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.

                                  See more:
                                  Top 10 Things to Do in Chengdu

                                  10 Best Places to Visit in Chengdu for First-time Visitors

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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.

                                   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

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                                  Questions & Answers on Chengdu Travel
                                  Asked by Sim from CHINA | Jan. 15, 2020 14:02Reply
                                  Is Xiling snow mountain is open now?
                                  Hi the website doesn't provide information of if it has reopened. Does anybody know?
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                                  Answered by Amy from DENMARK | Jan. 15, 2020 22:34

                                  Don't worry. It opens normally nowadays. You can tour around. Have a nice trip!
                                  Asked by Cassie from USA | Jan. 14, 2020 18:13Reply
                                  Hello, We are planning a trip Chengdu during Spring Festival.
                                  I know places will be very busy during this time but it is our only option. We will travel Jan. 23-30. I imagine that most places will be less busy at the start of the holiday. Do you have any recommendations for trying to avoid crowds? We want to see Mt. Emei and LeShan too
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                                  Answered by Anastasia from DENMARK | Jan. 15, 2020 22:36

                                  Well, you are suggested to find a hotel nearby the main transportation junctions, such as East Railway Station. You can take the direct bullet train from there to Emei Mountain. Hope helpful!
                                  Asked by Michelle from SINGAPORE | Jan. 01, 2020 01:50Reply
                                  How many flights per day from Chengdu to Jiazhaigou? What is the timing? Thank you
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                                  Answered by Claire from USA | Jan. 02, 2020 17:17

                                  There are 1-2 flights every day. It usually departs at 16:00-17:00 or 21:00-22:00.
                                  Asked by Flora from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 29, 2019 16:21Reply
                                  bus to chendgu panda research centre
                                  staying at Rhombus Park Aura hotel - best way to get to panda research centre, bus, train or taxi
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                                  Answered by Samuel from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 30, 2019 18:38

                                  It is suggested to take taxi going there with around CNY40.
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