1. What’s the weather like in Chengdu?
Chengdu has mostly a humid and subtropical climate which leads to four distinct seasons. The city is blessed with abundant rainfall, and relieved from both sweltering summers and freezing winters. Due to its location in a valley, Chengdu experiences some of the lowest annual sunshine totals nationally. Most days are cloudy and overcast and a light mist. It usually doesn’t pour, but sprinkle. This is especially so in the winter months. The annual average temperature is 61°F, and extreme temperatures have ranged from 21 °F to 104.0 °F. Residents can enjoy activities daily outside year around. Many of our True China members participate in Tai Chi by the river or go for a run.
2. What is the cuisine in Chengdu like?
Sichuan cuisine is famous for its spiciness, but its flavoring is also complex, well-balanced and delicate as well as hot. Ma Po Tofu and Kung Pao Chicken are very famous dishes in the Sichuan cuisine. The noodles are unlike any Chinese noodles you will find in your home countries. It is also the original place of Hot Pot, which is a large metal pot that is placed in the center of the table Typical hot pot dishes include thinly slicedmeat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, eggdumplings, and seafood. There are also many non spicy options available for those that prefer. We have a list of restaurants in the Download Center.
3. Are there any Western restaurants and bars in Chengdu?
Chengdu has grown into a very modern and international city. There are various options for you to choose from when you miss western food and lifestyles. You can check out the list of western restaurants and bars in the Download Center or at http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/.Gochengdoo.com is a website that the expats use to find restaurants, bars, events, sports clubs and activities.
4. Is there anything special I need to bring from home?
Bring any prescription medicine that you are required to take during your stay in China. Also, if you have special preferences on personal commodities such as deodorant, contact lenses, makeup, feminine products, etc. it’s recommended to bring them as well. We have list in the Welcome Booklet.
5. Will my cell phone from home work in China?
It depends on the type of phone you have and your service provider. It’s best to seek advice from your phone company. Be sure to discontinue your phone service if you choose to move to China and need to break plans with your carrier. Usually there are two ways to use your mobile from home in China:
a. Visitors who wish to directly use phone numbers assigned by their domestic telecommunication operators should make sure that "international roaming service" has been turned on by their local provider before their entry to China. If you wish to use your own phone from home, make sure to bring a compatible GSM/GPRS 900/1800 dual-frequency mobile phone (the phone must be unlocked).
b. Visitors entering China can buy SIM phone cards and pre-paid phone cards to enjoy all the services provided by local mobile phone operators.
However, we do not advice you to use your phone from home in China. We will provide you with a very basic phone that you can use solely to make local calls. You can use your phone from home to connect to the wifi and make Skype calls. The most affordable way to call other countries is through Skype. Skype to skype calls are free or Skype to cell phones or landlines can be purchased on a monthly or yearly basis.
6. What is the shopping scene like in Chengdu?
Chengdu has a good selection of shopping opportunities for both men and women. We have large and commercial shopping malls with familiar brands such as GAP, Uniqlo, Zara and H&M. In addition, there are many boutiques and small stores offering various clothes and accessories.
7. What vaccinations should I get before going to China? How can I get them?
More information can be found here http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/china.