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Ya’an

Ya'an City, 140 kilometers west of Chengdu, has the heaviest annual mean rainfall in Sichuan of about 1,800 millimeters with high humidity and little sunshine, so it gets the name of “Rainy City”. Covering an area of 15,300 square meters, Ya’an adjoins Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on the west, Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Liangshan on the south and Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture on the north, and is a zone where Chengdu Plain transits into Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the Han culture combines with ethnic culture. It is named as “Throat of Western Sichuan”, “Portal of Tibet” and “Ethnic Corridor”

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Ya’an enjoys convenient traffic, with only 1.5 hours’ drive to Chengdu by Chengdu-Ya’an Expressway. National Road No. 318 and No. 108 run through the whole territory, Leshan-Ya’an Expressway has been opened to traffic, and Ya’an-Kangding Expressway is about to be constructed. Suited on the intersection node of a number of golden travel routes, Ya’an is the start of Sichuan-Tibet Highway which is rated as Chinese Scenic Route by National Geographic Magazine and also the east gate into Shangri-La; within 15-30 kilometers around the urban area of Ya’an, there are famous tourist attractions such as Mengding Mountain, Bifengxia Panda Base, Zhougong Mountain Hotspring, Shangli Ancient Town, etc. The city and traffic attractions are closely linked and supplementary with each other.

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Ya’an is the start of the Ancient Tea Horse Road of South Silk Route, through which Mengshan Tea was transported to Tibetan areas. Mengshan Tea was a kind of special commodity in the Tea-horse trade conducted by Central Governments and such national minorities as Tibet and the Qiang, and also an important link for the persons of the Han Nationality and those of the national minorities to enhance the politic, economy and culture exchange. The brick tea of Ya’an was introduced in the Tang Dynasty, and has been the Tibetan People’s favorite drink over more than 1,300 years from the Tang Dynasty up to now. Ya’an borders on Tibet, which makes it convenient for communications between the two places. For example, the original simple exchange of goods gradually developed into the large-scale “Exchange of Tea for Horse” and “Tea Soil Exchange”, which contributed to forming a very important ancient business road from Ya’an to Lhasa. This road is called Ancient Sichuan-Tibet Tea Horse Road since the major commodity transported on this road was Ya’an brick tea at that time.

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In Ya’an, there are 5 national and provincial nature reserves and 2 national AAAA tourist attractions, including Chinese tea culture birthplace Mengding Mountain as well as China’s largest research center on giant panda protection – Bifengxia Panda Base; Ya’an is the homeland of giant pandas. In 1896, Armand David, a French biologist, discovered the first giant panda in the world in purpose of scientific research near the Dengchigou Church of Baoxing County and took its specimen to France, which became the treasure of Paris Museum and caused a great sensation across the world. In addition, the increasingly famous Niubei Mountain that has been particularly favored by photographers and outdoor enthusiasts is labelled as China’s largest 360 degree sightseeing platform; visitors come here and praise no need to go other places to view mountains once visit Niubei Mountain.