Why now: With a 20 percent increase in foreign arrivals across the last seven years, the Sichuan capital of Chengdu ranked No. 2 on the latest MasterCard report highlighting the fastest-growing destinations in the world. United recently launched non-stop flights from San Francisco, making it easier than ever before for Americans to visit.
What to see: Home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, this city in southwestern China lures foreigners with the chance to view these endangered animals in a natural habitat. Chengdu also boasts the largest building in the world and some of the spiciest food in China.