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Baoxing County

Baoxing County is under the administration of Ya'an City of Sichuan Province, bordering Kangding City to the west and Wenchuan County to the northeast. It's 200 kilometers away from Chengdu, and covers an area of 3114 square kilometers.

Baoxing County 

Baoxing consists of primarily mountainous lands, with many hills, ravines, slopes, valleys and rivers. The terrain slopes gently from northwest to southeast. There are 1311 mountains with altitude of more than 2000 meters. Jiajin Mountain, with altitude of 4114 meters, is the first snowy mountain that the Red Army crossed. Baoxing is located in the mid-latitudes and has the tropical monsoon climate. The varied terrain in Baoxing gives rise to wide variations in climate, though the climate is generally temperate, with warm winters, cool summers and four distinct seasons. In Jiajin Mountain region, there is no hot summer throughout the whole year. Due to different altitudes, there are different seasons at one time in Baoxing: It's summer at the foot of the mountain, spring in the valley, autumn on the halfway up the mountain, and winter on the top of the mountain, showing sceneries of valley, primeval forest and mountain. There are several famous scenery spots here, such as Dengchigou Church, Jiajin Mountain National Forest Park, Qiaoqi Tibetan Village and Shenmulei Scenery Area which is also known as " Photographic Paradise". Besides, there are other little-known forests, waterfalls, hot springs, caves, rocks, cliffs and canyons.

Baoxing County

Located between Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Sichuan Basin, Baoxing is one of the world's top ten centers of biological diversity mountainous territory. 99.7% of this region is mountains, and the forest coverage rate is 70.8% here. There are different types of ecosystems and diverse biological communities, represented by the living animal fossil giant panda and the living insect fossil Dawei amphibious beetle. There are more than 50 kinds of biological species named after Baoxing. Baoxing is known as "the World's Endangered Flora and Fauna Sanctuary “and” the Kingdom of Animals and Plants", and is recognized as “the Globally Important Eco-regions “by the World Wildlife Fund, which is the prohibition zone and restricted development zone in the national ecological regionalization.

Baoxing County 

Baoxing is the core area of the World Heritage site "Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary", and 75% of Baoxing area is the giant panda sanctuary, accounting for one third of the overall sanctuary area. There are 143 wild pandas living in Baoxing. While Baoxing is only one part of the core areas in the World Heritage, it distinguishes itself from all other giant panda reserves, for Baoxing has a greater prestige in its own right: in Baoxing was giant panda first discovered and reported, and in Baoxing is the eco-environment for giant pandas best protected. Therefore, Baoxing is also known as "the Hometown of Giant Pandas". As the vital site of giant panda ecotourism, Baoxing is one of the most important and most unique tourist areas in western Sichuan.  

Baoxing County 

Baoxing was a region inhabited by minorities in history, the major of which is Tibetan. As the capital of the ancient Qiang people, it has a long history in national culture. During the Qianlong Period of Qing Dynasty, a large number of outsiders moved into Baoxing and the Han population gradually increased. Baoxing is an important hub connecting Chinese and Tibetan and mingling Han and Tibetan culture. That's why Baoxing is regarded as the national corridor. Qiaoqi Tibetan Village is the inhabited region of Jiarong Tibetan people, and the "Qiaoqi original ecological multi-voice chorus" has been included in the national intangible cultural heritage.

The geographical and climatic conditions in Baoxing constitute a good ecological environment for giant pandas and other rare animals and plants, which constitute its rich and distinctive tourism resources in Baoxing with unique ethnic custom and culture.

litang horse racing festival
panda keeper volunteer program