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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, however, 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. It is worthwhile to buy a transit card, which offers discounts and eliminates the need to carry exact change. The other half of Chengdu's public transport is the metro, which connects the North and South Railway Stations. Fares are CNY 2-5 depending on distance. A second line, running northwest and southeast, has recently been completed.

Time

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. 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 cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices and hotels; 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. Mobile phone networks are very advanced and Chinese networks have roaming agreements with most non-North American international operators. Internet cafes are available in most main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

www.cdairport.com

Getting to the city

There are shuttle buses running to downtown Chengdu, as well as long-distance coaches to other cities in Sichuan Province.

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 Gate 2 of Terminal 1, and Gates 4 and 5 of 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, baggage trolleys, a smoking room, ATMs, phone chargers, vending machines, luggage storage and packaging, a lost and found, medical services, a baby-care station, VIP and first class lounges, restaurants and shops, and business services.

Parking

Parking is located in front of Terminal 1. The first hour is RMB 4, and every 30 minutes thereafter is an additional RMB 2.

Internet

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