China campus to Raffles City. You may also take metro line 1 and get off at Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium stop Exit C.
Besides, there are also Barbecue, Dan Dan Noodles, Kung Pao Chicken, Bo Bo Ji, Sichuan Hotpot, Mapo Tofu, Zhong Shui Jiao, Twice-cooked Pork... which are famous and popular in the locals. They could be find everwhere in the streets and lanes.
It is so regretful that we failed to upload the tempting pictures for you. :)
The guesthouse has a cool, relaxed feeling and a traditional Chinese garden that is great for hanging out. Our suggestion: grab a cup of Chinese tea, get your laptop and stretch out on one of the bamboo chairs out there. Rooms vary in size from eight-person dorms to deluxe family size rooms (with A/C). Best yet, all of the rooms are clean!
There are some very tasty Sichuan hotpot and Sichuan cuisine restaurants close by. Also, the hotel is very understanding of foreigners' needs,selling international calling cards, and offers ticket booking and bike rental services.
The airport is situated in the southwest of outskirt, about 20 kilometers from the city center. Traveling to and from the airport by taxi is considered relatively expensive. A cab traveling from downtown Chengdu was priced at approximately RMB 60, while shuttle bus also operates from the city and it is a more economical option, costing approximately RMB 10. Heading for our medical center, you'd better take the Airport Bus No. 1 and get off at Huaxiba Station.
As for the inner-city transportation, the bus is far more developed than the subway, but the subway is more convenient. It depends on where you go. Apart from the public transportation, the app Uber is worth noting and strongly recommended. Calling for a private car to pick you up, it is faster, more comfortable, and far more cheaper than a taxi.
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