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Opened in Oc­to­ber 2013 The RitzCarl­ton Chengdu is among the hote­lier’s first for­ays into so-called“sec­ondary ci­ties”in China – if you can call a mega­lopo­lis of some 14 mil­lion souls sec­ondary. The south­west­ern Chi­nese city is the cap­i­tal of Sichuan Prov­ince. Fa­mous for the nearby Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing, it pos­sesses a more com­mer­cial side too. Chengdu pro­duces a full 80 per­cent of the world’s iPads and is the site for a slew of For­tune 500 com­pa­nies. Just so you get the point, it lays claim to print­ing the planet’s first pa­per money back in 1007. United Air­lines just in­au­gu­rated non­stop Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner to the place from San Francisco, ren­der­ing it all the more ac­ces­si­ble.

While the in­te­rior is chic and stylish, the ex­te­rior of the ho­tel is

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