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Sichuan is one of the largest areas of land in China and is a naturally beautiful and popular province. The province is a gateway to Tibet and is known for its plateaus, mountains, hills, hot springs, caves and rivers. Sichuan is also one of the most historic provinces with human activity here dating back 25,000 years ago. Today, Sichuan gives tourists opportunities to explore natural wonders, wildlife, the arts and worldwide famous cuisine.
The capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is filled with green spaces, wooden architecture, local trades and busy city streets. Many cultural and natural attractions are found in this busy city, rated as one of the most liveable in China. Visit the Wolong National Natural Reserve, a botanical garden and zoo. Mount Qingcheng is a Taoist mountain popular for its views and green surrounds. Sample some great Sichuan food at Zigong Caigua or Middle Eastern food at Sultan.
Famous throughout China and the world, Sichuan cuisine has been highly regarded for over 800 years. Often described as salty, hot and pungent, Sichuan food contains lots of spicy peppers, found to help reduce heat in humid climates. Some tasty dishes to try include: Gong Bao Ji Ding, tender chicken seasoned with peanuts; Fried pork with salted pepper, and Stir fried tofu with minced beef in spicy bean paste. A popular dessert is Danghonggao (baked egg cake).
One of the most famous types of opera in China, Sichuan Opera is distinguished by its humourous narration, acrobatics and changing faces. Always a lively, entertaining performance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised even if you’re not usually an opera fan. Visit Qintai Street for a live and dynamic performance.
Yading Nature Reserve
Often referred to as ‘The Last Shangri La’, this exemplary nature park in the south west of Sichuan Province is known for its 3 holy peaks. These peaks are Tibetan ‘holy land’ and pilgrimage to this area is a Tibetan’s lifelong dream. You can take nature walks through the reserve or longer adventure treks. Also a photographer’s paradise, the various lakes and peaks will create the perfect backdrop for your Sichuan experience.