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6/10.-Chengdu, Wenshu Monastery

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In the alley leading to the monastery there is a market with prayer and funeral goods. In this market locals buy paper goods for the departed. In the picture you can see one of the statues in the Wenshu Monastery Park.

Chengdu is very well connected with the rest of China by air. The Airport, which also has international flights, is 45 minutes from the city center. You can get there by bus or by taxi.

Chengdu has a major train station, with direct trains to China's main destinations.

Since the opening of the Lhasa-Beijing railway, many foreigners fly to Chengdu and take the Lhasa train from here. The most beautiful part of this journey, the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau, starts in Sichuan Province. From Chengdu it takes "only" 24 hours to get to Lhasa by train (from Beijing it takes more than 48 hours). Since the opening of this train line, Chengdu has attracted many tourists. Many of them take the plane, for this reason it is not as easy as it used to be to get a discount air ticket to Chengdu.

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