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About Xichang

Xichang (西昌), in southwestern Sichuan Province, is the capital of Liangshan (凉山) Yi Autonomous Prefecture. The climate of Xichang rivals that of Kunming (昆明), with spring-like balminess year-round. For that reason, Xichang is nicknamed “Little Spring Town.” Another of this city’s nicknames is “Space Flight Town” because of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on its northern side. Natural attractions such as Qionghai (邛海) Lake and Lushan (泸山) Mountain, fascinating minority ethnic customs, and modern aerospace activity can all be experienced in Xichang, making it a clear highlight in the Pan–Xi (攀西) tourism belt.

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Qionghai National Wetland Park
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Located in Xichang, Qionghai is an enormous freshwater lake of clear and limpid water. The beautiful lake abounds with fish and shrimp and is both a famous natural fishery and national wetland park. Qionghai has a number of large attractions including a birdwatching island, “dream water town,” “misty egret island,” and “rippling reflection of a crane.” Walking and cycling paths ring the lake, so it is easy and fun to view the scenery or birdwatch whether you walk or bike. The lakeside fishing village and Moonlight Theme Town are also worth a visit.
Live Show of Yi Ethnic Group Culture: A RE NIU
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The Live Show of Yi Ethnic Group Culture: A RE NIU is a cultural and visual feast. A RE NIU is a title of Yi nationality music meaning the "little cousin" in the local language. There are diverse forms of folk songs to express a kind of good feelings for life. The Live Show, A RE NIU, can be divided into five parts: the prelude "Origin," the first part "The Heaven's Fire·The Totem of Life," the middle part "The Earth's Fire·The Fragrance of Years," the third part "The Mankind's Fire" and the end "Blessings."
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Lushan Mountain is also known as Washan Mountain. Located on the south bank of Qionghai Lake to the south of Xichang City, it is one of Sichuan's provincial-level scenic spots. Qionghai Lake is to the east, the Anning River to the west, the historical ancient city of Xichang to the north and Luoji Mountain to the south. Atop the mountain, the ancient trees reach for the sky. The pine trees in particular are especially lush. The winding forest roads on Lushan Mountain go on for miles and miles. The pines and cypresses alongside the road encourage visitors to continue traveling deeper into the mountains until they eventually reach the top. There are more than ten ancient temples including the Guangfu Temple, Mengduan Temple and Sanjiao Nunnery, which were built in the Han, Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Xichang Ancient Town
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Historic Town
Located in the central area of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, the Xichang Ancient Town is a political, economic, cultural and transport hub in the prefecture. Xichang Ancient Town has been of strategic importance in the border area of southwest China since ancient times and now sits northeast of Xichang. It is known for the site of the ancient town in the Western Han Dynasty, the mosque and three city gates. The layout of the ancient town has remained intact after 1000 years of ups and downs.

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