Xichang Travel GuideLocation: Xichang is known as the Satellite Launch Center, situated in the southwest of Sichuan Province..
Area: with an area of 2,651 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han is the majority. There are Li, Hui, Tibet, Miao, Hui, Mongilia Minority Nationalities, etc.
History: Xichang is a historical city of more than 2,000 years. It was a place of strategic importance in the southwestern edge of ancient China. It is also called "Moon City" as people can see a large and bright moon due to its good conditions of altitude, temperature, sunshine, longitude and latitude as well as low suspended particulate in the air.
Climate: Owing to its low latitude and high elevation, Xichang has a mild climate. Under the Köppen system, the city belongs to the humid subtropical zone. Winters feature mild days and cool nights, while summers are very warm and humid. Monthly daily mean temperatures range from 9.6 °C in January to 22.3 °C in July; the annual mean is 16.9 °C. Unlike much of the province, which lies in the Sichuan Basin, humidity levels in winter are rather low, but like the rest of the province, rainfall is concentrated in the months of June through September, and the city is virtually rainless in winter.
Transportation: Air-Xichang has its own airport, Xichang Qingshan Airport, which is attached to the spaceport by a railroad line and highway directly.
Railway-Xichang Railway Station is a main station on the railway line Kunming-Chengdu. A fast express train line is under construction which should shorten travelling times. There are also some other stations in the city, including the Xichang north railway station and Xichang south railway station.
Highway-Xichang lies on the Kunming - Chengdu expressway. The section to the south is in use now while the mountainous section to Chengdu in the north is still under construction.
Local Specialties: Li lacquerware, Silver decorations and National Costume
Local Food: the food in Xichang featured Li Minority Nationality Style such as Dried Salted Duck, Suancai Tudou Ji, Ruzhu Tuotuorou, spicy chicken and so on.
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