Chengdu / 成都市.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Chengdu (map) is the provincial capital and largest city of *Sichuan Province in southwest China. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

The giant panda, a Chinese national treasure, is one of the most popular animals in the world. A breeding center for giant pandas called Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve (map), the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 km (81 mi) outside Chengdu.

Mount Qingcheng (map) is amongst the most important centres of Taoism (Daoism) in China. It is situated in the suburbs of Dujiangyan City.

With its peak 1,600 m (5,200 ft) above sea level, Mount Qingcheng enjoys a cool climate, but remains a lush green all year round and surrounded by hills and waterways. Mount Qingcheng’s Fujian Temple, Tianshi Cave, and Shizu Hall are some of the existing more well-known Taoist holy sites.

The Wide and Narrow Lanes (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi, or Kuanzhai Alleys, map) were first built during the Qing dynasty for Manchu soldiers. The lanes remained residential until 2003 when the local government turned the area into a mixed-use strip of restaurants, teahouses, bars, avant-garde galleries, and residential houses.

Hot pot is a traditional Sichuanese dish, made by cooking vegetables, fish, and/or meat in boiling spicy broth. A type of food suitable for friends’ gathering, hot pot attracts both local people and tourists. Hot pot restaurants can be found everywhere in Chengdu.

Also named Xinxiang Monastery, Wenshu Monastery (map) is the best preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. Initially built during the Tang dynasty, it has a history dating back 1,300 years.

Located in Xindu District, Baoguang Monastery (map) enjoys a long history and a rich collection of relics. It is believed that it was constructed during the East Han period and has appeared in written records since the Tang dynasty.

Chengdu’s annual Chengdu Grand Temple Fair of Wuhou Temple (map) is held every year during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in Wuhou Shrine, Jinli, the Culture Park, and several other city parks. The 15-day-long festival showcases both traditional Sichuan folk art and modern fashions of the city. Food stalls on site offer over 100 varieties of freshly made local snacks.

Huanglongxi Historic Town (map). Facing the Jinjiang River to the east and leaning against Muma Mountain to the north, the ancient town of Huanglongxi is approximately 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Chengdu. It was a large military stronghold for the ancient Shu Kingdom.

Located in the center of downtown Chengdu, Chunxi Road (春熙路, map) is a trendy and bustling commercial strip with a long history. It was built in 1924 and was named after a part of the Tao Te Ching.

Anren Historic Town (map) is located 39 km (24 mi) west of Chengdu. It was the hometown of Liu Wencai, a Qing dynasty warlord, landowner and millionaire. His 27 historic mansions have been well preserved and turned into museums. Three old streets built during the Republic of China period are still being used today by residents.

Luodai Historic Town (洛带古镇, map) is one of the five major Hakka settlements in China.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Chengdu MetroChengdu Bus Rapid Transit

BAOLAU.com – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

Also сheck оut мore info: TransportationTips for Your China Train Trip (chinahighlights.com)

BUS: A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

TRAIN: Chengdu is the primary railway hub city and rail administrative center in southwestern China. The China Railway Chengdu Group manages the railway system of Sichuan Province, Chongqing City, and Guizhou Province. Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >> seat61.com  (*Rail travel in China)

AIRPORT: Chengdu is served by the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport located in Shuangliu County 16 km (9.9 mi) southwest of downtown. The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

ParkCity · Punch in the Tide Playing Place Around You.

While the stage is more and more “defined”, will there be a stage as limitless as dancing? In Chengdu, there is no need to define ourselves, for there is a stage on which we can readily make our voices heard and our words understood. It’s a park, a city, a stage…and much more!

video source: Chengdu Tourism / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.

chinahighlights.com

China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs.

chinahighlights.com – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.

Food

China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.