Southwestern University

of Finance and Economics


Exchange Student’s Guidebook 2008/09




1.    About

            The City

·         Geographical Location

·         Political, Financial & Educational Center in Southwest China

·         Attractions

o    City Tour

o    Sceneries Around

o    A Paradise for Living: Arts, Cuisines, Shopping & More

·         Map of Chengdu

            The University

·         Brief Introduction

·         Facts and Figures

·         Campus Tour

            The College of International Education

·         About Us

·         Faculty Members

2.    Prospective Students

            Intro to Exchange Program

            Fees and Costs


·         Qualifications and Requirements

·         How to Apply

·         Visa Affairs

o    General Information of Chinese Visas and Residence Permit

o    Visa Application from Abroad

o    Visa and Residence Permit Application/Extension in Chengdu

·         Insurance

            Before Coming to China

·         Whether in Chengdu

·         Ways of Traveling

·         Checklist of Things

3.    Campus Life


·         How to Get to SWUFE

·         Registration

·         Accommodation

o    Room Facilities

o    Regulation of Accommodation

o    Registration for Accommodation

·         Tips to Orientation


·         Sports

·         Arts & Others

4.   Appendix

1.   About


1.1     The City


1.1.1    Geographical Location


Located in Southwest China, Chengdu is the regional capital of Sichuan province. Covering an area of 12.39 square Km, its east longitude extends from 102˚54’ to 104˚53’ and its north latitude extends from 30˚05’ to 31˚26’.


The average cultivation index of the city has reached 38.2%. Chengdu enjoys favorable agricultural conditions, and it has long been known as the Storehouse of Heaven. It is the important production base of commercial vegetable oil, vegetables, fruits and Chinese medical herbs.


Chengdu has typical sub-tropical humid climate, with an annual temperature of around 17.5°. The annual rainfall of the city is 1,1246mm, with an annual sunshine of 1042-1412 hours. There are several climatic zones in Chengdu, namely, warm temperate zone, temperate zone, frigid-temperate zone, sub-frigid zone and frigid zone, making the city favorable for agricultural production and tourism development.

Chengdu has 12 rivers such as Ming River and Tuo River, together with numerous tributaries. Apart from the reputed Dujiangyan Irrigation System, reservoirs, pools and weirs crisscross in the city, with an effective irrigating area of 366,000 hectares. It is roughly estimated that there are 11 classes, 200 families, 764 genera and 3000 kinds of animals and plants, in which 2682 are main plants and 237 main animals. Precious plants are gingko tree, dove tree, michelia wilsonii and henryi; national protected endangered animals include panda, red panda, golden monkey and gnu. There are more than 860 Chinese medical herbs, in which hemlock parsley, curcumae, Fructus Mume and Rhizoma Coptidis are renowned worldwide.


Chengdu is rich in mineral resources, proven metal minerals include iron, titanium, vanadium,copper, lead, zincum, aluminium, gold, silver, strontium and REE. There are more than 60 Non-ferrous metals, including glaucocerinite, picrolite, gypsum, calcite,limestone, marble, shale, gravel, coal and natural gas.



1.1.2    Political, Financial & Educational Center in Southwest China


Today Chengdu has inherited the legacies passed down from the past, while at the same time it is absorbing and creating modern culture, with the most advanced media transmitting means and colorful cultural life. The number publication of books and newspapers of Chengdu has for a long time ranked ahead among the country’s big cities. Romantic Western bars and traditional tea houses witness numerous visitors; both of the Hollywood films and traditional Chinese Story Telling Performance win audiences, Coca cola and jasmine tea are embraced by consumers.


There are 17 public libraries in Chengdu, with a total book collection of 2.81 million; it also enjoys 15 cultural centers, 5 public art centers, 10 museums and 24 administrations for cultural relics protection. There are 11 municipal art troupes in the city, which present more than 1000 shows each year.


Chengdu is not only a historical and cultural city, but also the most important educational center in Southwest China. The city now has 66 institutions of higher learning and technical secondary schools, with a total number of registered students of 396,500. Among the 4 national key-universities, SWUFE highlights itself for its top facilities and teaching quality.



