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Qiangchuan County

Under the governing of Guangyuan City, Qingchuan County is located at the northwest boundary of Sichuan Province. Qiangchuan connects the three provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Shanxi, and borders the adjacent Jiangyou City, Pingwu County and Jiange County. The whole county covers an area of 3,216 square kilometers. Han accounts for 97% of the county’s total population, which is 0.25 million, including Tibetan, Man, Mongolian, Hui and other nine ethnic groups. Qingchuan was initially established as a prefecture in Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago. In ancient times, this county served as a geographical garrison in transportation, military and business. The famous Old Yinping Path traversed Qingchuan County from east to west, linking up the Silk Road.

Qiangchuan County

Traveling westward from Qingchuan, tourists will land on the picturesque Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve. Rocks and waterfalls hide among the luxuriant vegetation, which is a natural, multilevel "gene pool" of large capacity for flora and fauna. Except for wild panda, tourists have many opportunities of observing a great variety of nationally protected fowls and beasts. Such as golden monkey, tiger, leopard, black bear, golden eagle, Chinese monal and takin, which are of high density. Numerous unique flowers, plants and more than 10 types of rare wood species are interspersed among the reserve.

Qiangchuan County

Only 12 kilometers from Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, Qingxi Ancient Town can be dated back to 1,700 years ago, which is an ethnic mosaic of Han and Hui. Some well protected northern Sichuan architectural complexes of Ming and Qing Dynasties remain intact here. Moreover, this 20-hectare ancient city possesses many civilian dwellings with typical Muslim features and a magnificent Masjid. In history, the county office was set up many a time at Qingxi, where was the center of Qingchuan County before 1951. For a long stretch of history, this ancient city remained a weighty border town in the course of vicissitudes of dynasties. During the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo) Period, Liao Hua, General of the Kingdom Shu, garrisoned here and reclaimed wasteland. The most successful sneak attack in the warfare history of ancient China also happened here. Wrapped under a felt, Deng Ai, General of the Kingdom Wei, climbed over the Motian Mountain by stealth, and directly conquered Jiangyou and Chengdu, finally exterminating the Kingdom Shu.