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Chengdu (成都), the capital of the Sichuan province, is steeped in history dating back thousands of years. In the early 4th century AD, the 9th Kaiming king of the ancient Shu moved his capital to the city's current location from today's nearby Pixian. The name Chengdu was given to the city, meaning "become a capital".
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The best time to visit Chengdu is from March to June and from September to November, however with a warm climate and average temperature of 15 °C-16 °C, Chengdu remains pleasant and relatively dry the year round. Summers can be hot though with temperatures over 30 °C.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is located 16 kilometres from downtown Chengdu and is one of the biggest and fastest growing airports in China. There are dozens of airlines serving both Chinese cities as well as destinations in the eastern part of Asia, like Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Bangkok and South Korea. The only destination further away is Amsterdam, served by KLM.
There is one train a day to Lhasa, depending on the time of the year. Chengdu is also well connected to Xian, with connections onwards to Beijing. The journey takes around 16 hours overnight.
The Sichuan province is well known for its spicy food and you will have lots of delicious options to choose from in Chengdu. The food can be quite spicy, however If you are used to authentic Indian or Thai food, this should not be a problem. The spiciest food in Chengdu is hotpot, basically a big pot of soup and spices simmering in a hole in the middle of your table.
Travellers rating of these accommodations and many others include:
|Chengdu Dreams International Hostel||242 Chengdu Wuhouci Road(Opposite the Wuhou Temple||Hostel||84|
|Chengdu Mix Hostel (Backpacker's Guesthouse)||#23 Xing Hui Xi Lu Rd.||Hostel||90|
|Chengdu Sam's Guesthouse||No.130 Shanxijie Street||Guesthouse||87|
|Dragon Town International Youth Hostel||26 Kuan Xiang Zi Street, Chengdu||Hostel||87|
|Holly's Hostel||No.246Wuhouci Dajie||Hostel||89|
|Jinjiang Inn (N) Chengdu WenShuFang||No. 3 Yinsi Rd, Qingyuan||Hotel||89|
|Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel(Guesthouse)||No.211, Section 4, First Ring Road North||Hostel||90|
|The Loft Design Hostel||No.4 Xiao Tong Xiang, Tong Ren Road, Chengdu||Hostel||89|
|Wenjun Mansion Hotel||180# Qintai street Chengdu city Sichuan province,||Hostel||90|
|Chengdu Traffic Inn (Hostel)||#6 Lin Jiang Zhong Lu Jing Jiang Districtu||Hostel||90|
|Chengdu Lazybones Backpacker Boutique Hostel||16#, Yang Shi Jie||Hostel||91|
|Nova Traveller's Lodge||No.10 Taishengbei Road||Hostel||88|
|Nature BC Hostel||No. 5 Er Duan of Middle Renmin Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Cici's House||Room 308, block 3, building 3, Xin lv ji||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mr. Panda Hostel||107# Zhengfu Jie Qingyang District||HOSTEL||90|
|Black Smith Hostel||No.10 Wenhua Road Baiguolin District||HOSTEL||-|
There are several Wangba in every area of Chengdu. Just walk a little bit away from a tourist sight and you can find one very quickly. And several hostels now have free wi-fi internet in their rooms for those travelling with laptops.
See also International Telephone Calls
You can find a public telephone booth easily here that you can make a call!
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.
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