1.1.3    Attractions  City Tour


ü  Chunxi Road
In Chengdu, where is the best place to catch up with the fashion? The answer should only be the Chunxi Road. This is the best choice even for people tired of anywhere else. In recent years, the most exciting thing is changes of Chunxi Road. As the most prosperous business street in the city, it is not only the key place to spend money, but also the vehicle of the unique cultural atmosphere of Chengdu. Chengdu People’s complex toward the century-old street had, in previous times, turned into high expectation about the renovated Chunxi Road. Thus the newly-renovated pedestrian street is indeed an exquisite and public work of art.


ü  Kuan/Zhai Xiangzi
The lanes mentioned here are the aggregate of traditional folk residence and ancient yards. As early as the reign of Wenhui King of Qin dynasty in 311 B.C, there were Taicheng (larger city) and Shaocheng (lesser city) in Chengdu. And the former looked more impressive than the later. In 1718, Qing dynasty began to muster various personnel and materials in Sichuan to build the Chengdu city,. They also built a Manchu city in western Chengdu for the Manchu army, known as Shaocheng or Zicheng at that time. Manchu officials then lived in the street (the Wide Lane), while Manche soldiers in the lane (the Narrow Lane). There was a clear division of hierarchy and no Han people was allowed access into the inside area. For lack of repairs, buildings in the lanes today are largely dilapidated houses, and what is worse, the increasing immigrants has turned the former quads into mega-yards of medley. The renovated Wide lane and Narrow Lane, however, bring a brand-new sight of metropolis to us after combining historical, cultural, commercial and tourism elements.


ü  Qintai Road
The old Qintai Road was for jewelries in the city. It is a rendezvous of both the large jewelry stores and several small restaurants. Though the building there seemed very ancient, the whole block did not share the same feature. The renovated road, however, was officially opened on December 30th, 2002. The 900m street gathers a cluster of antique complex of Han and Tang dynasties and tells the love story of Zhuo Wenjun and Sima Xiangru. Giving fully display to ceremonies, entertainments and foods in Han dynasty, the street, when being renovated, perfectly combined characteristic blocks and surrounding areas


ü  Antiques in Songxianqiao
Lies among Qingyang Palace, Tufu’s Thatched Cottage, Baihuatan and Wenhua Park, the antique market is just next to the Sichuan museum. It is a pearl inlaid in the Huahua scenic spot, which was praised as “a dust-free and warm place with green water and blue sky” by an ancient poet. The market is one of the key spot in the itinerary of “one-day tour” in Chengdu, newly presented by the municipal government. Being listed among five key tourist destinations in Chengdu, it is also the “Tourist Shopping Center” and “Assigned Unit for Tourism in Sichuan Province”.


ü  Marquis Wu’s Temple
Situated in the south of Chengdu, Marquis Wu’s Temple is a memorial temple for Zhuge Liang, Prime Minister of kingdom Shu in Three-Kingdom dynasty. First built in Jin dynasty (6th century A.D.), the temple was merged into Zhaolie temple (namely the temple of Liu Bei, the king of kingdom Shu) in early Ming dynasty. Covering an area of 56 mu, Marquis Wu’s Temple consists of the front door, the second door, Liu Bei Palace, Mid-hall, Zhuge Liang Palace and the tomb of Liu Bei.


ü  Tufu’s Thatched Cottage
Having been renovated throughout different dynasties, Tufu’s Thatched Cottage covers over 240 mu and is one of the scenic spots enjoying the largest crowds of tourists. It is actually a park with towering Nanmu, exuberant plum trees and bamboo forests, murmuring streams, interconnected bridges and pavilions, pebble paths and wooden houses, very elegant and tranquil. From the front door, one can gradually walk into Damiao, the Hall of Poetical History, Chaimen and Gongbuci, among which Damiao and Chaimen are original buildings mentioned in Tufu’s poetry. The statue of the poet is placed in the middle of the Hall of Poetical History, where celebrity-inscribed couplets and tablets are displayed. Portraits of Tufu is placed in Gongbuci together with portraits of Du-school poets like Lu You and Huang Tingjian.  Sceneries Around


ü  Panda Breeding Base
As a genuine “homeland of giant pandas”, Chengdu has panda distribution in Qionglai, Dali, Congzhou and Dujiangyan. In 1987, the Panda Breeding Base (thereafter refer to as the “base” in brief). Combining the geographical advantage and technological and personnel advantages in rescuing, artificial rearing and panda research of Chengdu Zoo, the base strengthened its effort in protecting the land for panda immigration, improving panda research and breeding, increasing the number of pandas and, beginning the training to return the pandas into the wild after the total number have increased to a certain degree to supplement and revitalize the panda species. Through transforming the crucial results of researches about “panda twins nursing”, “panda artificial insemination” and “panda DNA finger probe and extraction of DNA”, the base has successfully bred 48 pandas since its establishment. It covers an area of 600 mu, among which 24383 m2 in construction area, 16883 m2 in floorage, 18000 m2 in water area and 305,686 m2 green area, with a coverage rate of 93.77% and greenbelt rate of 80.63%. And three museums are already built there, namely the panda museum, the butterfly museum and the verterbrate museum, among which the panda museum is the earliest one of its kind in the world.


