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1. Which modern-day landmark(s) is/are the approximate boundary of the old city walls?
a. The four Renmin Lus (North, South, East, and West)
b. The First Ring Road
c. The rhombus of rivers that lies just inside the First Ring Road
d. CHENGDOO map grids C4, D3, E5, and H4
2. How many buildings over 300 meters are being planned, under construction, or are completed?
3. Which of the following are nicknames of Chengdu?
a. Brocade City (锦城), Hibiscus City (蓉城)
b. A city of spicy food and spicy women (一座辣辣的菜,辣妹的城市)
c. A city you never want to leave once you arrive (一座你来就不想走的城市)
d. The Land of Abundance (天府之国)
4. Which of the following is not part of Chengdu's city motto?
a. Harmony and Tolerance (和谐包容)
b. Wisdom and Integrity (智慧诚信)
c. Truth-seeking and Innovation (务实创新)
d. Fortune and Leisure (财富休闲)
5. Everybody knows Mao Zedong overlooks Tianfu Square. But where else can you find his likeness in Chengdu?
a. Sichuan University campus
b. Songxian Qiao Curios Market
c. At your mom's house
d. The Sichuan Museum
6. Put the following in chronological order according to their debut in Chengdu, post-1949: public-bus service, international hotel, KFC, consulate
a. Bus, hotel, KFC, consulate
b. Consulate, bus, hotel, KFC
c. Bus, consulate, KFC, hotel
d. Consulate, hotel, bus, KFC
7. When will the TV Tower allegedly be completed?
c. It's already open
d. "Next year"
8. Among China's cities, Chengdu has one of the lowest _____________.
a. number of sunshine hours per year.
b. average humidity levels.
c. number of private vehicles per square kilometer of road space.
d. hotpot-to-resident ratios.
9. What was the first English-language publication in Chengdu?
a. Go West
b. CHENGDOO citylife
c. West China Missionary News
d. Chengdu Daily
10. The population of the area that is present-day Chengdu 2,000 years ago was around
a. 1 million
1) C and D. The fortified walls of the city ran exactly along—hence place names such as "West Gate" and "South Gate" that are still in use although by today's standards they're well within the city center. The four corners of the rhombus lie approximately in the grids listed.
2) C. Although there are already 23 skyscrapers standing at over 100 meters in Chengdu, the 339-meter TV tower is the only that exceeds 300 meters. By contrast, neighboring Chongqing will eventually have four buildings higher than 300 meters.
3) A are the only nicknames that have ever been assigned to the city; B and C are by reputation only; D is the nickname for the entire Chengdu Plain, not specifically the city of Chengdu.
4) D. Despite what you might see and hear, neither "leisureliness" nor "fortune" are part of the city's official motto.
5) A (near the pools by the east gate) and B (on all of the Cultural Revolution memorabilia) for sure; but possibly C and D as well.
6) C. Public-bus service became available in the 1950s; the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu opened in 1985 (although, it should be noted that foreign consulates existed in Chengdu prior to the founding of the People's Republic of China); KFC arrived around 20 years ago; and the first international hotel, the Sheraton, arrived a mere decade ago.
7) D. Every year, it'll open next year.
8) A. Chengdu sees less sunshine annually than perpetually gray London. But its humidity is relatively high, as is the number of vehicles on its roads as well as the number of hotpot restaurants.
9) C. The West China Missionary News was a monthly journal published by missionaries in Chengdu in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A was published in the early to mid-2000s; B started in 2007; D has a weekly English-language supplement but is not itself an English-language publication.
10) B. Over the course of the last millennium, the region's population has grown 100-fold.
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This article was originally published in CHENGDOO citylife Magazine, issue 33 ("What's Going on in Chengdu").
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