Sichuan Basin

Topographic map showing the Yangtze River flowing from Chongqing (bottom left) through the ridge-like detachment folds of the eastern Sichuan Basin (left) and the Three Gorges (top right)
Haze forming within the Sichuan Basin, with the Daxue Mountains to the west
Evergreen broadleaf forests on Mount Emei
Map showing the Sichuan Basin (bottom left) independent of the ancient Chinese Zhou Dynasty prior to annexation by the Qin during the Warring States Period
The 2000-year-old Dujiangyan irrigation project
The densely populated Sichuan Basin (centre) stands out relative to the more sparsely populated surrounding mountainous regions
Laziji, a dish in Sichuanese cuisine
The Sidu River Bridge carries Expressway G50 from Central China across the Wu Mountains and into the Sichuan Basin
Map of the Yangtze River drainage basin with the Sichuan Basin in the centre
Map showing the second Shu State in the Sichuan Basin during the Three Kingdoms period
Sichuanese dialects are spoken in the Sichuan Basin and surrounding areas
The 4th century BC Shu Roads connected Sichuan Basin with the Yellow River valley (Shaanxi)
Sichuan Basin in relation to Southeast Asia and the eastern part of South Asia, with the Tea Horse Road routes highlighted in red

Lowland region in southwestern China.

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Municipality in southwest China.

A street scene in Chongqing, c. 1944
A sunset view of Jiefangbei CBD and Hongya Cave, taken in 2017
Map including Chongqing (labeled as 重慶 CH'UNG-CH'ING (CHUNGKING)) (AMS, 1954)
Topography of Chongqing
Qutang Gorge on the Yangtze River
In the spring and fall, downtown Chongqing is often enshrouded in fog.
The Great Hall of the People serves as the venue for major political conferences in Chongqing
Jiefangbei CBD, Yuzhong Peninsula of Chongqing at night
Jiefangbei (People's Liberation Monument), the landmark and center of Chongqing
Chongqing products treemap, 2020
Entrance to the Chongqing Nankai Secondary School
A train of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 2 coming through a residential building at Liziba station.
An aerial tramway across the Yangtse river in Chongqing CBD Photo by Chen Hualin
Hydrofoil on the Yangtze in the outer reaches of the municipality
Chongqing funicular railway
View of Chaotianmen Bridge across the Yangtze River in Chongqing
Zhongshan Ancient Town, Jiangjin, Chongqing
Chongqing Grand Theater
Martyrs' Cemetery
Chongqing Art Museum
The Hongya Cave (Hongya-dong) traditional Bayu-style stilted houses at Jiefangbei CBD
The steep path up to the front gate of Fishing Town
Ciqikou ancient road in Shapingba District
Typical Chongqing hot pot served with minced shrimp, tripes, pork aorta, goose intestine, and kidney slices.
Chongqing Xiao mian with peas and spicy bean paste
Laziji is famous for its crispy texture
Jiangbeizui CBD from above, taken in 2018
Chaotianmen Bridge connects Jiangbei District with Nan'an District of Chongqing, taken in 2018
Jiefangbei ({{zh|c=解放碑|l=People's Liberation Monument|labels=no}}) is a World War II victory monument
Raffles City Chongqing, sitting in the confluence of Yangtze and Jialing River

As one of China's National Central Cities, it serves as a financial center of the Sichuan Basin and the upstream Yangtze.

Mount Emei

3099 m mountain in Sichuan Province, China, and is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.

A temple at the Golden Summit
Massive statue of Samantabhadra at the summit of Mount Emei
Baoguosi, a Buddhist temple
Buddhist temple at Mount Emei
Wooden bridgewalk over the Crystal Stream, western slopes
Macaque indigenous to the region
Sunrise over Mount Emei
Sunrise over a sea of clouds at Mount Emei
Guangfu pavilion, with summit visible in background
Elephant statues on the steps leading to the statue of Samantabhadra
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Mount Emei and Exiu Lake
Mount Emei and Exiu Lake

Mount Emei sits at the western rim of the Sichuan Basin.


