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Welcome to Chengdu, Panda's hometown
Posted by: Bluehorizon (IP Logged)
Date: May 09, 2008 05:07AM
Hey, everyone.

My name is Hui-Chuan. but you can call me Larry. I live in Chengdu,Sichuan. Panda's hometown. here is the capital of Sichuan. "Heavenly State" (Tian Fu Zhi Guo).habitat of giant pandas .Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the center of Chengdu Plain, Here the weather is typical of a subtropical climate. chengdu is an old city, there are about 2400 years of history. But now, here is a beautiful and modern city. I suspect you may not have heard of this city. However, if you see the giant pandas. I think you may have some impression. Yes. Panda is a symbol of this city. Here is the habitat of wild giant pandas. They live in the city near the mountains. In addition, this city's leisure culture and delicious food is world-renowned. There are many famous Chinese dishes originated in Chengdu. For example: Kung-Po Chicken and Ma Po Tufu. And so on.

I hope that met friends from all over the world in Chengdu. I like to make friends. If you need any Sichuan travel recommendations. Please contact me. I am willing to help you. Special Statement: I am not any travel agency staff.

Chengdu,a city of never say goodbye

[www.chengduenglish.com]

Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center
[www.panda.org.cn]

In addition, in the vicinity of the Chengdu, there are many well-known tourist area.

(1)Leshan Giant Buddha. the world's largest stone sculpture of the Buddha.

[www.lsdf.cn]

The Giant Buddha is stone sculpture of the sitting Mile Buddha. The total height of the Buddha is 71 meters, which is as high as the top of Lingyun Hill. It is lofty and massive with a symmetrical scale and with a 10 meter wide head, 5.6 meter long nose, 7 meter long ears, 5.6 meter long nose, 7 meter long ears, 5.6 meter long eyebrows, 3.3 meter long eyes,3.3 meter long mouth, 3 meter long neck, 28 meter wide shoulders and 8.3 meter long fingers, and the height from the Giant Buddha’s insteps to its knees is 28 meters. On its head, there are a total of 1021 hair buns. Moreover, the drainage system has been skillfully concealed from the back of the Buddha’s neck to its toes. The Buddha rests his feet at the confluence of three rivers, reclines his back on nine hills, overlooks EmeiMountain and dominates the old city, Jiazhou. With a dignified and solemn appearance and grand verve, the Buddha is the largest sitting Stone sculpture of Mile Buddha in the world.

(2)Qingcheng mountain, the birthplace of Taoism.

Qingcheng Mountain is the most beautiful and quietest mountain. Its peaks over peaks as if to rival who is the best beauty. Boundless luxuriant forest and green trees in every season look like the outline of a city,so it is called Qingcheng; the pure white snow peaks overlook Chengdu Plain of thousands of li, and see sunrise in the morning and " Supernatural Lights" at night.

Qingcheng Mountain is the headstream of Chinese Taoism. the initiator of Taoism,Zhang Taolin in the end of East Han Dynasty, came to Qingcheng Mountain to instruct Taoism from Shanxi. there still go round supernatural stories describing how he fighted hard with devils,how the "Brush Pen Groove" and the " Three Island Stone" formed. Since Jin Dynasty and Tang Dynasty, there are many Taoist Temples with flourishing burning incense, so Qingcheng Mountain was also called "Supernatural Beings's Capital", "Original Courty Yard of Taoist Master". Many statemen, writers left handwriting.In 143(second year Han'an Empire),the initiator of Taoism came to Chicheng Cliff in Qingcheng Mountain and initiated " Five Decalities of Rice Taoism" according to " the theory of Laozi". After Taoist master Zhang Daoling passed away, Qingcheng Mountain also became properous as the headstream of Taoism, original Mountain of Taoist Master,etc. Taoism developed seven sects. there were 40 Taoism temples.In the end of ninth century, Taoism scholar Du Guangting research deeply the Taoism, introjected all sects and became a great master. there are 11 Taoism temples in Qingcheng Mountain at present. Those Taoism Temples were founded in Jin Dynasty and in Tang Dynasty, are natural,ancient and historical,as well look Sichuan West folk archecture,which show cultural style of Chinese Taoism. the exsiting temples are mainly Fujian Taoism Temple, Master Abode, Shangqing Taoism Temple,Yuanmin Taoism Temple,Yuqing Taoism Temple.

