Measuring 1,075 km from east to west and 921 km from north to south, Sichuan is located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Southwest China with Qinghai, Gansu and Shaanxi to the north, Tibet to the west, Yunnan and Guizhou to the south and Chongqing to the east, whose east and west parts are dominated by hills and mountains respectively with river networks densely dotted, serving as a combining area of Southwest China, Northwest China and the Central China and a green corridor to Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Sichuan is famous in China as a tourist city now, with more and more visitors from all over the world plan a Sichuan travel.
With a total population of 805,000,000 by the end of 2011, Sichuan has jurisdiction over 7 districts, 3 autonomous prefectures, 13 prefecture-level cites, 18 county-level cities, 150 countries, 8 autonomous counties, namely, Chengdu, Mianyang, Neijiang, Nanchong, Leshan, Zigong, Luzhou, Deyang, Guangyuan, Suining, Meishan, Yibin, Guang’an, Dazhou, Ya’an Bazhong, Ziyang, Panzhihua, Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Liangshan, Zang Autonomous Prefecture of Ganzi and Zang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, etc.
The climate varies from one region to another in Sichuan, featuring a warm winter, a hot summer and rainy autumn in East Sichuan and a cold and long winter and good sunshine in West Sichuan, and meteorological disasters such as flood, drought and low-temperature occur frequently. the annual average temperature and precipitation in Sichuan are 8℃ and 900 mms in Sichuan, of which 90% of precipitation is concentrated on May to Ocotober.
Sichuan is abundant in tourist resources, and it boasts 5 world heritage sites, 9 national-level key scenic areas, 33 cultural relics under China’s State Protection and 19 provincial-level scenic area.
The 5 World Heritage Sites in Sichuan composed of 3 world natural heritages (Huanglong Scenic Area, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area and Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries), one world cultural heritages and one world nature (Mount Qingcheng & Dujiangyan Irrigation System) and one culture heritage (Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area). The 9 National-level Key Scenic Areas refer to Jinyun Mountain, Jianmen Ancient Road and Gongga Mountain along with Leshan Giant Buddha, Emei Mountain, Qingcheng Mountian, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Huanglong Scenic Area and Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, of which the Gongga Mountain boasts the highest peak in Sichuan Province. The 33 highlighted cultural relics under China’s state protection in Sichuan are represented by Du Fu’s thatched cottage, Zhuge Liang Memorial Hall and Sanxingdui Site.
Some Sichuan scenic spots are really rare to see in China and even in the world, of which the 7,556-m tall Gongga Mountain and the 6,250-m tall Siguniang Mountain are titled “Mountain King” and “Mountain Queen” respectively by later generations, and Xiling Mountain is covered with snow throughout the year, Hongyuan Plain spreads on the vast land. Some famous rivers such as Jinsha River, Yachun River, Dau River and Min River also run through Sichuan with stormy waves, creating a wonder after another along their ways, all of which add much luster to your Sichuan Travel.