Chengdu Travel Guide

Home for Giant Pandas
Home for Giant Pandas
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Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province,  is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, the city covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million.

Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as the Heavenly State, Tian Fu Zhi Guo in Chinese, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to 40 other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometres (270.27 square miles) with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.

 Passengers from 53 foreign countries can enjoy 144 hours free transit if transiting via Shuangliu Airport. 
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As the transport hub in southwest hinterland of China and the main access city to Tibet, Chengdu is easily approached thanks to its air routes and railways extending nationwide. The city bus and metro continue to develop, providing the locals and the tourists with great convenience.


Traveling or living in Chengdu can be a great fun. Besides the amazing places of interest, the city offers a lot inviting activities for visitors and expats. Sampling the famous Sichuan food is a must here. The hot and spicy dishes and varied tasty snacks are sure to whip up your appetite. Go shopping at the Chunxi Road, spend a leisurely afternoon in a teahouse, and watch a Sichuan Opera performance at night – this would be a perfect day giving you a deeper understanding of this charming city.
The history of the city can be traced back 2,400 when the first emperor built his capital here and named the city. Through thousands of years its original name has been kept and its position as the capital and as the significant center of politics, commerce and military of the Sichuan area (once called Shu) has remained unchanged. Since the Han (206B.C.-220) and Tang (618-907) Dynasties when its handicraft industry flourished, the place has been famous for its brocades and embroideries. Shu embroideries still enjoy a high reputation for their bright colors and delicate designs, ranking among the four main embroideries in China. The city was also the place where the bronze culture, an indispensable part of ancient Chinese culture, originated; the place where the Southern Silk Road started; and the place where the earliest paper currency, Jiaozi (not the dumpling!), was first printed. It is listed among the first 24 state-approved historical and cultural cities and owns 23 state and provincial cultural relic units.

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Questions & Answers on Chengdu Travel
Asked by alaa from JAPAN | Apr. 15, 2019 22:51Reply
My flight to Chengdu airport will arrive at 11.00PM Then I will go to the JINJIANG HOTEL.
is there a shuttle available at this time or I must take a taxi.
for taxi what will be the cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sophia from DENMARK | Apr. 19, 2019 01:34

According to your landing time, it is suggested to take airport shuttle bus line 1 and get off at Minshan Hotel first. The ticket fare is CNY10/person. This bus line will operate until the 05:30 next day. After arriving, walk southwest around 400 meters to find the hotel.

If by taxi, the cab fare is CNY 60 to 70 at that time.
Asked by Yanti from INDONESIA | Apr. 12, 2019 03:41Reply
I have an early morning flight from Chengdu Airport (at 08.25 am.)
and I will stay at Jingcheng Building Zouma Street.
What time do I have to depart from the hotel? Do I have to order a taxi or take public transportation (Metro/Airport Bus)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dora from FINLAND | Apr. 15, 2019 00:54

Generally speaking, you need to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure. There is no suitable airport shuttle bus at that time. Thus you are suggested to take a taxi to the airport directly.
Asked by JESUS Castillo Abascal from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 09, 2019 15:31Reply
I am planning going to Chengdu for a wedding arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday.
I have a round trip air china ticket. london-chengdu-london
I am from the uk. Do I need a VISA?
Answers (2)
Answered by Celeste from USA | Apr. 15, 2019 00:49

Well, according to the situation, you cannot enjoy the visa free policy. You need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your country.
Answered by Jesus from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 15, 2019 19:26

Thank you for your time .Rgds
Asked by EK from THAILAND | Apr. 07, 2019 23:24Reply
Is there a direct bus from Luding to Chengdu (Xinnanmen Bus Station)?
What's the schedule?

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Answered by Moria from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 09, 2019 00:06

Yes, the bus departs at 7:50, 10:00, 13:00, 16:20 and the fare is about CNY100 to 120.
Asked by Netnapit from THAILAND | Mar. 29, 2019 06:22Reply
Can I take a bus from heishui to maoxian?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 09, 2019 02:26

Yes, the direct coaches depart at 08:30 and 13:10. As I know, the ticket fare is CNY45/person.
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