The capital of the Sichuan province, Chengdu, is located in the heart of South Western China. It was named the 4th most liveable city in China in 2006 by the China Daily newspaper and is an important centre of transport, communication and finance in the country. If you're looking for a cheap flight to Chengdu, whether for business or for pleasure, it's easy to find a good deal using an online flight comparison service. Just enter the details of when you'd like to travel and check the results to find out which option best suits your needs. Chengdu can be reached from London in just under 14 and a half hours, with a quick stop in Beijing. Flights depart from Heathrow, easily from Paddington with the Heathrow Express, with Air China being the most frequent provider.The Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu was founded is also known as the Country of Heaven and has a rich history -the area is believed to have been a cultural centre in China in the bronze age.
This bustling, metropolitan city is easy to get around, with multiple public transport options available. The metro is by far the fastest way to get from A to B, it is easy to purchase tickets from self service machines inside most stations. For holiday makers on a budget, there are many buses operating routes across the city or if you want to explore the city at your own pace, most hotels and guest houses hire out bicycles to tourists.The city is home to many festivals, such as the the Lantern Festival every springtime in Tazishan park, displaying traditional Chinese lanterns with local opera performances and acrobatic shows. Alternatively the Grand Temple Fair showcases traditional art and fashion as well as locally produced food. Sichuan province is also home to 80% of China's native Giant Pandas, one of the world's most rare creatures. Tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of a panda can visit the Sichuan Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve just outside the city.