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Old July 20th, 2012, 10:40 AM   #41
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When the Terminal 2 will be officially open?
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Old July 20th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #42
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When the Terminal 2 will be officially open?
Next month, please refer to the previous thread:
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Old July 24th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #43
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T2 will commence trial operations on 28 Jul.

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T2 will commence trial operations on 28 Jul.

http://centreforaviation.com/news/ch...ct-2012-162969
I thought this month would be its soft launch and August as its official opening?
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Old July 28th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #45
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Terminal 2 of Chengdu Airport to start trial operations on July 28
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The remarkable Terminal 2 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport completed the last comprehensive training on July 20th before its trial operation at 04:00 a.m. on July 28th. By then, six airlines are going to operate at T2.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport suggests that passengers should pay close attention to airlines' notification when they travel on July 28.

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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:09 PM   #46
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Official opening 1 - Oct 2012



China's Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport stated its terminal two (T2) building will commerce trial operations on 28-Jul-2012 before its official opening on 01-Oct-2012.

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Old July 31st, 2012, 08:14 AM   #47
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I'm a bit confused here concerning CTU T2's official launch...
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Old August 10th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #48
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Terminal 2 of Chengdu Airport Officially Put into Use
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At 4:00 a.m. on Aug. 9th, the Terminal 2 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport was officially put into use after a 12-day trial operation.

All carriers operating at the airport, apart from Sichuan Airlines, have moved their domestic transport businesses to T2 from Aug. 9th, while all the international & regional flights will still be operated at T1 of the airport.
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What is the square-meter area of the "new" terminal 2? I am finding different results on the web.

Also, is this terminal a double-stacked terminal (Like pudong airport terminal 2), where passengers board the plane on two different levels, or is it a single-stacked one (Like the older terminal 1?)
Note: I am not talking about a terminal that has separate levels for arrivals and departures. I am talking about two physical levels for boarding, like for Domestic and International.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 02:55 AM   #50
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Any picture of T2's opening? I watched TV last night that CTU can handle 50 million PAX now with T2 opening.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #51
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Air China Expects to Open Chengdu-Frankfurt Route Next Year
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Air China Limited Southwest Branch says they will continue to enrich domestic routes after the employment of the T2 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. They will add routes from Chengdu to Shanghai and Guangzhou on the basis of the "Beijing-Chengdu air express".

Besides, Air China has great confidence in the geographic advantage of Chengdu. Situated in the west of China, Chengdu makes it easier to fly to Europe, and that is why Air China is now studying Europe market and expects to open Chengdu-Frankfurt route in 2013.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #52
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amazing! can't wait to see at end of this month!
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Old April 16th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #53
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Plans for Chengdu's new airport have been mostly confirmed, according to a Chengdu Commercial Daily report.

The new airport will boast five runways, three more than the current number of Shuangliu Airport, and a passenger capacity of 80 million per year (more than double the current annual number of passengers through Shuangliu), making the new airport the largest in west China.

The site of the new airport, Lujia in Jianyang county, is approximately 50 km from the Shuangliu airport, and plans include construction of a "seamlessly integrated" transportation to the airport encompassing high-speed rail, subway, BRT, and highways.

... Construction is expected to start in the first half of next year and finish in late 2017, and the airport is expected to be in operation by 2018.


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Plans for Chengdu's new airport have been mostly confirmed, according to a Chengdu Commercial Daily report.

The new airport will boast five runways, three more than the current number of Shuangliu Airport, and a passenger capacity of 80 million per year (more than double the current annual number of passengers through Shuangliu), making the new airport the largest in west China.

The site of the new airport, Lujia in Jianyang county, is approximately 50 km from the Shuangliu airport, and plans include construction of a "seamlessly integrated" transportation to the airport encompassing high-speed rail, subway, BRT, and highways.

... Construction is expected to start in the first half of next year and finish in late 2017, and the airport is expected to be in operation by 2018.


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Hope they have the two airport system :P
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Old November 9th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #55
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Plans for Chengdu's new airport have been mostly confirmed, according to a Chengdu Commercial Daily report.

The new airport will boast five runways, three more than the current number of Shuangliu Airport, and a passenger capacity of 80 million per year (more than double the current annual number of passengers through Shuangliu), making the new airport the largest in west China.

