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CHENGDU

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Chengdu, the provicial capital of Szechuan, which lies at the heart of the red soil fertile plain. These contribute to is populous and prosperity. Chengdu is famous for its silk brocades, bamboo products and spicy specialities of Szechuan.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Shungliu Airport
Distance to city: 18km
Airport Transport:
  • Coach
  • Taxi fare: CNY 60
Airport tax: CNY 90 (international flights); CNY 20 (domestic flights)

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

Flight Schedules from/to Hong Kong
2 hours 30 min

Visa

Home entry permit is required for HK Chinese.
Visa is required for foreigners
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Embassies and Consulates

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Customs

Customs allowance
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes
  • Liquor: two 75cl bottles of alcoholic beverages
Customs rules require an accounting of all valuables including watches, jewellery, cameras and currency that you are taking in. A copy of this is surrendered on departure and anything missing may well be treated as imported and duty required accordingly. Therefore make sure you obtain a police report for any goods stolen during your stay.
Recorded video-tapes must be declared and may be viewed by the Authorities on arrival.
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Currency

Renminbi (RMB)
Approximately RMB1 = HK$0.9297 = US$0.1197(updated 25 Mar 1996)
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Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Accommodation

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Transportation

Bus
Taxi
  • fare: CNY 1.4 per km, average CNY 10 in city
Train
Bicycle

Tourist Attraction

Bao Guang Si - is most impressive with a 1000 year old pagoda, as well as halls and courtyards with imposing statuary
Chengdu Zoo - habitat of native to China, giant pandas. Zhaojue Monastery is at the next door
Du Jiang Yan Irrigation System - was built in 3 B.C. to control and channel the waters of the Minjiang river
Er Wang Temple
Le Shan - renowned for its Great Buddha 233 feet high dates from the Ming dynasty
Moxi stream and the Yangtze Gorges
People's Park
Qincheng Mountain - one of Taoism birthplaces. The beautiful peak rises up 1600m and is dotted with more than 35 shrines and grottoes.
Qing Yang Palace
Sichuan Exhibiiton Centre
Thatched Roof Cottage - this was where the famous Tang poet Du Fu lived. It contains a number of exhibits on his life housed in a magnificient garden, and Emperor of Shu, Wang Jian has his tomb here. The Shu Embroidery and Brocade Factories are nearby.
The Temple of Marquis Wu
Trade Palace - dominated by a gigantic statue of Chairman Mao, with numerous restaurants and markets nearby
Zigong - a source of salt since the earliest dynasties, and the Museum of Salt History devoted to the brine and natural gas wells which has been used for a wide range of purposes since 11th Century. A dinosaur museum was also constructed based on more than 100 specimens found in the region.
Zhu Geliang Shrine

Tours and Activities

Tours from Hong Kong
The beautiful holy mountain of Emei Shan (By cable car)
Visit Leshan with its giant Buddha, 173 kms from Chengdu
The newly opened city of Zigong

Shopping Guide

Ren Min Nan Road
Xia Xi Shun Cheng Street

Weather

Spring (Mar - May): 27 C
Summer (Jun - Aug): 30 C, rainy
Autumn (Sep - Mid Nov): 23 C
Winter (Mid Nov - Feb): 7 C
Annual Rainfall: 1,100 mm
Best Season to visit: Spring / Autumn
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast
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Language

Official Languages: Putunghua
Language of Business and Administration: Putunghua and English
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Electricity

220 volts, 50 cycles

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
  • Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
  • Fire: 119
  • Ambulance: 120
  • Tel No. Enquiry: 114

Public Holidays

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