Xichang College is situated in Xichang, the capital city of Liangshan Yi People’s Autonomous Prefecture at the southwest of Sichuan province.
The population of Xichang reaches 650 thousand, in which 18.77 percent are covered by 27 ethnic minorities. Endowed with a perennial spring, Xichang boasts a mild climate with a cloudless and clear sky on most days and with a bright moon at most nights. Therefore, it has long been crowned as the “Sun City”, “Moon City”, “Spring City”, as well as “Aerospace City” in China. It also gains six laurels including one of the ten top favorite cities worth touring in China, the outstanding tourist cities of China, one of the ten favorable inhabiting cities in Sichuan province, a forest city in Sichuan, one of the greatest tourist attractions in China, and one of the ten prettiest ancient cities nationwide.
Xichang enjoys a superior location with six flights a day between Xichang and Chengdu, and direct scheduled flights from Xichang to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Kunming. Expressways link the north to Chengdu and connect the south to Kunming. Every day, there are 14 trains going to Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Chengdu and Chongqing. Liangshan boasts sights of human interest which can be summarized as “Two Flavors (Yi People’s flavor and Mosuo People’s flavor) and One Technology (aerospace technology)”.
Liangshan is a melting pot of Chinese ethnic cultures with Yi People’s culture preserved intact. With a pronounced Yi People’s flavor prevailing in this area, you can experience the Torch Festival as well as Bimo’s and Suni’s religious activities. You can join the Yi People’s singing and dancing as well as appreciate their beautiful costumes and residential housing. You can taste their delicious food and visit the Museum of Slave Society. In addition, the Mosuo culture at Lugu Lake is so simple and primitive that it is called the most precious living fossil of mankind’s matriarchal societies. In Muli Tibetan Autonomous County, there are the typical political systems which integrate the church and the state. The relics of the Red Army’s Long March are important parts of Liangshan tourist resources. The Xichang Satellite Launch Center is the first launch site open to the outside world, gaining enormous publicity for the prefecture at home and abroad.
Meanwhile, the rich natural scenery in Liangshan Prefecture can be divided into five categories: mountains, geological features, waterscape, meteorological scenery and ecological scenery.
Mountain scenery: Decorated with primitive forests, glaciers, glacial lakes and the Azalea Sea, Luoji Mountain is enveloped in mist and clouds, which is as beautiful as Emei Mountain and the Jiuzhanggou Valley. Lushan Mountain is famous for its scenery and coexistence of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Snow-capped Qialangduoji Mountain in Shangri-La, together with Snow-capped Xiannaiyi and Yangmaiyong Mountains in Daocheng County (in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture), are called Three Brothers Peaks with a high reputation at home and abroad. Geological features: Liangshan gains the name of Geological Museum owing to a large number of limestone caves and exotic rocks in different poses and with different expressions. Waterscape: The second to none waterscape are three lakes, two hot springs and one waterfall, namely, Qionghai Lake, Lugu Lake, Horse Lake; Puge Hot Spring, Dacaohe Hot Spring as well as Hot Spring Waterfall of Luoji Mountain. Meteorological scenery: The most famous examples of this sort are the sunshine of the Anning River, the moon in Xichang, the misty rain of Woyun Villa on Lushan Mountain, sunrise and Buddha’s halo in Luoji Mountain, and the Cloud Sea on Longzhou Mountain. Ecological scenery: Famous ecological scenery includes the primitive forests on Luoji Mountain and in Muli County, as well as the Azaleas Sea on Longzhou Mountain.