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.
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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 Lamaiporn from THAILAND | Jul. 11, 2019 02:42Reply
How do I go to Xiling from Qingcheng shan, Chengdu?
I have a plan to stay in Qingcheng Shan for Hiking 1 day then I would like to continue to sightseeing on Xiling mountain but I don't know how to go there and how long.
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Answered by Elaine from USA | Jul. 11, 2019 19:03

There is no direct bus. You need to take bus from Dujiangyan Coach Station to Dayi Coach Station firstly. It departs from 9:10 to 16:50 and takes around 1 hour with CNY16. Then you take bus from Dayi Coach Station to your destination.
Asked by M.w from UNITED STATES | Jul. 03, 2019 16:45Reply
Is end of October or beginning of November good time to climb EMei mountain, no snow or icy steps?
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Answered by Omer from CANADA | Jul. 03, 2019 19:31

Yes, it is. Generally speaking, the best time to visit the mountain is spring and autumn with good weather condition.
Asked by sasina from THAILAND | Jun. 30, 2019 18:24Reply
We will go to Juizhaigou in October 2019. Is it open yet?
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Answered by Tracy from CANADA | Jul. 01, 2019 18:43

It is still under post-earthquake reconstruction. I'm not sure whether it will be open in October.
Asked by julia from IRELAND | Jun. 25, 2019 04:10Reply
How do I get from Chengdu Luomashi to century city and how long would it take?
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Answered by Howard from NETHERLANDS | Jun. 26, 2019 00:06

You can take Metro Line 1 from Luomahsi to Century City directly and it takes about 40 minutes.
Answered by Julia from IRELAND | Jun. 26, 2019 03:51

Thank you very much Howard.
Asked by George from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 23, 2019 12:17Reply
Hey, what is the cheapest and fastest way to get to Shanghai from Chengdu in the weekend?
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Answered by Amy from USA | Jun. 24, 2019 00:01

The fastest way is to take a plane and it takes about 3-3.5 hours but it is not very cheap. However, you can also take bullet train. It takes about 12.5-14 hours and costs CNY681 to 1,090.
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