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Liangshan

Located in the southwest of Sichuan Province, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture is the largest inhabited region of Yi people in China. It owns the most kinds of nationalities and the largest minority population in Sichuan Province, including Han, Yi, Tibetan, Mongol, Naxi, etc. With an area of 60,423 square kilometers, Liangshan borders Leshan, Yibin, Ya’an and Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the north and Panzhihua in the south, and is bounded by Yunnan Province on the east, west and south. 

Liangshan 

Liangshan has the subtropical monsoon climate, and was named as the best sunshine leisure destination in West China. There are many natural and cultural scenic spots here, such as "the Southern Sichuan Wonderful Scenery"--Qionghai Lake, Luoji Mountain, Lugu Lake and Dafengding Nature Reserve; and the cultural landscapes--Great Muli Monastery, Yihai Alliance Ruins and Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The ethnic customs in Liangshan is fascinating, the Yi wedding and funeral customs, the national costumes and dances, and the Torch Festival are all very unique. The Torch Festival is the biggest traditional festival of Yi people, and is also celebrated by other ethnic groups of the region.  It is celebrated on the 24th or 25th day of the sixth month in Lunar Year every year. Generally the activity venue is located in Puge County, where the traditional Yi Torch Festival originated. The festival will last for three days and three nights. During that time, men will attend bull fighting, cock fighting, sheep fighting, horse racing, and wrestling, and women will attend song competition, beauty contest, dance shows, mouthpiece chord competition, banjo competition and other competitions. There are also torch processions, campfire parties and other activities during the Torch Festival.

Liangshan 

As the capital of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Xichang City is located in the hinterland of Anning River Plain (the second largest plain in Sichuan). Xichang is the ancient gateway of "Southern Silk Road", connecting Sichuan to Yunnan and Southeast Asia. Owing to its low latitude and high elevation, Xichang has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate, with mild and sunny winters, and warm, rainy summers. In Xichang, all of the four seasons are like spring and there are colorful flowers throughout the year. Qionghai Lake is located 5 kilometers to the southeast of Xichang. It is one of the largest lakes in Sichuan Province, and the famous natural fisheries and water sports place.

Liangshan 

Lugu Lake is situated at the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. two thirds of the lake is located in Sichuan, and one third is in Yunnan. It is known as the "Pearl of the Plateau". Mosuo people (a part of the Naxi ethnic minority) live here, keeping the customs of the primitive matriarchal clan and the ancient family structure of male-leaving marriage. It's said they are the only matriarchal clan in the world.  Lugu Lake is called the "mother lake" by the Mosuo people. Mosuo girls, Mosuo canoes and the fisherman's songs are the three uniqueness in Lugu Lake. The cultural customs and beautiful natural scenery in Lugu Lake make it a wonderful place for tourists to visit.