Explore one of United's newest destinations: Chengdu, China - United Hub

Explore one of United's newest destinations: Chengdu, China

By The Hub team, December 15, 2015
Looking to travel beyond Beijing and Shanghai? Chengdu is a great place to start. We've compiled five reasons to visit the hidden Chinese treasure.

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1. Pandas

Outside of the forests where they originate, Chengdu is basically the panda capital of China. Check out the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base on the outskirts of the city to see these majestic animals munch on bamboo and generally be as adorable as an animal can be.

2. Tradition

Chengdu is a modern city, but it's not lacking in tradition. In the midst of the skyscrapers of downtown are the historic neighborhoods of Jin Li and Kuan Xiangzi, where even the restaurants are a throwback to a previous era in Chinese culture.

3. History

Visit the Jinsha Museum in Chengdu and prepare to see something amazing: the full remains of a 4,700-year-old Chinese village are sheltered under a massive pavilion. Stroll along suspended walkways that take you through the middle of the village and peek into the houses for a chance to peer back in time.

4. The riverside and the Anshun Bridge

If you're starting to feel overwhelmed by the hustle of the big city, stroll over to the Jin River for a calming pause. Winding through the center of the city, its banks lined with beautiful ginkgo trees, the Jin provides a pleasant ambiance. And while there you can visit the river's many ancient bridges, like the Anshun, which dates back to the 13th century.

5. The Giant Buddha

What could be cooler than a Buddha statue? A giant Buddha statue, of course. Coming in at a massive 233 feet tall, the Buddha in Leshan is the tallest stone Buddha in the world and located just outside Chengdu. The statue is so enormous that a half a dozen people could stand on his big toenail.

United flights to China

United operates more nonstop U.S.-China flights, and more flights to cities in China, than any other airline.

The airline began nonstop service to the country in 1986 and today serves Chengdu with nonstop flights from San Francisco; Beijing with nonstop flights from Chicago, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles; Shanghai with nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco; Chengdu with nonstop flights from San Francisco; and Hong Kong with nonstop flights from Chicago, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Singapore.

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United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.



United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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