Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport serves the provincial capital Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, connected through a 16-kilometre drive over highway, southwest of downtown. The airport gained its “International Port Airport” status in 1993 and “Visa on arrival” rights in 2000, after proving itself to be an important aviation hub to Western and Central China as the busiest airport. Similarly, it ranked fifth busiest airport in mainland China and 40th busiest airport in the world. Apart from being a core hub for Air China, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport also serves as main hub and headquarters to Sichuan Airlines and Chengdu Airlines, as well as a base for China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Lucky Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has two terminals covering 500,000 square metres, and is capable of handling about 50 million passengers across its 74 boarding bridges, 64 security channels, and 207 check-in counters, among others.
What to see & do
As the provincial capital and largest city of Sichuan Province known for its “Heavenly State” (translation: Tian Fu Zhi Guo), and sometimes even called Land of Milk and Honey, Chengdu’s agricultural wealth never seems to diminish due to its strategic location on the edge of fertile plains of the Red Basin. Despite its growing city area, Chengdu was able to maintain its reputation as a very laid-back atmosphere and one of the most liveable mega-cities with its large green space that cultivates culture and relaxation, amid its growing greater city area that is also host to a good nightlife scene. The abundance of mineral resources, as well as the lack of scorching heat of the sun despite its humid weather makes the city an extremely enjoyable one to visit natural tourism sites. The good news is that passport holders of 51 countries, including USA and Canada, among others, can enjoy 72 hours of free transit thru the airport.
Home to Giant Pandas, these soft, plush creatures are mainly found in Sichuan Province, their natural habitat. Approximately 10 kilometres away from the downtown centre, you can visit their humble abode in the Panda Breeding Research Center, teeming with verdant bamboos, bright flowers, natural hill scene, fresh air, among others, which makes the centre all the more enjoyable both to Pandas and humans. The centre is also equipped with a fodder room, sleeping quarters, and a medical station to attend to the needs of the giant pandas. In addition, the Giant Panda Museum, which opened in 1993, serves as a scientific endeavour to educate tourists on the public awareness and protection measures of the species.
In downtown, you can take a stroll in the People’s Park and have a glimpse of slice of life of Chinese old people. Every day, you will encounter a singing group on the other side and a dancing group on the other. Less active people will find respite in practising calligraphy with water on the floor around the monument, while those who simply want to hang out can just enjoy sipping tea in the surrounding tea houses while playing mahjong or simply chatting out.
How to get around within Chengdu
From Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, you can reach the city centre by taking the inter-city train in the L3 channel, B2 floor of Terminal 2, which will take you to designated routes in Chengdu. You can also avail of the five airport buses in the city, covering extensive routes and different destinations all over. Taxis, terminal shuttles, and car hire are also other road service options available at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
How to get there
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport connects passengers to 36 and 22 selected destinations across regional and international routes, including one domestic route in its Terminal 1/T1 and Terminal 2/T2, respectively. Some of the airlines flying to and from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Terminal 1/T1 are Air Asia X, Air Macau, ANA, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Etihad Airways, EVA Airways, Far Eastern Air Transport, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lao Airlines, Orient Thai Airlines, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Thai Airways, United Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines.
Meanwhile, airlines flying to Terminal 2 are Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Joy Air, Juneyao Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Okay Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Tibetan Airlines, West Air, and Xiamen Airlines.
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