Check out our guide to life in Chengdu

Chengdu is one of the most livable cities in China. Located in central Sichuan, it’s one of the most important commercial, cultural, and transportation hubs in Western China. Chengdu has also been recognized by UNESCO as a city of gastronomy. If you’re a foodie, this is the city for you! Chengdu and its surrounds are known for the wild panda population and the city is home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. While it’s one of the three most-populous cities in Western China, the surrounding Chengdu Plain is known as the “Country of Heaven” and the “Land of Abundance”.

Chengdu Fast Facts

Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city
Established311 BCE
Population – 14,427,500

Chengdu Weather

Hottest Month July (26 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (6 °C avg)
Wettest Month July (99.1 mm avg)
Windiest Month May (6 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 402.0 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Chengdu

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

See giant pandas and other endangered animals at this wonderful conservation facility.

Mount Qingcheng 

The birthplace of Taoism, this mountain is home to numerous picturesque temples. 

Chunxi Road

Shop til you drop in this pedestrian mall with over 700 shops, a public square and cafes.

Sanxingdui Museum

This archaeological site features Bronze Age finds dating to the 12th–11th centuries BCE.

Du Fu Thatched Cottage

Unwind in this serene 24-acre park and museum in honour of the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu.

New Century Global Centre

Experience 1,700,000 square metres of shopping, skating, IMAX cinema and a pirate ship.

Happy Valley Chengdu

Here’s one for the thrill seekers! A theme park packed with exciting roller coasters.

Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley

Enjoy folk art, dining and a spot of souvenir shopping on this ancient street and cultural hub.

Wenshu Monastery

This stunning Buddhist temple includes religious relics, statues and gorgeous gardens. 

People’s Park

Relax in the peaceful gardens, enjoy some boating, dining and historical monuments.

Cost Of Living

Cinema 55 6.28 11.49 114.85
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 15 1.71 3.13 31.32
Beer in a shop 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Coke 3 0.34 0.63 6.26
Meal at a cheap restaurant 10 1.14 2.09 20.88
Meal at an average restaurant 40 4.56 8.36 83.53
Meal at a high end restaurant 100 11.41 20.89 208.82
Gym per month 233.33 26.62 48.74 487.24
City bus 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 300 34.23 62.66 626.46
Loaf of bread 11 1.26 2.30 22.97

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