ü  Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Located in the middle reaches of Min River in western Chengdu plain and western Dujiangyan city, Dujiangyan is the only preserved oldest grand water-control project without using a dam to channel the water. For 2200 years, it is still being utilized and, has turned the western Sichuan plain into a “land of abundance” which can freely adjust its water supply. This site is now one of the UN World Heritages.


ü  Jiuzhai Valley
The valley is invariably charming perennially: in spring, it enjoys green buds and swift streams everywhere; in summer, it is a plant paradise for the birds; in autumn, the red maple and other colorful forest tinge the mountains; in winter, the mountains are capped with snow and the frozen cataracts are just like the jade. Being a bonanza of fauna and flora, the valley is covered by virgin jungles and inhabited by rare wild animals like giant pandas. Jiuzhai Valley is simply the “King of Water Sceneries” nationwide.


ü  Huanglong
Huanglong scenic spot, or “Jade Pool” on earth, is located within Songpan County in Sichuan province. It sits right under Xuebao peak, one of the main peaks of Mt. Min and acquired its name from the famous Buddhist Huanglong temple. It is a calcified valley 7 miles in length and 300 miles in width, surrounded by thick virgin forests. Over 3400 natural pools ooze down along the valley, and among them the larger ones covering several acres, while the lesser ones taking the shape of a basin, a bowl or a cup. The edge of the pool is so transparent that one may reckon that it was built with yellow jade. The water in the pool is limpid, ever-changing in hues and eye-soothing


ü  Mt. Emei
As one of the four major Buddhism mountains, Mt. Emei is the place to hold rites for Budhisattva Puxian. Featured by majesty, beauty, peculiarity, steepness and tranquility, Mt. Emei has been attracting pilgrims to burn incense here with unique charms. It is ideal to visit the mountain any time of the year.


ü  The Giant Buddha
Perched in the suburb of Leshan and the confluence of Min River, Qingyi River and Daduhe River, the giant Buddha sits facing the city of Leshan across the river. Constituted of Lingyun hill, the tomb of Ma Haoyan, Wuyou hill and the giant Buddha, the whole scenic spot is 8 km2 in size. The famous tourist destination has shown the best of both natural and historical scenes in Leshan, and is affiliated to the larger Mt. Emei scenic area of the national level.  A Paradise for Living: Arts, Cuisines, Shopping & More


As an oriental metropolis, Chengdu is a place mixed with traditional culture and modern civilization: an art gallery, varies from Sichuan Opera and embroideries to contemporary paintings and concerts; a cuisine gathering, famous for its Sichuan Cuisine, Hot Pot and snacks; a shopping heaven, embodied with products from original Chinese handicrafts to newest Luis Vutton or Ferrari speedster.


Lifestyle in Chengdu is easy and comfortable. This city, since Director Zhang Yimou’s famous movie, has gained its name “A city you never wanna leave once you come”.


Glorious City



1.1.4    Map of Chengdu


Due to page limit, please contact us at international@swufe.edu.cn so we can send you the map of Chengdu.


Also check:

3D Chengdu Map: http://zgcd.edushi.com/



1.2     The University


1.2.1    Brief Introduction


SWUFE (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics) is one of the premier universities of finance and economics in China. It is one of the top 100 universities in the nation’s 211 Project, a national initiative to build 100 first-class universities in the 21st century.


The University was created as Sichuan Institute of Finance and Economics in 1952, when the colleges and departments of business and economics from 17 universities were restructured. In 1980, People’s Bank of China (PBC), China’s central bank took over the governance of the University and renamed it SWUFE in 1985. PBC governed the University till February 2000, when the governance was transferred to the Ministry of Education. The University boasts a strong faculty of scholarly excellence and professional dedication. Added to this is the classic campus setting, situated in Chengdu, a beautiful city of fine culture and long history plus being in the vicinity of Du Fu Thatched Cottage, residence of a prominent poet in Tang Dynasty.


