Chengdu Travel Guide

Chengdu Travel Guide

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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Sichuan Opera
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.
Jinsha Site Museum
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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- Last updated on Dec. 05, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Travel
Asked by CY from SINGAPORE | Nov. 15, 2023 04:29Reply
Which Train station at Chengdu for Lanzhou?

I have walking problems so would like to stay in hotel near to the railway station at Chengdu for taking train to Lanzhou. Anyone can advise? Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rosy | Nov. 15, 2023 19:21

High speed trains to Lanzhou will depart from Chengdu East Station.
Asked by Dixie from INDONESIA | Nov. 13, 2023 22:33Reply
Early Morning Taxi to Chengdu Tianfu TFU Airport
Dear Sir/Madam
Please help,
How much approximately taxi fare from Dongdalu Road MRT to Tianfu TFU Airport domestic terminal at around 04.30 in the morning?
Can I paid the taxi by cash?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen | Nov. 14, 2023 19:36

It generally costs around CNY 200 and yes, you can pay the taxi by cash.
Asked by Cetayah from INDONESIA | Oct. 04, 2023 03:08Reply
Indonesia pasport transit in Chengdu
I am Indonesian pasport holder and will flight from Bangkok to Moscow, and will transit 10 hours in Chengdu, do I eligible for 24 hour transit visa ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jason | Oct. 06, 2023 23:47

Yes, you are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Teena from THAILAND | Sep. 10, 2023 21:15Reply
Hi, What is the best transport to go from Four Points Sheraton Chengdu Tianfu area to Chunxi Road?
I want to use the metro to go around the city from my hotel Four Points Sheraton Chengdu Tianfu area. The places I want to visit are - Chunxi Road, People's park, Jinli Street, Wide and Narrow Alley. Can I use the metro for all these places?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andy | Sep. 12, 2023 01:51

Yes, it is possible. From the hotel to Chunxi Road, you can take Metro Line to Sichuan Gymnasium Station and then transfer to Metro Line 3 to Chunxi Road.

You can also take Metro Line 2 from Chunxi Road to Renmin Park. The nearest metro station from Jinli Street is Gaoshengqiao Station along Metro Line 3 and the distance is about 1.1 km. Wide and Narrow Alley is accessible by Metro Line 4.
Asked by TeguhPS from INDONESIA | Jul. 18, 2023 12:45Reply
Chengdu TFU to Samsara Hotel, Dayi
Hello, what is best transport mode from Chengdu TFU Airport to Samsara Hotel, Dayi?
and how much will it cost ?

many thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Jul. 18, 2023 19:59

You need to take Metro Line 18 to Chengdu South Railway Station first. It costs CNY 10 and takes about 1 hour.

After that, take a train from south station to Dayi, and the train journey takes about CNY 20 and 30-40 minutes are needed.

Getting off the train station, it is only 4 km from the hotel and you can take taxi, which costs CNY 10-15.
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