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Often referred to as the “Land of Abundance”, Chengdu, is the capital of the Sichuan Province in China. It received this nickname because it is one of the primary food production bases in the country and is significantly agriculturally wealthy. Chengdu is located in central Sichuan and on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin. The Jin River flows through the city adding to its natural beauty. Chengdu has a unique cultural identity of its own and has maintained its name and individuality through the imperial, republic and communist eras that the country has been through. Chengdu now stands as one of the most important economic, cultural and communications centers in Western China. It is considered to be one of the most livable cities in China. The laid back city of Chengdu is known to emphasize rich culture and relaxation. This along with its organic allure, vibrant night-life, and a modern approach also makes it an ideal destination for tourists.
Tip: Pollution levels in the city can be severe, always carry a mask with you.
The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is an important aviation hub in West China, being the busiest airport in the region and is located 16 kilometers south-west of downtown Chengdu. The airport is also a core hub for several airlines including Air China and Chengdu Airlines. The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport hosts a number of direct flights to Chengdu from major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, et cetera. These flights to Chengdu are facilitated by world-class carriers like Air China, Chengdu Airlines and China Sothern Airlines among others. Cheap flights to Chengdu from international destinations including Thailand, South Korea, and France are regular. There are over 100 direct flights to Chengdu daily from different parts of China and the world and consequently, the city houses more than 18 million tourists annually.
Tip: Learning a few phrases of Mandarin goes a long way in easing out communication in the city.
Be it museum hopping, watching lively performances or just lazing around in a park, Chengdu has something to offer to everyone.
The city is steeped in heritage and culture and places like the Tianfu Square, Jinli Ancient Street, Chengdu Eastern Memory and the Mausoleums of the princes of Shu of the Ming Dynasty are ideal places to visit to devour the city’s past. If you want to delve into understanding the religious past of Chengdu the Quinyang Temple and the Wuhouci Temple are a good place to start.
Chengdu is known for housing adorable giant pandas. Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the largest facility of its kind and is one of the reasons for the growth in tourism in the city. Here you’ll get to marvel at more than 50 pandas in the open. The concept is similar to that of an open zoo. There are parks sprawled around all over the city and the People’s Park, Huan Huaxi Park and the Quinlong Lake Wetland Park are a few of the best ones. Some of these even house traditional tea houses that allow you to just sit and unwind with the miniature waterfalls, bonsai plants, and breathtaking flora.
The Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera House hosts opera performances were unlike the traditional opera, this show features elements of fire, magic and the spectacular face changing act.
Tip: Thieves are prevalent in certain areas of the city. Be especially careful when in crowded markets.
Located in the center of the city, the Chunxi Road is a go-to for all you shopaholics out there. Apart from the shopping malls, department stores, and stalls, the road also houses eateries, bookstores, arcades, et cetera. You can find great bargains at the Songxian Qiao Antique Market if you are into antiques and jewellery. Outside the Wenshu Temple, you'll find alleyways lined with shops serving flavorful food and souvenir stalls.
Chengdu is listed as a UNESCO city of gastronomy which equals to mouthwatering, finger-licking, good food. There is no shortage of delicious food in Chengdu. Hotpots, even though they are spicy, are a popular local dish and the general add-ons include lamb, tofu, mushrooms, and vegetables. Other local dishes include spicy dragon prawns, kebabs, yak butter tea, and dim sums. You will find that often the small shops and local street vendors serve the most delicious and cheapest food. Yulinchuanchuanxiang, Lanzhou Lamian, Steamed buns, and Lan Zhou Niu Rou La Mian are a must-try.
Tip: Most of the food in Chengdu can be quite spicy, be sure to specify when you order: non-spicy (búyàolà), a little spicy (wÄ“ilà) or very spicy (lÇŽolà)
Rush hour traffic in Chengdu can be hellish. The metro is the easiest and safest way to travel through the city. The metro lines are well connected from south to north and it is an economical option. Buses also have an extensive system set into place. Each bus stop has a display of the whole network. Official taxis are either green or blue and are equipped with a meter. However, taxis can be difficult to find depending on the area.
If you are a low-budget backpacker, the Wenshu Yuan Monastery area houses a variety of hostels. There is a wide range of hotels and small inns in the city center that cater to those seeking a mid-ranged experience whereas the Chengdu Lido Sheraton and Shangri-La Hotel are devoted to providing you a luxury stay.
Tip: Make sure when you are using public transport you have the exact amount of cash available because getting change is next to impossible.
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