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Chengdu

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Chengdu (?? Chéngd?) is the capital of Sichuan Province in south-west China.

chengdu Travel Guide :

Chengdu

Understand

Chengdu is located in the fertile plainlands of western Sichuan province. Due to its agricultural wealth Chengdu is sometimes called "Land of Milk and Honey". The greater city area is divided into five districts and 12 counties, altogether serving home to 9.2 million people.

Chengdu

Get in

Chengdu

By plane

The airport is located outside of Chengdu and a 40 minutes taxi ride to the city center will cost around 60 yuan.

(Information as of 28 June 2005)

There is also bus no. 303, which will take you to the China Airlines office on Renmin Nanlu, right in the center of the city. It costs 10 yuan.

Chengdu

By train

The Chengdu railway station (??????) is located in the north of the city, a 15 yuan taxi ride from the city center.

Chengdu

By bus

For bus stations, there are three bus stations in Chengdu, and they serve different destinations:

  • Chadianzi bus station (?? Ximen), for SongpanSongpan and JiuzhaigouJiuzhaigou
  • Xinnanmen bus station (??????), near the Traffic hotel, has daily buses heading to Leshan and Mount Emei and to KangdingKangding in Kham.
  • Wuguiqiao bus station, for Chongqing


From Chadianzi Bus Station
To Departure Price (Yuan) Duration (h) Last update
Dan BaDan Ba 7:00 71 12 29 June 2005
JiuzhaigouJiuzhaigou 7:20 8:00 8:40 14:00 97.00-103.00 13 29 June 2005
RilongRilong 6:30 7:00 12:00 43.00 5 29 June 2005
Ruo ErgaiRuo Ergai 7:00 7:20 88.50 10 29 June 2005
SongpanSongpan 6:30 7:00 7:30 74.00 9 29 June 2005
WolongWolong 11:40 23.50 4 29 June 2005
From Xinnanmen Bus Station
To Departure Price (Yuan) Duration (h) Last update
DaochengDaocheng 10:00 217.00 2 days 29 June 2005
Emei Shan 7:00-19:00 (every 20 min) 32.00 2-3 29 June 2005
JiuzhaigouJiuzhaigou 8:00 92.00 13 29 June 2005
KangdingKangding 7:00-14:00 hourly 100.00 7 29 June 2005
Leshan 7:30-21:30 (every 20 min) 37.00 2-3 29 June 2005
SongpanSongpan 8:00 74.00 9 29 June 2005
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By boat

Chengdu

Get around

Chengdu has an extensive system of city busses plying the streets. At each bus stop, there is a list of the bus lines coming through on this road, and on some city maps the whole network is displayed. Tickets are Y1 for common and Y2 for air-conditioned buses respectively.

Taxis are equipped with taxameters, make sure they are used.

There are bicycle-propelled two-seat rickshaw-thingofa-likes who will take you short distances. Fix a price (Y5-Y10) in advance.

Most guesthouses have bicycles for hire. Check for technical problems before starting out unless you want to be held responsible for it later. If you leave your bicycle, do so in one of the designated "parking lots", where it will be guarded over for a small fee. If you can't find such a place, be sure to lock it securely against some structure.

Chengdu

See

  • Panda Research Center is the biggest facility of this kind in the world. Due to habitat destruction and other reasons, the Panda Bear is maybe the most famous endangered animal. The Research Center is home to some 60 giant Pandas, but also has some Red Pandas and a colony of black-necked cranes. There is a small museum and a cinema screening related documentaries. A restaurant and souvenir-stalls top off the tourist installations. To get there on your own, catch a northbound bus Nr.1 (Y1) and stay with it until the local bus-terminal. Leave the local bus-terminal through the exit leading to the long distance-terminal (LDT), but do not enter the latter. Instead, wait for the suburbian public bus Nr.1 to come by and stop at the left corner of the LDT. For another Y1 it will take you to the Panda research center within 20 min. Get off when you see a big white Panda-Statue in the middle of the street. Admission fee is Y30.
(Information as of 28 June 2005)
  • Sichuan Opera Most guesthouses and travel agencies offer to arrange visits to these traditional shows. It's more like a burlesque cabaret than an actual opera, sometimes including magicians, musicians and dancers besides the traditional pieces. Of course the most famous is never omitted: face-changing and firespitting performed by dancers clad in colourful traditional costumes. You will follow the story sitting at your table, sipping on your constantly refilled tea cup and nibbling some salted snacks. If you don't want to be in a big group, you can use the service of Mike (mobile: 13666277114), a chinese fan of sichuan opera who has been introducing the happening to foreigners for over 10 years. For his explanations and the tickets he charges Y60-Y70.
    (Information as of 28 June 2005)
Chengdu

Do

For up-to-date information on activities, places and attractions you should check out the "GoWest"-magazine's listings. You'll find copies in most bars or guesthouses.

