Chengdu Travel Guide

Chengdu, in southwest China, with the flat terrain, many rivers, rich natural resources and developed agriculture, it enjoys the great reputation as “Land of Abundance”. In addition, it is also a historical and cultural city with history of more than 3,000 years. It is the birthplace of the ancient Shu civilization and seven locality separatist powers had built their capitals here. In the Han dynasty, Chengdu was one of the five metropolises in China, and during the Tang dynasty, it is one of the most developed industrial and commercial cities in China, and the first paper currency in the world was invented here in the northern Song dynasty. There are many highlight scenic spots and historical sites in Chengdu.

Geographic Position: in Southwest China (102°54′E―104°53′E, 30°05′N―31°26′N)

Climate: Subtropical monsoon humid climate (four distinct seasons, hot and rainy in summer, mild and humid in winter)

Nearby Airport: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)

Nearby Railway Stations: Chengdu Railway Station, Chengdu East Railway Station, Chengdu South Railway Station, Chengdu West Railway Station

Chinese: 成都 chéng dū
Population: 16.3M(2018)
Area:5,551 sq miles
Airport: CTU
Zip Code: 610000
Time Zone: GMT+8

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Wuhou Temple

Jinli Street

Wide & Narrow Alley

Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

Leshan Giant Buddha

Jiuzhai Valley

Mt. Emei

Top Things to Do in Chengdu

Here are some top things to do in Chengdu for tourists, which may help tourists learn the culture of Chengdu, taste the delicious food and have a great travel experience.

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

    Visit panda–the national treasure of China

Chengdu is renowned for the hometown of Panda. So, you cannot miss appreciating the lovely panda. At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, visitors can not only see the cuddly pandas lounging, climbing trees and playing, but also acquire knowledge about their living habits. What’s more, if you want to get closer to pandas, you can choose to do a one-day volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Park. During the volunteer activities, you will have the chance to clean the panda’s house and hold the cute panda under the guidance of professional staff. After volunteering, you will also receive a meaningful volunteer certificate. (Note: one-day volunteer in Dujiangyan Panda Park costs CNY 800).

What to Eat in Chengdu

  • Hotpot


Sichuan hot pot is famous for its delicious, hot and spicy flavor, it is deeply loved by people. Nowadays, hot pot has become the representative cuisine of Sichuan province. Hot pot generally refers to the cooking method that boiling all kinds of food in a heating pot, and people can eat while boiling. Typical hot pot ingredients include a variety of meat, seafood, vegetables, soy products, mushrooms, eggs, vermin, etc. People put them in boiled water or special broth, and add some seasoning according to their preference.

Chengdu Travel Guide

1) How to plan your Chengdu tour?

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

A. How many days will you spend in Chengdu?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Chengdu, it is necessary for you to visit the must-visit scenic spots inside the city, such as Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where people can appreciate the cute and precious panda that are the national treasure of China, or go to Wuhou Temple to experience the profound history of Three Kingdoms Period. Strolling around ancient Jinli Street or Wide & Narrow Alley is also popular for visitors.

b. Two days tour

If you plan to spend two days in Chengdu, you can not only go to the most representative and renowned attractions, but also go to other unique and popular attractions. For example, Paying a visit to Leshan giant Buddha which is the largest stone statue carved on cliff in China and one of the largest stone statues of maitreya in the world is a best choice. In addition, visiting the wonderful Dujiangyan irrigation system, about 60 kilometers away from Chengdu, is also popular among visitors.

c. Three days tour

If you have three days in Chengdu, you can not only visit many scenic spots in Chengdu city, but also some renowned scenic area nearby Chengdu, such as the Jiuzhai Valley National Park where people can enjoy the charming natural landscape and experience profound Tibetan culture, or go to Mt.Emei to appreciate the magnificent mountain and holy Buddhism culture.

d. Four days and more days tour

If you have enough time in Chengdu, we also offer the service of making a personal tour in Chengdu according to you preferences and interests.


Recommended Tours:

2 Days Chengdu Panda Tour

3 Days Sichuan Hiking Tour from Leshan to E-mei Mountain

4 Days Chengdu Discovery Tour


2)Visa Policy

Since January 1, 2019, Chengdu Shuangliu international airport have launched a 144-hour transit visa-free policy for visitors, which allows visitors to stay in Chengdu no more than 144 hours (six days). Visas are not required for people who come from the 53 countries and hold valid international travel documents and international flights tickets with confirmed dates and seats to a third country (region).

3) Chengdu Transportation

Nowadays, as a famous tourism city all over the world, Chengdu has been equipped more and more advanced and convenient public transportation, which is not only helpful for local people, but also conducive to the development of the tourism.

A. Flight

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu international airport, 16 kilometers away from Chengdu downtown, is one of the eight major regional hub airports in China. By September 2019, Chengdu Shuangliu international airport has 349 air routes (including 121 international and regional routes and 228 domestic routes), and get to 209 cities at home and abroad (78 international and regional cities and 131 domestic cities). it is also equipped with convenient public transportation for people to directly get to the downtown or some famous scenic spots.

4) Chengdu Weather& What to wear& The Best Time to visit Chengdu

Chengdu is typical subtropical monsoon humid climate, which has four distinct seasons — early spring, hot summer, cool autumn and warm winter. And it is hot and rainy in summer, and mild and humid in winter. The average annual temperature is 22℃, and the annual precipitation is about 1000 mm. Another feature of climate in Chengdu is fewer hours of sunlight in winter due to the foggy day.

5) Where to Stay in Chengdu

Shangri La Hotel Chengdu

Fivestar hotel

  • Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu

Shangri-la hotel, located in the heart of Chengdu, is surrounded by beautiful Jinjiang river, ancient covered bridge, Lan kwai Fong, bar street, etc. Guests can walk to many Chinese and western restaurants, coffee shops and some authentic local restaurants. With the advantageous location and convenient transportation, it is easy to get to wide and narrow alley, Jinli Street, Wuhou Temple, Chunxi Road from the hotel to experience the ancient civil culture or modern fashion of Chengdu, and the hotel is about 30 minutes’ drive to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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