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Mt. Emei

Situated in Emeishan City, Sichuan province, Mt. Emei is a national major famous scenic area, and one of the four famous Buddhist mountains, covering about 200 km z. It offers the tourists four spectacular views: the sunrise, sea of clouds, Buddha's Light and the sunset glow.

Mt.Emei possesses a great number of temples, which began to be built in the Western Han Dynasty. From the northeastern foot to its summit stand many famous temples and other buildings, such as Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Huayan Temple, Chunyang Hall,Shengshui Pavilion, Wannian Temple,Xixiang (Elephant Bathing) Pool,Jiulao(Nine Old Men) Cave, Xianfeng Temple and Jinding Top,etc,housing countless cultural relics. The bronze statue of Samantabhadra towering in Wannian Temple is 7.3 metres high, 62 tons in weight and is one of the major cultural relics of China.With its abundant historic sites and fascinating natural scenery,Mt. Emei is highly valuable in history study, aesthetics, scientific research and tourism.

 

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Leshan Giant Buddha

Sitting on the east bank of the Minjiang River and the confluence of the Minjiang River, Qingyi River and Dadu River east of Leshan City, the Giant Buddha was hewn on the precipice of Xiluan Peak of Mt. Lingyun, facing the three torrential rivers.The project began in 713 and ended in 803,spanning 90 years. The Giant Buddha is 70 m high and 24 m wide, graceful and poised, ranking the first of the six great stone buddha statues in China. The Giant Buddha of Leshan has been included in the world Heritages by UN.

 

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Huanglong Scenic Area

Situated in Songpan County of the Aba Zang(Tibet) and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Huang long Scenic Area covers an area of 700k?, with its main scenic spots being scattered in a 8 km long Valley-Huang long(Yellow Dragon) valley. Because of its karst features, many small colourful lakes like terraced fields can be found on the undulating hillsides and along the valley, while the lakesides are covered with a layer of sedimentary travertine carbonate, presenting a wonderful sight.

There originally existed three temples -the Front Temple, the Central Temple and the Rear Temple, jointly named Huanglong Temple, which were built in the Ming Dynasty. The extant temples are parts of the Central Temple and the Rear Temple. At the upper end of the valley, stands Xuebao Top- a peak perennially covered with snow.

From the bottom of the valley to the mountain top, there exist in sequence subtropical evergreen trees mingled with deciduous broadleaf trees, coniferous and broadleaf mixed forests, in which some rare animals, like Giant Panda, Golden Monkey are sauntering. With its karst landform, rare flora and fauna resource, and the majestic, precipitous, grotesque and primeval sceneries, Huanglong Scenic Area has won the reputation of "the marvellous scenery in the world".

 

Huanglong Scenic Area Map

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Huanglong Scenic Area Map

 

Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

Located in Nanping County of the Aba Zang (Tibet) and Qiang Autonomous pre fecture, it covers 720 km2 of land, and possesses lakes, waterfalls, shoals, streams, snow-capped mountains, forests and Tibetan villages. Jiuzhaigou has a beautiful and miraculous natural scenery. Most of the scenic spots are scattered in a Y-shaped valley. There are more than 100 lakes in the valley. At the upper end of the valley lies a lake called "Changhaizil' (Long Sea), 7 km in length and several hundreds metres in width. Its blue waters and the inverted reflection of the mountains, the sky and clouds, attract all the visitors. The waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou, with varied shapes, are seldom seen elsewhere. They are scattered between the beautiful lakes, of which,Nuorilang waterfall is the most magnificent. Xugjai waterfall, rushing down from the thicket on the top of the steep cliff, is 140 metres wide and one of the widest falls in China.

Autumn is the best season to visit Jiuzhaigou.

 

Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area Map

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Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area Map

 

Mt. Qingcheng

Situated 15 km southwest of Dujiangyan City, Mt. Qingcheng, also known as Mt. Chicheng, is one of the famous Taoist mountains in China, with 36 peaks, 72 caves and 108 scenic spots. Its highest peak is 1600 metres above sea level. The extant historic sites here include Tianshidong Temple, Shangqing Palace, Zushi Hall, etc.

