Thanks to its agricultural wealth and fertile plains, Chengdu is often called the “Land of Milk and Honey”, and is located on the edge of the Red Basin in Sichuan Province. The city here is uncommonly laid back and relaxed, and is considered one of the most livable mega-cities in China – probably because of its fantastic use of green space. Within the city, the People’s Park and Tianfu Square top the list of places to see. But while Chengdu is a lovely urban centre to explore, the real reason most head to Chengdu is to meet and see the iconic giant pandas.
At the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, giant pandas are cared for within an environment not so different from the wild – but are protected from poaching that could otherwise risk the survival of their species. Visitors here have an opportunity to get up-close and personal with the animals, and even get to learn about how pandas are cared for in China.
Beyond meeting furry friends, Mount Qingcheng is also a famous Taoist mountain where visitors can enjoy verdant evergreen forests and a famously peaceful atmosphere. Another must see spot is Jinli Street, a shopping area lined with traditional architecture and famously known as the ‘First Street of the Shu Kingdom’.
How to get there:
The only airport in the city is Shuangliu International Airport, located about 10 miles from the centre. The airport operates flights to about 70 domestic cities and 20 international cities, including London, Paris and Los Angeles.
The city has a handful of long-distance bus stations, with the most popular being Xinnanmen Bus Station, also known as Chengdu Tourism Bus Centre. The station is less than two miles for the city centre and operates a number of journeys from many popular tourist destinations. For example, Chengdu can be reached from Mount Emei, the Southern Bamboo Sea, Bifeng Gorge (Panda Protection and Research Center) and Leshan Giant Buddha.
Chengdu has a number of convenient passenger train stations, Chengdu Railway Station, North Railway Station, East Railway Station, and South Railway Station. These stations operate services from almost all of our ‘top 10’ destinations, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Kunming, Emeishan and Guilin.