More than half century of development, especially the intensified efforts since 1995 within the 211 Project frameworks, has greatly enhanced the University’s administrative and academic resources. We offer 35 doctoral, 62 master and 31 bachelor’s degree programs in and among 26 University’s departments and schools. These programs are distributed over the areas of business, industry, economics, liberal arts, and law that feature a coordinated pattern with financial programs as core and economics and management programs as mainstream. The University has 3 mobile post-doctoral stations including theoretical economics, applied economics and business administration; 4 key disciplines registered at the ministerial level, i.e., financial studies, political economics, accounting and statistics; and 12 key disciplines at the provincial level. In addition, the University is home to 3 teaching/research centers ratified by the Ministry of Education, i.e., National Center for Economics Teaching, National Center for Liberal Arts and Humanities Education of University Students, and SWUFE China Finance Research Center. The University is the first institution authorized to train MBA and CPA in southwestern China. SWUFE sponsors over 30 interdisciplinary and specialized research and teaching centers and enters into partnership with foreign education and business organizations, among them the Center for PBC Simulated Banking Labs, Center for Business Foreign Languages Training (BFT) and China Actuary Training Center.


Members of teaching/research, library, administration, and supportive faculties number more than 1400, among who 160 professors, over 270 associate professors, and near 100 doctor supervisors. The University is proud to have Liu Shibai, Zeng Kanglin, He Zerong, Zhao Guoliang, Jiang Mingxin and many other nation-wide renowned economists and management experts in its faculty. Moreover, more than 400 prominent economists, bankers, and senior corporate executives are invited to serve as professors emeritus.


The University is an important knowledge contributor to China’s financial industry and western region economic research with its some 18 research institutes, including China Finance Research Center and West China Economic Research Center. Since reform and opening up, it has produced over 18,000 research findings, successfully completed over 400 national/ provincial research projects, and received over 300 awards for research results at national and provincial (ministerial) levels. The Research Division was awarded by the Ministry of Education Leading National Research Administration of Higher Learning Institutions. The University Press has won the honor of Excellent Press by State Press and Publications Administration and Excellent Press of Higher Learning Institutions by Ministry of Education for three times in six consecutive years. The University’s journal the Economist is the excellent national social sciences journal, and Science of Finance and Economics is awarded the First Top 100 National Social Science journals.


The University has modern teaching-and-research facilities, quality athletic and logistic service hardware enhanced with easy Wi-Fi and other kinds of connections. The University’s libraries have over two million volumes. Covering an area of 378 acres, SWUFE maintains two beautiful campuses full of lawns, trees and gardens. It has been listed as a fine model of forestation and Garden-Style Campus by the government.


In order to better meet the requirements of global and domestic economic development in the 21st century, SWUFE is ready to take the opportunities and face the challenges, to inherit and enhance the existing characteristics and good culture of the university, and to endeavor to build SWUFE into one of the best domestic universities with world reputation in the middle of this century when the university celebrates its 100th anniversary.



1.2.2    Facts and Figures


(All data updated April 2008)



*          2 campuses, 378 acres, of which 40% green plants

*          Over 200 buildings, including over 40 student residential halls

*          2 libraries and 1 literature center, with a collection of 2 million volumes

*          3 soccer pitches/athletic grounds, 2 swimming pools, over 50 sports fields (basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, gym, etc)

*          6 cafeterias



*          26 schools/departments/centers

*          35 doctoral, 62 master’s and 31 bachelor’s programs

*          4 national key-disciplines, 12 provincial (ministerial) key-disciplines

*          Finance discipline: No. 1 nationally (by Ministry of Education)

*          Numerous key research centers/bases/laboratories at national level

*          Connection and cooperation with over 100 renowned institutes/organizations/enterprises



*          Faculty of over 1400 people

*          880 teaching staff, including 160+ professors, 270+ associate professors and near 100 doctor supervisors

*          Great numbers of elite experts

*          22359 full-time students, including 15936 undergraduates and 5421 post-graduates

*          Over 10000 continuing education students

*          120+ international students


Productions and Awards

*          Over 18000 research productions since Reform and Opening-up (1978)

*          Near 300 research productions awarded nationally/provincially

*          Accomplished over 400 national/provincial key research projects

*          Various international/national awards won by university faculty and students



*          Postal address (International Affairs):
  College of International Education
  Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
  No. 55 Guanghuacun Street
  Chengdu 610074, China

*          Tel. and Fax:
  (86) 28-87355437 (Working language: Chinese/English)

*          E-mail address:



1.2.3    Campus Tour


Please see in the next page the Map of SWUFE (Guanghua Campus).

