Chengdu Sichuan China Travel Guide And Tips

Airlines and flights:
Chengdu is served by the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport located 16 km southwest of downtown. It has been the busiest airport in Central and Western China and the 6th busiest airport nationwide, with a total of 17.25 million in terms of passenger traffic in 2008.
The Chengdu Airport has constructed a second runway, capable of landing Airbus 380, the largest commercial airplane to date. The second runway had a test flight in October 2009 and is expected to be in use soon. Chengdu is the fourth city in China with double commercial runways, after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. On May 26, 2009, Air China, the Chengdu Government and Sichuan Airport Group signed an agreement to improve the infrastructure of the airport and increase the number of international direct flights to and from Chengdu. The objective is to have a passenger traffic of 40 million by 2015, making Chengdu Airport the fourth international hub in China, after Beijing, Shanghai, and GuangZhou. There is also a long-term plan to build a second airport in Jintang County with five runways. Upon completion, it will take less than 30 minutes to travel from Jintang to downtown Chengdu.

Railway transport:
Chengdu is a major railway junction city and rail administrative center in southwestern China. It is the terminus for the Baoji-Chengdu, Chengdu-Chongqing, ChengKun (Chengdu-Kunming) and DaCheng (Chengdu-Dazhou), as well as the Chengdu-Dujiangyan High-Speed Railway. The Chengdu Railway Bureau manages the railway system of Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Yunnan.
New lines under construction include conventional line to Lanzhou and high-speed lines to Mianyang, Leshan and Chongqing.
Chengdu now has four main train stations. Among them the North Marshalling Station is the largest marshalling station in China. Meanwhile, a new station for passenger transportation is to be built in a few years.

Taxi in Chengdu:
Most taxi cabs here are Xiali or Jetta (with yellow and green colors). The cost is: (1). From 7:00-22:00: 5 rmb for the first 3 km and 1.4 rmb/km for the after. (2). From 22:00-7:00: 6 rmb for the first 3 km and 1.7 rmb/km for the after.
The taxi drivers in Chengdu are very nice and they can take you to the notable hotels or restaurants if you ask them for advice.

What to see:
(1). Wuhouci(Liu Bei’s graveyard ): It is in the Laonanmen of Chengdu. Liu Bei is a very famous emperor in Ancient China. A lot of interesting Sanguo stories is about Liu Bei. To get here, you can take the city bus line 1, 8, 10, 26, 53, 57, 59, 82, 301, 302. The opening hours are: 8:00-18:00 and the admission fee is 30 rmb for one person.
(2). Dufucaotang: It is in the Wanhuaxipan of Chengdu. The famous poet-Du Fu lived here for several years. This Dufucaotang is the best place to know this great poet in Ancient China. You can see lots of precious cultural relics here. To get here, you can take the city bus line 17, 35, 47, 82, 84, 301. Office hours: 7:00-20:00. Admission fee: 30 rmb for one person.
(3). Wangjianglou: This is one of the landmarks of Chengdu. (also called Zhuzigongyuan or Jinchengzhuyuan) To get here, you can take the city bus line 3, 19 or 35. Office hours: 6:00-21:00. Admission fee: 4 rmb for a person.
(4). Wenshuyuan temple: This is a Buddhism temple and the skullcap of Tangxuanzang (Monk Xuanzang of the Tang Dynasty) is in this place. To get here, you can take the city bus line 16, 55, 64, 99, 302. Office hours: 8:00-18:00. Admission fee: 2 rmb for a person.
(5). Qinyanggong: This is a Taoism temple in Chengdu and you can get here by city bus line 5, 11, 17, 19, 25, 27, 34, 35, 42, 47, 58, 59, 63, 82, 84, 109, 301. Admission fee: 2 rmb.
(6). Dabeisi temple: It is the Chengdu museum now. To get here, you can take the city bus line 3,4,58,81,98. Admission fee: 1 rmb.