Photos from Chengdu's north-west.
Starting north, the Dujiangyan is an hydo-engineering project from the Qin Dynasty, constructed over 2000 years ago, to prevent flooding and to provide irrigation for the Sichuan basin. It created the most productive agricultural region in China, and is now listed in UNESCO.
Above the site is a neat complex of temples:
Erwang Temple is hidden in the local forest, and browsing it offers loads of exotic settings.
But while it might look peaceful, it is far from quiet. These cicadas make constant racket.
Apparently, a cicada in Chinese tradition symbolises rebirth and immortality. Rebirth surely makes a loud shrill droning noise.
Going southwest, there's the Mount Qingcheng, one of the four famous Taoist mountains in China. Keeping the direction, a winding road takes you into another historic area..
... Jiezi Ancient Town in Chongzhou.
Although the town has a history of ~1000 years, pretty much all the houses are newly built. Therefore, local culture provides more interesting sights that the architecture itself.
You can take a neat walk up to the hills nearby..
..where's Guangyan Buddhist Temple.
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