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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||79|
|Chengdu Mix Hostel (Backpacker's Guesthouse)||#23 Xing Hui Xi Lu Rd.||Hostel||89|
|Chengdu Sam's Guesthouse||No.130 Shanxijie Street||Guesthouse||74|
|Dragon Town International Youth Hostel||26 Kuan Xiang Zi Street, Chengdu||Hostel||83|
|Holly's Hostel||No.246Wuhouci Dajie||Hostel||80|
|Jinjiang Inn (N) Chengdu WenShuFang||No. 3 Yinsi Rd, Qingyuan||Hotel||87|
|Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel(Guesthouse)||No.211, Section 4, First Ring Road North||Hostel||86|
|The Loft Design Hostel||No.4 Xiao Tong Xiang, Tong Ren Road, Chengdu||Hostel||88|
|Wenjun Mansion Hotel||180# Qintai street Chengdu city Sichuan province,||Hostel||85|
|Chengdu Traffic Inn (Hostel)||#6 Lin Jiang Zhong Lu Jing Jiang Districtu||Hostel||88|
|Chengdu Lazybones Backpacker Boutique Hostel||16#, Yang Shi Jie||Hostel||90|
|Nova Traveller's Lodge||No.10 Taishengbei Road||Hostel||84|
|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||86|
|Blacksmith Hostel||No.10 Wenhua Road Baiguolin District||HOSTEL||-|
|No.48 International Youth hostel||No.48 zhimin Road,wuhou ,chengdu||HOSTEL||-|
|Chengdu Dengba Hostel||NO.15, Yonglinglu, Chengdu||HOSTEL||-|
|Chengdu Teahouse Garden Hostel||No.28 Meng Zhui Wan Street, Chengdu,Sichuan,China||HOSTEL||-|
|The Better Accommodation||2nd Floor,QiWu Building No.12 South Section 4 of No. 1 Ring Road, Chengdu||HOSTEL||-|
|Nice House Hostel||Building No.31, Xin Er Cun,Xiti Roa JingNiu district,||HOSTEL||81|
|Chengdu Flipflop Lounge Hostel||No.98, Dongsheng Street||HOSTEL||87|
|Chengdu Country Village House||Yuanjiang Village Qingcheng Shan Dujiangyan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Steam Hostel||No. 30 Wu Hou Ci Street Inside Sichuan Chemical Industry Designing Institu||HOSTEL||-|
|Chengdu Free Guys Hostel||No 55, Dongjiaochang Street Jinjiang District||HOSTEL||84|
Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.
Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.
When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.
If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.
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, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. 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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