SWUFE Map ENG (各景点)

Campus Sites (Guanghua Campus):


A.                   Guanghualou Building


B.                   Gym





C.                   First Playground


D.                  Sunshine Square


E.                   First Cafeteria


F.                    College of International Education

G.                  Swimming Pool
swimming pool


H.                  Mingdelou Building


I.                     Tennis Court
tennis court


J.                      Literature Center



1.3     The College of International Education


1.3.1    About Us


The College of International Education of SWUFE was established in 2004. It is the combination of the former Foreign Students Education Center and the SWUFE Training Center for Personnel Working/Studying Abroad. The College of International Education has the following major goals:


*          To enroll and train foreign students who pursue Chinese language training (non-degree) at SWUFE.

*          To examine the applications of foreign students who pursue degree study at SWUFE, and enroll the students on behalf of the university.

*          To implement student exchange programs and other student-related international programs between SWUFE and other partner universities.

*          To cooperate with other institutes, organizations and enterprises on programs concerning recruitment of foreign students and studying abroad of Chinese students.


SWUFE began enrolling and training foreign students in 1996. In 2001, it was listed as one of China’s key universities for enrolling and training foreign students. In 2004, the College of International Education was established together with a new foreign students building, equipped with advanced facilities. There have been hundreds of self-support, scholarship and exchange students studying at SWUFE since the establishment of the College of International Education, coming from over 40 countries around the world.


The College of International Education has a faculty of more than 20 full and part time professors and teachers, many of whom have experience teaching in foreign countries in Asia, Europe, America and Africa. Highly qualified, our faculty is among the top in western China.



1.3.2    Faculty Members




Mr. Xie Tao

Professor, Ph. D



(86) 28 87355437


Ms. Xiong Moying

Director of College Office


(86) 28 87356398


Mr. Zhang Zhaohui

Director of Student Recruitment/Management Office


(86) 28 87355437


Mr. Wang Binyu

Dean Assistant, Student Recruitment/Management Office


(86) 28 87355437




Mr. Deng Shizhong

Professor, Ph. D

Deputy Dean


(86) 28 87356378


Ms. Deng Fan

Director of Teaching Sector


(86) 28 87356398


Ms. Chen Mo



(86) 28 87356398


Mr. Hu Peijia



(86) 28 87356378


Mr. Zhang Longjian


(86) 28 87356398


2.    Prospective Students


            Intro to Exchange Program


SWUFE has been cooperating with universities/schools in Asia, Europe and America for long. We welcome all exchange students from our partners.


In the regular exchange program, winter semester usually starts at the beginning of September and ends at the beginning of January, while summer semester usually from early March to late June. Short-term program is often available during summer vacation.


Courses available for exchange students include the regular courses for our students, Chinese language & cultural courses and series of lectures. Course list of regular courses is often released in July and January, and the instructing language is mainly Chinese.



            Fees and Costs



Tuition & accommodation fee subject to change according to the agreement between SWUFE and different partners.


No tuition for exchange students


Single-bed room (One month)


Twin-bed room (One month)



Free of charge


30 kwh for free, exceeding 0.42/kwh

Apartment rent off-campus

About 800-1,500


About 400-600/one month


(Please see “Chapter 2.4 – Visa Affairs” for details)

Within one year

(From the applying day)


One to three years


Medical test (for above-one-year residence permit applicants)



On-campus Internet access

20 per month+50 registration fee

Library card (optional)


City bus

1 or 2 (air-conditioner)/one way

2.5-5/urban-suburban bus


5 or 7 starting price (1 km included)+1.4 per km

Local call (telephone card)

0.2/first three minutes+0.1 per minute afterwards

Domestic call (telephone card)

0.3 per minute

International call (telephone card)

2.5-6 per minute

Mobile phone call

About 2-3 times more than telephone-card rate


Important Notices to the Above List:


1           All fees listed above are in RMB – Chinese Currency.

2           All data:
  - updated Apr. 2008
  - will be renewed annually
  - subject to change

3           Room rate can be paid by semester/year or monthly at the beginning of every month.

4           All fees are payable with Chinese RMB. No foreign currency or credit card/traveler’s check is accepted.


Part-time Work


According to Chinese law, foreigners holding student visa/residence permit are not allowed to do full-time work. Foreign students can do some part-time work provided holding valid part-time work permit. Part-time work at entertainment places is prohibited.