Qingcheng Mountain is famous for its beauty and quietness. Round mountains, surronding rivers, green peaks into cloud, haulting mist and cloud,quiet and deep tracks, etc are characteristic. Thick ancient forest shelder sun; cliff and precipice form a scenic spot; plank road built a cliff wound their ways; small bridge and purl; deep water-eroded cave and thousands pieces of mammary calculus; singing birds and fregrant flowers. Here,the ancient architetures are still well protected; every scenic spot and every thing are ancient,primary,supernatural,beautiful and full of charm.

(3)Emei Mountain

Emei Mountain is a tourists’ resort renowned both in China and in foreign countries. It’s located nearby the mysterious northern latitude 30°C zone, bestriding in Southwestern Sichuan. It’s put into the “Treasures of The World” by UNESCO for its characteristics of being “Majestic, Beautiful, Miraculous, Wonderful, Spiritual” and its profound Buddhism culture. With profound cultural heritage, Emei Mountain is a shrine of Chinese Buddhism and the “place for performing rites of the Buddhist idol of Pu Xian”, Pu Xian was considered as the eldest son of Buddha. Assumed as the eldest son of various kinds of Buddha idols all over the world, the idol of Pu Xian is built by men wherever there’re Buddha idols. It’s assumed by Buddhists that only the idol of Pu Xian can fulfill all the Ten Directions of idolatry. Cultivating the conducts of the Pu Xian idol is assumed by Buddhists as the highest and most satisfactory state of becoming a Buddha.

As the mountain of world culture and natural heritage, Emei Mountain was deemed by several specialists from UN as the “most successfully preserved world heritage”, it was awarded “International Tourists’ Most Favorite Chinese Tourism Scenic Zone ” by European and American authoritative organizations and was awarded “10 Satisfactory Famous Scenic Sites of Chinese Customers” and “10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China” by various medias. In September 2005, Emei Mountain won another award that was the “Global Excellent Ecological Tourism Scenic Zone” awarded by the Heritage Committee of UN.

(4)Jiuzhai Valley National Park
[www.jiuzhai.com]

Located in Nanping County, Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Jiuzhaigou Ravine stretches 80 kilometers in one direction and takes up an area of more than 60,000 hectares. The area consists of six scenic spots——Changhai, Jianyan, Nuorilang, Shuzheng, Zharu and Heihai. It becomes a world renowned scenic spot because of its diversity in natural scenery which includes snowy peaks, double waterfalls, colorful forests and green sea. Furthermore, Tibetan customs are another attraction. It was listed as a world heritage site in 1992.

The Ravine boasts a number of unique features. The mountains, lakes, natural primeval forest, beautiful flowers all make Jiuzhaigou a fairyland. Mountains ranging 1,980 to about 3,100 meters in height are covered by a variety of trees and plants such as green conifers, luxuriant broadleaf trees and colorful rare flowers and grasses. Scenes change according to the season and the area is particularly colorful in autumn when the wind makes kilometers of tree belt along the lake undulate like a sea wave. Waterfalls, lakes, springs, rivers and shoals add to color and the green trees, red leaves, snowy peaks and blue skies are reflected from lakes and rivers. Trees grow in the water and flowers blossom in the middle of lakes.

The Shuzheng Scenic Spot is one of the central point of Jiuzhaigou's landscape. With 40 lakes which extend five kilometers along a valley, the spot covers an area of three square kilometers. The lakes vary in color according to their depths, residues and scenery around them. Among which, Reed Lake is an ideal habitat of birds; Spark Lake appears to move while the jade-like Rhinoceros Lake is a good place for rowing, swimming and rafting. There are also the Shuzheng Waterfalls which have a backdrop of trees.

Nuorilang Scenic Area extends from the Nuorilang Waterfalls to Zhuhai, an area of three square kilometers. The 320-meter-wide Pearl Beach Waterfall and the Five-Color Lake which has a richly colored underwater landscape.