The site of the new airport, Lujia in Jianyang county, is approximately 50 km from the Shuangliu airport, and plans include construction of a "seamlessly integrated" transportation to the airport encompassing high-speed rail, subway, BRT, and highways.

... Construction is expected to start in the first half of next year and finish in late 2017, and the airport is expected to be in operation by 2018.


- gochengdoo.com (March 13, 2013)
What is the nearest station to the Chengdu metro for this new airport?
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By TODD BALAZOVIC and WANG WEN ( China Daily )

Updated: 2014-01-13 02:19:31

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As demand for long-haul flights between China and the rest of the world continues to rise, international air carriers are grappling with how they can increase destinations beyond the country's major transportation hubs.

Fueled by the migration of international businesses to cities beyond the big three — Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou — carriers are busy mapping out new routes to facilitate business and leisure travel.

"For a majority of the international carriers, if they want to expand in China, they will have to look beyond the standard places used in the past," says Andrew Herdman, director-general of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines.

In the past two years, more than a dozen new routes to second- and third-tier cities have been introduced by the biggest international airlines.

Most recently, British Airways set up a service flying three times a week from London to Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, the first new route for the UK airline in China in seven years.

It plans on increasing the service to five times a week this summer, using one of the company's new four Boeing Dreamliner aircrafts.

Qatar Airways also announced a new service to Chengdu in September, targeting the city that serves as one of the centers in the Chinese government's go-west campaign, urging businesses to move from saturated coastal areas.

In June 2013, Finnair started a direct flight three times a week from Helsinki to Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province and home to the Terracotta Warriors.

The nation's oldest international air partner, Lufthansa, which first began flights to China in 1926, was again one of the first to seek out second-tier cities as destinations, establishing routes to Shenyang, capital of the northeastern province of Liaoning, and Qingdao in Shandong province, East China, as early as the summer of 2012.

"As a global airline, we want to grow with the market and we operate flights where we see a substantial demand and future potential. We constantly evaluate our network," says Juerg Christen, Lufthansa's managing director for Greater China.

The long list of new routes from international carriers in China marks a potential shift in how the market is perceived.

Historically, international carriers would connect with the major airports of a country and establish local partnerships to help carry passengers to less frequently visited destinations. "The lesson from history is to focus on particular points and serve them with regular frequency, establish good distribution, use alliance partnerships or code-shares with industry partners to build a feed to and from," Herdman says.

But with China set to be one of the fastest growing markets in terms of passenger numbers, relying on local alliances may not be enough if international carriers want to tap into the country's potential.

"The foreign carriers are taking a different view," Herdman says. "They recognize they might not be able to get more slots in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, so they are becoming more tempted to put in direct services to cities such as Chengdu and others."

Hesitating to call any city second-tier, Herdman says cities such as Chengdu, Qingdao and Chongqing are among the most populated on the globe.

According to the Airline Industry Forecast published by the International Air Travel Association in December, China's passenger numbers are expected to jump by 227.4 million by 2017 on routes within or connected to China.

The report places China as the largest driver of growth, accounting for 24 percent of new passengers over the next three years.

Of the new passengers, 195 million are expected to be domestic travelers, with 32.4 million international.

International passenger volume within China is expected to continue thriving with a 7.1 percent compound annual growth rate.

The Middle East, with a healthy 6.3 percent compound annual growth rate, holds the strongest growth by region.

Connecting the two busiest regions, Qatar Airlines launched its new Hangzhou-Doha route last month.

"The fact that the Asia-Pacific region, led by China and the Middle East, will deliver the strongest growth over the forecast period is not surprising," says Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Travel Association. "Governments in both areas recognize the value of the connectivity provided by aviation to drive global trade and development.

"To reap the benefit, governments in those regions will need to change their view of aviation from a luxury cash cow to a utilitarian, powerful draft horse to pull the economy forward."

But it's not business travelers seeking opportunity in the untouched corners of the world's second-largest economy who are calling for more international flights.

Increased interest in travel abroad from China's prospering middle-class has the airlines deliberating over how to take advantage of this new generation of vacationers.

