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Go West: A Week in Western Sichuan

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.Read more>>

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Chengdu’s New & Improved Metro: Its History, Present and Ambitious Future HOT


Now that Line 2 of Chengdu’s Metro has officially opened, some of the far reached suburbs in the outskirts and other famous local/tourist destinations are finally interconnected, making it easier for daily commuters, locals and visitors alike to navigate ...... Read More>>

The Sardine Box: Guide to Chengdu’s Bus System HOT


Have you ever seen how crowded buses in Chengdu can get? In these buses, I've seen people with half an arm hanging out the window, heads smashed against glass, and drivers throwing fits over barely being able to hold the wheel. So why would you want to take ...... Read More>>

What’d you Say? An Introduction to the Sichuanese Mandarin Dialect HOT


Buzzes and lots of "er's" and "ol's" and "lo's" is all you'll hear the first time you touch down in Chengdu. But what you're actually hearing is Mandarin being spoken in a charming southwestern drawl. Just as English has its' ...... Read More>>

The Best Spots for Imported Food Products in Chengdu HOT

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Think you can’t find grainy Dijon mustard or a 6-pack of Corona just because you’re living in the middle of Southwest China? Think again! Chengdu is getting increasingly foreigner-friendly and when it comes to the imported staples expats miss so dearly, ...... Read More>>

How to Find an Apartment in Chengdu HOT


The first thing you need to do is decide what Chengdu neighbourhood you want to find an apartment in. Here's a quick breakdown of popular areas located with Chengdu’s largest and wealthiest district, Wuhou:...... Read More>>

Sichuan Earthquake 2 Years On: How to Volunteer & Help in Chengdu HOT


Although it’s been two years since a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan County in Sichuan, much hard work and funding is still necessary to restore the worst affected areas and improve the lives of those who lost almost everything. The ...... Read More>>

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