Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport serves as a gateway into the Western region of China. The airport is equipped with many modern facilities including ATMs, foreign exchange counters and duty-free shops. Flights such as Air New Zealand makes regular direct flights to this fascinating city. Chengdu serves as a transport hub for travelers exploring the southwest region of China. This is a modern metropolitan city, yet it gives off a very relaxed vibe. Book the next flight to Chengdu to explore this slick, modern city on Skyscanner!
What to see & do
In comparison to other parts of China, Chengdu may seem less attractive with no distinguishing natural landscapes, the weather is grey and drizzly and the traffic is chaotic. Yet, thousands of visitors come to this city, returning home satisfied.
Chengdu makes up for its lack of natural landscapes by having many wonderful teahouses scattered around this city in temples and parks, fabulous food and a decent nightlife scene.
For those who enjoy getting close and personal with wildlife creatures, make a special trip to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base just 18km north of the city centre. Visit this facility in the morning when the pandas are the most active. Do avoid the afternoons because the pandas would be fast asleep. Visitors would be able to learn more about giant and red pandas in this research facility. Visiting this place in autumn gives you a rare glimpse of the tiny newborns in the nursery.
For the cultural buff, make time to visit the Wenshu Temple, which is the largest and best preserved Buddhist temple. Pass through the clouds of incense and pass through this mystical Tang-dynasty monastery dedicated to Bidhisattva of Wisdom. Relax to the serenity of this temple with the sounds of monks chanting in the background. If you’re feeling hungry, stop for lunch at the temple’s excellent vegetarian restaurant which will leave you craving for more food.
For the historical buff, step back to ancient times at the Jinsha Site Museum where ruins of the 3000 year old Shu Kingdom were uncovered. This museum houses exhibits pottery and tools to jade artifacts dating back to the 1200 to 600BC era. Be amazed by the large number of elephant tusks that were unearthed from the site too. The Tomb of Wang Jian is another attraction to visit for those junkies who just can’t get enough of ancient China history. This is perhaps the only mausoleum in China that features an above the ground tomb chamber!
Take a breather at the People’s Park during mid day and join in locals dancing and singing or exercising in the parade square. Be sure to visit He Ming Teahouse located within the park for a nice cup of Chinese tea while watching the locals practice tai-chi. Don't forget to take a selfie of yourself with the Monument to the Martyrs of the Railway Protection Movement in the background!
For a unique experience, catch the famous Sichuan opera at Shufeng Yayun Teahouse where you can watch excellent shows while sipping traditional Chinese tea. Be entertained by gymnastics, fire-breathing performers, men dressed as women with heavy makeup and glass-shattering songs. These shows are nothing compared to the Western opera shows.
From the airport, visitors are able to reach the city centre conveniently via the metro.There are also frequent and cheap buses for those who don’t want to be crammed up in the extensive metro system. Taxis are also available from outside the airport for those who want to reach their hotels conveniently and quickly.Getting around the city is convenient on a bicycle since Chengdu is flat. Most guesthouses rent bicycles out to their guests for a small nominal fees.