Sichuan is the
largest province in China and the most heavily populated with 100 million people. Set
among beautiful mountains and fast moving rivers, Sichuan has a rich cultural heritage
that dates back several thousand years. This area is also home to some of China's spiciest
The capital of China's richest agricultural province, dating back 2,500 years, Chengdu is
located 950 miles south of Beijing. The best way to enjoy Chengdu is to stroll the narrow
streets of the old town encountering centuries old local markets, silk brocade shops, and
a wonderful variety of delicious food stalls.
Marquis Wu Shrine: Built in the third century and covering ten acres, the shrine houses 47
heroic figures of the Shu Kingdom.
Du Fu Thatched Cottage: The celebrated Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu composed more than 240
brilliant poems that have became a major source of inspiration to Chinese artists.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System: Designed and built in the third century AD, this ingenious
irrigation project is still used today to regulate the region's water supply, preventing
serious flooding and drought.
About 130 miles north of Chongqing. This county of eastern Sichuan Province has
50,000 of China's best preserved and colorful Buddhist stone sculptures. These
unparalleled works of art depict legends and scenes dating back 1,300 years.
Leshan Giant Buddha
100 miles southwest of Chengdu rising 234 feet above the turbulent waters of
three converging rivers, this statue was carved in 713 AD. Its instep can hold more than
100 seated people and two large men can stand in its ear.
One of the most famous Buddhist mountains in China, Mount Emei was home to more
than 100 monasteries and temples during the Ming and Qing dynasties.