Getting to Chengdu


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By air

By train

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: CTU) is the major international airport serving Chengdu. It is the fourth largest aviation hub in mainland of China, and is the state-level international aviation hub connecting Western China to the world.

Many Chinese and foreign airlines operate at CTU, such as United Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Indian Indigo Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, etc. By the end of September, 2019, there are 350 routes: 121 are international (regional) routes, 211 are domestic routes, and 18 are international routes with one domestic stop. From CTU, passengers could fly out to five continents around the world.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport offers passengers direct flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Vancouver in North America; Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Madrid, St. Petersburg, London, Prague, Rome and Helsinki in Europe, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland in Oceania; Addis Ababa, Mauritius, Delhi and Cairo in Africa, and the most major cities in Asia as well.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport offers high standard of service to flights and passengers from all over the world. It supplies bonded aviation fuel for international flights as well as 144-hour transit visa free policy for foreign passengers. In 2018, the number of international (regional) passenger throughput exceeded 5.71 million.

Chengdu is the primary railway hub city and rail administrative center in southwestern China. The Chengdu Railway Bureau manages the railway system of Sichuan Province, Chongqing City, Guizhou Province and Yunnan Province. There are three major passenger stations servicing Chengdu: Chengdu Railway Station (commonly referred to as the "North Station"), Chengdu South Railway Station (ChengduNan) and Chengdu East Railway Station (ChengduDong).

Moving in city

By car or by subway

There is an efficient subway system (now 6 lines) in Chengdu, so you can take a subway to almost everywhere you like. Also, the road is well organized which allows you to move in this city by car. 

By bicycle or by feet

There are many scenic spots in Chengdu, some of which are not far from each other. Therefore, you can just walk among them or rent a shared bicycle to take a visit. 

Public transports

Bus transit is the most important mode of public transport in Chengdu. There are more than 400 bus lines in Chengdu with nearly 12,000 buses in total. A Tianfutong Card,  which can be topped up to help you take a bus or subway. Also, in subway stations or Hongqiliansuo Market, you can buy one yourself. Moreover, even without it, you can simply pay by cash to take a bus or buy tickets in the subway station.

About Chengdu


Chengdu, formerly romanized as Chengtu, is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the three most populous cities in Western China. Chengdu is also considered a World City with a "Beta +" classification according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

The surrounding Chengdu Plain is also known as the "Country of Heaven“ and the "Land of Abundance". It is now one of the most important economic, financial, commercial, cultural, transportation, and communication centers in Western China. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, a hub of Air China and Sichuan Airlines is one of the 30 busiest airports in the world, and Chengdu Railway Station is one of the six biggest in China. Chengdu also hosts many international companies and more than 12 consulates. More than 260 Fortune 500 companies have established branches in Chengdu.

Home of giant panda

The giant panda, a Chinese national treasure, is one of the rarest animals in the world. The total number is estimated to be 1,500, including those living in the wild, 80 percent of which are in Sichuan Province. A breeding center for giant pandas called Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in the north suburbs of Chengdu. It is the only one of its kind in the world that's located in a metropolitan area. In order to better protect wild giant pandas, Chengdu has established nature reserves in Dujiangyan City, Chongzhou City, and Dayi County. Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, the biggest of its kind in the world, is only 130 km (81 mi) outside Chengdu. After the Wenchuan earthquake, most of it was moved to Ya'an.



Some of China's most important literature comes from Chengdu. The city has been home to literary giants, such as Sima Xiangru and Yang Xiong, two masters of Hanfu, a mixture of descriptive prose and verse during the Han dynasty; Li Bai and Su Shi, the most eminent poets of the Tang and Song dynasties respectively; Yang Shen'an, a famous scholar of the Ming dynasty; and Guo Moruo and Ba Jin, two well-known modern writers. Chang Qu, a historian of Chengdu during the Jin dynasty, compiled the earliest local historical records, the Record of Hua Yang State. Zhao Chongzuo, a poet in Chengdu during the Later Shu Kingdom, edited Among the Flowers, the first anthology of Ci in China's history.


Chengdu is home to the greatest number of universities and research institutes in Southwestern China. It has 49 colleges and universities, including University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Sichuan University, etc.


The saying "Shu opera towers above all other performances in the world" reflects the achievement of Sichuan Opera and Zaju (an ancient form of comedic drama involving dancing, singing, poetry, and miming). In the city, the first named opera "Bullfighting" was written in the Warring States Period. The first detailed recorded opera was staged in the royal court of Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdom Period. China's first clearly recorded Zaju was also performed in Chengdu. Tombs of witty Han dynasty poets were excavated in Chengdu. And face-changing masks and fire breathing remain hallmarks of the Sichuan Opera.

Culinary art and tea culture

Chengdu is an officially recognised UNESCO City of Gastrono. The distinct characteristic of Sichuan cuisine is the use of spicy chilies and peppercorns. Local dishes include Mapo doufu, Chengdu Hot pot, and Dan Dan Mien. Mapo Doufu and Dan Dan Mien contain Sichuan peppers. Common snacks in Chengdu include noodles, wontons, dumplings, pastries, tangyuan (sweet rice balls), etc. Chengdu's tea culture dates back over a thousand years including its time as the starting point of the Southern Silk Road. Tea houses are ubiquitous in the city and range from ornate traditional establishments with bamboo furniture to simple modern tea houses. Teas on offer include jasmine, longjing and biluochun tea. Tea houses are popular venues for playing mahjong. Some larger tea houses offer live entertainment such as Sichuan opera performances.

Hot pot

Hot pot is a traditional Sichuanese food, made by putting vegetables, fish, or meat into a specially-made spiced soup. Chengdu residents eat hot pot often, sometimes inviting friends to go with them to one of the many hot pot restaurants that are widely-distributed throughout Chengdu. Hot pot is a typical part of Chengdu residents' daily diet.