In 2012, the number of outbound travelers from China was more than 80 million, prompting several European tourist boards to launch campaigns to draw in Chinese tourist pounds and euros. The number hit 97 million last year. Most of these travelers were from cities outside Beijing and Shanghai. It is in the second-tier cities where the real swelling of numbers is taking place.

At the Zhengzhou international airport in the capital of Henan province, a city most recognized in the West as a production center for Apple products, growth in passenger rates is almost double the national average, hitting 13 percent in 2012.

"It is definitively an asset to have direct flights into second-tier cities with a strong demand. It makes our global network even stronger," Christen of Lufthansa says. "It allows the passenger to fly directly to and from Europe without having to change aircraft."

Despite an eagerness to explore the untapped potential of China's more remote regions, many airlines are expressing caution about starting new routes.

Establishing a flight to a new city is a multi-million-dollar gamble. A standard route operating with a Boeing 767, which can carry 220 passengers, can cost an airline up to $50 million per year to operate, requiring more than 120,000 passengers per year to break even.

That price tag is slightly lower for international carriers traveling to second-tier cities, with many local governments offering subsidies to airlines to establish international routes to help bring investment and tourism to the city.

In 2012, more than 600 million yuan ($99 million) in subsidies were offered by 18 Chinese cities to airlines willing to establish international routes.

And while subsidies may offer a head start for a new flight path, when the funding stops, airlines are occasionally left with a tough decision — fold the flight or risk running into the red.

This was the choice Air France faced early last year. After running its Paris-Wuhan, Hubei province, route for two years, the carrier decided to reduce its frequency from three times a week to two, after considering canceling the flight altogether.

According to one French newspaper, Air France was being offered about 30,000 euros per flight by the local government to the capital of Central China's Hubei province.

Although many airlines are eager to expand, China's current air regulations and infrastructure are already feeling the strain. Beijing Capital International Airport, which opened its third terminal in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics, is the second-busiest airport in the world, handling 82 million passengers per year. The busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, sees 95 million passengers annually.

Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao airports are not far behind, handling a combined 80 million passengers last year, according to reports from the Center for Asia-Pacific Aviation
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport expects to handle 52 million passengers this year, compared with just 20 million when the airport opened in 2004.

Combined, these three cities account for 31 percent of the total air traffic in China.

While airports and airlines generally welcome high passenger numbers, coordinating such traffic often comes with a host of problems, largely resulting in unexpected flight delays.


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Chinese airports, despite being among the busiest in Asia, failed to take any of the top 10 spots in the 2013 On-time Airline and Airport Performance report, published by Flightstats, a travel tool that provides real-time flight information.

"What is disturbing are the delays on the ground, just before take off," says Peter Jorna, president of the European Association for Aviation Psychology. "I know this for Shanghai where we often have to wait three hours in the aircraft, before starting a flight of 12 to 13 hours.

"Such long hours are not OK for both crew and passengers."

Aiming to divert traffic away from such high-volume areas to alleviate pressure and avoid delay, China has seen several new airports built in second- and third-tier cities in the past decade.

Most recently, the southern city of Shenzhen completed work on an 8.5 billion yuan international terminal in November. Tripling the size of the airport's other terminals, it saw a staggering 2 million passengers pass through its gates within the first month of operation.

Chengdu, which has seen the most new activity from international airlines, plans to build a new airport by 2017 that will double the current capacity of the present one.

Beijing will also see an additional $11.8 billion airport with seven runways built in the southern part of the city, due to be completed by 2018.

"China is investing in ground infrastructure," says Zhang Baojian, regional vice-president of International Air Travel Association North Asia. "By 2015, China is expected to have more than 230 airports. This will ensure that there is sufficient capacity to accommodate the anticipated aviation growth.

"However, investing only in infrastructure on the ground will not be enough. By 2020, the anticipated traffic volume is expected to result in flight delays at Chinese airports if the airspace structure remains unchanged from today. This means flights will not be able to depart or arrive on time."

The sheer speed of growth means that even as new airports are built, they are serving only to keep up with the current amount of passengers, Herdman of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines says.

"You can build airplanes and fly them but if the airspace management and airport capacity cannot keep pace, then you are going to get problems, and that's felt by the traveling public in terms of delays and congestion," he says.

