Sichuan Province, China

Leshan Buddha in Sichuan ProvinceSichuan Province shares it’s borders with the Municipality of Chongqing, Qinghai Province, Gansu Province, Shaanxi Province, Guizhou Province, the Autonomous Region of Tibet and Yunnan Province. The capital city of Sichuan Province is the city of Chengdu.

On May 12th 2008, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 rocked Sichuan Province. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 90km northwest of the capital city of Chengdu. The Death toll rate was put at 68.500 354,045 were injured.

Sichuan’s main cities are the cities of Bazhong, Meishan, Mianyang, Nanchong Dazhou, Deyang, Guang’an, Guangyuan, Leshan, Luzhou, Yibin, Zigong ,Neijiang, Panzhihua, Suining, Ya’an and Ziyang.

Sichuan Province has three autonomous prefectures which are the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Garz Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

Geography of Sichuan

Sichuan Province in the Sichuan basin is bordered by the Himalayas in the west, Yunnan mountainous areas to the south Qinling range in the north. The Yangtze River flows in the basin and eastern China has it as upstream. In central Sichuan, a tributary of the upper Yangtze River the Minjiang River , which joins it at Yibin. The Longmen Shan fault was formed by plate tectonics.

Climate of Sichuan

Variable climate is seen here. Subtropical monsoon climate is witnessed in Chengdu. Long humid summers and cold, dry and cloudy winters are witnessed.

Mountainous climate characterized by very cold winters and mild summers, with plentiful sunshine are typical of western areas. The sunny, subtropical climate with very mild winters is characteristic of southern part of the province, including Panzhihua. But summers are hot and humid.

Economy of Sichuan

The largest dam in the world, The Three Gorges Dam, is on Yangtze River in Hubei province. It is built to control floods in Sichuan and Yunnan province.

A GDP of 1.05 trillion yuan was recorded in Sichuan in 2007.The per capita net income of rural residents was 3,547 Yuan in 2007, 18.1% more than 2006. Per capita GDP was 11,708 RMB.

Sichuan Food

One of the Four Great Traditions of Chinese cuisines is the Sichuanese cuisine. It is best described in four words: fresh, hot, spicy and fragrant.

Sightseeing sites in Sichuan

The Dazu Rock Carvings, Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Mount Emei, Mount Qincheng, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and the Giant Panda Sanctuaries in Sichuan Province constitute UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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