Chengdu

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Introduction:Chengdu, (Jin or Rong for short), is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan Province. It is located between the plateau and mountainous region in the northwest and the hilly lan..

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Chengdu Introduction

Chengdu, (Jin or Rong for short), is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan Province. It is located between the plateau and mountainous region in the northwest and the hilly land in the middle of Sichuan province.
Chengdu enjoys a mild climate, with an annual average temperature of 60.8 F, and an abundant annual rainfall of about 1000 millimeters. The annual sunshine time is1,239 hours and the frost-free period is 300 days.
Chengdu is an old city with a history of over 2,000 years. Chengdu was already the political, economic, and cultural center of the Sichuan region  by 400 B.C. During the Five Dynasties Period (907-960), Meng Chang, a ruler of later Shu, had numerous hibiscus trees planted o­n the city wall, so the town eventually became known as the City of Hibiscus.
Chengdu has long been a center of business and industry in west China, prosperous in silk production. During the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), Chengdu was regarded as o­ne of the five "major cities" of the nation according its thriving business activities.
Chengdu has also been the center of education and culture in Sichuan. As early as 140 BC, an state-run school was opened in Chengdu.  Many famous Chinese poets, scholars were from Chengdu. For example, Simaxiangru (179 BC-117BC) and Yangxiong (58BC-18) were known for their wonderfully written prose poems (the prose poem was an intricate literary genre combining elements of poetry and prose) in Han Dynasty. Many other famous Chinese poets, musicians, artists, and writers were from Chengdu. Bajin (1904-2005), the famous writer, was born and lived for a long time in Chengdu. Chegndu is also a place that has attracted many celebrities in China. The famous poets Li Bai (701-762), Du Fu (712-770), and Su Si (1037-1101), who lived in Chengdu, wrote a lot of great works of literary and art.
Nowadays, Chengdu is a peaceful and prosperous city.  It is the center of science and technology, business and trade, and finance and communication  in southwestern China .  The area is famous for its wonderful spicy cuisine, breath-taking scenery, unique wildlife, and remarkable local culture. Chengdu provides access to some superlative local attractions: areas of glorious natural beauty such as Jiuzhaijou and Huanglong, the Panda Reserve and Breeding Institute (ah, those cute baby pandas!), the sacred mountain of Emei, and Giant Buddha at Leshan. Other sights in and around the city include the thatched Cottage of Dufu, the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project of China, Mount Chengqing.

Chengdu Traffic

Air
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the forth-largest airport in China. There are more than 60 scheduled flights to the major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Zhangjiajie (in Hunan Province), Xian, Lanzhou, Urumchi, Lhasa, Chamdo, Xiamen, Guilin, Kunming, Haikou and so forth. The international and interregional flights include those to Hongkong and Bangkok. The flights within Sichuan Province are Chengdu-Dazhou, Chengdu-Xichang flights.
Shuangliu International Airport is 20 km from the city center. Every 15 minutes, a shuttle bus leaves from the front of the Civil Aviation Building( at the Southern Renmin Road) for the airport; ticket: 8-10 yuan, time: 35 minutes.
Train
Chengdu is the most important transport hub in southwestern China. There are trains running between Chengdu and  major cities of China, such as Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Urumchi, Shanghai, Lanzhou, and so forth. Trains running within the province are the express tourist trains of Chengdu-Guangyuan Train (connecting Chengu with ancient Shu Path Scenic Spot), Chengdu-Yibin Train (Connecting Chengdu with the southern Sichuan Scenic Spots), and Chengdu-Panzhihua Train (connecting Chengdu with the western Panzhihhua Scenic Spots).
Bus
Chengdu is also the largest hub of highway transport in southwestern China. Six national highways join in Chengdu: national highway 108 (Sichaun-Shanxi highway, Sichuan-Yunnan highway), national highway 213 (Sichuan-Gansu, Chengdu-Kunming Highway), 317 (the northern Sichuan-Tibet Highway), 318 (Sichuan-Wuhan, Hubei Province, Sichuan-Tibet highway), 319 (Chengdu-Chongqing), and 321 (Sichuan-Guizhou).

Local Transport
Public Buses
It costs 1 Yuan for common buses and 2 Yuan for air-conditioned buses in Chengdu. Tourists can get to most of the attractions within the city through public bus.

Taxies
The starting price is 5 Yuan (for the first 1 km), and it costs 1.4 Yuan for every additional km. A 50% of return charge is required when the distance exceeds 7 km.

Pedicabs
The price is similar to that for taxies, sometimes even more expensive. Negotiation o­n price is usually expected. Generally the starting price is 5 Yuan.

Car Rentals:
Buick/Nissan : 650 Yuan per day (the distance limit is 150 km). It costs 2.5 Yuan for every extra km.
Nissan/Crown (Toyota)/Accord (Honda): 450 Yuan per day (the distance limit is 100 km). It costs 2.5 Yuan for every extra km.

Chengdu Festivals

Sichuan International TV Festival
Sichuan International TV Festival is held in the late October or the middle November every two years in Chengdu. Since 1991, the festival has been held for 7 times, becoming an important market for the transactions of China's film and TV programs and o­ne of the main channels for the import and export of the broadcasting &TV equipment and the network technologies.

China International Gourmet Food Tourist Festival
The China International Gourmet Food Tourist Festival, held in Chengdu in October every year by the municipal government, is a big international folk-custom festival with strong local characteristics. At the festival, the sweet smell of the gourmet food will spread to every part of Chengdu City, drawing people out of their homes to taste the delicacies of different flavors.

Chengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu Flower Festival enjoys a long history of over 1,000 years, dating back to the Tang and the Song Dynasties. The festival, used to be held in the Qingyang Temple, starts o­n the 15th day in the second month of the lunar calendar and lasts for more than a month.

In the February of Chengdu, the weather is fine, the spring is coming, and all kinds of flowers are blooming. So, the local people say that the 15th day in the second lunar month is the birthday of all flowers. o­n the day, most of the flower farmers nearby or from afar carry their carefully cultivated flowers to Chengdu for displaying, and many people go out in groups to appreciate the beautiful blooming flowers. Since 1980, the flower festival has been held in the Cultural Park, a wall distance from Qingyang Temple.

Chengdu Service Telephones

Tourist Enquiry:028-85574444  85576888
Complaints Call of Tourism Bureau:028-96927
The train ticket hall at Chengdu Railway Station: 028-86624758
Chengdu Railway Station Transport Office: 028-83403721 
Southwest Airways Ticket Office in Chengdu 028-86668080
Group tickets delivery telephone: 028-86662200

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