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Chengdu is the capital of China's southwestern Sichuan province. It is one of the wealthiest cities in China, and also one of the country's most important transportation and communication hubs.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.05 Indian Rupee (INR)
17.81 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged. 


Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
Summer: 9am - 9pm
Winter: 9am - 8pm


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor about your vaccination requirements.

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Chengdu except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.


Weather

Chengdu has a mild climate ranging from highs of 20°C - 30°C (71°F - 86°F) during the summer and 3°C to 10°C (37°F - 50°F) during the winter.

Today

Partly Sunny

Partly sunny

High: 27°C / 80°F
Low: 20°C / 68°F

Tomorrow

Partly Sunny with Showers

A shower in the morning; partly sunny

High: 26°C / 78°F
Low: 19°C / 66°F
Saturday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 17°C / 62°F
Sunday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 17°C / 62°F
Monday:
Sunny High: 26°C / 78°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 9ºC 3ºC
Feb 11ºC 5ºC
Mar 16ºC 8ºC
Apr 22ºC 13ºC
May 26ºC 17ºC
Jun 28ºC 21ºC
Jul 30ºC 22ºC
Aug 30ºC 22ºC
Sep 26ºC 19ºC
Oct 21ºC 15ºC
Nov 16ºC 10ºC
Dec 11ºC 5ºC
Facts

Population
14.5 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
Washroom: 110 volts; Bedroom: 220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800; CDMA 900 / 1800