Travel from Chengdu to Chongqing or Chongqing to Chengdu is now very easy. The best way to travel is using trains.
There are three kinds of trains available at present. The train number starts with a G is the fastest train, the travel between the two cities takes about 1 hour 40 minutes. The second one is the train number that starts with the letter D, time of travel using these trains is around 2 hours 20 minutes. The third one is the regular green trains. These trains number usually start with a K or Z and travel time is around 4 to 5 hours.
It is by driving an at least 5 hours journey on road and by train saving lots of time. Price of the G train ticket is 154RMB for economy seat, 246RMB for first class seat and 462RMB for VIP seat. Price for the D train ticket is 96RMB for economy seat and 116 for first class seat. Price for the K or Z train ticket costs 46RMB for a seat.
The G and D trains have good and bilingual service.
From middle August the weather in Chengdu is very hot and no rain. These two weeks are the hottest time of the year in Chengdu.
So if you are traveling to Chengdu at this time of the year, expect to walk and tour in the heat.
Also if you are going to visit the pandas, please do go there early in the morning while some pandas are still chilling outside of their rooms enjoying the cool morning and not lying on a big ice cube in their rooms. An early visit can also avoid you walking in a lot of people and fighting your way while visiting. There are a lot of visitors here at the panda base during summer.
Wolong Panda Base, or Wolong Panda Nature Reserve, was closed years ago after the earthquake in 2008. Being the ever first panda base in China that dedicated to protect the lovely pandas, it is now a mainly wild training center that is unavailable to visitors at this moment.
Many visitors/ animal lovers want to see pandas in the wild more than in a zoo, or something similar to a zoo will want to see pandas in Wolong. So where do you go now? There is actually a place near Wolong where you have a chance to see pandas in the wild but it will take you up to a week’s time. It is called Huangcaoping in Wenchuan. For any animal observers or animal photographers who want to take photos of these wild pandas and have a trip there, please contact our expert from Sichuan Travel Guide.
December is a good season to travel to Hailuogou. Hailuogou Glacier Park is one of the biggest glacier parks in China. It has big and amazing glaciers from the peaks of Minya Konka.
From April to October, you will have higher possibilities of raining weather while traveling to Hailuogou Glacier Park. Spring is from late March to early June in Hailuogou. Spring is still very cold but also you may have raining days while traveling there in this season. From June to September it is the monsoon season at Hailuogou Glacier Park. From October the weather will be better but it will also get colder. December is the winter time. It is dry and usually will have clear sky, which makes it a good season because you can see the peak of Minya Konka from the park. If you travel to Hailuogou in other seasons, you have higher chances to catch rain or fog.
Jiuzhaigou Scenic Park is located 450km north to the city of Chengdu. It is one of the most beautiful places in China. It is called the fairy land on earth.
A Jiuzhaigou trip will at least need 2 and half days. To get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu, the quickest way is by flying. Check the flights to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu and other places in China. The flight takes about 1 hour. The drive to the airport to Chengdu is about 30 minutes and the drive to Jiuzhaigou Park from Jiuzhaigou Airport is about 2 hours. So you will spend at least 4 to 5 hours on the transfer from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. But it is still quicker than using the ground transfer, which will usually takes up to 10 hours by driving.
Remember the elevation at Jiuzhaigou Airport is quite high at 3500 meters. And in Jiuzhaigou it is normally cooler than in Chengdu. You will need to bring more layers.
There are a few ways of getting to Chengdu Panda Base from the city.
Bus routes 87, 198, 198a will pass Chengdu Panda Base.
Route 87 goes between Chengdu Zhaojusi Bus Station between Longtansi Gongyeyuan. Both terminals are a little far from the city center. So you need to transfer to Zhaojuesi Bus Station(the one terminal that is closer to the city center, easier to get to) first.
Route 198 and 198a departs from Chengdu Zoo Bus Station, it is also a little far from the city center. You also need to get to Chengdu Zoo first and transit to route 198 or 198a.
Bus ticket cost 2 yuan per ride.
There are Tourist sites shuttle buses you can consider. This way is easier as they are running between major tourist sites in Chengdu. You can find more information of this here. The cost is usually below 15 depends on where you start.
Taxi costs about 30 to 40 yuan from the center of the city to Chengdu Panda Base.
Mount Emei is one the most expensive tourist attractions in terms of its entrance fees in Sichuan. You will need about 500 yuan in total to visit Mount Emei. First you need to buy a 90-yuan tourist bus for your ride forth and back from Leidongping Park from the base of the mountain. On half way of the bus ride, you will need to be off the bus to buy the entrance ticket which costs 185 per adult. And this is not the end. After the walking you reach Jieyindian the cable car station where you need to pay 120 yuan to buy cable car ticket for round trip using cable car. Plus if you plan to visit Wannian Temple there will be other costs. The entrance to Wanian Temple is only 10 yuan but the cable car costs 120 yuan double way. Another option to get to Wannian Temple is by walking which takes about 2 hours while using the vable car it takes only 5 minutes. Costs of visiting Mount Emei for the entrance charges and services:
Tourist site bus ride: 90 yuan obligatory unless you are doing a hiking up to Mount Emei from Qinyin Pavilion, which still you need to pay 40 yuan for the bus ride to Wuxiangang Car Park.
Entrance Charge: 185 yuan, obligatory.
Cable Car to Golden Top: upward 65 yuan and downward 55 yuan, optional.
Cable Car to Wannian Temple: upward 60 yuan and downward 50 yuan, optional.
Entrance Charge to Wannian Temple: 10 yuan obligatory.
Entrance Charge to Baoguo Monastery: 8 yuan obligatory
Last Week in Kangding we had a heavy snow. Road to Zheduo Pass was closed due to the heavy snow. Drivers had to put the chains on the wheels while driving. And many self-driving visitors stuck in Kangding for a while.
Heavy snow is normal in Kangding in winter. Usually the first snow came by October each year and last until the next April. But in a sunny day it can be quite warm. And in Kangding in winter, there are usually more sunny days than snowy days.
If you plan to travel here in winter, it is better to read the weather forecast before hand and prepare for possible bad weather. Sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the snow everywhere and a strong walking boots are helpful.
Xiling Snow Mountain is a 3000+ meters mountain near Chengdu. It provides people a perfect place to watch sunrise, ski and hiking.
If one wants to go watch sunrise at Xiling Snow Mountain, the best season would be winter when it is dry. The duration is considered from mid-December until the next mid-February. Travel to Xilinig Snow Mountain in this season, one shall has the highest possibility of catching a sunrise by the top of Xiling Snow Mountain.
To do this, you need to drive from Chengdu for about 1 hour and use the cable car and bus to reach your hotel. There are not too many hotels at Xiling, so an early booking is usually necessary. The sunrise watching time is by around 7:00 am. One needs to get up and use another cable car to reach the top in time.
Winter is the snowing season at Xiling, the temperature drops below 0C especially in the morning. So one needs to be prepared for the cold weather. Other activities you can do by the top of Xiling include skiing or hiking to Yinyang Ridge.