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Versatile Sichuan

 

Sichuan Province is in the southwest of China and boasts the largest population in the country with 87 million people! Sichuan is praised as the the 'Land of Abundance', as well as having a vast amount of stunning landscapes such as plateaus, mountains, ravines, basins, hills, plains, rivers, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and limestone caves. Beyond this, marvelous historic relics and the delicious spicy Sichuan cuisine will grab your attention.

Reasons to visit: three World Cultural and Natural heritage sites can be found in Sichuan, namely, the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, the Huanglong Scenic Area, and Emei Mountain with the Leshan Giant Buddha. There is also Qingcheng Mountain and the Sea of Bamboo in southern Sichuan, 11 national parks, 40 nature reserves and 44 provincial-class scenic areas.

 

Attractions list:

Wuhouci Temple: lying in the suburbs of Chengdu, this is a restored Tang dynasty temple, built to commemorate the Shu dynasty prime minister and war strategist Zhu Ge Liang. During the Three Kingdoms period (220-80 AD), Zhu Ge Liang (181-234 AD) plays a chief role. Today, there is a large temple including a statue of Zhu Ge Liang and an impressive Three Wonders Tablet, (contains exquisite examples of calligraphy carving and poetry). The tomb of the founder of the Shu dynasty, Liu Bei, is also here. 

Qingcheng Mountain: situated in the southwest of the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project of China and regarded as one of the most holy Taoist mountains in China. Capped by exuberant and luxuriant trees, this is a quiet and intriguing placeg. It is also enclosed by numerous peaks and is shaped like a city, and is dubbed 'the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven'.

Dujiangyan Irrigation System: located 60 km northwest of Chengdu City, in the western area of Chengdu's Plains, above Minjiang River. Built more than 2250 years ago, this system was originally designed to irrigate the Chengdu Basin, and it has controlled flooding there for more than 2000 years.

Dufu Cottage: lies in the west outskirts of the city, which once was the residence of illustrious poet Dufu. He built this thatched hut for himself to wrote poems here. It is a famous scenic spot in Chengdu.

Huanglong Scenic Park: 
located in Songpan County and listed as a world heritage site in 1992. This spot is the result of the palpitate formations which give a unusual color to ponds and beaches. Together with high mountains, snow covered peaks, valleys, waterfalls, lakes and forests, this is a beautiful spot. 

Jiuzhaigou: 47 km long from the south to the north, 29 km wide from the east to the west, Jiuzhaigou became one of 40 best scenic spots in the country in 1990. In 2000 Jiuzhaigou was evaluated as one of the first state 4A-level sceneries in China; in 1992 Jiuzhaigou was listed on the World Bio-sphere Reserve. 

Panda Breeding Center: located at Axe Hill, 10 kilometers from the north suburb of Chengdu City, and covering an area of 600 acres, this is an exquisitely designed place. The air is refreshing with flourishing bamboo and flocks of wild birds flying around.

 

Emei Mountains: Emeishan, located about 150 km southwest of Chengdu City, is reputed as one of the four most sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. The mountain is known for its steep cliffs, lofty peaks, roaring waterfalls, gurgling springs, towering trees and fragrant flowers.

Leshan (Giant Buddha): the Great Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City. It is the largest stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world, over 71 meters tall and wide enough for over 100 people to sit between its feet. A local saying goes, 'The Mountain is a Buddha, the Buddha is a mountain'.

Specialties :

Food :
Sichuan cuisine, as one of the 'Eight Great Cuisines' in China, is famed for its variety and richness. Sichuan Cuisine, with a myriad of tastes, features the use of chili, red hot peppers and garlic, and is known for being spicy! It's said that one who hasn't experienced Sichuan food has never properly reached Sichuan. Typical items on the menu are Hot Pot, Smoked Duck, Kung Pao Chicken, Twice Cooked Pork and Mapo Dofu.

Shopping :
As a gateway to Tibet, the start of the southern Silk Road and historically an important center of commerce and trade, no wonder this city has a good selection of souvenirs! Shu Brocade is an example of exquisite workmanship and detail; exclusive to Chengdu and available throughout the city, is a wealth of bamboo craftwork including table mats, chairs, vases and other pieces. Equally impressive are the beautiful silverware pieces and Qingcheng silk tapestries. The most attractive souvenirs sold in Jiuzhaigou are the variety of mysterious, exotic and colorful Tibetan decorations.

 

 
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