Chengdu - Essential Information

Passport / Visa

Chengdu is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must bring your passport at all times and all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets or using internet cafes that accept foreigners.
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Best Time to Visit

The best periods to visit Chengdu are from March to May, and September to November. Spring weather in Chengdu often begins early, starting in March, and lasts until early May. As the temperature rises, colourful flowers bloom one after another. It is the best time to see the peach blossom at Longquan Mountain and the cuckoo at Wawu Mountain. Autumn usually starts from September and lasts till the end of October or early November. The temperature drops quickly, and there may be a lot of rain. It's best to pack long-sleeved shirts and thin overcoats, plus a thin sweater.
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