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Where to Hit the Slopes near Chengdu

Places to Ski in and around ChengduChengdu sure is cold this winter, but luckily it has meant great snowfall at some of the nearby ski resorts – so its time to hit the slopes! Whilst facilities and equipment don’t quite

Hot Springs around Chengdu

If you’re finding the grey, icy, winter months in Chengdu tough to bear, do like the locals and head for the rejuvenating hot thermal waters that run deep beneath the province. The facilities in Chengdu and the surrounding regions range from

Your Guide to Traveling to Tibet

What do you imagine when someone mentions Tibet?Well, we know how the “Roof of the World” looks like in popular imagination.Seclusion. Peaceful yaks. Chanting monks in vermillion and saffron robes. A place that captures your senses and then leaves you with new

Craft Beer Bars in Chengdu

15 years ago, the only Chinese beers anyone was used to cracking open were weak, mass-produced lagers like Tsingtao, Snow or Harbin… Whilst these pair okay with local grub, in the last 5 years, breweries in Sichuan have begun to

Can Luckin Coffee end Starbucks in China?

Luckin Coffee Opened in June 2017 and has grown rapidly with its focus on technology and quick delivery.

Getting Inked in Chengdu

Getting inked in China is no longer a taboo, and Chengdu is quickly becoming one of the most tattooed cities in the Middle Kingdom – along with Kunming, Lijiang and the east coast megacities.

Is Chengdu on the Brink of Global Recognition?

Now after investing heavily in the province’s running ecosystem, Chengdu will bid to become the seventh city of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series, joining London, Tokyo, Berlin Chicago, New York, and Paris as host cities. This is just the beginning…

Refund Your VAT Tax in Chengdu

After travelling through Sichuan and Chengdu, tourists from all over the world can refund the VAT tax at the Shuangliu International Airport.

How to Verify Your Alipay and WeChat Pay

WeChat has tightened its regulations and many people have to re-verify their info to be able to use their WeChat wallet. Here’s how to do it:

成都 Eats | Hidden Treasures

Here are two of our favourite places, run by creative owner-chefs, that are so worth the extra few minutes it might take you to find them.

How to Bring Your Pet Into China

Travelling across the globe can be a daunting task, so we don’t blame you for wanting to bring your cat or dog along.As of May 1st 2019, there will be a new and speedier method of getting pets into China.

Wellness in Chengdu – Yoga and Pilates Studios in the City

Do you want to try yoga or pilates but don’t know any good studios? Here are four wellness places in the city.

First 5 apps you need to survive in Chengdu

Moving to Chengdu means saying goodbye to some apps and saying hello to others. Before coming to China you don’t have time to discover all the best apps straight away so we have given a list of the first apps you need to get to survive in Chengdu.

Chengdu Neighbourhood Named Coolest in the World

Whether you had a chill stay-cation in the city or braved the crowds over the holiday – here’s the news you may have missed over Golden Week: WeWork Opens in ChengduChengdu joined big international cities like Shanghai, London and San Fransico last

Chengdu’s Supermarkets of the Future

A new supermarket retail concept is rapidly increasing in popularity, beginning with Amazon Go in the US, and now in China with Alibaba’s Hema Supermarkets. The concept marries online and offline shopping experiences to create the most improved, efficient service.

Guide to the City: ChengduExpat Mini-Program

ChengduExpat+ Mini-ProgramOver the last year, Chengdu Expat has been working towards the exciting launch of our new Mini-Program. The aim of the program is to provide you with up-to-date news, locations, and events for things happening in and around Chengdu.You

Chengdu’s Future Architecture

During the last few decades of development in China, new architectural projects have become synonymous with record-breaking firsts and avant-garde design. From the 28-story Louis Vuitton ‘boot’ in Shanghai to Fuzhou’s Star Trek Enterprise replica, municipal governments and private developers have been commissioning

How To Open a Bank Account in Chengdu

Opening a bank account in Chengdu is almost an essential as the city relies more and more on electronic payments. Here’s everything you need to know:Documents to Prepare Before Opening a New Bank Account:Passport (Original + Photocopy).Have your phone number

7 Things to Know Before Coming to Chengdu

Moving country can be a daunting yet exciting experience. When jetting off to another continent however, these problems can seem far more intimidating.Chengdu is one of the fastest growing international cities in the world but it is precisely that: growing.

Why Westerners Love to Hate Baijiu, But Shouldn’t

My first experience trying blue cheese was something to remember. Before then, I would only eat cheese if it was in the form of a pizza topping. The mouldy blue patches and the grainy structure of this ‘new’ cheese I