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Li County

Li County, located in western Sichuan, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and on the southeastern edge of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It is bordered by Wenchuan County in the east and Xiaojin County in the southwest. It is 202 kilometers from the capital Chengdu, and it is a gathering place for Tibetan and Qiang people. The land is featured by ranges upon ranges of mountains, abundant tourist resources, long history and profound cultural heritage. The altitude of the region ranges from 1400 meters to 6000 meters, endowing this region with distinctive diversity in geographical landform, fauna and flora resources. The rich natural resources and peculiar landscape in Li County form the charming scenery and countless mystical natural landscape here.

Li County

The Tibetan and Qiang people who inhabit here form a distinctive cultural landscape with their old and simple but profound Tibetan and Qiang cultures. According to historical record, the Tibetan people here migrated from Tibet as early as 4th century A.D., which has been more than 1300 years. While the Qiang people, long been known as living fossil of ethnic culture, were active in the upper stream of Min River in the 4th century B.C. For thousands of years, each ethnic group has not only well preserved their language, religion, customs and life style, but also formed a cohabitation of distinctive features. Guozhuang Dance of Tibetan and Qiang ethnic is right the classic of cohabitation culture. The entertainment dance of this ethnic group is the most brilliant pearl in the long history of the culture of Li County. This dance is enjoyed by people of different ages, genders and ethnicities. On special occasions such as festivals and wedding ceremonies, people would light a bonfire to roast the mutton, dance and sing all night long, passing down the rich connotation of ethnic culture. Here is praised by scholars from home and abroad as a natural folklore museum and a corridor of Tibetan and Qiang Culture.

In 2011, the Taoping Qiang Village was awarded among "Ten most Beautiful Villages in Sichuan", listed in "Outstanding Ethnic Architecture in China". In 2012, the Taoping Qiang Village and Bipeng Valley were simultaneously built to be national AAAA Resorts.

Li County

The Taoping Qiang Village, located in the east of Li County, is 40 kilometers from the county. It is the only well-preserved Qiang village in the world. The Qiang feature of plainness makes it known as "the living fossil of Qiang architecture" and "a mystical eastern castle". According to historical record, the Taoping Qiang Village was first established in 111 B.C., which is more than 2000 years ago. On entering the village, you could feel as if you were stepping into a kingdom built by stones, because all the architecture are constructed with exclusively stones, clay and wood. All these buildings were piled up with stones and clay by the hands of local craftsmen who had lots of experience. They still stand there after going through two thousand years of erosion.

Li County

Bipeng Valley, a national AAAA Resort, is the core area of Miyaluo Nature Reserve which belongs to the human and nature reserve at national level. It is 28 kilometers from Li County. Bipeng Valley has a wide range of biological species and is featured by the co-existence of fauna and flora. It, together with the nearby Wolong Nature Reserve and Mt. Siguniang, forms the World Natural Heritage------Giant Panda Sanctuaries.

Li County

Miyaluo, located about 50 kilometers from Li County in the northwest, is the most nearby maple leaves resort from Chengdu, and also the largest maple resort discovered by far nationwide. In 1998 Miyaluo Resort was listed into national human and nature reserves. The forest coverage in the resort reaches above 75% and vegetation coverage reaches above 90%. There are tens of kinds of rare and colorful tree species such as maple trees, birches, cypresses and quercus semicarpifolia covering on the ranges upon ranges of mountains. From October to early November every year, the maple leaves turn red gradually downward from top to valley. The splendid colors, together with blue sky, clouds, mountains and rivers, construct a charming picture of autumn.