Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province, is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, the city covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million.
Benefiting from Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C., Sichuan Province is reputed as the Heavenly State, Tian Fu Zhi Guo in Chinese, literally a place richly endowed with natural resources. Chengdu, as the capital, is extremely productive. The Min and Tuo Rivers, two branches of the Yangtze River, connected to 40 other rivers, supply an irrigation area of more than 700 square kilometres (270.27 square miles) with 150-180 million kilowatts of water. Consisting of abundant mineral resources, the land is extremely fertile.
Airport Location: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located about two kilometers (about 1.2 miles) east of Shuangliu County, about 16 kilometers (about 10 miles) away from downtown area.
Taxi: The taxi fare is about CNY80-100 from the Airport to North Railway Station, about CNY60 to East Railway Station, and about CNY20-30 to South Railway Station. Usually, you can negotiate the price with the taxi driver. The acceptable bargain price is about CNY50 by taxi to the city center area.
Metro: With the opening of metro line 1 in September, 2010, Chengdu metro system commenced the rail transit history in western China. Nowadays, Chengdu metro line 1, line 2, line 3, line 4 and line 10 have been in service, measuring around 140 kilometers (87 miles) and including 100 stations. Metro line 5, line 7, line 8 and line 11 will operate in the future. By 2020, another 10 lines will develop in the city which will make metro transport accessible to the city's East Railway Station, West Railway Station and Shuangliu International Airport.
Chengdu Sightseeing Bus: Chengdu sightseeing buses are convenient for independent travelers. They can take passengers to the most scenic spots in or near to Chengdu. Running directly between two appointed sites without stops, they are time-saving and more comfortable than regular city buses. However, the ticket is usually sold with the entry ticket to the scenic spots and sometimes with the guide service (bilingual in Chinese and English) onboard and inside scenic spots. However, it is better value than taking a taxi. Passengers can also take some of the lines for free at appointed times after buying the entry ticket to the attractions.
Here are some information for reference. https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/sichuan/chengdu/sightseeing-bus.htm
- Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda 成都大熊猫基地
- Kuan & Zhai Alley 宽窄巷子
Being in the list of Chengdu Historical and Cultural Protection Project, Kuan & Zhai Alley historical & cultural district consists of Kuan Lane, Zhai Lane and Jing Lane, which are in parallel arrays running from east to west with a group of quadrangles. It is one of the three major historical & cultural conservation areas in Chengdu, it is not only the last relic of the city pattern of "thousand-year-old young city" and the one-hundred-year original architectural structure of old Chengdu, but also the only existing copy in southern China from the lane (Hutong) culture and architectural style of northern China. According to the plan, the control area is 479mu (1mu=1/15 hectare), in which the kernel conservation area covers 108mu. At present, the ancient walls, aged bricks and old gates here are much stronger than before after the reconstruction. Moreover, the combination of business and culture has become the most leisurely, fashionable and unique courtyard consumption experiencing area
- Wuhou Temple 武侯祠
Wuhou Temple, also known as Memorial Temple of Marquis Wu, is dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the Marquis Wu (Wuhou) of Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Zhuge Liang was the personification of noble character and intelligence. Memorial architectures erected in many places after his death include a famous one in Chendu. Located in the south suburb of Chengdu, Wuhou Temple covers 37,000 square meters (398,277 square feet). The date of its establishment is unclear, only that it was built next to the temple of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shu. It was combined with the Temple of Liu Bei at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty; consequently, the entrance plaque reads 'Zhaolie Temple of Han Dynasty' (Zhaolie is the posthumous title of Liu Bei). The current Wuhou Temple was rebuilt in 1672. Surrounded by old cypresses and classical red walls, it evokes nostalgia.
- Jinli Street 锦里
Chengdu is a city brimming with a strong leisurely ambience with Jinli Street as the typical representative. The street is located to the east of the Wuhou Temple of Chengdu. Here are many traditional-style buildings, restaurants as well as sidewalk booths offering local snacks that will make your mouth water.