One will be able to experience the culture and customs of the Qiang ethnic minority at Beichuan Qiang Tourism Zone. There are also the ruins and the biggest memorial hall of the 5·12 Earthquake. The tourism zone is situated in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County of Mianyang, Sichuan, covering an area of 2.3 square miles (6.01 square kilometers). The main scenic spots include:
Earthquake Ruins of Beichuan Old County
Beichuan Old County is 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Mianyang. It used to consist of the old and new quarters and its population was over 30,000. On May 12th in 2008, an 8.0-magnitude devastating earthquake destroyed the county. More than 80% of houses in the old quarter and 70% in the new quarter collapsed. The rest consisted of dilapidated buildings. Landslides during the earthquake resulted in death and injuries to many people. The ruins of the old county remain to remind people of the disaster and be more appreciative of life.
Memorial Hall of 5·12 Earthquake
The Memorial Hall in Beichuan Qiang Tourism Zone is located at Renjiaping of Beichuan old county. The themed architecture is named “Crack” to remember the disaster. A 5·12 Big Earthquake Science Museum was also built to supplement the memorial hall, with the intention to educate people about earthquake and to let them experience the disaster by using the most advanced facilities including immersive scenes, LED videos and 4D cinemas.
Beichuan New County
After the earthquake, the new county was constructed about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from the old county. It is now called “Yongchang”, where all the residents of the old county had moved in by 2011. The new town has a combination of traditional and modern buildings, as well as some classical styles thrown into it. Banaqia Business Street, as one of those reconstructed projects, is on the axis of the county. “Banaqia” means market in Qiang language. The street is special for its Qiang crafts and performances nowadays.
Qiang Custom Museum
The Qiang Custom Museum, lying on the axis of the new county in Beichuan Qiang Tourism Zone, showcases the culture and history of the Qiang ethnic minority. There are large restored scenes to show their unique customs in different times by utilizing a range of techniques. The museum has three floors. Exchanged exhibits from other museums are displayed on the first floor and those on the second floor display the Qiang history. The third floor tells more about the life, religion, marriage customs and social production of the Qiang people, such as the Qiang embroideries, Qiang flutes and folk crafts, amongst others. In addition, one may try to learn the Qiang language at the learning zone of the third floor.
Jina Qiang Village
Qiang people inhabit the Jina Qiang Village where skulls of sheep are hanged on the doors. Barbicans, as the landmark, stand in the village and were once used as a defense against enemies during the ancient times but now a sightseeing site. Climb to the top to have a view of the entire village. Qiang people like singing and dancing, so there is usually a bonfire party in the evening. Try to learn the Qiang dance from the locals. Try the delicious roasted lamb and experience the local’s life better by staying a night in the village.
How to Get to Beichuan Qiang Tourism Zone from Mianyang
Take a bus at Mianyang Passenger Terminal to Yongchang. It costs about CNY 10 for about a 50- minute ride. The bus departs based on passenger flow before18:40.
Alternatively, take a direct bus at Mianyang Passenger Terminal to Leigu Town, costing CNY 14 for a 1.5-hour ride. After that, hop on a special bus to Beichuan Old County, which costs CNY 17 and the travel time about 15 minutes.
|Admission Fee ||5·12 Earthquake Science Museum: CNY 75 |
Children less than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters): Free of charge
Sightseeing stand of the tallest barbican in Jina Qiang Village: CNY 10
Other attractions are free of charge.
|Opening Hours ||09:00-16:30 |
5·12 Earthquake Memorial Hall and Science Museum are closed on Mondays, excluding Chinese holidays.
- Last modified on Jun. 26, 2019 -