Welcome to Sichuan
Located in the transition zone from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the plain at the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and being the intersection of the diagonal line and 30 degrees of north latitude, Sichuan is bestowed with unique topography and diversified creatures by such a dramatic elevation difference from 7,556 meters to 188 meters. Sichuan boasts three natural heritages in the word: the panda habitat, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Scenic Reserve. In terms of species abundance, it leads the whole country in vertebrates of 1,300 types, plants of 12,000 types, and birds of 625 types. Among a total of 16, 00 pandas around the world, around 1,360 pandas are residing in Sichuan. Lonely Planet has hailed Sichuan as one of "the top ten Asian tourist destinations".