Bronze head from Sanxingdui, dating from the Shu kingdom
Golden Sun Bird from Jinsha site
A stone-carved gate pillar, or que, 6 m in total height, located at the tomb of Gao Yi in Ya'an, Sichuan, built during the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE)
Warlords in China around 194; Liu Bei's takeover of Yi Province meant he seized the positions of Liu Biao and Zhang Lu eventually
The Leshan Giant Buddha, built during the latter half of the Tang dynasty (618–907).
Japanese bombers bombing a Chinese road in Sichuan during WW2
Shops in Jundao, a town devastated by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake
Giant pandas eating bamboo in Chengdu, Sichuan
The capital of Sichuan, Chengdu.
IFS Chengdu Mall Entrance
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in Chengdu
Nijia Qiao, South Renmin Road, Chengdu
Sichuan–Tibet Highway passes by Lake Kasa in Luhuo County.
The Yi are the largest ethnic minority group in Sichuan.
Typical vernacular house in Sichuan
Extent of present-day Sichuanese language
Sichuan Education Department
Larix potaninii in autumn colour.
Garzê Prefecture
Zitong County
Linpan in Chengdu Plain is a well-known landmark in Chengdu Plain, Sichuan.
View of the Temple of the Yellow Dragon (Chinese Buddhism) in Huanglong.
Statues of buddhas at Litang Monastery of the Tibetan tradition.
A pavilion of the Shangqing Temple (Taoist) in Qingchengshan, Chengdu.
Golden Temple of Mount Emei (Chinese Buddhism).
Kung Pao chicken, one of the best known dishes of Sichuan cuisine
Mapo doufu
Hot pot in Mala style
Dandan noodles
Mixed sauce noodles ({{lang|zh-hans|杂酱面}})
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Waterfalls at Mount Qincheng
Bipenggou Valley
Mount Siguniang Scenic Area
Hailuogou Glacier
Dujiangyan irrigation system
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Sichuan (, ; pinyin: Sìchuān; alternatively romanized as Szechuan or Szechwan) is a landlocked province in Southwest China occupying most of the Sichuan Basin and the easternmost part of the Tibetan Plateau between the Jinsha River on the west, the Daba Mountains in the north and the Yungui Plateau to the south.

Sichuan cuisine

Style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan Province.

Geographic extent of Sichuan cuisine
A chili hot pot characteristic of Sichuan cuisine

The complex topography of Sichuan Province, including its mountains, hills, plains, plateaus and the Sichuan Basin, has shaped its food customs with versatile and distinct ingredients.

Min River (Sichuan)

About the river in Sichuan.

Map of the Min River drainage basin

The river passes through the Longmen Mountains and enters the plains of the Sichuan Basin near Dujiangyan.


Prefecture-level city located at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers in Sichuan Province, China.

Stone arch bridge in Leshan
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan from the Dadu River
Night view
Buddhist temple
The Leshan Giant Buddha
Buddhist Monk in Leshan
Lingbao Pagoda

Leshan is located on the southwestern fringe of the Sichuan Basin in southern Sichuan, about 120 km from Chengdu.

Hengduan Mountains

The Hengduan Mountains are a group of mountain ranges in southwest China that connect the southeast portions of the Tibetan Plateau with the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau.

Three Parallel Rivers region - heart of Hengduan Shan - relative to South, Southeast and East Asia.
Larger scale political / relief map of area (Hengduan Shan / Three Gorges region top centre).
Map of East Asia, showing location of Hengduan Mountains (with particular reference to their coniferous forests) and their only major settlement Lijiang, Yunnan Province.
Satellite view of the Hengduan Mountains
A bird's-eye view of the "Nujiang 72 turns" in Tibet.
Hailuogou glacier, slopes of Mount Gongga (Minya Konka), Sichuan province.
Mount Chenrezig, seen from Yading Xin river, southwest Sichuan. Highest peak of Yading range.
Mount Jampelyang, Yading range, southwest Sichuan.
Chonggu grassland and conifer-clad foothills of Mount Chanadorje, snow-clad in background. Yading range.
Lake at foot of Mount Chanadorje, Yading range, southwestern Sichuan.
Wooded slopes of Chola Mountains, Sichuan province.
Panorama of Ge'nyen massif, Sichuan province.
Lijiang, Yunnan province, (only city within Hengduan Shan) dwarfed by Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Meili range, border of Dêqên County, Yunnan with Tibet.
Kawagarbo, highest peak of Meili range, Yunnan/Tibet border.
Gaoligong range, border of western Yunnan and Myanmar (Burma).
Gaoligong railway tunnel, Yunnan / Myanmar.
Jagged peaks rising from Yangtze River gorge Yunnan province.
Trial hydroelectric installation, Salween River gorge, Yunnan province.
Valley of the Lancang (upper Mekong) River, Baoshan, Yunnan.
Hengduan conifer forests, Dêgê County, northwest of Sichuan province.

