About Chengdu

As the capital of Sichuan Province and the hometown of giant pandas, Chengdu is the technology, commerce and finance centre as well as the traffic and communication hub of Southwest China recognized by the State Council in 1993; it is also the national high-tech industrial base, commercial logistics centre, and integrated transport hub, as well as one of the major cities in Southwest China.

Travelling to Chengdu

In most cases, a visa should be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate before arriving anywhere in Mainland China. Many travel agencies will assist you with the application and some can submit it on your behalf. Plan on applying for a visa at least a month before your trip.

By Air

Chengdu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, and remains an outpost for many travelers heading to Tibet. Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport is one of the largest in China. The number of direct international flights has increased year over year. About 20 kilometers away from the city center, the airport is accessible by shuttle bus routes from various parts of the city. The city's second airport - Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, about 50km from downtown Chengdu - is under construction and will be used in 2020.

Intracity Transportation

Chengdu is the first city of central and western China to construct and operate underground rail lines. Up to now, the city has put four lines, Chengdu Metro Line 1, 2, 3 and 4, into use. The city has planned to start at least two Metro lines every year by the year of 2020.