My unsolicited first stop in China, Chengdu, as I later found out is the capital of the Central Sichuan province. It is a transport hub for the aforementioned region and the fifth most populous and supposedly the most liveable Chinese city. Owing to the fact that I was terribly under researched, I did not know that the city is home to a number of shopping malls, skyscrapers, parks and monasteries. Also, the airport that initially came across as empty is actually the largest in Southwest China. The rush that welcomed me the next morning confirmed the aforementioned statement. Chengdu was cold and depressing for me probably owing to the circumstances but that should not deter you from visiting this place that has excellent air connections and modest bus routes.