Luzhou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 泸州 (lú zhōu)
Area: 12,232.34 square kilometers (4,722.93 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Sichuan Province, southwest China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Jiangyang, Naxi, Longmatan); 4 counties (Luxian, Hejiang, Xuyong, Gulin)
Area Code: 0830
Zip Code: 646000
GDP (2019): CNY 208.13 billion (USD 30.168 billion)
Famed as the City of Liquor
Luzhou stands in the southeast of Sichuan Province, at the convergence of Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan and Guizhou. It is bordered by Chongqing and Chengdu to the east and the north. It also shares boundaries to the south with Guizhou Province and to the west with Yunnan Province. The distances from the city to Chongqing and Chengdu are respectively 177 and 263 kilometers (109 and 163 miles).
Luzhou is a world-class liquor industrial base with a history of liquor making for more than 400 years. Luzhou Old Cellar (Luzhou Laojiao) and Gulin Lang Liquor which are full-bodied with a long aftertaste are two of its most famous brands. Tourists who like liquor culture can visit the Luzhou Old Cellar Scenic Area where you can see the production site of pure-hand brewing technology and choose a bottle of high-quality liquor as a gift. Besides, Luzhou treats visitors with the largest Ferris wheel in southwestern China and the most luxurious urban theme park in southern Sichuan – City of Liquor Park. Ancient Town of Yaoba which features the culture and ancient customs of Sichuan and Guizhou is also worth seeing.
Luzhou Attractions - Things to Do
Ancient Town of Yaoba: Located in the border area between Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces, the Ancient Town at Yaoba is about 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) from Luzhou, 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) from Chishui City and 37 kilometers (23 miles) from Hejiang County. This ancient town brings together the dense historical culture and folk-customs of the two provinces, so it is a characteristic historical town, a base for making films and a Holy Land of Buddhists in this area.
The richly historical town was a military stronghold and a prosperous marketplace in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In ancient times, it was an important crossroad between Sichuan Province and Guizhou Province. Carrying official letters to Chishui City, the couriers had to cross this town, so the Yaoba post-house was built by the government. All kinds of merchants who brought varied goods gathered here, so the bazaar was very prosperous and became known as 'Small Hong Kong'.
The town is rich in ancient architecture, such as the 1,000-meter (1,094 yards) long old street made from blue stones, the groups of antique folk houses, archway for Jinshi (former third degree candidate in the national civil service examination), Dahong Rice Store and Dongyue Temple. The group of folk houses enjoys the reputation as a living fossil of old residence in south Sichuan. They were built according to the terrain at different levels, but they stand in good order. The Dahong Rice Store is the benchmark building of this ancient town. It is a two-storied building with spacious courtyards, delicate carved railings with exquisite pavilions and elegant corridors. Standing at the center of this town, the Dongyue Temple was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and it is here that a temple fair is held on March 18th (the lunar calendar) every year.
With pleasant climate, luxuriant vegetation and beautiful scenery, the ancient town attracts many directors to make films and serial shows, making it become a well-known 'Film-Video City in Southern Sichuan'.
At Xiaoshi Passenger Station or Tuojiang Passenger Station, there are direct buses to Yaoba Ancient Town.
Luzhou – Yaoba
05:30, 08:00, 09:30, 12:30, 14:30
Hejiang – Yaoba
|06:30, 07:30, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00|
Jiuzhi (Chishui) - Yaoba
|07:00, 09:00, 13:00, 16:00|
Fobao Scenic Spot: This scenic forest resort is located in Hejiang County. Within this scenic spot, are bamboo forests, waterfalls, crags, streams and caves. Especially striking is the harmonious contrast between the emerald forest and red Danxia landscape, making Fobao one of the most stunning scenic resorts of the city.
Other Scenic Spots: Huangjing Scenic Resort in Gulin County, Old Pit of Luzhou Daqu Liquor
How to Get to Luzhou
Luzhou Yunlong Airport is about 17 kilometers (about 10.5 miles) from the city proper operating flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Wuhan, Luoyang, Kunming, Wenzhou, Changchun, Shenyang, Zhuhai, Haikou, Lanzhou, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Xishuangbanna, Daocheng, Nanning, Xiamen, Changsha, Lijiang… The airport has opened 8 daytime airport bus lines and 2 night airport bus lines.
In the city proper, there are seven long-distance bus stations in total. Along with these, bus stations in other areas also operate buses to big cities such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, or counties within the city. Luzhou is about three hours' drive from Chengdu and only one hour and a half to Chongqing.
Enjoying a subtropical humid climate, the city is warm in spring and autumn, hot in summer and cool in the winter. Due to topographic influence, Luzhou weather in southern part varies in different regions ranging from temperate climate to subtropical climate. Droughts and rainstorms may occur in summer. Visitors can come here at any time during the year, though the end of summer and early autumn are especially favorable for visiting.
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History: Around the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), newcomers from Central China brought advanced techniques and civilization to this region, greatly promoting the development of the region's economy and culture. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the region became a vital communication hub in Southwest China, busy in vintage brewing and salt production. This period also saw a rapid growth and development in trading with ethnic minorities. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was a political, economical, martial and cultural center as the convergent area between Sichuan and the surrounding provinces.
Physical Features: This area lies at the transition area between the southern Sichuan Basin and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. The terrain slopes downward from the south to the north. River valleys and hills make northern part a land of milk and honey. Its southern mountainous area boasts rich forest and mineral resources.
Special Local Products: Longan, litchi, Luzhou Laojiao (a kind of Daqu liquor), paper umbrellas
2. LZ to Emeishan: Take the direct coach from LZ Xiaoshi Bus Station. The bus schedules are 08:00 and 13:30. The duration is around 4 hours.