How to plan a trip to Chengdu?

Chengdu enjoys the reputation of “land of abundance” from ancient times. As a historical and cultural city in China, Chengdu attracts numerous of tourists in China and also around the world to visit. Here you can relax yourself since Chengdu is also known as the city of leisure, meanwhile, you can enjoy the splendid landscape as there are so many places worth visiting. How to plan a trip to Chengdu? Read on to get some inspirations for your upcoming trip.


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Best Time to Visit Chengdu

The best time to visit Chengdu is from March to June and from September to November. (Better not to choose the first week of May and October since it will be crowded.)


  • Summer: July and August will be the hottest months. But you may find a cool place in Qingcheng Mountain, Tiantai Mountain, Jiulong Gou, Jiufeng Mountain and Longchi Forest Park.
  • Winter: Xiling snow Mountain will be a good choice if you are interested in snow mountain.

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Best Things to Do in Chengdu

Find the ideal attactions you want to go

There are a lot of famous attractions in Chengdu, historical or modern, scenic or cultural. Find some ideal attractions you want to go to start your Chengdu trip. Here are some popular places you may like.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit research institute aims to protect giant pandas and other rear endangered wild animals. Here you can get close to giant panda and learn more about them.


You can go to Bifengxia Panda Base and Dujiangyan Panda Base as well. And there is giant panda volunteer program in Dujiangyan Panda Base if you want to have a closer interact with giant pandas.

Know more about Panda Volunteer Program in Dujiangyan Base.


Mt. Emei

Mt. Emei, located 150km away from Chengdu, is one of the famous Buddhism mountains in China. Here you can explore Buddhist culture while enjoy the beautiful scenery on Mt. Emei.


Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world with the height of 71 meters, which was listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1996.


Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Ruin Site is the largest and oldest ruins of the ancient Shu culture with a history of more than 4000 years. Sanxingdui Museum exhibits thousands of precious cultural relics unearthed from Sanxingdui Ruin Site, such as bronzes, jade, gold wares and so on.


Xiling Snow Mountain

Xiling Snow Mountain is considered to be the largest snow mountain ski resort in China with the best facilities. Except for skiing, you can also try varieties of winter sports here.


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Choose your favourite shopping place

Choose a shopping place to relax yourself or buy some souvenirs for your friends will be a good choice for during your Chengdu tour. There are many shopping streets in Chengdu, you may choose the one you are fond of.

Chunxi Road, the fashion center of Chengdu; Jinli Street, a folk custom street in Chengdu where you can also find some local snacks here; Kuan Zhai Alley, combination of ancient culture and modern lifestyle.


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Enjoy the Sichuan Opera

If you are interested in the local culture in Chengdu, you should not miss the Sichuan Opera which has a long history. It will be a fantastic experience of your trip in Chengdu.


Experience the Tea Culture

Chengdu has a long history of tea-drinking culture, you could see tea houses at every corner. Find a comfortable tea house to have a rest and explore the local tea culture in Chengdu. By the way, you can also watch Sichuan Opera in some tea houses.


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What to Eat in Chegndu

Sichuan Cuisine must be on your list while planning your Chengdu trip. Actually, Sichuan Cuisine is really your best choice for people who are fond of spicy food, at the same time, a challenge for those who can’t eat spicy stuff. There are so many delicious food you could try in Chengdu, such as hot pot, Mapo Toufu, Dan Dan Noodles and kinds of famous snacks. You could always find what you like to eat in chengdu.


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Where to Stay in Chengdu

Considering which area to stay in Chengdu? Well, there are too many hotels in Chengdu so that it’s really hard to choose an ideal one. You may book your hotel by choosing a district you prefer.

  • If you want to stay closer to Chunxi Road and Wenshu Temple, choose your hotel around Tianfu Square.
  • If you prefer the environment around Jinli Street and Wuhou Temple, pick one in Wuhou District. It’s convenient to many attractions from here.

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Chengdu 144-hour Visa Free Policy

For travelers who hold a visa to the third country with a connecting airplane tickets can apply for a 144-hour visa-free stay in Chengdu. Just get a 144-hour panda tour in Chengdu during your international trip.


Conditions for Chengdu 144-hour visa free transit

  • Citizens from specified 53 countries
  • Valid international travel documents
  • Connected international flights to a third country within 144 hours
  • Enter and leave from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  • Stay in Chengdu for no more than 144 hours.

How to  apply Chengdu 144-hour visa free transit

  • Necessary materials: valid passport, connected international flights to a third country
  • Fill in entry card and  get checked by staff from China Immigration Inspection to get temporary entry permit.

How Long to Stay in Chengdu

What to do for 3 days

What to do for 4 to 6 days

  • Spend a leisure time in Wuhou Temple and Jinli Old Street
  • Stop by a teahouse and watch a Sichuan Opera show
  • Visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Sanxingdui Museaum
  • See the Giant Buddha in Leshan
  • Try Sichuan Cuisine or hot pot
  • Explore Buddhist culture to Mt. Emei

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Transportation in Chengdu

To Chengdu

International flights and domestic flights are both convenient in Chengdu since Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is one of the four largest airports in China, which is connected to most of capital cities of Asia countries and also other big cities like London, Paris, Vancouver, San Francisco and so on.

As the largest train station in Southwest China, traveling to Chengdu by train is considered to be a good choice. There are trains to Chengdu from most of big cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Kunming and 20 other main cities.


In Chengdu

  • Metro: almost connected to all the attractions, shopping centers and train stations. Try to avoid the rush hours.
  • Taxi: flexible for your time.
  • Bus: also convenient to all the attractions but slower than metro.
  • Shared Bike: experience the local life along the way to your destination.


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What to Prepare for Chengdu Tour

What to wear

Situated in the Sichuan Basin, Chengdu has a subtropical monsoon climate. The weather in Chengdu is warm and wet for the whole year with an average annual temperature of 16 Degree Celsius.

The hottest season in Chengdu is from July to August, and it’s also the rainy season. The coldest season is January. It’s misty all year in Chengdu.

  • Spring: the temperature rises really fast in spring, but it’s still cool in the morning and also evening, prepare a thin coat will be better.
  • Summer: the summer in Chengdu is hot,short sleeves, short pants or skirts are suitable. Better to prepare sunglasses, hats and sunscreen to keep yourself from sunburn. Since it’s also the rainy season in Chengdu, take an umbrella with you, usually the rain comes at night.
  • Autumn: it’s cool in autumn, prepare a thick coat and pants. Prepare a pair of comfortable shoes if you are planning a climbing trip.
  • Winter: the winter in Chengdu is not very hot but dry, wear a thick coat and sweater with thick pants to keep you warm. Prepare thick cotton-padded clothes, a scarf and gloves if you want.

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What to take

  • Get ready for your Visa, and do remember your passport.
  • Prepare for your SIM card to make sure the internet use in China.
  • Take some medicine with you for emergency use.

What to know

  • Read some basic information about Chengdu and China so that you could understand the local culture better.
  • Learn some basic words and phrases in Chinese so as to communicate with local people easily.


Basic Chinese You Might Need

Chinese Pinyin English
你好  Nǐhǎo Hello/Hi
再见 Zàijiàn Bye/See you
谢谢 Xièxie Thank you.
不客气 Búkèqi  You’re welcome.
对不起 Duìbùqǐ Sorry


Qǐngwènwèishēngjiānzàinǎlǐ?  Excuse me, where is the restroom?
多少钱? Duōshǎoqián? How much?


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