Jianfu Palace, situated at the foot of Mt. Qingcheng, is the starting site ofthe tourist route. Tianshidong, the grandest temple in the mountain, was first built in the Sui Dynasty. The extant structure was built in the Qing Dynasty. Shangqing Palace, standing on the highest peak, was first built in the Jin Dynasty, with a magnificent and symmetric layout.


 

Mt. Qingcheng Map

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Mt. Qingcheng Map

 

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Situated in Dujiangyan City in the upper reaches of the Minjiang River, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a world-famous ancient large irrigation project. According to legend, it was built by the people led by the local official Li Bing and his son of the Qin State, the Warring States period. After the irrigation project was completed,Minjiang River Was controlled to irrigate the vast plain in west Sichuan

This area also possesses beautiful scenery of green hills and clear waters and historic sites. Lidui Park, Erwang Temple, Yuleishan Park and Dujiangyan Irrigation System itself are famous tourist sites.


 

Dujiangyan Irrigation System Map

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Dujiangyan Irrigation System Map
 

South Sichuan's Bamboo Sea

Situated in Changning and Jiang'an Counties, the Sea of Bamboos seldom seen in the country covers an area of about 120 km2, spreading over more than 20 ridges and hills and was classified as one of the major national scenic areas in 1988. This area possesses a unique scenery and numerous scenic spots, among which, Tianbaozhai, Tianhuang Temple, Qinglong(Green Dragon) Lake, Guanyun Pavilion, the Site of Ancient Battlefield, Chahua ( Camellia ) Hill, Colourful Palls, Feicui(Jadeite) Corridor and the Thirteen Bridges over Huaxi Brook are praised as the " Ten Extremely Beautiful Sights' of the Sea of Bamboos.


 

South Sichuan's Bamboo Sea

 

South Sichuan's Bamboo Sea

 

Xiling Snowberg

Standing in Dayi County about 100 km away from Chengdu City, Xiling Snowberg occupies an area of over 480 km', with natural alpine sceneries as its distinguishing features. It has snowcapped mountains, vast primeval forests, numerous rare plants and animals, and perennial torrents and falls. The magnificent Mt. Miaoling is covered with snow all the year round and towers to the sky, which can be seen from Chengdu City during sunny days. Xiling Snowberg can be divided into five scenic areas with varied beautiful sceneries. The Scenic Area of Grotesque Peaks and Rocks contains Grotesque Stone Forest, Wuding Hill and Taixu Valley, etc; Huashiyu Scenic Area is like a 3.7 km long landscape painting gallery, where the main scenic spots are Yuquan Spring (Fish Spring) , Zhenzhu (Pearl) Spring, Feiquan Cave and the Nine Falls and a Thread of Sky; Qianshui Rafting Scenic Area is famous for its waterfalls, such as Colourful Falls, Fengwei Falls and Feilian Cave; and the Scenic Area of Sweet-scented Osmanthus and Azalea has such scenic spots as Guanyun Terrace, Yuangu Valley, Dashanmen Gate, Baishagang, Hongshijian and Riyueping, etc.


 

Xiling Snowberg Map

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Xiling Snowberg Map

 

Mt. Gongga

Standing 55km south of Kangding County, Mt. Gongga is 7556m above sea level, the highest peak in Sichuan Province, covering an area of about 20000 km2. Around the main peak, there stand over 100 icecovered peaks of 5000-6000 m above sea level, forming a magnificent sight.Mt. Gongga is a sacred mountain to the Tibetan ethnic group, which possesses glaciers, alpine takes, hot springs, rare animals and plants, and numerous temples, buildings with ethnic style, forming a large natural scenic area of 10000 km2.


 

Mt. Gongga Map

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Mt. Gongga Map

 

Jianmen Shu Path

The ancient Shu Path, a plank roadway of over 150km built in ancient times, was once the thoroughfare from llanzhong and Ningqiang of Shaanxi Province to Guangyuan,Jian'ge and Zitong of Sichuan Province.Along the path, there exist extraodinary natural sceneries and many historic sites,such as the remains of the plank roadway at Chaotian Taoist Temple,the site of Ancient Battlefield of the Three Kingdom Period, etc.

Jianmen Shu Path

Jianmen Shu Path

 

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