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Chengdu Municipality
Located in the center of the Chengdu Plain, Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province. For nearly 2500 years, it has been the economic and cultural center of the province. Long noted for its brocade industry, Chengdu was named Jincheng or the Brocade City in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220 A.D.). When the people of the Brocade City discovered that the brocade became brighter and fresher after they washed it in the local river, they named it the Jinjiang or the Brocade River.
Known as a land flowing with milk and honey since ancient times, Chengdu is abundant in natural resources, talented people and places of historical interest and scenic beauty. They include Wuhou Memorial Temple, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Qingyang Palace (a Taoist temple), Wangjiang (River View) Tower, Tomb of Wang Jian, Wenshu Compound, Baoguang Temple, Daci Temple and Zhaojue Temple. From here it is convenient grand Dujiangyan irrigation works in Dujiangyan City.
Located in southern Sichuan at the confluence of the Jinsha and Minjiang Rivers, Yibin in ancient times was a state established by an ethnic minority in the southwest. The name Yibin first became known during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), and for centuries the town has served as a prefecture seat. Among is places of historical interest are Cuiping Hill, Liubei Pool, Jiuzhou Pagoda, a group of Han tombs, the Huatai Monastery of the Tang Dynasty, stone carvings at Dafotuo, and the Memorial Hall of Zhao Yiman.
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