By Air-Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)
Chengdu has one airport, the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), in the southwest of Chengdu City. Itis about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the center of Chengdu City. The facilities in the airport are complete.
Chengdu Flights (brief introduction & flight search)
CTU offers flights to more than 70 domestic cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Nanjing,Hangzhou, and Xian. International flights include service to over 20 cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai (Beijing)-Fukuoka, Osaka, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Katmandu, and Beijing-Paris and regional flights ofChengdu-Hong Kong and Chengdu-Macau. In July 2005, six international lines were opened including Chengdu toLos Angeles, Vancouver, London, Sydney, Melbourne (Australia) and Delhi. In addition, flights inside the provinceare available: Chengdu to Dazhou City and Xichang City, etc.
It is convenient to visit the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot by air from Chengdu, a 40-minute flight from CTU to Jiuhuang(Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong) Airport. Visitors are advised to book flights early for this popular trip. Discounts may beavailable through hotels or travel agencies.
Additionally you can fly to Nyingchi in southeast Tibet. Nyingchi Airport is located in a valley surrounded bymountains, usually covered in low clouds which affect the take-off and landing of planes. This flight is consequentlyregarded as the most difficult in China. However, Nyingchi is also considered to be the best entry point to Tibetbecause of its comparatively low altitude and rich oxygen which enable tourists to acclimatize to the low oxygenlevels of the Tibetan Plateau. This flight operates only one round trip between Chengdu and Nyingchi per week, onFridays. Tickets are only sold during the week and can not be reserved for the next week.
Note from Panda-tour.net:1.Airport Inquiry Number: 028-857041892.A shuttle bus is available at 20-minute intervals from airport to city center, about 35 minutes, fare CNY 10. Thefirst bus starts at 5:00, starting point, Lantian Hotel Stop, at second section of Renmin South Road.3.Taxi fare, CNY 50 -- with bargaining -- is reasonable from airport to city center.
By Train-Chengdu North Railway Station
As the largest railway hub in southwest China, Chengdu Railway Station has trains to major cities such as Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Urumqi, Xian, etc. A tourist express train serves neighboring areas includingGuangyuan City, Yibin City, and Panzhihua City.
Note from Panda-tour.net-Where to buy tickets1.Ticket Office in the city2.Chengdu Railway Station Transportation Office: No. 6, first section of Renmin North Road, Chengdu3.Provincial Government Collective Economy Office: No. 31, third section of Renmin South Road, Chengdu4.We can book the tickets for you.
Chengdu has created hundreds of new taxi stands in its streets. The stands are approximately two meters (78.7feet) high, with a green ginkgo leaf shaped board on a blue Y-shaped support. The signs are written in bothChinese and English.Taxi fare is CNY 6 for the first 3 kilometers and CNY 1.4 per every succeeding kilometer from6:00 to 22:00. At night from 22:00 to 6:00 next morning, the taxi fee is CNY 6 for the first 3 kilometers and CNY 1.7per every succeeding kilometer. Chengdu taxi drivers are said to be 'living maps'. They can give helpfulsuggestions on where to have dinner and to have fun in Chengdu.
Despite traffic considerations, Chengdu welcomes private cars. Car rental is an option if you did not join a package tour.
Note from Panda-tour.net--Price:CNY 800 a day for a 11-seat microbusCNY 1,200 a day for a 7-seat jeepCNY 650 a day for a common carAnd also you can employ a driver, about CNY 300 one person per day (8 hours).
Chengdu subways system for fast travel around the cities. If you are in hurry, the best way is to taking the subway to avoid the heavy traffic on the city roads. Signs and schedules are in English. Be aware that if you have heavy luggage with you, it's a little difficult to go up and down of the subway station because not all stations have the elevators or lifts. There may be long steps'way. The subway tickets costs RMB 3yuan to RMB 5 yuan.
