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 Jada from SINGAPORE | Oct. 26, 2019 04:21Reply
Heming Mountain
Hi, would like to know;

1) how to get to Heming Temple from Chengdu?

2) how much is recommended to visit this temple?

3) is it possible to leave Chengdu in the morning, visit this temple, and return to Chengdu in the evening?
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Answered by Danny from CANADA | Oct. 28, 2019 18:14

1. You can take bus from Jinsha Coach station to Dayi Coach station, then take direct tourist bus from there to Heming mountain.
2. It is the birthplace of Taoism in China. You can appreciate both cultural and natural views.
3. Yes, it is doable.
Asked by Kaixi from BELGIUM | Oct. 21, 2019 06:00Reply
High speed train Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou: when operational?

When will the CD-Lanzhou High-speed Railway connecting CD and Jiuzhaigou be available? It was planned for the end of 2019. I will be travelling to CD next year (in May) so in order to plan everything, I'd like to know whether I'll be already able to book this train since it significantly reduces travel time.
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Answered by Cici from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 23, 2019 20:03

As I know, it is expected to be completed by 2020.
Asked by wong chooi from MALAYSIA | Oct. 15, 2019 21:10Reply
Restaurant or Cafe at the arrival hall in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport?
We are 2 groups of people arriving at different timing, different Airlines. We need to meet somewhere after Custom. Is there McD or any shop that can be identified easily after coming out of Arrival Hall? Thanks
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Answered by Susan from SINGAPORE | Oct. 16, 2019 20:17

Yes, of course. You can find McDonald in F1 of T1 and T2.
Answered by Wong chooi from MALAYSIA | Oct. 17, 2019 02:30

Thank you so much 😊
Asked by COLENING | Oct. 12, 2019 07:53Reply
Plan to travel from Chengdu to Emeishan by high speed train (earliest train).
Is it possible to reach the peak of Emeishan on the same day?

24 Dec CD to Emeishan
25 Dec leaving CD flight 23:00

Is it possible to have a short visit to Leshan Giant Buddha?
Is there a high speed train from Leshan to Shuangliu airport?
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Answered by Rita from CANADA | Oct. 14, 2019 18:08

It is convenient to take high speed train from Chengdu East Railway station to Emeishan and only takes 1-2 hours on the way. You can reach the peak of mountain. You can take direct tourist bus from Emeishan to Leshan and it takes around 1 hour, so you can go there in December 25. Yes, you can take high speed train from Leshan to the airport.
Asked by Ken from SINGAPORE | Oct. 06, 2019 18:32Reply
where can we purchase High speed train tickets from Chengdu to Emei/Leshan?
Can foreigners buy the tickets online? it seems there is long queue if you were to purchase it directly from train stations on actual day of travel. Also, foreigners need show passport to the ticket counter before we can buy it, is it true?
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Answered by Tizzy from CANADA | Oct. 12, 2019 02:52

Sorry, foreigners can't buy the ticket online because the App only has Chinese version. So you can send the email to to ask for help. Yes, you need to show your passport so you can buy it, just the same as Chinese need to show their ID card.
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