The Sword-Shaped Rock Scenic Area consists of Goose Lake, Suspended Springs, Sword Rock, snow-covered Mountains and primeval forests. Sometimes you can see giant pandas. There is also the 17.8-kilometer Zechawa Ravine, the longest and highest in Jiuzhaigou. At the end of it is the eight-kilometer-long Changhai Lake, the largest in the area. In Haizi there is a Five-Color Pond, the brightest lake in Jiuzhaigou.

Undoubtedly, the magnificent view in Jiuzhaigou will make you reluctant to leave, and don't forget that the autumn is the best season to visit it.

(5)Huanglong National Park
[www.huanglong.com.cn]

Literally means Yellow Dragon Valley, which is ‘ The fairyland on Earth’. This valley was added to the Natural World Legacy List in 1992.This incredible valley undulates through the southern part of the Minshan mountain range in the Songpan County about 270 miles away from Chengdu - the capital of Sichuan. Legend has it, that about 4000 years ago, a yellow dragon helped Xiayu, the king of Xia dynasty (21st -16th century B.C.), channel the floodwater into the sea, hence making the Minjiang River. Due to the calcium carbonate mineral deposit patterns and the gold hue of the water the river looks just like the tail of a Yellow Dragon. In later years a temple was built in honor of the yellow dragon and the valley was given its name. The river carves out the scenery for the limestone valley, which is over 4 miles long and as wide as 300 meters, covering an area of an impressive 270 square miles.

Huanglong wins its fame for its magic landscape of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored and uniquely sized ponds, interlace along the valley. These amazing ponds are paved with golden lime deposit. Not to be excluded there are also five waterfalls, four stalactite caves and three ancient temples, and all in the same valley, which looks like a dragon surging down from snowcapped peaks of Mt. Minshan.

Local people are as much of an attraction as the virgin forest and the scenery, Composed of more than 20 nationalities the main nationalities being the Tibetan and Qiang groups.

(6)Lugu lake
[www.sclgh.com]

Lugu lake is located between Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces , designating China key scenic and historical relics , which is world famous both for its beautiful national scenery and for its unique national customs.

Lugu lake is one of the clearest plateau lakes of our country with a total area of 52 square kilometers , 2,685 meters above sea level . The average depath of the lake is 45 meters and the deepest point is 93 meters , And the visibility is 12 meters . There are five islands , four peninsulas , One long island and 14 anchors in the lake , The lake is surrounded by mountains , among them Mt. Goddess Gemu standing above others , The winding Houlong Mountain stretches into the center of the lake . All of these make lake lugu U-shaped ,

The beautiful scenery of Lugu lake attributes to the richly endowed landforms by nature . It ’ s described that wherever you see are all pictures and wherever you visit are all fairylands .

The Scenic spot has a total area in Sichuan Province of 314 square meters , water area making up 60 percent , and with the wet land of 15,000 mu. The lakeside scenery here is beautiful and the ecological environmentis favorable . It ’ s neither extremely hot in Summer nor excessively cold in winter . Tourists usually feel comfortable and enchanted for rich sunshine , clear air and pleasant weather .

In the scenic area live about 8,000 Mosuo people who have maintained their traditional matriarchal custom and the primitive custom of “ walking marriage” till today , which are regarded as a “ living fossil” of matriarchal societies of mankingd and the last“women’s kingdaom” of the world by specialists and scholars .

As the world immaterial and cultural heritage , the exotic Mosuo folk customs are unique in the whole world , and it could not be replaced . With wonderful natural and humane landscape , Lugu lake in Sichuan Province , composed of three quintessential tourist destinations and five scenic spots , is a perfect scenic area of “Sunligh` Tour” of Pan zhihua ——Xichang district in Sichuan.

