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 Jane from CANADA | Feb. 13, 2019 08:11Reply
First time in Chengdu, China...
Im traveling alone to see culture and find local foods at the end of February and don't speak Chinese. Is there a specific area that is good for hotel to stay in that is safe for a girl backpacking by herself? Recommendations for street food, eateries, night life, or an expat area?
Thank you...
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Answered by Noah from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 14, 2019 23:38

Hi, you are suggested to find a hotel nearby Chunxi Road, Jinli Street or Wide & Narrow Alley. The surrounding transportation is quite convenient. And you can easily find nice restaurants. Have a nice journey!
Answered by k. from CANADA | Feb. 18, 2019 17:03

I am here from Canada too. I have been here over one month and heading home soon. I find the metro(subway) the easiest way to get around as I do not speak Chinese either. You can change the language on the ticket machine and the stops are announced in both English and Chinese. Most taxi drivers do not speak English and I cannot read the bus signs. It is advised to keep your purse tight as there can be pickpockets. The metro can be very crowded. There are hotels everywhere and food everywhere. I point at a picture of the food I want and say "that one". I find the city very safe and nobody bothers you. The Canadian way of "after you" does not work. You have to go first otherwise everyone else will. lol.
Asked by cjai from THAILAND | Feb. 05, 2019 07:35Reply
As i know that the Leshan Giant Buddha was close for matainnance ,Now Is there open?
the Leshan Giant Buddha was closed for matainnance .
I like to go there pls inform me Now Is there open or not ?
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Answered by Lucas from FRANCE | Feb. 14, 2019 23:35

Well, the Leshan Giant Buddha is still under maintenance. I cannot find the exact finish date on the Internet.
Asked by Mariya from RUSSIA | Jan. 26, 2019 20:00Reply
Is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding opening on Monday?
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Answered by Irma from CANADA | Jan. 27, 2019 23:50

Don't worry. It opens on Monday.
Asked by Abdulgi from MALAYSIA | Jan. 23, 2019 06:03Reply
I am going for a business trip to Chengdu on 28th Jan to 31st Jan.
I will be staying in Intercontinental Century City hotel. Is there any nearby Moslem restaurant?
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Answered by Cindy from USA | Jan. 23, 2019 19:30

I know one halal restaurant named as Xiyu Shengyan Halal Restaurant. It provides nice halal foods with reasonable prices. The address is No.4, Hubianjingfang, No.198, Shijicheng Road, Gaoxin District.
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