Most internship placements in China take place in the biggest urban hubs of the country, specifically Beijing, Shanghai and sometimes Shenzhen. Such programs are inevitably based in such cities because that’s where most companies tend to be based. However, China Global Connections are offering something different. We offer young people to chance to intern in Chengdu, located in the Sichuan province to China’s West. Although it may not be as big as the sprawling metropolises mentioned above, Chengdu is a city that more than holds its own in terms of beauty, culture, things to see and general living experience. Here in this article, we make the case to you why choosing to intern in Chengdu can be an excellent choice!
Sichuan: A province of beauty
Beijing and Shanghai are urban municipalities shrouded in sprawling concrete Jungle, with many smaller cities surrounding them. Whilst Chengdu is also a big city, it is located at the heart of Sichuan Province. Sichuan, or “four rivers” lies outwards to China’s west, all of which surrounds the area. It is a province of outstanding natural beauty and lush green countryside, being situated on what is known as the “Sichuan Basin”. Not only is this province known for its countryside, but it is also known for being home to one of China’s most famous icons, the Giant Panda! Whilst in Chengdu make sure you pay a visit to the “Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding“, the authentic China experience you just can’t get in Shanghai!
A delicious Cuisine
Most people are aware that the food in China varies from region to region, and everyone has their favourite variety. If you haven’t discovered Sichuanese food yet, then you need to come and intern in Chengdu! Sichuan dishes are often ranked amongst the most popular in Chinese cuisine; after all there is nothing more satisfying than the rich taste that the spicy Sichuan Pepper and Garlic give to your food. Make sure you try out the speciality local Kung Pao chicken and the delicious local Mapo Tofu as well. Not only does the chance to intern in Chengdu offer you a world of opportunities, but it offers you a world’s worth of outstanding food too!
A lasting local history
Chengdu is one of China’s oldest cities, with settlement in the area stretching back to up to four thousand years ago. Chengdu featured heavily in the early history of the Qin Dynasty, as well as the Han Dynasty. As a result, the city is teeming with historical sites. Most famously, Chengdu is home to the Dujiangyan irrigation system, an ancient system of flood control which is now a UNESCO world heritage site. There are numerous places inside the city itself to check out as well, make sure you go and see the Jinli historical district for an authentic “old China” feel. As you intern in Chengdu, you will realize that Chinese history isn’t all about just Beijing and Xi’an. Chengdu has a long and rich heritage which will optimize any experience here!
It’s cheaper too!
A common challenge many people have with interning in China is the cost of living. One benefit of Chengdu, not being a leading Chinese city, is things are a lot cheaper here. Shanghai and Beijing, as hubs of the wealthy, are known for their sky high prices, especially when it comes to housing. To intern in Chengdu offers living costs which are a bit more down to Earth. An intern here can get by on a smaller stipend of 2200 RMB ($345) a month for housing and food, something which is near impossible in the more prominent areas.
Conclusion: What are you waiting for? Come intern in Chengdu!
Chengdu might not be as well known as the other Chinese cities, but it is a city with a lot to offer. It is an area of beauty, culture, heritage, history, good food and affordable living. It is a city which is growing nonetheless in its economic and financial importance. To intern in Chengdu offers you an experience to build your China network and career in a sustainable way, coupled with a good experience. It is a city which can and will grow on you!