"But even where there is an enthusiasm for building modern infrastructure, you can point to a number of cases where it hasn't kept pace with demand.

"We're talking about China, but there's a similar case in the Philippines and Indonesia, where the rapid growth in demand for air travel, particularly domestic, has outstripped the runway and terminal capacity."

Compounding congestion is China's unique management of airspace. As is the case with the development of most commercial aviation zones worldwide, Chinese airspace began under military control. But unlike in other parts of the world, where airspace control was gradually ceded as the aviation industry grew, in China more than 80 percent of airspace still remains under the control of the military.

This places a limit on the amount of flights allowed to a certain location, even if the infrastructure is capable of supporting more. Limited airspace has led to strong competition among domestic and international airlines vying for slots at the major hubs. With a majority of the new passengers in China traveling domestically, when slots do become available at major hubs, they are often awarded to local carriers.

The tough competition with domestic carriers at the major city hubs has further prompted international carriers to look to routes where terminal spaces are more easily accessed and new markets can be created.

For US carriers, it's not just airspace limiting the flow of flights between the US and China, says Robert Mann, CEO of R.W. Mann and Co Inc, a US-based aviation analysis and consulting firm.

He says the lack of bilateral agreements between China and the US have created a hesitation from US carriers about investing too much into expanding their China business.

"The primary issue for US airlines is a lack of open-skies agreements," Mann says.

Aimed at removing government involvement in commercial air operations, the US has established open-skies agreements with more than 110 countries. That there are none with China is a hurdle for US airlines eyeing expansion.

Unhindered by bilateral agreements, European airlines are showing more enthusiasm for expanding their presence in China, with the majority of new routes to second-tier cities initiated by EU carriers.

US airlines have been pushed to use the more traditional means of access — encouraging partnerships with Chinese airlines. Since 2011, Delta has been using its local partnerships to begin offering direct flights from Beijing to the US. Previously, flights from Beijing stopped at Tokyo's Narita International Airport before traveling on.
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China-US air travel has room to grow
Updated: 2014-01-01 16:12By Jack Freifelder in New York (China Daily USA)

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An increase in the number of direct flights between China and the United States means there are more opportunities to develop service, according to an official with one of America's major international airlines.

"With Beijing and Shanghai already served, we are looking at other emerging markets in China," Andy Buchanan, managing director of international planning for United Continental Holdings Inc (United) wrote in an e-mail to China Daily. "Given our long history of Asia Pacific service and the strength of our San Francisco hub, we are always evaluating opportunities to profitably expand service."

Because air travel between the US and China has become increasingly profitable, a number of US and China-based airlines have increased or will increase flights.

In June, Chicago-based United will begin nonstop service between San Francisco and Chengdu, a Chinese city with a population that exceeds 14 million people.

"Our growing fleet of modern and fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft makes a number of Chinese markets outside of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong more attractive. Chengdu is one of those markets," wrote Buchanan.


A merger of the AMR Corp - which was the parent company of American Airlines - and US Airways Group Inc on Dec 9 established American Airlines Group Inc (American) as the largest air carrier in the US.

Brian Foley, president of Brian Foley Associates, an aviation advisory firm based in Sparta, New Jersey, said American should look to generate more opportunities for business between China and the US.

"To remain competitive with United and offer customers comparable worldwide service, American-USAir will have to develop the US/China route," Foley said in an e-mail to China Daily.

American now offers Beijing to Chicago, Beijing to Los Angeles and Shanghai to Los Angeles trips, and plans for new routes are in the works, possibly including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines' headquarters is in Fort Worth.

"As American's primary hub, Dallas would clearly be an early candidate," Foley said. "China Southern already goes to Detroit, but no one is currently offering nonstop to Washington, DC's, Dulles International Airport."

American Airlines declined to comment for this story.

Hainan Airlines, the fourth-largest airlines company in China, has made several successful overtures to expand its business in the US.



An increase in the number of direct flights between China and the United States means there are more opportunities to develop service, according to an official with one of America's major international airlines.