Students must report to us if they find a suitable part-time work, and provide with detailed information of the employer’s name, address, telephone number, working time and duration. Upon the receipt of the above information, the College of International Education will apply for the part-time work permit.


Students must carry valid passport and work-permit with themselves during work, and return the work permit once the whole part-time work is finished.





        Qualifications and Requirements




Exchange students should apply at respective home universities/schools, and go through necessary selection/recommendation process held by home universities/schools (if any). SWUFE only accepts students officially summit by our exchange partners.


Materials Needed


When applying, students need the following materials:


1.      A SWUFE Application Form (Exchange Student) with all information accurately given.

2.      Clear photocopies of valid passport or identity card (for Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan students) (if applicable): photo page and extension/remark/amendment pages (if any).

3.      6 passport photos.

4.      Official academic transcript.

5.      Other supporting documents upon our request.

6.      Documents for Visa/Residence Permit application (Please see “Chapter 2.4 – Visa Affairs” for details).


Application Deadline


Winter semester: July 10 every year

Summer semester: January 10 every year

Whole academic year: July 10 every year



        How to Apply


Please consult your home university/school for application procedures. All materials should be delivered by university/school other than individual via post to:


Mr. Zhang Zhaohui or Mr. Wang Binyu

College of International Education,

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics,

No. 55 Guanghuacun Street,

Chengdu 610074,

Sichuan, P.R.China



            Visa Affairs (For Foreign Students Only)


        General Information of Chinese Visas and Residence Permit


Foreign exchange students can ONLY enter China with X or F visa.


X visa is an “entry visa” which is valid for 30 days after entry and should be changed to a residence permit after entry within its validation.


F visa is a “staying visa” which is usually valid for 90-180 days after entry. An F visa has one time entry and should be changed to a residence permit after entry if student has multiple-entry needs.


Residence permit is a “staying visa” and is automatically a multiple-entry visa. Change from X or F visa to residence permit will be assisted by SWUFE in Chengdu.


        Visa Application from Abroad


A JW202 Form Student Page and an Admission Notice are needed in the application for X or F visa from abroad. Both materials will be delivered to the coordinator of our partner universities/schools by post.


Different country may have different visa policy (application fee, requested materials, etc). Please consult local Chinese Embassy or Consulate General for details.


        Visa and Residence Permit Application/Extension in Chengdu


SWUFE will assist visa/residence permit application/extension in Chengdu.


*          For F visa holder who wish to have a multiple-entry residence permit: please inform us at least 10 days in advance!


We must get formal approval from your home university/school if you wish to extend your visa/residence permit longer than your original exchange period.




We strongly advise foreign students, even insured domestically already, to have insurance of a Chinese insurance company. This is likely to become a compulsive policy in the near future.


Please consult Office 220 of College of International Education for details.


            Before Coming to China


        Whether in Chengdu


Located in the bordering areas of the Sichuan northwest highland and Sichuan basin, Chengdu has its own climatic features. First, the eastern part of the city is different from western part in climatic zone, due to the abrupt change of the height from the east to the west. In Chengdu, generally speaking, the west is cool while the east is warm at the same time. Even in the same mountain, the foot of hill is several degrees higher in temperature than that on the top of the hill. Second, the winter in Chengdu is short, with a long frost-free period of over 337 days each year. The annual average temperature is around 16.4 degree. Even in the cold January, the average temperature is some 5.degrees. It rarely snows. Compared with other areas of the Changjiang River, it is 2-3 degrees higher. Third, there is not much precipitation in winter and spring while it is affluent in summer and autumn with the total precipitation volume of 1,124 centimeters. And this figure is comparatively stable, the ratio of the year with most rainfall and the year with least precipitation being 2:1. Fourth, the wind speed is low. On the plain and in the mountainous areas, the normal speed of wind is around 1 to 1.5 meters per minute. The total sunshine hours average 1,042 to 1412 each year.


To check instant weather forecast of Chengdu:

English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?world=2110

Chinese: http://weather.china.com.cn/city/56294_full.html



        Ways of Traveling


Being one of the major international airports in China, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has direct/indirect flights to many domestic/international cities.


