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Chengdu Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Chengdu, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Mandarin
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Yuan
Voltage 220V

With a history that dates back to the 4th century BC, Chengdu is a fascinating city that begs to be explored. Famed for its notoriously hot cuisine, relaxing tea culture and beautiful Panda Bears, it’s a place that will simultaneously warm your heart and your taste buds. Cool off outdoors at the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; spend the afternoon in a quaint, traditional teahouse; shop until you drop along Chunxi Road; or go further afield to Leshan - home to world’s largest Buddha carved out of a cliff face. In the evening, catch the captivating Sichuan Opera - a perfect blend of local dialect along with the customs, folk music, and dances from other regions – or embrace the city’s vibrant nightlife. Whatever you do in Chengdu, prepare to be well and truly charmed.

Highlights+
Wildlife

One of the city’s greatest attractions is the glorious Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, artfully built to resemble a natural panda habitat. Home to nearly 120 Giant and over 70 Red pandas, the base focuses on getting these shy creatures to breed, aiding their conservation whilst allowing you to encounter the charming creatures and their adorable cubs. We recommend visiting in the morning – before the placid pandas fall back to sleep – whilst August and September are the best months for spotting loveable, new-born cubs.

Temples

Charming Chengdu houses a number of intricately-designed temples with a rich and colourful history. The Wenshu Temple - a Tang dynasty monastery dedicated to the Bodhisattva of Wisdom – is the largest Buddhist temple in Chengdu, exuding a sense of serenity and togetherness through low murmur chanting and the sweet smell of incense. Surrounded by Cypress trees, Wuhou Temple honours several key figures from the Three Kingdoms period, whilst Qingyant Temple is one of the oldest and largest Taoist temples, housing a unique pagoda and traditional teahouse.

Culture

A vital part of Chinese culture, past and present, drinking tea is central to life in Chengdu; experience it yourself with a visit to one of Chengdu’s countless, traditional teahouses. The lively yet laid-back He Ming Teahouse is over a century old, perfect for a relaxed afternoon with a bottomless cup of tea. Outdoor teahouses offer plenty of greenery and people watching opportunities, whilst you can travel back to ancient China at the quiet, 200-year-old Laozhaiyuan teahouse. More of these quaint spaces can be found in the aptly-named Culture Park, alongside pretty ginkgo-lined paths and lotus-filled ponds.

History

With a fascinating history and a blossoming contemporary art scene, there is much to be discovered in Chengdu’s museums and galleries. Explore the Jinsha Site Museum, exhibiting the ruins of the 3000-year-old Shu Kingdom – including beautiful objects created between 1200 and 600 BC – or visit the intricately carved tomb of Wang Jian, emperor of this Shu Kingdom. The Chengdu Museum spans the ancient city to the modern day, whilst the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art is a sleek space for the exhibition of modern and abstract art in Chinese society.

Climate+

A generally mild and humid area, Chengdu’s climate is split into four distinct seasons. The long summer, from May to September, is characterised by wet, hot and extremely humid weather; temperatures can reach a staggering 37°C. The average temperature in winter – extending from November to mid-February – is around 5°C, though can often feel much colder due to the cloud cover and moisture in the air. The best time to explore this fascinating city is during spring – between March and June – or in the autumn months, from September to November, when the temperatures and skies are pleasant.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Chengdu.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January710
February820
March1220
April1750
May22100
June25110
July26200
August26190
September22130
October1840
November1320
December810

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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