Chengdu is the capital city of China's Sichuan province having an urban population of more than 10 million. Chengdu is best known for food, tea, mah-jong and a unique mix of traditional and modern Chinese culture. Not only Chengdu is home to giant pandas, but you can also find hotpot, parks, gardens, musicians and even more. Traveling or living in Chengdu can be a great fun as the city offers a lot inviting activities like shopping at the Chunxi Road, spending a leisurely afternoon in a teahouse or a Sichuan Opera performance at night.
Chengdu attractions highlight Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is located just 10 km from downtown Chengdu and is the most convenient place for visitors to see giant pandas along with the rare breed of red pandas. Historical tourist attractions like , Kuanzhai Lane, and Wuhou Temple are set in the southern suburbs of Chengdu. The large Buddhist Wenshu Monastery in the north of town has become a major tourist attraction in Chengdu. The at the centre of Chengdu feature neon lights and fountains show arts and scenic gardens.
Subways, city buses, taxis and trains make traveling in Chengdu convenient. With 4 operating subway lines and starting fare at just 2 Yuan, Chengdu's subway network is an easy and cheap mode to travel. There are 3 major railway stations serving passengers in Chengdu. Taxi fare in Chengdu is ¥8 for first 2 km and then ¥1.9 for every additional kilometer. City buses in Chengdu cost 1 Yuan for common buses and ¥2 for air conditioned buses.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is Located 16 km southwest of the centre of Chengdu city and covers 151 domestic routes and 71 international routes. A cheap flight ticket from Beijing or Shanghai to Chengdu can cost around $140-170 with domestic carriers like Sichuan Airlines and Air China. While a direct budget flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu costs around $300-350.
You can easily find many cheap and best hotels in Chengdu like , RenHe Spring Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, Crown Plaza City Centre, , etc. A 2-star hotel can cost around $20-30 for a night, $35-50 for a 3-star hotel and $140-240 for a night at a luxury hotel.
The native language in Chengdu is Sichuanese, otherwise referred as Sichuan dialect or Chengdu dialect.If you want to try some traditional hotpot or a simple noodle lunch or fancy a break from the local oily fare, you will find it all in Chengdu. Chengdu has seen a rise in Western and Indian restaurants along with traditional Sichuan dishes. Lao Ma Tou restaurant in Wu Hou district offers plenty of ready-to-eat snacks with a choice to cook in your hotpot. A meal at a budget restaurant in Chengdu can cost around ¥60 per person.