POINTS OF INTEREST
Leshan Giant Buddha
A buddha statue standing over 41 meters tall and over 8 meters long. The statue took over 90 years to carve, and today stands as the largest Buddha carving in the world.
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Visit a Temple
Here are a few suggestions if you would like to get in touch with your spiritual side:
Dafo Temple (pictured on left)
Wen Shu Temple
Wuhou Memorial Temple
Heaven King Temple
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Qingcheng Mountain is a popular tourist destination for those wishing to escape the city. The Mountain is home to a variety of Taoist Temples where you can find many monks living and practicing their beleifs.
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Mt. Emei is one of the most popular sightseeing mountains in China. The Mountain is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds 4 scenic regions. The landscape is full of trees, water, waterfalls, and wildlife.
Among the wildlife, many people visiting the Mt. Emei region like to stop at the Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve. Here you can buy packs of sunflower seeds and feed the monkeys (proceed with caution though, monkeys in this area have been said to be very aggressive!).
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Visit an Ancient Town
Ancient towns are a great way to explore Chinese history. While many of the ancient towns have been rebuilt and remodelled, they still give people the feeling of "Old" China. Here are a few ancient towns near Sichuan that you may be interested in checking out:
Loudai ancient town (on right)
Pingle Ancient Town
Liujiang Ancient Town
Ancient town of Yaoba
Zhaohua Ancient City
Shangli Ancient Town
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Spend a day at the Park
Sometimes you just need to escape city life and get into nature. Here are a few parks in Sichuan that can help you do that:
Jianmenguan National Park
Cuopugou National Park
Lianghe City Forest Park
Xingwen Shihai Geological Park
Jiuzhaigou National Park (On Left)
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Tianfu is the largest city square in Southwest China and is full of museums, shopping malls, art galleries, mosques, parks, and more.
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Huanglong Scenic Valley
The Huanglong Scenic valley is often described as a "Fairy land on Earth". The scenery holds true to it's description with mountains, forests, ponds, beaches, waterfalls, and other natural wonders all around.
The most popular attraction in Huanglong Valley is the colorful pool (as seen on the left)
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Jinlong Great Wall
Also known as the Luodai Great Wall, The Jinlong Great wall is considered a mini "replica" of the real Great Wall. While it is not the real deal, it is very difficult to tell that the difference.
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Shufeng Sichuan Opera
If visiting Sichuan there are two things you cannot miss. The biggest tourist attractions in Sichuan are the Panda Reserves. With that said, a trip to Sichuan cannot be called complete without a visit to the Sichuan Opera. Opera plays a large role in Sichuan culture and tourism industry. The shows are colorful, humorous, acrobatic, and everything in between!
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Jinli Old Street
A street full of Old World Stores, Traditional arts, artisan shows, and much more. The street is also home to many yearly festivals such as the Lantern Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival.
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Nine Bends Cliff Road
The Leshan Giant Buddha is one of the most popular attractions in Sichuan. To the right of the Buddha is a "cliff road", or a flight of stairs that will allow you to climb from the bottom to the top.
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Shunan Bamboo Forest
Also referred to as the Bamboo Sea, this forest is one of the largest bamboo forests in the world. The forest runs for over 120 km and is, as you have probably already guessed, full of bamboo trees.
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If you travel to Gongxian, Sichuan you will find some mysterious looking coffins hanging from the cliffs. These coffins were left behind by the "Bo People" who died out over 400 years ago. Some of the tombs are estimated to be over 3000 years old. Why they are hanging from the cliff no one knows, although there are some theories that they were thought to be "closer to the Gods" this way.
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Luotuo Feng Peak
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