The Hengduan Mountains are primarily large north-south mountain ranges that effectively separate lowlands in northern Myanmar from the lowlands of the Sichuan Basin.

2008 Sichuan earthquake

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake, also known as the Great Sichuan earthquake or Wenchuan earthquake, occurred at 14:28:01 China Standard Time on May 12, 2008.

A collapsed residential block in Wenchuan being bulldozed in the aftermath of the earthquake; exposed mountain faces can be seen in the background.
The USGS provided a map of Asia in May 2008, which showed a total of 122 earthquakes occurring on the continent. The large red square near the center of the map depicts the 7.9 magnitude Chengdu quake in the Sichuan province.
A USGS map shows that dozens of aftershocks occurred in a small region following the quake.
Figure 1: Official fatality reports for the Wenchuan M8 earthquake as a function of time. Squares show fatalities, triangles show the sum of fatalities plus missing persons, which equaled the number of fatalities in the end. The diamond is the QLARM estimate 100 minutes after the earthquake, with the range of possible values given by the solid, vertical line through the diamond. The horizontal dash-dotted line indicates the average value of fatalities calculated by QLARM.
Figure 2: Map of settlements with the estimated mean damage due to the Wenchuan earthquake modeled as a line rupture extending as far as the aftershocks.
On the night of May 12, residents of Chengdu worried about potential aftershocks gathered in the street to avoid staying in buildings.
USGS shake map
The outside of a warehouse in disarray following the earthquake.
The Miaoziping Bridge of Dujiangyan –Wenchuan Expressway was damaged in the earthquake.
A bank building in Beichuan after the earthquake. A girl was found alive in the ruins 102 hours (4 days, 6 hours) after the earthquake.
A single door frame bearing a portrait of Mao Zedong remained standing in a pile of debris.
Rain was among the many problems affecting the area in the aftermath of the earthquake. Here, a group of onlookers examine a collapsed building in the rain.
Persistent rain, as well as rock slides and a layer of mud coating on the main roads, such as the one above, hindered rescue officials' efforts to enter the target region.
Falling debris, such as the object that landed on this vehicle, hindered rescue workers' progress as they attempted to cross the mountain.
This elderly woman was rescued and placed on a stretcher after being trapped for over 50 hours.
Senior Capt. Guan Youfei greeted the first of two U.S. aircrews delivering earthquake relief supplies
On May 19, 2008, people mourned for the earthquake victims at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, with the flag at half mast throughout the mourning period.
Donation box for Sichuan earthquake victims, A-Ma Temple, Macao, May 2008.
This kindergarten was among the many schools in the disaster region that suffered heavy structural damage.

"The energy source of the Wenchuan earthquake and Longmenshan's southeast push came from the strike of the Indian Plate onto the Eurasian Plate and its northward push. The inter-plate relative motion caused large scale structural deformation inside the Asian continent, resulting in a thinning crust of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the uplift of its landscape and an eastward extrude. Near the Sichuan Basin, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's east-northward movement meets with strong resistance from the South China Block, causing a high degree of stress accumulation in the Longmenshan thrust formation. This finally caused a sudden dislocation in the Yingxiu-Beichuan fracture, leading to the violent earthquake of Ms 8.0."


Prefecture-level city in the southeastern part of Sichuan province, China, located at the junction of the Min and Yangtze Rivers.

The Yangtze at the confluence of the Min and Jinsha Rivers. Below Yibin, the Yangtze is known in Chinese as Chang Jiang or the "Long River". Above Yibin, the Yangtze is known as the Jinsha or Gold Sands River.
Map including Yibin (labeled as I-PIN (SUIFU) 宜賓(敘州)) (AMS, 1954)
Ethnic townships in South Sichuan: Yibin and Luzhou. Light green -Yi. Blue - miao.

Yibin is located in the southeast portion of Sichuan at the southern end of the Sichuan Basin, bordering Zhaotong (Yunnan) to the south, Luzhou to the east, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and Leshan to the west, and Zigong to the north, and has a total area is 13283 sqkm.


Second largest prefecture-level city of Sichuan province in Southwest China.

Mianyang is at the northwestern end of the Sichuan Basin, on the upper to middle reaches of the Fu River.