The city is said to have been founded by the Qin before they achieved control of all China during the 3rd century BCE. Chengdu is known for being the home of China's most famous creatures, the cute giant pandas. Regarded as one of China's most livable cities, there is something for everyone in this thriving capital of Sichuan province. As with going anywhere, use common sense. Exchange money only at a bank. Use caution when crossing the street, the drivers here are notorious for disobeying traffic rules.