Counterfeiting is a big problem in China, so make sure to check your money every time no matter whom you are receiving it from, even a bank ATM.
Use your judgment when people offer you their services. Be wary of fake beggars or monks claiming to collect for charity. Ask questions and be cautious.
You will find China Unicom, China Telecom or China Mobile stands at plenty of official stores around the city.
Sichuan Opera is popular entertainment in Chengdu. Shufeng Yayun is one of the best teahouses in Chengdu. The performance here begins at 20:00 and ends at 21:30 every day.
The popular attractions in the areas surrounding Chengdu include: Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha and Huanglongxi Ancient Town.
These areas are great for visitors to see the magnificent mountains and enjoy the peaceful and serene environment; as well as experience the local cultures.
In Chengdu, you will find many famous attractions, some of the attractions you should not miss are the Giant Pandas in Chengdu, Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and scenic area, Jinli Pedestrian Street, Kuanzhai Xiangzi and Luodai Ancient Town.
As with many cities in China, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Chengdu. All the flowers are blooming in spring and multi-colored leaves drop in autumn, the weather is warm and comfortable. Visit the snowy mountains in the winter to enjoy the crisp and fresh air. Places like Jiuzhaigou are delightful to visit all year round.
Less people speak English in Chengdu than some other Chinese cities. We highly recommend learning some basic phrases and numbers, or shopping with your local guide/friend.
You’ll not be short of gift ideas, especially when exploring the shopping streets.
Sichuan embroidery is a famous local item; you can buy such items at Kuanzhai Xiangzi, Jinsha Site, WenshuFang and the Dufu Thatched Cottage.
The price can be high and it is quite difficult to bargain to a low price, as they are expensive items.
You can buy some Sichuan foods at Hongqi Chain and Sichuan Techan Stores.
The starting taxi fare is 8/9 RMB for the first 2 km and additional cost is 1.9 RMB per km, an additional no – occupancy surcharge (50% of price per km) will be added if the distance is more than 10 km.
This card is known in Chengdu as the Tianfutong. You can purchase them at many subway stations, bus terminal stops, some supermarkets like the Hongqi Chain and Wudongfeng, as well as some drugstores, for a deposit of 20 RMB.
NB: For the subway you will receive a 90% discount off the original price for each trip. For the bus it is 50% off and you can transfer three times in 2 hours with just 1 RMB.
The two lines usually stop around 23:00, each will be somewhere between 22:00 and 00:00.
For more information please visit the official Chengdu Subway website:
There are two subway lines in Chengdu. The two lines are very easy to find and simple to use. The Tianfutong card will make your journey smoother. Don’t expect to pay much for each journey, as the prices are extremely low.
The official website is www.12306.cn
Ask your hotel where the closest reputable ticket office is or buy directly from the train station at least a day in advance. Tickets sell out quickly and in high season can be near impossible to get, unless you book well in advance. Please also be aware to leave ample time on the day of travel, as it may not be easy to navigate the train station.
There are two train stations in Chengdu. Chengdu North Station (subway line 1) located near the second ring road; Chengdu East Station (subway line 2) located near the third ring road.
The airport shuttle is convenient to the city center from here you can walk or take a taxi to your hotel. Make sure to check the distance from the drop off point. Taking a taxi to your hotel directly from the airport may be quite expensive.
The airport is 16km southwest of the city center; you can take the airport shuttle bus to Wuhou Dist in roughly 40 minutes.
Chengdu only has one airport – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Taking an airport shuttle bus to and from the city proper is very easy and efficient.
There are two subway lines that will take you to the majority of Chengdu’s scenic spots. The bus routes are also very convenient with just 1 RMB you can transfer three times in 2 hours – when you purchase a Tianfutong card.
Taxi – taxis are easy to hail, make sure you have you destination address written in Chinese and ask for a fapiao (receipt) at the end of your journey as this will identify the taxi should you leave anything behind.
Train – Chengdu is a transport hub of southwest China and there are many train routes that can take you to other big cities in the country.
Plane – There are now 78 international flight routes to and from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Domestic flights are not too expensive but make sure to book in advance in order to get a reasonable price.
The main tourist hangouts are Jiuyan Bridge and Yulin Life Square. Many bars are also open on Chunxi Road and Tongzilin.
The most famous is Jinli Pedestrian Street. Kuanzhai Xiangzi (Kuanzhai Lane), WenshuFang and Yipintianxia Food Street are also very popular places for late night snacks.
Jinli and Kuanzhai Xiangzi are also open during the daytime.
In Chengdu, you will find all kinds of famous Sichuan food such as Sichuan Pancakes, Cold Bean Jelly, Sichuan Roast Meat, Mapo Tofu, Double Cooked Pork Slices, Benben Chicken, Cold Pot Fish, Boiled Beef, Pork with Garlic Sauce, Kung Pao Chicken (spicy diced chicken with peanuts).
You will also find food from all over China and won’t be short of western options should you have a craving!
Shangshan Shishu: The first vegan restaurant in Chengdu. Here you will find a wide selection of delicious vegan dishes.
Sunflower Daddy (Xiangrikui Baba): Located in the center of Chengdu this restaurant offers a selection of food fit for all tastes. The environment is cosy and relaxed.
Geng Yuan: A small restaurant decorated with bamboo and a stone pathway. All the vegetables are sourced locally and each dish pays mind to what is in season.
ZaoziShu: A chain vegan restaurant.
Below we have listed some of the most famous restaurants in Chengdu, grouped by the style of food they provide.
Sichuan Hot Pot:
Bashu Dazhaimen Huo Guo
Dalongyi Huo Guo
Shushan Huo Guo
Laomatou Huo Guo
Jinchengyinxiang Huo Guo
Shujiuxiang Huo Guo
Huangchenglaoma Huo Guo
Chuanr : Yulin ChuanChuan, Yuanji ChuanChuan, Hua ChuanChuan.
Noodles: Lulaodie Zhujiao, Yibin Ranmian, Shenxiaofu, Xiaomingtang -Dandantianshuimian, Huangchengba Xiaochi.
Chengdu really is foodie heaven; you must not miss these delicious foods:
Sliced Beef in Chili Sauce (Fuqi Feipian)
Hot and Sour Tofu Pudding (Suanla Douhua)
Long Wonton (Long Chaoshou)
Zhong Dumplings (Zhong Shuijiao)
Glutinous Rice Ball (Sandapao)
Dandan Noodles (Dan Dan Mien)
Small Hot Pot (Maocai)
Rice Noodles (Mi Xian)
Steamed Pork (Zheng Rou)
Bean Jelly (Chuanbei/Shangxin),
Deep Fried Pork (Surou)
Hot and Sour Rice Noodles(Suan La Mi Xian).
On arrival in Chengdu you can exchange currency immediately in the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Use the foreign exchange counters and/or withdraw RMB directly from the ATM of The Bank of China.
In the city, you will be able to safely exchange currency in the majority of banks.
Please visit the Exit & Entry Administration Department of the Chengdu Public Security Bureau – located close to Tianfu Square subway station on subway Line 1. The Bureau is open from 9 am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday (except on public holidays).
The address is: No. 2, Renmin West Road, Chengdu
The address in Chinese is : 成都市人民西路2号