To know more about:

Shuangliu International Airport:



Please DO inform us once you have booked your flight ticket and provide with flight number, estimated arrival date/time. SWUFE offers airport pick-up for exchange students free of charge.


        Checklist of Things


Please be noticed of the following things before coming to China/Chengdu:


þ  Valid passport (with valid Chinese visa).

þ  JW202 Form (student page) and Admission Notice which you received from SWUFE (may be unavailable for L visa applicant).

þ  Whole set of medical certificate, if you have done a medical test according to the requirements of local Chinese Embassy/Consulate.

þ  Make sure you have informed us of your flight/train/bus information, if you want our Free Pick-up Service (please see “Chapter 3.1.1 – How to Get to SWUFE” for details).

þ  In China, voltage/frequency is 220v/50Hz, and the following outlets/plugs are commonly used:
Please prepare the converter/adapter if needed.

þ  All major international credit cards and traveler’s check are accepted in China/Chengdu. There are also Western Union and currency exchange services all around the city.

þ  Personal belongings.

3.    Campus Life




        How to Get to SWUFE


Located at the west 2nd Ring Road, standing next to Jinsha Bus Station and Long-distance Coach Station, SWUFE enjoys very convenient transportations to almost every corner of the city. The map below shows the location of SWUFE, Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu Railway Station and major Long-distance Coach Stations.


We provide Free Pick-up Service to exchange students. To enjoy this service, you need to:

*        Inform us of your detailed arrival information including flight/train/coach number, expected arrival date/time, luggage quantity, etc;

*        Try to keep in contacting with us, if possible, informing us of any change to the original arrival information.


If you prefer to come to SWUFE by yourself, please select one of the following ways:


At Shuangliu Airport:

*          Take No. 306 Bus and get off at Jinsha Bus Station (terminal);

*          Take a taxi to SWUFE (costs approx. 60-80 RMB).

At Chengdu Railway Station:

*          Take No. 69 Bus and get off at Jinsha Bus Station (terminal);

*          Take No. 83 Bus and get off at Qingyang Rd., Xin Cheng Wen Cross;

*          Take a taxi to SWUFE (costs approx. 18 RMB)


We are at the address: No. 57 Qingjiangzhong Rd. (or No. 55 Guanghuacun St.), Qingyang District, Chengdu. Try to print this page out and show the taxi driver the following Chinese words, if you take a taxi:





Upon arrival at SWUFE, students should register at Office 220, College of International Education. Please see Map of SWUFE (Guanghua Campus) in “Chapter 1.2.3 – Campus Tour” (College of International Education is located in the northwest corner of the map).


When register, please bring forth the JW202 Form and Admission Notice you received from SWUFE and hand in other documents and materials.


Student ID Cards will be issued to students within the first two weeks of a semester.





        Room Facilities

Single RoomDouble Room

Public KitchenIn-room Shower

Students can choose to live on-campus or off-campus.


The overseas students building in SWUFE Guanghua Campus is equipped with 52 twin-bed rooms and 28 single-bed rooms, altogether 132 beds. Each room has bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, independent bathroom with 24-hour hot water, TV, air-conditioner and internet access.


Limited numbers of refrigerators are for rent.


There are public kitchen and laundry on the 2nd and 3rd floor.


Please see “Chapter 2.2 – Fees and Costs” more room rate.



        Regulation of Accommodation


Regulation for Foreign Student Apartment

College of International Education, SWUFE


1.         All students should check in with valid ID (such as passport etc.) and pay RMB 500 as deposit. Students will get full deposit refund if the room is maintained in a reasonably clean and tidy state when check out. Deposit receipt must be presented when claiming refund.

2.         Students should observe the laws and decrees of China as well as the rules and regulations of the SWUFE. Students should pay bills and relevant fees on time and not carry out any activities which are against public interests.

3.         Students are not authorized to sub-lease, exchange rooms, or keep visitors overnight.

4.         Students should sign on the list of room items after entering the room. Students should compensate any damaged or lost items according to the price attached.

5.         Students should report any repairs or defects promptly.

6.         Students should maintain the room in a reasonably clean and tidy status and not keep pets without written permission.

7.         Students should not use electric cooker in the room and not smoke on the bed.

8.         Students should not put any personal belongings on the corridors or other common areas.


This regulation takes effect from 1 August 2006.


