General Information Note
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Western China International Expo City
No. 88 East China Fuzhou Road
Tianfu New Area, Chengdu, CHINA
Western China International Expo City (International Exhibition Centre) is located in the area of Tianfu Center, Tianfu New Area, to the east of Tianfu Park and Shuzhou Road and to the north of Guangzhou Road. It is a new and modern facility, fully completed and put into use at the end of August 2016. It is 26 km away from the Tianfu Square at the center of Chengdu, 21 km away from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and 35 km away from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport.
How to get there from the airport:
By taxi: 50 mins
By metro: LINE 10--LINE 7---LINE 1
By bus: AIRPORT EXPRESS BUS 4--t1
a) Holiday Inn Chengdu Qinhuang
No. 999 Hanzhou Road, Next to West China Int'L Center
Chengdu Block of Tianfu New Area
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 610218
Tel: 86 28 67098888
Click here for Hotel Website
5 min on foot to Conference Venue
b) Chengdu Huatong Yueda Hotel
No.18, 17th Xinnanmen Street,
Wuhou District, Chengdu 610000,
5 min on foot to Conference Venue
Please contact the official travel agent for more information or booking.
The registration desk for the conference will be open at Travel Trade Mart, Chengdu on Wednesday, 5th September 2018.
Name tags for entry to both the conference and travel mart will be issued at the time of registration.
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Chengdu is located in China's Sichuan Province. Due to its agricultural wealth, Chengdu is sometimes called the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan river bisects the city. The greater city area is now divided into 5 urban districts, 4 sub-urban districts and 9 counties, altogether home to more than 14 million people. Chengdu is ranked one of the most liveable mega-cities in China. It is credited with a good nightlife scene and contains many new western style buildings in the large city centre.
Chengdu has a monsoon influenced, humid climate with much rainfall throughout the year. Humidity is high year round. Winters are cold averaging 5.6°C or 42°F. Summers in Chengdu are very warm (not hot) and humid, between 30°C (86°F) and 35°C. Rain is between May and September. Spring and autumn are pleasant periods and the best times of the year to visit the city.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located 20km (12 mi) outside of Chengdu city centre. It serves flights to/from most major cities in China, and some international destinations including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Denpasar, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, Moscow, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo.Since September 2017 metro line #10 operates between the airport and the city center. Line #10 connects directly to line #3. In Terminal 2 the metro is located at basement 2. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the metro station.
Bus #1 operates an express service between the airport and the city centre, costing ¥10, stopping at the Air China airline office on Renmin Nanlu (2. Section) next to the entrance of the Minshan Hotel (there is no bus stop! just look for a bunch of taxis/pedicabs, since they are also waiting for the bus. The last bus leaves the airport around 01:00.Bus #2 also runs from the airport, and is not an express, so can take some time. It runs all the way to the North Railway Station. Fares vary, but to Tianfu Square it's ¥10. The buses have luggage compartments.
Taxi fare from the airport to the city centre averages ¥45. There is no extra charge for luggage or additional passengers. When going from the city to the airport, add an additional ¥7 to cover the toll on the Airport Expressway.
If you intend to take a taxi from the airport, head for the domestic arrival area and exit the terminal where you should see the official taxi stand where you can queue for marked, green-and-yellow or blue-and-yellow taxis.
If you are coming from an international flight, this is right at the other end of the terminal - almost past domestic arrivals. Beware scammers and pirate taxi operators The fare offered will often exceed ¥100, and if you bargain with them, you may find yourself sitting in the cab for a while until agreeing to raise the price back up.
Chengdu Station (成都北火车站) (Chengdu North Station), (Line 1, Chengdu North Metro Station). It is called Chengdu Station on railway ticket, but is usually referred as "North Railway Station (Huo Che Bei Zhan)" by local people and some maps. Handles most long distance services. Trains to Dujiangyan (the city that holds Qingchengshan-Dujiangyan National Park) also depart from this station.
Official taxis are either green or blue and are equipped with meters. A free taxi will display an illuminated sign with Chinese characters (空车) in its dashboard. The meter is turned on by tilting the sign, make sure the driver does that and if not, you can try to do it yourself and the driver usually gets your point. Some taxi drivers may try to offer you a fixed price but don't take it unless you know it's cheaper than with the meter on. Taxi drivers don't speak English nor do they understand the map, so have an address written in Chinese with you. Drivers don't know many street names so it's best to have the address to some well known place close to your destination. Collect taxi cards from hotels and restaurants and show them to the drivers, and when close to your destination start instructing by pointing with your hand. This method usually gets you there - some drivers however will not follow your instructions or get angry for you travelling a longer distance than what they expected. If you have an iPhone, you can download the Taxi Book app (free) which provides digital taxi cards for all locations in Chengdu. This gives you the freedom to go where you want, without worrying about translation issues.
Taxi fare is ¥8 on flagfall for the older taxis ¥9 for the new ones, and increase at ¥1.9 per km after the first 2km. For rides from 10-60km the kilometre fare is increased by 50% to compensate the taxi returning empty. During night time the starting price is ¥1 more and per km price is ¥2.20. Waiting price for the taxi is one km fare per every five minutes, and the meter counts traveling with speed less than 12 km/h as waiting time. Taxis often refuse to accept ¥100 bills so try to have some change on hand.Taxis can be difficult to find depending on the area. There are also unlicensed taxis in the city but they're quite hard to notice. If you use one, know your destination and expected price and negotiate the fare beforehand.
Didi (www.didiglobal.com) is the China equivalent to Uber or Grab ride hailing services. You can download the Didi app and book at much lower fares than taxis.
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