Ya’an, once the capital of Xikang Province, is located in the west of Sichuan Base. Being a hot tourist resort, it is praised as Historical & Cultural City, Charming City in China as well as Ecological Demonstration Zone. Most people come here to enjoy the panda or tea culture because Ya’an is the cradle of both panda and tea.
Ya'an is endowed with numerous scenic attractions, including lofty mountains, corridor bridges, ancient towns and culture of tea and minorities. Of course, you won’t miss Giant Pandas. Check the top attractions listed below and get to know deeply about them.
Bifengxia attracts visitors with giant pandas. Viewing pandas at all stages must be an enjoyable experience and participating in Giant Panda Volunteer Programs ensures you have an intimate contact with pandas. Now the program has a temporary closure and notice will be given as it reopens. The natural landscape is really amazing.
Being a key point on the Ancient Tea-horse Route and South Silk Road in history, Shangli ancient town is reputed as Famed Historical & Cultural Town. It features stone-paved streets flanked with different styles of courtyards and residential houses in layout of the character “井”. Surrounded mountains and streams make it more charming.
Mount Mengding, 15 km away from Ya’an city, is the birthplace of tea civilization in China and the cradle of tea culture. Mengshan tea reached to all corners of the world through the Ancient Tea-horse Route and the South Silk Road. Plucking tea in Mount Mengding and experiencing process of making tea must highlight you trip to China.
Niubei Mountain is regarded as the Largest Viewing Deck in China for you can view multitudinous famed snowy mountains like Mount Emei, Mount Gongga and some others. It is also hailed as Perfect Spot for Photograph on account of its captivating six wonders: cloudy sea, sunset, sunrise, far-view of mountains, Buddhist light and starry sky.
Ya’an bears a subtropical monsoon climate and average temperature ranges from 14.1℃～17.9 ℃. Because of this special and geography and climate, there are four distinctive seasons, abundant rain and poor sunshine but no chilly winter or hot summer.
Ya’an owns a variety of tourist resources and all seasons are available to Ya’an. However, rain gears are a necessity and it’s important to protect your equipment from water and damp in Ya’an. In the rainy summer, you should watch out for the flash flood and landslide.>>see details about Ya'an climate, weather & season to go
How to transfer to Ya’an:
Ya’an is just 120 km away from Chengdu, so it’s advisable for tourists to choose Chengdu as a transfer station. Transportation to Chengdu is rather convenient and enough buses are available from Chengdu Xinnanmen Station and Chengdu Shiyangchang Station to Ya’an at cost of about 50 RMB within one and half an hour.
Inner Transportation: Main traffic media in Ya’an contains public buses, taxis and electro-tricycles. Taking a taxi is very cheap in Yan and cost you only a starting price of 3 RMB and 1.7 RMB per kilometer then. There are many bus to different attractions in Tourists’ Station. >>See more details at How to Get to & around Ya'an.
As a tourist city, Ya’an is equipped with sufficient great hotels and small inns. Good hotels with best service and best locations are 4-star Hongzhu Hotel, Moon Star Hotel, 3-star Yudu Hotel, Bifengxia Wenfeng Villa Farmerhouse and Ya'an Ibis Hotel.
Most hotels are conveniently located in or nearby the city central area. You can easily transfer to the surrounding tourist sites easily. >>See more details at Hotels in Ya'an.
Top help you learn better about Ya’an's location, attractions, etc, we have collected following tourist maps which are latest, downloadable and printable. >>See more details at Ya'an Maps.
Besides Chengdu, there are some other destinations in Sichuan well worth your visit. Transfer to the following destinations and explore the World Heritage Sites – Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. Discover now!
Chinese Name: 雅安
Chinese Pinyin: Yǎān
English IPA: /'ja'æn:/
Population: 1.53 million
Language: Mandarin & Sichuan Dialect
Tel Code: 0835
Zip Code: 625000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Logo: Green Leaf and Panda
At least 2 days are needed to explore Ya’an and surrounding. Most highlights of Ya’an including Bifengxia, Mount Mengding and Shangli Ancient Town are not far from the downtown and they can be done in 2 days.
From Ya’an, you can extend your trip to west Sichuan like such as the King of Mountains in Sichuan-Mt. Gongga, the Queen of Mountains in Sichuan – Mount Siguniang, the Real Shangri-La - Daocheng Yading, Dege Sutra-Printing House, Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, Sertar etc.
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