We reserve the rights to amend this regulation without notice.



        Registration for Accommodation


According to Chinese laws, foreigner who:

*          has not registered his/her accommodation information at local PSB upon living in a place in China,

*          registered before, but has not registered after moving to a new living place,

*          registered before, but went out of China and have not registered after re-entry (even if returning to the same living place),

should register his/her accommodation at local PSB, with his/her detailed living address, contact person (Mr. Zhang or Mr. Wang, 028-87355437) and valid passport. The police will issue a registration form to those who successfully registered. Please take the form back to us once you get it.


Students living on-campus please see the map below and follow the steps:


Guanghua Police Station is at where the arrow points.


Students live on-campus: please print out this page, fill your room number in the blank below and bring forth it to the police officer at Guanghua Police Station.


我是西南财经大学的留学生,烦请贵所为我进行住宿申报。我的住址是:成都光华村街55号西南财经大学留学生公寓         房。




        Tips to Orientation


þ  Student ID cards will be ready within the first two weeks of a semester

þ  Students should pay RMB 20 for a library card (optional). No take-out of books for exchange students.

þ  Students can exchange money at Bank of China with their passport (Please see Map of SWUFE (Guanghua Campus) in “Chapter 1.2.3 – Campus Tour”).

þ  Students holding international credit card or needing Western Union service, please consult us at Office 220, College of International Education.

þ  Students can open a bank account with passport at local banks.

þ  Campus Card: a Campus Card can be used in every cafeteria, some on-campus shops and public laundry. Students can apply for a Campus Card at the service counter of the 1st/4th (Guanghua Campus) or 6th (Liulin Campus) cafeteria from 12:00 to 12:30 or from 17:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday, with their passports. An application fee of 15 will be charged.

þ  There is one Muslim take-out cafeteria in Guanghua Campus.

þ  Multimedia Room in overseas students building (fourth floor) is open to our overseas students for free, equipped with Internet-Ready PCs.

þ  In-room Internet access: please first check the MAC address of your PC (for Windows 2000/XP users: Start Menu – Run – “cmd” – “ipconfig /all” – physical address/For Windows Vista users: Start Menu – Accessories - Run – “cmd” – “ipconfig /all” – physical address). Fill in an application form at Office 220, College of International Education, and register at Room 907 of Guanghua Building (RMB 20 per month+50 registration fee).

þ  Telephone/mobile phone: Every room in overseas students building has a telephone. Students can receive phone calls for free. To make phone calls, students should purchase “96301” telephone card at most shops in SWUFE. Students who have a GSM 900/1800 mobile phone can purchase a local SIM card. Please consult Office 220, College of International Education for details.

þ  Nearest super-markets: Carrefour, 1 km out of Primary South Gate and Metro, 200m to the right of Primary North Gate (a letter from us is needed in the application of Metro Membership Card).







Sports are extracurricular, except sports courses in degree programs. Students can use all kinds of on-campus sports facilities at reasonable prices, while some facilities are for free. Please consult College of International Education or Sports Department for details.


SWUFE holds annual soccer/basketball/volleyball/swimming tournament and athletic games. Degree students can attend these activities representing their respective schools, while non-degree students can attend these activities as part of the College of International Education.


Athletic meeting

(Annual Athletic Games)



        Arts & Others


In regular semesters, there are usually movies on Friday and Saturday evenings at very cheap prices. Movies are about one month later than those in commercial cinemas. There are also different kinds of shows and performances in a semester.


Various kinds of communities in SWUFE put up fabulous activities every month. Foreign students can join one or more of the communities and enjoy a colorful campus life.


Convenience and comfort in the city of Chengdu. Following is a list of bus/taxi routes and prices to major places:



Bus #

Bus Stop to Get Off

Estimated Taxi Cost (RMB)

Tianfu Square

(city center)


Tianfu Guangchang


Shuangliu Airport




Railway Station


Huoche Beizhan


Shopping Malls





Shopping Malls





Marquis Wu’s Temple




Tufu’s Thatched Cottage


Caotang Beilu Nan


Xinnanmen Bus Station (Long-distance bus for tourists)




Shawan Post-office

(Western Union)



Huizhan Zhongxin


Sichuan University






4.    Appendix




We sincerely give our gratitude to the following website, without whose data the Guidebook can not be accomplished:













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Prospective Student’s Guidebook 2008/09

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