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.

 Since January 1, 2019, the 144-hour visa-free transit will be introduced to Chengdu, allowing passengers from 53 countries to have a visa-free transit in the city.
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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 Nick from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 24, 2018 12:19Reply
Hello, I'm Bulgarian citizen. What about the transit visa through China?
My flight is London GTW - CTU (Chengdu) (8.5 hours layover)- BKK Thailand and on my way back BKK - PEK (Beijing) ( 5.5 hours layover) - London. Do I qualify for the free transit visas?
Thanks in advance.
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Answered by Sansaui from USA | Oct. 24, 2018 23:02

On your first itinerary, you are eligible for 24 hours free visa.
On you second first itinerary, you qualify for the 144 hours free visa.
Asked by frank a. from CANADA | Sep. 30, 2018 11:52Reply
Does Chengdu Xinnanmen bus station have luggage lockers?
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Answered by Rhoda from USA | Oct. 07, 2018 23:16

Yes, it does. I remember that one piece costs CNY5 per day and you need to pick it up before 18:00.
Asked by Heshani from SRI LANKA | Sep. 09, 2018 22:46Reply
Can I buy train tickets to Chengdu East from the Shuangliu Airport Station?
do I have to buy it online to save a seat?
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Answered by Hailie from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 11, 2018 19:15

No, you don't need to book the train tickets online. You can buy it at the station. If you can have a seat depends on the time you enter the train, first come and first served.

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