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.

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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.

Further Reading

 Top 10 China Destinations for First Time Travelers

 10 Places to Visit in China for a Trip of a Lifetime

 Travel in Depth: 10 Best Places to Visit in China for Return Visitors

 10 Best Cities in China for Budget Travelers

 9 China Famous Cities for Study Tour

 Top 10 Largest Cities in China by Population

 15 Important Cities in China for Business Travel

 Gourmet Paradise: 10 Tourist Cities in China for Food Lovers

- Last updated on May. 18, 2023 by Kina Lu -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Travel
Asked by Farang from THAILAND | May. 31, 2023 01:03Reply
Qingchenshan subway?
Will a subway ever be constructed
to go to Qingchenshan? I heard rumors
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Answered by Mia | May. 31, 2023 18:14

Yes, there is a planned metro route to Qingchengshan. However, it may take several years to construct. Currently, there are high speed trains going there.
Asked by Yuki from MALAYSIA | May. 27, 2023 04:29Reply
Chengdu is safe for travel alone ?
Hi! May i know Chengdu is safe for female travel alone? what kind of transportation is convenient to travel around the Chengdu City? thank you very much for your sharing in advance.
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Answered by Victoria | May. 29, 2023 00:19

Yes, it is a very safe city for female to travel alone. It is easy to get around the city by metro, bus, or taxi. However, it is still not suggested to hangout too late in some quiet and remote streets at deep night.
Asked by cindy chimonides from CANADA | May. 07, 2023 17:37Reply
can anybody suggest accommodations in Maoxian county?
After visiting Jiuzhaigou, we'd like to visit Qiang Monority Village. I can't seem to find a hotel in that region. Please help
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Answered by Anna | May. 07, 2023 23:56

A hotel called Yingyu Yashe (明宇雅舍酒店) is recommended. Address: No. 511 Jinmao Avenue, Fengyi Town, Maoxian County.
Asked by Swee from SINGAPORE | May. 07, 2023 17:22Reply
Chengdu to Emeishan in Day Trip
I am from Singapore travelling independently.
I want to take a day trip from Chengdu to Emeishan in Sept 2023.
Can I do this in in one day?
I will take train leaving Chengdu East at 07.18Am & arrive Emeishan at 0845.

For return on same day, I would like to take Emeishan train leaving 19:44 pm & arrive Chengdu East 20.53pm.
What is the quickest way to see Emeishan including reaching the mountain peaks like Golden Summit.
Do I have to book the train trips in advance?
Is there discount train fares for foreigners above 65 years old?
Thank you.
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Answered by Jack | May. 07, 2023 23:41

The quickest way is to take a sightseeing bus from the entrance of the scenic area to Leidongping Station and then walk about 20 minutes to Jieyin Palace where you can take a cable car to the Golden summit. After sightseeing, return the same way you came.

Yes, it is recommended to book train tickets in advance. As I know, there is no discount in train fares for people above 65 years old, no matter Chinese or foreigners.
Answered by Swee | May. 18, 2023 23:27

Jack, Thanks so much for your helpful advice,
Much appreciated, Swee
Answered by Chris | Jun. 08, 2023 11:52

You can visit Emei in one day but I do not recommend it especially for a 65 yr old. I spent the whole day in Emeishan and the whole day in Leshan. I recommend 2 - 3 days (relax).
Asked by John from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 28, 2021 09:45Reply
Post Code for Wenjiang District in ChengDu?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellie | May. 09, 2021 20:40

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