Chinese city of youth, Chengdu, bracing for World University Games-Xinhua

Chinese city of youth, Chengdu, bracing for World University Games

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2023-07-23 20:58:18

*The upcoming World University Games is expected to inject more vitality into Chengdu, one of the most vibrant megacities in China.

*Chengdu, which is known for giant pandas and delicacies, has become a top destination among an increasing number of fresh graduates seeking jobs, thanks to career prospects as well as the city's healthy lifestyle.

*FISU acting president anticipates that participants from around the world will encounter a unique experience in Chengdu.

By Wang Ding, Zhou Xiangji and Lu Youyi

CHENGDU, July 23 (Xinhua) -- In five days, the 31st edition of the FISU World University Games will open in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The biennial event for the world's elite student athletes fits in well with the city, which is dubbed a "Youthful City".

The number of residents aged between 14 and 45 in Chengdu exceeds 9.6 million, accounting for over 45 percent of the city's population, making it one of the most vibrant cities in China. The upcoming Universiade is expected to inject more vitality into this historical city.

Zhang Siyu (R) works at a volunteer service station in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 22, 2023. (Xinhua)


On a hustling and bustling street in Chengdu, 28-year-old Zhang Siyu works as a transportation volunteer for the Universiade offering assistance for tourists.

In 2017, a song titled "Chengdu" became a national hit in China. In the same year, Zhang was admitted to the graduate program in Computer Science at Sichuan University. After graduation, he decided to settle down in the city.

Like Zhang, an increasing number of fresh graduates seeking jobs has chosen Chengdu as a top destination, not only because of career prospects, but also because of the city's healthy life and work balance.

Chengdu boasts the largest number of teahouses in China. Dotted throughout the city, they provide a lot more than just tea. They are used as a place to relax and engage in social activities.

"I really enjoy the teahouses," said 37-year-old Chen Si, the founder of a technology start-up Beidou Zhixun. "The fast-paced work can be well balanced with a good quality of life."

Boys attend a football training session at Chengdu CDT Sports Park in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 21, 2023. (Xinhua/Yang Jin)

Along with the growth of the young population comes greater enthusiasm for sports.

Wang Dongguo, Operations Manager of Chengdu CDT Sports Park, said that their courts and pitches are always booked.

"Our sports facilities are in high demand, with the football league matches taking place every day. Trendy sports events usually unfold over the weekends, as everyone revels in the solace of sports," Wang said.


Chengdu isn't a stranger to staging international sporting events. This mega-city of over 20 million people played host to the World Police and Fire Games in 2019 and World Team Table Tennis Championships in 2022. It will also host the World Games in 2025.

With over 10,000 student athletes and officials from home and abroad set to descend in coming days, Chengdu is expected to captivate the world's youth with its diverse cultures.

Tourists wearing panda hairbands take photos at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, March 22, 2023. (Xinhua/Xu Bingjie)

"Athletes participating in the 31st World University Summer Games will encounter a unique experience in Chengdu," said Reynold Aid, the Acting President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

"It is not only a sporting competition but an opportunity to immerse in Chengdu's educational and research activities and savor the city's captivating culture."

That sentiment was shared by Oliver Jones, a Briton who met his Chinese wife while they were studying in Australia. Six years ago, Jones accompanied her back to her hometown Chengdu and then they got married.

Jones now serves as a foreign volunteer at the Tongzilin International Community Center, where he is in charge of creating social media content.

Briton Oliver Jones (2nd R) gives an English class to his neighbors at Tongzilin International Community Center in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 13, 2023. (Xinhua)

Through his short videos, Jones showcases Chengdu's treasures from giant pandas and tea houses to the mouthwatering delicacies.

"I want to show foreign friends the essence of China and let the world know about the beauty and delectable flavors of Chengdu", Jones commented.

In the eyes of Kelly Barbosa De Arruda, the press liaison officer for the Brazilian delegation, this city with a history of over 2,000 years exudes youthfulness and epitomizes an international ambiance.

Members of the Brazilian delegation pose for a photo after arriving at the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 17, 2023. (Xinhua/Xu Bingjie)

"Even at the airport, you can sense Chengdu's modernity, making it an ideal venue for hosting major sports events," said Kelly upon her arrival in Chengdu on Monday.

(Cao Yibo, Wu Xiaoying, Li Like also contributed to this story; Video reporter: Yang Jin; Video editors: Zhang Yueyuan, Zheng Qingbin)


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