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Home to more than 14 million people, Chengdu is what you want it to be: while some visitors seek out the pulsating nightlife, others are happy to while away the days strolling through the city's many parks or sipping tea and cracking sunflower seeds in one of its multitude of tea gardens.Upon arrival, you may be a bit disappointed. Much of the traditional architecture of the
charming Old Town has been razed to make room for modern high-rises. The city has been torn in half, literally, for the last several years as new expressways, a modern airport, and gleaming office towers push locals' tolerance and pollution levels sky-high.