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  • Chengdu Transportations

  • As a well known transportation hub and tourist city, Chengdu get its fame for its extensive transportation system as it is the communication junction of Southwest China and the gateway to Tibet. Chengdu is reachable from and to almost all the major countries in the world for it is conveniently connected to over 100 domestic and international airports. In othe words, you don't worry about the transportation problem if you travel in Chengdu City.


    • 1. By Air


    There are direct flights from Shuangliu Airport in Chengdu to many domestic and international destinations, such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong and Bangkok and other Southeast Asian cities. The airport is a twenty-minute drive from the China Southwest Airlines office on Renmin Rd(S) by shuttle bus (every 30 minutes) at RMB3. A taxi from the downtown city to the airport would cost RMB30.


    • 2. By Train


    Chengdu is connected with 12 major Chinese cities, including Beijing (8 hours), Shanghai (16 hours), Kunming (22 hours) and Xian (17 hours). Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket booking office outside the railway station. It can be very difficult to get tickets and it is best to make your travel plans at least 3 days in advance. The railway station is in the north part of the city, a half-hour drive from the urban center.


    • 3. By bus


    You can take a bus to most of the scenic spots around Chengdu, including Yibing, Emei Mountain (RMB20) and Leshan Mountain (RMB20). It takes around 5 hours to reach Chongqing by bus. There are two major bus stations in Chengdu. Buses from Xinnanmen Bus Station head to all destinations around Sichuan except north, and buses departing from Ximen Bus Station in the northwest of the city head north.


    • 4. By Boat


    Chengdu is not directly accessible by boat, but those who have traveled through the "Three Gorges", can take a bus from Chongqing to Chengdu.


    • 5. Moving on to Lhasa


    No matter the truth that Chengdu is an important gateway for Lhasa, it can be very difficult to get tickets to Tibet. China Southwest Airlines are currently the only airline who has flights to Lhasa and so tickets are limited and prices are high. It takes about 2 hours to reach Gongge Airport, where flights to and from Tibet arrive and depart in Lhasa.

    Foreign tourists entering Tibet must have an official entry passport which can be got from a travel agency in Chengdu. This passport registers you on an official "tour" which you are released from on arrival in Tibet. Prices vary from between RMB1800-RMB2500. Tickets can be purchased from any of the countless travel agencies in Chengdu. It is almost impossible to reach Tibet by land.