Chengdu is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin in China's Sichuan Province. Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is sometimes called the "Land of Milk and Honey". Chengdu has the reputation as a very "laid-back" city that emphasizes culture and relaxation and as a result of this and much green space is ranked one of the most liveable mega-cities in China. It is credited with a good nightlife scene and contains many new western style buildings in the large city centre.
Chengdu weather is mild and humid all year round, featuring four clear-cut seasons – short and warm spring, long and sultry summer, cool and rainy autumn, and cold and foggy winter. The distinctive characteristics of Chengdu climate is fog and humidity. There are fewer hours of sunlight per day, and the summer is hotter and the winter is colder than the temperature shows.
Chengdu is a city of culture and exhibition. Chengdu is the birth place and center of civilization of upper reaches of Yangtze River. The long history has bestowed Chengdu with profound culture. Come to Chengdu, you will experience the glamour of world culture heritage Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Qinchen Mountain and charm of historical and cultural protection district, represented by Kuanzai Alley, Wenshu Temple and Daci Temple.What worth mentioning is that Chengdu has plentiful of intangible cultural heritage, including handicrafts, such as Sichuan Embroidery, Sichuan Brocade, Bamboo Weaving, Lacquer Art, unique technique of Sichuan Opera, such as spitting fire, changing faces and folk festivals, such as Dujiangyan Water-releasing Ceremony. The International Festival of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, approved by State Council, is held every two years. This is the only theme festival about intangible cultural heritage in globe and also the first cultural meeting jointly held by UNESCO and our government. It is a grand festival that demonstrate intangible cultural heritage of Chengdu and overseas.
Chengdu is a city of exhibition. In recent years, Chengdu’s exhibition industry develops very quickly. Its exhibition economical scale is the first place in the central and western part of China. In 2010, Chengdu has been honored as the City of Convention & Exhibition in China by China Convention and Exhibition Society
1. China's currency
2. Monthly Net Salaries in Chendu
Monthly Net Salaries of Language TeacherSchoolAverage Price Public school 7500 CNY Kindergarten 10000 CNY International school 13000 CNY
3. Food prices in Chendu
Eating and Drinking OutServiceAverage Price Meal Inexpensive Restaurant 34.00 CNY Meal Expensive Chinese Restaurant 168.14 CNY Meal Expat Restaurant 216.09 CNY Meal at McDonald 37.64 CNY Cup of Coffee 27.09 CNY
MarketServiceAverage Price Regular Milk (1 Liter) 13.68 CNY White Rice (500 g) 8.19 CNY Eggs (6) 10.28 CNY Chicken Breasts (500 g) 20.39 CNY Apples (500 g) 8.91 CNY Oranges (500 g) 12.50 CNY Tomatoes (500 g) 8.86 CNY Water (Bottle of 1.5 Liter) 4.87 CNY Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 93.28 CNY Domestic Beer (Bottle of 0.66 Liter) 6.75 CNY
4. Accommodation and Transportation cost?
Accommodation (Monthly Rent)ServiceAverage Price Room in Shared Apartment, Suburb 1,500 CNY Room in Shared Apartment, City Center 2800 CNY 3 Rooms Apartment, City Center 7500 CNY 3 Rooms Apartment, Suburb 4200 CNY TransportationServiceAverage Price Taxi Fare (Minimum Fare, First 3 Km) 14.00 CNY Taxi Fare (Fare per Km) 2.50 CNY Subway Ticket (Minimum Fare) 3.00 CNY Bus Ticket (Minimum Fare) 1.00 CNY
5. Live in Chendu
Chengdu is a "slow city".Slow means the pace of life,and the characters of Sichuanese.People don't like the busy work,they like to enjoy their rest time,to play mahjong with friend or have a self drive tour with family,it cause the traffic congestion at weekends.
About food,the characteristics of Sichuan food is spicy,absolutely and delicious, no one will object that. Chengdu’s favorite and most popular food is the sweat-inducing hot pot (literally “fire pot”), which they can’t seem to get enough of. Walking around town, a sight that’s common and humorous (to me anyway) is to see sweaty men in hot pot restaurants eating with their shirts off.
The city is VERY safe,you never have to worry about the terrorist,the gunner or something scary,you can at 3am walk in the streets and don't need to worry about being robbed.Chendu people have always been friendly and kindly to foreigners,wherever you from.
