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Practical info Chengdu, China

Getting around the city

Hiring a car in Chengdu is not advised due to heavy and chaotic traffic, especially at rush hour times. Metered taxis are available, though difficult to find in some areas. Note that it is necessary to have your destination written in Chinese as most drivers don't speak English. There are plenty of public transport options, most of which are marked on tourist maps available from the airport, railway station, and souvenir shops. Public transport in Chengdu is mostly comprised of an extensive bus network. There is a free shuttle service that links all parts of the city centre. The other half of Chengdu's public transport is the metro, which connects the North and South Railway Stations. A second line, running northwest and southeast, has recently been completed. Trains are regular and safe, if a little crowded during rush hour. Be sure to check the operational hours as the metro does not run late into the night.

Time

Local time is GMT +8

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary, but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.

Currency

China's currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because you may have difficulty exchanging the currency outside China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. It is not possible to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce in rural areas.

Communication

The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

Emergency number

110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance)

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Climate

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Getting to the city

There are buses from the airport to the city centre, the railway staion, and century city. Passengers can also take the High-speed train to Chengdu Nan (South) Railway Station and Chengdu Dong (East) Railway Station.

Car rental

There are no car hire facilities at the airport, however rental cars are available in downtown Chengdu and airport pickup services are available.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside of of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are within walking distance, however shuttles are available to transfer passengers.

Facilities

Airport services include an information centre, a currency exchange, baggage trolleys, a smoking room, ATMs, luggage storage and packaging, a lost and found, medical services, VIP and first class lounges, restaurants and shops, and business services.

Parking

Parking is located in front of Terminal 1. The first half an hour is free, after that the parking rates start at RMB 4 and increase by RMB 2 every half an hour. It costs RMB 70 per day.

Internet

Wifi and internet services are available at some shops and restaurants.