Ya'an Travel Guide

Ya'an Facts:

Chinese Name: 雅安市 (yǎ ān shì)
Location: Ya'an lies in the center of Sichuan Province on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It is bounded on the east by Chengdu, by Garze in the west, with Liangshan and Aba bordering south and north.

Population: 1,540,000  
Area: 15,354 square kilometers (5,928 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han
Administrative Division: 1 district (Yucheng); 7 counties (Mingshan, Yingjing, Hanyuan, Shimian, Tianquan, Lushan, Baoxing)   
Seat of the City Government: 6, Hanbei Lu, Yucheng District 

Useful Telephone Numbers: 
Tourist Complaints: 0835-2223073 
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 67, Qiangjiang Nan Lu, Yucheng District
China Post: 131, Qiangjiang Nan Lu, Yucheng District

Ya'an Attractions - Things to Do

 Bifeng Gorge Panda Base: It is about 136 kilometers from Chengdu, with ninety percent of its territory being covered with forest. This ecological tourist recreational resort contains ecological zoo, area, extreme sports center, forest oxygen bar, forest exploration area, precious plants zone, ecological agriculture zone, the zone of Nuwa culture, the base of Chinese herbal medicine as well as China Giant Panda Research Center.

 Ya'an Covered Bridge (Lang Qiao): Over the Qingyi River, it is an integral part of the city's townscape. It represents a pseudo-classic construction, consisting of both two and three tiers. Blending in with the beer street, tea houses and the Qingyi River, the bridge is a romantic attraction of this elegant city.    

 Old Town of Shangli: It is located 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Ya'an City, and is one of the ten famous old towns in Sichuan. Over ten old bridges, three stone archways, Baima Spring, pagodas and building complex of the Han's compounds are all the highlights of the old town. 

 Other Scenic Spots: Jiajinshan Scenic Area, Jinfeng Temple, Erlang Mountain, Baizhang Lake

How to Get to Ya'an

Ya'an is 130 kilometers (81 miles) from Chengdu and only fifty minutes' drive from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. It links central Sichuan to the three ethnic minority prefectures (Garze, Aba and Liangshan).

The city does not have an airport or docks, and Wusihe Railway Station in Hanyuan County is the only railway station. Road transportation is especially important here. Through the Chengdu-Ya'an Expressway, the city can be reached from the center of the province Chengdu in only one hour. Buses are available in the New South Gate Bus Station at 57, as well as Linjiang Lu of downtown Chengdu.

After reaching Ya'an, visitors can find buses to its scenic spots and buses back to Chengdu in these bus stations:
Ya'an Bus Station: 68, Hebei Jie, Yucheng District
Ya'an Tourist Station: 17, Ximen Bei Lu, Yucheng District

 Ya'an Earthquake 2013: A 7.0 magnitude earthquake attacked the Lushan County of Ya’an City in Sichuan Province at 08:02 am on April 20, 2013. According to Xinhua News Agency, 196 people were killed and 11,470 injured in the quake region. 

Weather

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The city lies in the subtropical climatic zone where humid, monsoon-like conditions can exist.  The Ya'an weather in northern and southern DaXiang Ling varies greatly and the climate differs as the terrain changes. Its annual average temperature is around 16℃ (60.8℉). It is truly a rain city. There is rain 180 days of a year. Despite the humid conditions, the city is still a year-round tourist destination. However, it is a good idea to be cautious during the rainy season in summer, as accidents caused by floods can occur.

Ya'an Travel Tips

 History: Ya'an was long considered to be the territory of the Qingyi Qiang Kingdom, which was established in 816BC by a tribe of the ancient Qiang minority in western Sichuan. The city has more than two thousand years of history since the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). During the early years after China's liberation, it was officially designated as the capital of Xikang Province.

 Physical Features: The region is situated on the western fringe area of Sichuan Basin, lying in the transition zone from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to Chengdu Plain. It has complex landforms and the terrain rolls intensely. Daxiang Ling (or Niba Mountain) traverses the center of the city.

 Local Highlights: In 1868, a French missionary first discovered the giant pandas in Ya'an. Today the area is home to the Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve and Chinese Giant Panda Preserving Base of Bifengxia Station. Both were built here for scientific research and panda breeding. The region also has two thousand years of tea planting history, being the tea city of the province. The Mengding Tea of Menngshan Mountain is an especially high quality beverage. 

 Special Local Products: tea, bamboo shoots, Ya Fish (scientific name: Schizothorax prenanti), Chinese mushrooms, Chinese gooseberries, snow pears, cherry wine of Hanyan County, the root carvings of Lushan County, and black pottery of Yingjing County

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