"With Beijing and Shanghai already served, we are looking at other emerging markets in China," Andy Buchanan, managing director of international planning for United Continental Holdings Inc (United) wrote in an e-mail to China Daily. "Given our long history of Asia Pacific service and the strength of our San Francisco hub, we are always evaluating opportunities to profitably expand service."

Because air travel between the US and China has become increasingly profitable, a number of US and China-based airlines have increased or will increase flights.

In June, Chicago-based United will begin nonstop service between San Francisco and Chengdu, a Chinese city with a population that exceeds 14 million people.

"Our growing fleet of modern and fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft makes a number of Chinese markets outside of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong more attractive. Chengdu is one of those markets," wrote Buchanan.

Earlier this year Hainan Airlines doubled its direct flight service between Beijing and Chicago, pushing the number of weekly flights to four.

In December, it also secured federal approval for nonstop service to and from Boston's Logan International Airport. Until recently, Boston was the largest US airline market without nonstop service to China. According to a filing with the US Department of Transportation, Hainan Airlines expects to serve close to 5,000 travelers a month and should begin flying from Boston to Beijing as early as June 2014.

John Nance, an aviation analyst for ABC News and Good Morning America, points to issues of transparency as a key component of the developments in the airline industry.

"Aviation is first of all a planetary public utility and not many people want to realize that," Nance said Tuesday in an interview with China Daily. "As these upticks in service gain speed, it's not just a matter of convenience. It also has to do with the breakdown of cultural barriers, the immediacy of economic traffic and the increase in the understanding of the people in both places."

"To stabilize the world, this is a very good thing," Nance added. "My definition of a public utility is an enterprise of such incredibly high value to a society that it cannot be left to the vicissitudes of the open market. Aviation is probably becoming the first worldwide public utility."

According to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), China accounted for almost 1.5 million visitors to the US in 2012. A 35 percent increase in Chinese visitor volume was the largest percentage among the top 10 international visitation markets.
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Airport upgraded for visitor influx
19 June 2014
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72-hour visa-free policy prompts improvements to welcome travelers

Travelers at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport can enjoy Mapo tofu and have a shower before they board their flight as part of the improved services at the airport's restored international terminal.

China's western portal city Chengdu, in Sichuan province, has attracted more overseas visitors since it brought in the 72-hour visa-free policy last September, said an airport official.

The airport has improved its facilities to provide better services to international guests.

After five months of construction, the first-class cabin and tax-free shops in the airport's international terminal were completed in late April.

The new first-class cabin can host 140 people at one time. It is the only first-class cabin to provide cooked meals and showers in central west China, an airport official said.

The official told reporters that the meals included some renowned Sichuan cuisines such as Mapo tofu and spicy diced chicken with peanuts.

The cabin follows a Sichuan theme, with folding screens decorated with the pictures of pandas and Sichuan embroidery, both hallmarks of the province's culture.

French windows give travelers views outside and the new 400-square-meter tax-free shop was inspired by counterparts in Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore.

The shop offers perfume, cosmetics, tobacco and wine as well as food, health-care products and travel accessories.

More top perfume and cosmetics brands are due to be added to the shop's range, according to an airport official.

An airport spokesman told reporters that they supported the 72-hour visa-free policy through commercials and by improving hardware construction and elevating the management level.

Chengdu was the fourth Chinese city, after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, to implement the 72-hour visa-free policy for foreigners.

In 2013, the overall capacity of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport reached more than 500,000 tons.

There were altogether more than 250,532 airplanes taking off and landing from the airport, with the daily average number of the airplanes surpassing 687. To date, Chengdu has opened 73 international flights. Statistics from the Exit-Entry Administration Department of Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau showed that between September and March, 3,029 foreigners passed through Chengdu customs.

Most of them were from the United States, Britain and Germany.

A spokesman for the exit-entry administration department said the bureau made preparations for the new policy. He said these included training the city's public security departments and hotels and the launch of a round-the-clock hotline in both English and Chinese to answer questions about the policy.

The department promoted the policy through visits to foreign accumulated communities, companies and colleges, brochures sent to foreigners in Chengdu and messages broadcast on local TV stations.

The spokesman said the department also helped foreigners who have to stay longer than 72 hours in Chengdu by processing all the permits needed within three working days.
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