The Ten Best Sights and Attractions in Chengdu + Map

The Ten Best Sights and Attractions in Chengdu + Map

Chengdu, unfortunately, doesn’t make it on to many peoples list of places to visit while in China unless they are visiting Tibet or maybe going to see the Giant Buddha. That’s a bit of a shame as it is a really nice city, with friendly people and a somewhat relaxed environment compared to many other major Chinese cities. read more

6 Things to do when entering China for the first time

6 Things to do when entering China for the first time

Here are six painfully boring things you could do before traveling overseas for the first time

  1. Check the weather and local temperature prior to leaving and take appropriate clothing. Six degrees Celsius is really chilly in a t-shirt and shorts.
  2. Check where the airport is, and what the best way might be to get from the airport to the accommodation you booked.
  3. Actually book some accommodation, particularly so if you’ll be arriving at 11 pm into a country you’ve never been, nor speak the language.
  4. Have some sort of map, anything
  5. Have some local currency, or at least check that your ATM card will work there.
  6. Don’t forget to buy that phrase book before you leave, it will be handy when you land late at night and there’s a limited staff on shift and none that speak English, particularly when you have no accommodation booked, no money, and no idea.

It was 2010, I had just arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China. read more