China is a kingdom of bicycles. Chengdu is the city with millions of bicycles. But bicycles are not popular in every city. Take Chongqing for example, Chongqing, along Yangtze River is a mountainous city; there are lots of motorcycles instead of bicycles. Bicycle in Chengdu is a traffic tool rather than a sport exercise tool. In 1970's and 80's, bicycle was one of the four important properties for marriage, coming along with sewing machine, watch and radio. Bicycles were so important to Chinese people before 1990's, if one had an imported bike like Raleish from UK, he or she would be regarded as a millionaire! Bikes were designed very strong before 1990's even same in nowadays rural area, because bike is one of the main tools for people to carry things and person. Nowadays in city you can rarely see that kind of bikes any more. People prefer famous brand, strong but light bikes especially young people, just like that in western country.Note from Panda-tour.net :Renting a bike is easy in tourism city. Deposit and renting fee are charged for that.
Gathering within the First Ring Road, especially in the center of Chengdu, the pedicab has been a typical feature ofthe city. Drivers wear uniforms with identifying cards. The charge starts from CNY 5. You can bargain.
Chengdu has several main coach stations including Chengdu Bus Station (Wugui Bridge Bus Station), New SouthGate Bus Station, Ximen (West Gate) Bus Station, Dongmen (East Gate) Bus Station, Chadianzi Bus Station,Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station, and Gaosuntang Bus Station.
Long Distance Buses - Xinnanmen Bus Station
Xinnanmen bus station is Chengdu's most important bus station. Two to three buses depart every hour for major nearby tourist attractions such as the Great Buddha at Leshan (1.5 hours) and Emei Mountain (2 hours). There are also buses to more distant popular destinations such Jiuzhaigou (10-11 hrs), Kangding (7-9 hrs), and Daocheng (a few days!).
Wugui Bridge Bus Station is near Tazishan Park, east part of Chengdu City. It provides bus service mainly to citiesalong the Chengdu-Chongqing expressway and Neijiang-Yibin expressway such as Chongqing, Yibin City, ZigongCounty, Wanxian County, and Nanning City. For time-saving expressway service on high quality buses, the WuguiBridge Bus Station is recommended.New South Gate Bus Station, No. 57, Linjiang Road, provides bus service to renowned scenic spots, includingJiuzhaigou Scenic Area, Mt. Leshan, and Mt. Emeishan .Chadianzi Bus Station is seated in the Second Ring Road of Chengdu. Buses here run mainly to the famous scenicspots and Tibetan areas in the west and north of Sichuan, including Wolong Panda Reserve, Danba County,Mt.Siguniangshan, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, and Mt. Qingcheng.Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station is situated in the first Ring Road of Chengdu. The buses here serve primarilysouth Sichuan Province, such as Zigong County and Yibin City.Located in the third section, north of the Second Ring Road, Gaosuntang Bus Station is easily missed. It is thestation that provides buses for Lhasa, Tibet. It takes three days and two nights to run the whole distance at theprice of about CNY 616. In addition, buses to Lanzhou, Xining, Shigatse and Urumqi are available here.
Chengdu's public bus services extend in all directions. You can get to most of places, especially sights inside thecity, by bus. Common public buses charge CNY 1, while buses with air-conditioning charge CNY 2. Take smallchange as there are no conductors on many of the buses.
By Sight-seeing Bus
The newly-operated sight-seeing buses No.901 and No.902 are really good choices for touring the city. The routescover most of the famous tourist attractions of Chengdu and are considered convenient by most tourists.
No.901 double-decker roofless sight-seeing bus departs every 30 minutes.First Stop: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center; operating hours: 8:30 - 18:00Last Stop: Jinsha Site; operating hours: 9:45 - 18:30Ticket Price: RMB10 allowing five admissions per day or RMB3 for only one boarding.Route: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center - Renming Road - Wuhou Memorial Temple - Qingyang Temple- Songxian Bridge - Thatched Cottage of Du Fu - Qingyang Avenue - Jinsha Site
No.902 sight-seeing bus departs every 15 minutes.First Stop: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center; operating hours: 8:00 - 16:30Last Stop: Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center; operating hours: 9:30 - 18:00Ticket Price: RMB2Route: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center - Yuefu Street - Caoshi Street - Wenshu Workshop - JiefangRoad - East Erxian - Bridge Road - Chenghua Avenue - Longtan Temple - Chengdu Panda Breeding and ResearchCenter
The stewards on the sight-seeing buses will introduce the passing tourist attractions in both Chinese and English. Inaddition, there are multimedia systems of mobile TV sets, tourist film players, isochronous broadcasters with fourforeign languages of English, French, Korean and Japanese, etc. to facilitate foreigners.