Chengdu is a vital transportation hub for southwest China since it provides a passageway to much of western China, including Tibet, Kunming and Qinghai. The city is easily reached by air and land.
Chengdu's International Airport is located 16 km outside of the city center. Currently, the airport is one of the busiest airports in the nation, with flights to most major domestic cities and numerous international destinations.
As one of the largest rail hubs in southwest China, Chengdu has three railway stations that offer routes to many major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou, and Urumqi. Chengdu's road system is considered extremely advanced compared to its neighboring cities in southwest China. Highways from Chengdu to Chongqing and Leshan have dramatically reduced travel time and improved transportation infrastructure. Most of Chengdu’s expressways and highways radiate from the city center or ring roads that encircle the city.
Traveling within Chengdu is facilitated by a well-developed ring road system and efficient public transport. A light rail system is under construction as a measure to control pollution and improve transport convenience.
If you’re planning a trip out of Chengdu this winter, consider travelling to the western part of Sichuan Province. Although it is cold at this time of year, the lack of rain and brilliant blue skies make this a stunning destination.
Chengdu will soon be adding another humongous skyscraper to its skyline: a 468 meter high crystalline skyscraper built by the same people who built the current tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill.
Chengdu saw a motionless contest this week, for the first time ever. The 200 participants were not permitted to move or laugh.
According to official Chengdu city estimates, Chengdu has 25,000 foreigners living in its city. Amongst them are teachers, students, white collar workers, artists, and young innovators.
Chengdu is full of things to explore, and while the temperature is still bearable, we suggest getting out there and visiting one of the lesser-known parks for some relaxation and time with nature.
Direct flights from Chengdu to Penang in Malaysia will be available from September 30.
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