Chinese Name: 西昌 (xī chāng)
Area: 2,651 square kilometers (1,023.6 square miles)
Location: on the central part of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, southwest China
Area Code: 0834
Zip Code: 615000
GDP (2018): CNY 153.3 billion (USD 23.2 billion)
Nationality: Yi, Han, Tibetan, Qiang, Miao
Best Places to Visit & Top Things to Do in Xichang
There are thousands of peaks in this scenic spot which is a rare and intact ancient glacial remains. Travelers can view various lakes which reflects different colors. Luoji Ninety-nine Li is the largest hot spring waterfall in the world, travelers can enjoy the comfortable hot spring spa and swim there. There is also a large-scale cave called Fairy Cave. Travelers can visit the stalactites in different shapes which reflect different colors under the light.
Qionghai Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Sichuan Province, sited on the northeast of Lushan. Travelers can raft on the lake to enjoy beautiful scenery, watch birds in Wetland Park, and visit Qing-long Temple and Old-Sea Pavilion. Kaihai Festival is an important event holding every spring in Qionghai Lake to celebrate the start of the fishing season. This event mainly includes fisherman’s performance, sacrifice parade and ceremony, blessing ceremony.
With countless peaks and dense forests, Lushan is a natural scenic area in Xichang Sichuan. Guangfu Temple is the largest architectural complex with exquisite design and grand scale in Lushan, and travelers can visit it and appreciate its wonderful carvings. There is also a Liangshan Yi Nationality Slave Society Museum, where travelers can understand the history and special culture of Yi Nationality.
Attend the Torch Festival of the Yi Ethnic Group
It is a traditional festival of Yi Nationality, held on every June 24th of the lunar calendar. During this time, all the villages of the Yi people hold grand ritual activities to worship ancestors, pray for the prosperity of the grain, which reflects their respect to the nature. It will last for three days and the people will hold their small torches towards their fields. Also, there will be exciting and interesting activities such as wrestling, bullfight and horse racing.
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Best Xichang Food to Try
It is a famous dish in Sichuan. It takes the fresh shrimps from Qionghai Lake as the main material and soak them in Shaoxing wine. Eating it alive not only remains the fresh taste of shrimps, but also has the flavor of the wine.
Dried Salted Duck
Different from Beijing Duck, the Dried Salted Duck is thick, tender with a rich flavor, less fat and greasy.
It is a special product in Xichang China. The tea is clear with brown color and rich wheat aroma. It has the effect of lowering blood sugar, lowering blood fat and enhancing human immunity.