6. Tourism in Sichuan?
Sichuan has the most world natural and cultural heritages and national key scenic spots in China. It has one cultural heritage, one natural and cultural dual heritage, nine national key scenic spot. China Sichuan's Jiuzhaigou National Scenic Area and Huanglong National Park were listed in the "World Heritage List" by the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization of the world heritage committee in 1992. Sichuan attractions listed as key national scenic area are: the Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, Qingcheng Mountain, Dujiangyan, Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou, Jinyun Mountain, Mount Gongga etc...; classified as a national key cultural relics protection units are: the Leshan Giant Buddha, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Wuhou Temple, Sanxingdui Museum,etc... In addition, there are 19 provincial scenic spots and 272 provincial cultural relics protection units, 17 protection zones of all kinds of rare animals, such as the giant panda, silver fir, etc...Furthermore, Sichuan has 11 national forest parks, 40 nature reserves. All these tourist attractions ranges from the lowland to mountain, canyon to basin, hills to plains, rivers to lakes, hot springs to waterfall; from karst area to Danxia landform, from soup to nuts.
9. Shopping in Chendu?
Chengdu is a leisurely city that allows you to experience the fun of a slow life. It follows that Chengdu is a very developed for shopping. By combining the unique street food and shopping experience together, you can really experience Chengdu's relaxed lifestyle.
1. Chunxi Road — Busiest Commercial Pedestrian Street in Chengdu.
Chunxi Road is the most representative, historic, and busy commercial pedestrian street of the city. It is the favorite shopping area of many foreign tourists and local white-collar workers..
Location: Chunxi Road, Jinjiang District
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 2 km, about 8 yuan by taxi
2. Imperial Examination Lane — A Trendy Street
Imperial Examination LaneImperial Examination Lane
Location: Kejiaxiang, Jinjiang District, just beside Chunxi Road shopping area
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 2 km, about 8 yuan by taxi
Imperial Examination Lane is not that long, but it's very busy. Tens of years ago, this short lane sold a variety of toys for children. Now it has becomes the place for fashionable clothes.
3. Chengdu Sino-Ocean Tai Koo Li — Open Leisure Shopping Area
tai koo liChengdu Sino-Ocean Tai Koo Li
Location: Shamao Street, Jinjiang District, close to Chunxi Road shopping area.
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 2 km, 8 yuan by taxi
Unlike other department stores, Chengdu Tai Koo Li is more like an open shopping area. The buildings combine modern and traditional Chinese style.
You can shop for fashion clothes, jewelry, sports equipment, gifts, and food. The price is relatively high but the shopping environment is definitely good. If you don't want to be in the crowds, come here to enjoy pleasant leisurely shopping.
4. Yanshikou — Mid-Price Range
Location: Lihua Street, Jinjiang District 锦江区梨花街
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): about 10 minutes' walk
Yanshikou shopping area can meet different visitors' needs with its big shopping malls and wholesale markets. It's close to Chunxi Road shopping area too.
Discount Shopping Malls and Wholesale Markets for Clothes
Big shopping malls at Yanshikou shopping area, like Beijing Hualian, usually provide discounts. Taihua Market is a popular wholesale market for ordinary clothes. The style and quality of this bargain attire may not suit you however.
5. Jinli — Chengdu Folk Street
jinli old streetJinli Old Street
Location: 231 Wuhou Temple Main Street 武侯祠大街231号
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 3 km, about 10 yuan by taxi
Attraction nearby: Jinli Old Street
Jinli is about 350 meters from Wuhou Temple. Buildings from the Ming (1367–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties can be seen everywhere on this street, giving it a peaceful and classical feeling.
You can find pinched clay figurines, sugar paintings, and a variety of Sichuan snacks there. The numerous products and shops have the characteristics of the Three Kingdoms and Chuangxi culture, such as leather shadow puppets, Caoyingba Café, chopsticks specialty stores, restaurants, bars, and pubs. Jinli is a special folk-customs commercial street.
6. Wuhou Temple Side Street — Tibetan products Street
Wuhou TempleWuhou Temple
Location: Wuhou District
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 3.5 km, about 12 yuan by taxi
Attraction nearby: Wuhou Memorial Temple
This street is opposite the well-known attraction, Wuhou Temple, and is famous as a Tibetan style street. There are dozens of shops selling Tibetan specialty products: jewelry, food, song books, ceremonial statues, and so on. You can find many unique objects full of Tibetan religious meaning.
7. Songxianqiao Art City — Antique Art Market
Songxianqiao Art CitySongxianqiao Art CityOn the second floor of this art city, you will find many reclusive painters, who run their galleries as businesses in the market.
Location: Inside the Huanhua Cultural Scenic Area
Distance from city center (Tianfu Square): 4 km, about 13 yuan by taxi
Songxianqiao Art City, ranked as the Southwest China's fourth largest artwork market, is less than 300 meters from Qingyang Palace, and 200 meters from Du Fu Thatched Cottage.
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