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Sichuan: Top 5 things to DO and SEE

The top 5 things to do and see in Sichuan

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Sichuan is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, fiery cuisine, World's only Panda research center and much more. Discover our top 5 attractions:

1.     Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve 九寨溝

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Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserve located in the north of Sichuan province (south western China). It is well known as a natural habitat of giant pandas as wells for its stunning waterfalls and colorful lakes. Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and one of China’s star attractions.

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What to do: The park's major sights are easily accessible on foot, via well-maintained boardwalk trails, or by bus. There are also opportunities to camp.


2.     Giant Panda Breeding Research Base 成都大熊貓繁育研究基地

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Giant pandas, a Chinese living national treasure, are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 2,000, of which 80% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan Province. The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is located only 6 miles away from downtown Chengdu. It was created to imitate the natural habitat of giant pandas for them to have the perfect environment for rearing and breeding. 

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What to do: The Breeding Center's research center has three floors dedicated to research, and one floor used to educate the public on the research to promote China's endangered species. It is recommended that visitors arrive early, during feeding hours (8:00 to 10:00). This is the best time to see the giant pandas in action.


3.     Mount Qingcheng 青城山

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Mount Qingcheng is located in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province. It is among the most important centers of Taoism (Daoism). The mountain, which is surrounded by numerous peaks, is often described as 'the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven'.

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What to do: Mount Qingcheng can be divided into two parts, the anterior part and the posterior part. The anterior part has the best scenic spot, filled with natural beauty and an abundance of cultural relics and historic sites. Among them, the Jianfu Palace, the Shangqing Palace, and the Tianshi Cave.


4.     Leshan Giant Buddha樂山大佛

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The first Buddhist temple in China was built in the beautiful surroundings of the summit Mount Emei Emei (Sichuan Province) in the 1st century A.D. Over the centuries, its cultural treasures grew in numbers becoming a Buddhism's holy site. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, the 1000 years old Giant Buddha has been featured in traditional poetry, songs and stories.

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What to do: On one side of the terrace is a modern statue of the monk Haitong, and behind is the Lingyun Temple Museum. South of the Giant Buddha is Wuyou Si, a pink-walled monastery founded in 742 AD which visitors pass on the way from the ferry to the Buddha.


5.     Wenshu Yuan Monastery 文殊院

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Wenshu Yuan Monastery (Manjushri Monastery) is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It was built by Cidu in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and called Xinxiang Temple. According to the legend, when him was being cremated; the statue of Wensu appeared in the flames. For this reason, people regarded Cidu as the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Manjusri. Thereafter, Xinxiang Temple became Wenshu Monastery.

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