Chengdu Happy Valley China Travel Guide And Tips

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, which is known as the “Heavenly State” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo). Being the natural habitat of cute giant pandas, Chengdu is located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain. It covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million.

Chengdu is depicted in a poem as “Chengdu Landscape, habitat of giant pandas and city of cotton-rose hibiscus. Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as “Tian Fu Zhi Guo”, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Sampling the famous Sichuan cuisine is a must on a trip to Chengdu. Enjoying the food as well as the culture, shopping and having tea at a teahouse afford a deeper understanding of Chengdu.

Chengdu Geographic Features:
Chengdu is located in the middle of Sichuan Province in the west part of the Sichuan Basin. The city covers a total area of 12,390 square km. The average altitude is 500 meters. Because it sits against the Qinling Mountains in the north and faces the Yungui Plateau in the south, Chengdu enjoys a humid, subtropical monsoon climate. It is mostly cloudy and damp. Winters are not cold and summers are not hot. The average temperature is 16C, with annual rainfall of 900-1,000 mm.

Chengdu People:
Chengdu has a population of nine million residents. There are 15 ethnic groups living in the area, and it is common to see Tibetans, Uygurs, Miao and Yao people. The main religions here are Buddhism and Taoism. The natives speak Sichuan dialect.

Address of Chengdu Happy Valley:
16 Xihuadadao Street, Jinniu District, Chengdu, China.

Admission fee for Chengdu Happy Valley:
150 rmb for adults, free for kids shorter than 1.2 meters, 65 rmb for kids between 1.2 meters and 1.5 meters, free for aged>70, 65 rmb for aged between 65 and 69.

Opening hours:

Chengdu Happy Valley is about 6.6 km from Tianfu Square, 10 km from Chengdu CBD. For the city bus, you can take the line 48, 108, 337, 101, 339, 93, 88, 95, 362, 365, 526, 119 to the bus station named Chengdu Huanlegu. For the weekends, you can take the Happy Valley Line from Jiuliti to Chengdu Happy Valley.(about 10 minutes)

What to eat:
There are some restaurants in Chengdu Happy Valley: Gaobidachu, KFC, Feiyuedizhonghai, Dengtacanting.

Wenjunjiu wine, Bapang duck, Yuanbao chicken, Sicuan Paocai, Shujianshuxiu, Shujin, Citaizhubian, Qinchengsirong, Yinsigongyiping, etc.

(1). It is very crowded if you come here in the holidays.(wasting so much time waiting in the line)
(2). There are many restrooms in this park and you don’t need to worry about this issue here.
(3). You can find lots of exciting games here and this park is good place to release pressure.
(4). Lots of people recommend a game named Yunxiaofeilong Dragon. Worth a try.
(5). If you wanna try most games in this park, the time you need to stay here is about 8 to 10 hours.
(6). This park is a good place for young couples and kids.
(7). Some games of this park is not open till 11 am. This is not very convinient for the tourists.
(8). If you wanna play some water games here, you’d better bring your raincoats here. They are selling raincoats in this park of course. The cost is 5 rmb for one.

By Shane Lee

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