Chengdu

Learn

Chengdu

Work

Chengdu

Buy

  • There is a big antiquities-market close to the Green Ram Taoist-temple in the western city. From the temple, walk straight west. It's on your right hand side after you crossed the bridge over the channel. You'll find communist relics, old porcelain dishes, jewellery, calligraphy equipment and also some tibetan stuff. Be warned that overpricing is excessive (10-20x the real price), so bargain hard.
Chengdu

Eat

Sichuan being the most known Chinese food style within China, you will find no shortage of delicious Sichuan food in Chengdu. Most of the food is quite spicy, be sure to order non spicy (??? bú yào là) or little spicy (?? w?i là) food, at least if you are not accustomed to it yet, or have a bottle of peanut milk ready to quell the fire. The local king of kings is the Hotpot, basically a big pot of oil, water and spices simmering in a hole in the middle of your table. Patrons choose from a big variety of skewered food including veggies, sea-weed, fish, beef, chicken, and dog's meat and proceed to boil them in the oil. After the meal, your bill will be calculated by counting the skewer-sticks.

Chengdu

Budget


Chengdu

Mid-range

  • WenShu-Temple Vegetarian Restaurant is run by the monks of the monastery and offers a huge selection of vegetarian food, including dishes imitating meat-dishes. You can order special group courses if you can sum up about 10 people and check in advance.
Chengdu

Splurge

Chengdu

Drink

On the southern bank of the Jin Jiang there is a row of bars between Renmin Nanlu and Xinnan Lu.

  • Highfly Café, 18 LinJiang Rd, 028-85442820 is a relaxed place with a tiny outside sitting area. They serve beers and western food including pizza and breakfast. There is one computer for free internet access and a small bookexchange (2 for 1).
Chengdu

Sleep

Chengdu

Budget

  • Dragon Town Youth Hostel ??????27?, 27 Kuanxiangzi St, tel. 028-86648408, fax 028-86245901, reception@dragontown.com.cn, http://www.dragontown.com.cn/. A five minute walk north of the Renmin park. Serving younger people and families, catering mostly for young western budget tourists. Many travelling services available from within the hostel, such as tours to nearby attractions, Tibet travel tours. Facilities include internet access, restaurant and camp grounds. Cheapest accommodation is Y15/bed with rooms starting from Y100.
  • Mix & Backpackers' Guesthouse ?????????, 23 Xing Hui Xi Lu, Wan Fu Bridge, donkey-pal@hotmail.com, http://www.donkey-pal.com. Another great budget accommodation.
  • Sam's Guesthouse 130 Shanxi Jie, samtour@yahoo.com: tel.028-86099022, 10 minutes walk from the Chairman Mao Statue at Renmin Nanlu. Look for Rongcheng Fandian (Rongcheng hotel). Sams Guesthouse office is next to the entrance to the Rongcheng Fandian. Rooms from Y80.
  • Sim's Cozy Guesthouse 42 Xizhushi, tel :028-86288691, mobile: 8613980787075, simscozy@hotmail.com, http://www.gogosc.com/house_en.htm is close to Wenshu temple in the northern part of town. Opened in 2004 by two experienced travellers, it's located in a nice old house and has a fairly big seating area and a small garden. Care has been taken to avoid the typical pains of the traveller's everyday life, so for instance toilets are equipped with paper, there is a lockable security box at your bed, mosquito-coils adorn the rooms and corridors, the bar provides guitars and cold beers and so on. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They do arrange tours to several sights. There is internet access for Y5 per hour. A dorm bed is Y15, doubles and triples with/without air-con are from Y70 to Y120. If you don't want to stay in the dorm, is advisable to make a reservation some days in advance.
(Information as of 28 June 2005)
  • Xiaoguanyuan Hotel (??? xi?ogu?nyuán), ??????40?, 40 Kuanxiangzi St, tel. 028-86640663, 028-86639883, 028-86640241. Beautiful garden and classical architectured hotel. Staff is Chinese speaking only though, but with a good location and rooms starting from Y100, a very good offer. Just 50m from the Dragon Town Youth hostel.
Chengdu

Mid-range

  • Traffic Hotel (????; No. 6 Linjian St, ??????6?; tel. 028-85451017; 1 (http://www.traffichotel.com/)), conveniently placed just near Renmin Nanlu directly bordering the Xinnanmen bus station. This hotel is one hundred percent geared towards foreign backpackers, both in the positive and negative senses. Rooms starting at Y200 and range up to Y500.
Chengdu

Splurge

Chengdu

Contact

  • Internet-Access can be found in most guesthouses and through cheap internet cafes all over town. Look out for the Pacman-character: 吧.
Chengdu

Stay safe

Thieves are prevalent around certain areas of Chengdu. Be careful around the Yanshikou markets and especially around the North train station. There are also many thieves on crowded buses who use razors to cut open pockets and bags. Also watch your bag at all times when riding bicycles around the city, thieves like to run alongside bicycles at traffic lights and reach into bags.

Chengdu

Cope

Chengdu

Get out

Daytrips to Leshan's giant Buddha can be arranged by travel-agents or just hop on a bus at Xinnanmen-busstation

Chengdu

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