(7)The Last Shangri-La Daocheng -Yading

Shangri-la. the very name is an incantation that evokes images of a mythical mountain paradise where peace reigns and life approaches perfection. Drawn from the pages of James Hilton's 1933 classic, Lost Horizon, Shangri-la has become synonymous with exotic escapism, a connotation not lost on the tourist industry. Hilton professed that Shangri-la is not on any map, but that hasn't stopped numerous countries-Nepal, Landmark, Sikhism and Bhutan, among others-from claiming to harbor the verdant Himalayan valley in the shadow of a glacier-clad peak, shaped like a pyramid. the People's Republic of China is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, announcing in 1996 that it had found Shangri-la in the mountainous Deign prefecture of northwestern Yunnan province. Not to be outdone, Sichuan, its equally scenic neighbor to the north, has since claimed the title for its Yading Nature Reserve in the Konkaling Mountains. Its assertion is based on a 1931 National Geographic photo-essay about the area said to have inspired Hilton's tale. ” ..

Joseph Rock. (1886 - 1962) who wrote the 1931 National Geographic photo-essay about Daocheng-Yading.

Daocheng, located on the southeast of qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the east of Hengduan Mountains,is a county on the southwest border of Sichuan,China.This county, subordinated to the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,extends,across 27.58'-29.30' north latitudes and 99.56'-100.36' east longitudes, 174km from the south to the north and 63km from the west to east.It covers 7323 square kilometer people .Economically and partial animal husbandry.
 
Daocheng County is special in geographical features,Its north the is higher than its south,the west higher than the east .Winding and majestic mountains like billows of the sea alternate with valleys.Hence,the high-altitude mountain peaks clad with snow all the year round,deep serene valleys with snow all the year round, deep serene valleys with gurgling brooks and broad pastures.the scenes are various and bewitching.
 
In the north of Daocheng County lies the plateau area with brad valleys.Mt.Hai-zhi(Lake),parallel to Daocheng River and with an of glaciating on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, traditionally called"the Old Ice Cap of Daocheng".With its glacial erosion scattered here and there,and 1145 (lakes),can be found in an area of 3200 square kilometres.With the size and number of its haizhi exceptional in China,Mt.Haizhi has become the most important base for the study of the topography of quaternary glaciers. In 1982, fossils of dinosaur teeth and eucalyptus were unearthed in the center and the south of the county respectively. Its rolling hills,crisscrossed valleys,scatter de lake boulders and the forest of rocks of grotesque shapes make MtHaizhi magnificent and charmful.
 
the middle of Daocheng County is of mountain plateau,including the Bowa Mountain and the Chitu River.On both banks of the river are broad pastures and stretches of forest.Mt.Bowa,grand and scenic, is sharply distinct during the four seasons:in spring and summer, azaleas bloom to vie each other for beauty;in autumn,leaves as red as flame cover the trees,while in winter,snow clothes all and gleams white In the south of the county are mountains and valleys. Mt.Echu,parallel to DongyiRiver and with an altitude of 5140m, is as charming and attractive as a per tty fairy sitting upright on the clouds,although it is lofty and majestic. What is most fascinating about Mt.Echu is its autumnal tints:the bright red,lucid yellow and delicate green make the mountain colorful."Both heavy and delight makeup are compatible with it".the Dongyi River,rushing down from MT.Echu like a steed,has two bands rock. the rumbling waves and series of waterfalls wonderfully correspond to the mountain.
 
Adjacent to Mt.Echu is Daocheng Sacred Peaks-the Heavenly Charms in the Snow World which are well-known among the Tibetan people. they consist of three snow capped peaks whose names were,according to a legend,conferred by Dale V.Xiannairi, the north peak with an altitude of 6032m,means Mother Buddha; Yangmaiyong,the south peak with an altitude of 6032m,means Mother Buddha; Yangmaiyong,the south peak with an attitude of 5958m, means Manicurist Buddha; Xiaruoduoji,the east peak with an altitude of 5958m,means the Buddha with warriors'hands.the total coverage of the peaks is about 800 square kilometres.the Daocheng Sacred Peaks covered kilometers,the Daocheng Screed peaks covered with snow all the year round are grand and majestic. On the maintain side are colorful lakes which are gorgeous and changeful; At the foot of the mountain,on the pastures are rare fowls and valuable animals that co-exist harmoniously with the people. the peaks are regarded as sacred peaks by the Tibetan people;and visited by continuous stream of devotees.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2008 12:31PM by Bluehorizon.



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