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 Astrid from INDONESIA | May. 17, 2019 21:29Reply
How to get from dujiangyan to huanglongxi? How much the bus fare?
Is there any direct bus or have to transit?
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Answered by Anne from NEW ZEALAND | May. 20, 2019 00:32

There is no direct bus from Dujiangyan. But you can take a bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station. It costs about CNY16 and the duration is about 1 hour.
Answered by Astrid from INDONESIA | May. 20, 2019 23:08

Is it better from xinnanmen or chadianzi bus stop?
Answered by Anne | May. 21, 2019 18:25

Both are available. There are more than 8 buses departing from both of the two bus station.
Answered by Astrid from INDONESIA | May. 22, 2019 05:38

Asked by abc from LONDON | May. 17, 2019 01:23Reply
Transit hotel facilities avail without visa is possible or not at Chengdu
I am an Indian citizen travelling from London to Australia with layover of 9 hrs at Shuangliu airport. The air china has already booked transit hotel for us and also providing transport. I think hotel is 7Km away from airport.
To avail/use the hotel facility, Do I need to apply for any type of transit visa. I know I am staying less than 24 hrs and also have e tickets for connecting flight(From Chengdu to Australia). What will be the process of getting out the airport and coming back, if dont need any visa.
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Answered by Emma from CANADA | May. 19, 2019 20:53

Just complete the "embarkation card", together with your travel documents, boarding pass for the onward connecting flight and travel itinerary, go to the inspection counter of China Immigration Inspection to apply for 24h stay permit at the airport.
Asked by Lee from MALAYSIA | May. 13, 2019 02:10Reply
Trip to Chengdu for 6 nights
Family of 4 trip to the city and wish to visit Emei Mountain, Panda Research Base, Leshan and Xiling Snow Mountain. Can visit these places on one day for each place? We are planning to stay at city centre. Is it convenient to take public transport to all these places?
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Answered by Tina from USA | May. 13, 2019 20:59

You need to spend about 2 days in Emei Mountain and it is okay to stay at city center.
Asked by Anja from DENMARK | May. 07, 2019 14:14Reply
Help, do I need a transitvisa when going through to destinations of China?
I am going from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Copenhagen, Denmark. I have to stops in China before my final destination which is from Shenzhen to Chengdu. My trip is estimated to be be 23h30m in total. So, what if some of my flights are delayed or something? Can I still do the 24-hour rule? My e-ticket says that a chinese visa perhaps is to be required from Chengdu to Copenhagen which I find a bit strange since I will not pass my 24-hour rule?

Thank you so much for your great help - you guys do an amazing job! From Anja
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Answered by Julie from FRANCE | May. 08, 2019 22:36

It is better for you to apply for a visa in advance or adjust your itinerary accordingly.
Asked by Marius from AUSTRALIA | May. 02, 2019 15:18Reply
It appears there's a high speed train from Chengdu West to Ya'an C6651
Leaving CD around 7.29 am. However I have been unable to find more info about the station ( Chengdu West) or where to get the tickets from?
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Answered by Bob from USA | May. 06, 2019 02:44

The earliest train depart from CD at 7:49. You can buy tickets when you get the railway station in advance or just book tickets through TravelChinaGuide:
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