Our information page provides some useful details, including how to get around Chengdu, what the weather will be like during your visit, noteworthy tips and telephone numbers, as well as Chinese festival dates and public holidays.
Once you have all the facts, a trip to Chengdu will, without a doubt, be an experience you will never forget.
The page is both helpful to those who do not like to over-plan their vacations and a trusty tool for those who want to know exactly what to do each day.
Getting around Chengdu
Getting around Chengdu is made simple by its expansive transportation system, including inexpensive buses, metered taxis, pedicabs, and even rented bicycles.
Exploring the area on foot gives you the opportunity to discover many of local favorites along some of the tranquil lanes in the city centre.
City buses are the main public transportation for both locals and travellers in Chengdu. Thanks to its extensive bus network, the Chengdu bus lines cover almost all the major attractions in the city and nearby provinces. At each stop there is a list of bus lines available for service at your location. Buses come almost every 10 minutes and both normal and air-conditioned buses are available. Fares are cheap and increase after 22:00.
Here is a list of buses going to major tourist attractions:
- No 1: Wuhou Memorial Temple - West Binjiang Road - Jinjiang Hotel - South Renmin Road - Tianfu Square
- No.35: Du Fu Cottage - Qingyang Taoist Temple - Jinjiang Hotel - Sichuan University - Wangjiang Pa
- No.58: Qingyang Taoist Temple - Renmin Park - Chunxi Road - Daci Temple –Shuangqiaoz - Wuguiqiao Bus Station
- No. 303: North Railway Station - Tianfu Square - South Renmin Road - South Railway Station - Shuangliu International Airport
- No. 901: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center - Renming Road - Wuhou Memorial Temple - Qingyang Taoist Temple - Songxian Bridge - Du Fu Cottage - Qingyang Avenue - Jinsha Site
- No. 902: New South Gate Tourist Distributing Center - Yuefu Street - Caoshi Street - Wenshu Workshop - Jiefang Road - East Erxian - Bridge Road - Chenghua Avenue - Longtan Temple - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Note: Travellers should prepare some small change beforehand.
Chengdu offers meter taxis. An illuminated sign with Chinese characters displayed on the taxi’s dashboard announces its availability. Most of the taxi drivers do not speak English, thus, you should have a map or if possible the name of the destination written in Chinese. The meter records fare in increments by kilometre, and a surcharge after 22:00.
Pedicabs and rickshaws are a typical feature of many cities in Asia. In Chengdu, most of the pedicabs gather at the First Ring Road near the epicentre of the city, in Tiangfu Square. Drivers wear uniforms and have identity cards. Negotiating the price is expected and you should fix a price before hopping on.
Bike for Rent
Many of the local vendors in Chengdu rent out bikes that are in good condition. Rental fees go by the hour or day and a deposit required. Before starting out, check for technical problems to avoid unnecessary hassle later. When stopping anywhere, bikers should lock their bikes securely or park at a bike parking lot where it will be guarded for a small fee.
Travellers should try to take a short stroll around downtown Chengdu or nearby areas close to major tourist sites. Many of the teahouses, gardens, and smaller markets are usually hidden away on small streets, and can only be found when exploring the area on foot.
Chengdu is located on a highland in the western edge of Sichuan Basin by the Oinling Mountains. Therefore, the city is sheltered from the northwest winds that carry over from the Siberian winter. The climate here is mild to humid, with the mean variation between 10°C (49°F) in the winter and 30°C (85°F) in the summer and the annual average temperature is around 16°C (60). Most days here are cloudy even though there is no rain.
The total sunshine hours average only between 1,042 and 1,412 hours annually. The lack of sun prevents sweltering heat and keeps the temperature at an enjoyably moderate level. The Chengdu climate can be divided into two zones: the west and the east. The west of the city is cool while the eastside is a bit warmer. However, a short winter season usually starts in January due to the sheltering effect of Oinling Mountains in the north.
There are slight chances of snow. Spring starts from March and lasts until May and the weather during this period is sunnier and warmer than in autumn from October to December of each year. However, the summer season between June and September is the most enjoyable time as it features more sunlight than any of the other seasons. This is the best time to visit Chengdu.
Good to know
Like most major travel destinations, up-to-date information magazines are available at the tourist information counters and can guide you to the newest dining and drinking venues or which locations offer the hottest sale promotions while you are visiting Chengdu. As for internet access, inexpensive internet cafés are available throughout the city.
One of the biggest cafés offers a quick connection and is located on the second floor of the Xinnianmen bus station, only a minute’s walk from Jiaotong Fandian Hotel. Most accommodation in Chengdu offers internet access in guestrooms, or at least provides computers with landline connections for guests’ convenience.
- Population: about 11.1 million
- Area: about 12,390 sq kilometres
- Time Zone: China Standard (UTC +8)
- Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
- Country code: 086
- Area code: 028
- Zip code: 610000
Emergency and Useful Numbers
- Fire: 119
- Traffic: 122
- Ambulance: 120
- Police: 110
- Zip code Inquiry: 184
- Telephone Number Inquiry: 114
- Taxi service: (0) 28 8784 8558