Fly To Chengdu, China
As the centre of Western China, it may be hard to believe that Chengdu is one of the most laid-back cities in China, but it’s known across the country as a place where people take life a little less seriously. Surrounded by vast green plains beyond which you’ll find China’s iconic Western Mountains, it is simply a must-visit Chinese destination.
Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province, a region well known not only for its food, but also for being home to the cutest “bears” on earth – giant pandas. Although the city may seem out of the way when looking at a map, its diversity of sights and vibrant culture more than makes up for the extra travelling time.
Chengdu has more bars and teahouses than Shanghai, a city with double the population of Chengdu. This fun fact alone is enough reason to inspire a visit to the Sichuan Province and you can do this in the cheapest possible way by comparing flights from a range of airlines on Travelstart.co.za – SA’s leading online travel agency.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Chengdu. However, you can use Travelstart to easily find, compare prices and book flights on all airlines such as South African (flights via Beijing), Singapore Airlines (flights via Singapore), Cathay Pacific (flights via Hong Kong) and more. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search tool to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Chengdu flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Chengdu, China. The application usually takes four working days to process, but it’s advisable not to leave Visa applications to the last minute. Passports need to be valid for at least six months beyond the date of application and have at least two blank pages.
- The South African Embassy in the People’s Republic of China is situated near Nongzhan Bridge in Beijing. 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600. Phone: + 86 10 8532 0000. The South Africa Consulte-General is located in Shanghai at 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai. Phone: +86 21 5359 4977. These embassies are approximately the same distance from Chengdu.
See and do
Perhaps the most memorable experience you’ll have in Chengdu is seeing giant pandas. Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in the city itself or travel 130km to the Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, the biggest of its kind in the world.
The city itself boast a myriad of teahouses, but visiting a traditional teahouse, complete with bamboo furniture, is a real treat. Ask a local to teach you majiang, a traditional Sichuan board game very popular among the locals.
Chengdu might well be the best city in which to indulge in traditional Sichuan cuisine. It’s a spicy, yet distinctively flavoursome style of cooking and often also written as Szechuan.
If there’s still time after exploring all the natural, gastronomical and cultural beauty of Chengdu, you might enjoy a visit to the New Century Global Centre, currently the biggest building in the world. Inside you’ll find a replica of a Mediterranean village and water world and beach area that can hold up to 6000 people at once.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport – CTU
As the sixth busiest airport in mainland China, you can expect an efficient experience at the airport. Only 16km from downtown Chengdu, all the signs are in both English and Chinese, making it easy to get around.
Food and beverage: Chengdu Airport is clean, spacious and offers a range of eating and drinking facilities – both sit down and takeaway.
Currency Exchange: You’ll see the black and green currency exchange sign as you walk out of the terminal.
Lost Luggage: The airport has a lost luggage desk, which you will find in the baggage reclaim area.
Airport Hub: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is a hub for Chengdu Air and Sichuan Airlines.