Chengdu Facts

Name: Chengdu (成都; Chéngdū (/chung-dew/)

Meaning: 'become a capital city'

Previous names: Daxu, Daxi


bifeng valley panda centreTwo pandas in Bifengxia Giant Panda Base
  • Leisurely life pace and many parks and tea houses make it one of China's most livable megacities.
  • An emerging city for international investment in western China.
  • Home of Giant Pandas

Main Attractions


A growing industrial city in the southwest of China.

  • 3000 BC: Just north of Chengdu, an unknown Bronze-age people constructed Sanxingdui and Jinsha
  • 316 BC: The Qin Empire conquered the area
  • 221 AD: The famous Liu Bei captured the city. It became the base for his empire in the Three Kingdoms era
  • 1241: The Mongols captured Chengdu from the Song Empire
  • 1949: The Communists captured the city from the Nationalist government


leshan giant BuddhaThe Giant Buddha in Leshan
  • Significance of city: It is the second largest city in the western part of China and one of the cities in China with the most potential for international investment in the 2010s
  • Nearby cities: Chongqing (268 km/166 mi), Leshan (140 km/87 mi)
  • Municipality terrain: plain with rivers
  • Average altitude: 500 m (1,640 feet)
  • Main rivers: Jin River and Funan River

Location Information

  • Municipality location: 30.47N to 31.01N, 103.42 to 104.35E; southwestern China.
  • Municipality Population: (2010) 14,000,000
  • Municipality Area: 12,132 sq km (4,684.2 sq mi)
  • Metro area: 1,617 sq km (624.3 sq mi)
  • Metro population: 6,730,749
  • Metro population density: 4,162/sq km (10,781/sq mi)
  • North to south distance: 166 km (103 mi)
  • East to west distance: 192 km (119 mi)
  • City center: Tianfu Square (30.65N, 104.06E)


  • Highest recorded temperature: 40.0 °C (104 °F)
  • Lowest recorded temperature: -5.9 °C (21 °F)
  • Humid subtropical, annual precipitation: 918 mm (36 in)
  • The climate is milder than in the large cities in central China and Chongqing.


chunxi streetChunxi Road
  • Average GDP (nominal): (2010) 43,417 RMB (6,442 USD)
  • Development: developing; fast growing
  • Industry: 50% tertiary industry (services), 45% secondary (automobile, electronics, construction), 5% primary (agriculture)
  • CBD: 30.65N, 104.06E
  • Shopping Streets: Chunxi Road


  • Chendu Shuangliu International Airport served 25 million customers in 2010. It is China's sixth largest airport and important air transportation hub in western China.
  • 1 north-south subway line with stations
  • 2 main ring roads
  • 4 train stations
  • 1 high speed rail line to Dujiangyan

Questions and Answers About Chengdu Facts

Sushma Pillay 2013-12-11
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I''m visiting. Chengdu for 3days in December. Are there any day tours available?
Hi Sushma, yes, we have several day tours in Chengdu. Which date can you do the tour and how many persons are there in your group? i am glad to send you a proposal when i have this information. Simon Huang replied on 2013-12-11
Dear Simon I have just one whole day in Chengdu which is Tuesday, 24th December. I wanted to do a day tour to Panda base and Leshan Buddha. I noticed this tour is available only on Sundays. Is there any suggestions you may have? Regards Sushma guest replied on 2013-12-12
Hi Sushma, yes, we can still arrange the tour for you on 24th. But the time doesn't permit visit to both Panda Base and Leshan Buddha. We can choose only of them. It is USD210 for tour to Panda Base and USD403 for tour to Leshan Buddha. Which option do you prefer? guest replied on 2013-12-12
L jones 2013-11-16
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How do I book to see the pandas and hold one, how much does it cost, I am a single traveller
 Hi L jones,

We can arrange a one day panda tour for you. You can clear panda’s house, feed them with fresh fruits and bamboo. In the panda center, if you denote CNY1300 for panda, you can hold panda baby for few seconds. The program is subject to change without notice and is totally dependent on the program of the day at the Panda Base. We can not guarantee that the programs listed above will be all provided.

I have emailed you the detail itinerary, please check it when you are free.

Christy Luo replied on 2013-11-16
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