Chengdu in Sichuan is celebrated as a UNESCO “City of Gastronomy”, thanks to the wide variety of food delights on offer. Now you can fly between Chengdu and another UNESCO listed city also known for its food, Penang, Malaysia. Chengdu is the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province.
Chengdu – flights from Penang
AirAsia has announced direct flights between Penang Malaysia and Chengdu Sichuan commencing 8th March 2020. To celebrate the first new service of 2020, the airline is offering special fares, with extra discounts for BIG members. Pick up a members all-in, one way fare from Penang to Chengdu from MYR99, for travel between 8th and 28th March 2020.
Book at airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app by 19th January 2020. *Promotional all-in-fares are for AirAsia BIG member only. All-in non-member fares starts from RM104 for one-way travel inclusive of taxes.
Hop over to SNAP on the main menu of airasia.com to find a flight/hotel package. Return flights with three-day, two-night hotel stays start from MYR 332** per person. **Prices are on a per person with twin sharing basis. They include all-in return flight fares and a 3 days, 2 nights stay which may vary by date and availability. Additional restrictions such as minimum stay, blackout dates, room availability and advance purchase may apply.
Why visit Chengdu?
Chengdu has a history stretching back more than 2000 years. Visit the grave of Liu Bei who ruled during the three Kingdoms period 1800 years ago or the gardens of DuFu, noted Tang Dynasty poet. Check out the 2000+ year old irrigation system. This helped the area become a major food producer, providing the basis of the wonderful cuisines available.
Visitors already know Chengdu as the home of pandas. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It’s open daily until 5pm. Check out the tea houses across the city, or visit Jinli Ancient Street to sip your tea as you watch a jaw dropping mask changing show. Make sure you take an umbrella if you go out, especially if you visit in July. Check out people riding their bicycles fitted with umbrellas.
Other places to visit include the Leshan Giant Buddha and Wenshu Monastery. Chengdu is also the main access to the Unesco World Heritage Site Jiuzhaigou, one of the most scenic places in China and beautiful year-round.
Hungry? The location and history of Chengdu means many different types of food are available. The spicy Sichuan dishes are always popular and dishes like Mapo Tofu and Kung Pao Chicken originate from the region. Tibetan food is on offer and there are many Muslim restaurants and roadside hawkers. Look out too, for delicious mutton or beef stuffed pancakes similar to murtabak.
In addition to Chengdu, fly AirAsia from Penang to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya, Jakarta, Medan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Melaka, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Flight Schedule Penang – Chengdu[table style=”table-condensed”]
|Penang – Chengdu||AK 2262||22:55 (10.55pm)||02:55 (2.55am)||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|Chengdu – Penang||AK 2263||03:55 (3.55am)||08:15 (8.15am)||Monday, Thursday, Saturday|