gather! An ultra-complete guide to Panzhihua, the only city in China named after a flower!
Panzhihua, a city located at southernmost tip of Sichuan province and bordering Yunnan, was originally a "Panzhihua village" with only 7 families. Later, in connection with discovery of giant deposits of vanadium-titanium-magnetite, an industrial zone was established in 1965, renamed "Dukow City". In 1987, Dukou City was renamed "Panzhihua City", becoming only city in China named after a flower.
Today's Panzhihua is a city of a million people."
The average annual temperature here is 20°C, weather is comfortable all year round, with a fairly bright and dry climate, Panzhihua is like spring all year round, and flowers bloom in all seasons. The city is buried in cherry blossoms and kapok, which is livable and pleasant.
The degree of forest coverage here is 61.99%, and the air quality index reaches 100%.
So, Panjihua, how to play? Let's talk about it further:
Panzhihua must-see attractions
1. China Third Front Construction Museum
Most of city attractions in Panzhihua are lackluster, but don't miss Third Line Construction Museum, where you can fully understand history of city's development.
From 1960s to 1980s, national government carried out large-scale strategic infrastructure construction in China's central and western regions called "Three Fronts Construction", and Panzhihua is one of important cities.
Museum tickets are free with valid ID.
Panzhihua Surroundings There are many types of scenery, and Gesara is most typical.
Starting from urban area, walk 120 kilometers and you can find yourself in a desert and vast plateau. Under continuous action of Panxi Rift Valley, Tiankeng and Stone Forest have been formed, which can be called most special natural scenery in Panzhihua.
Because altitude is about 2800 meters, temperatures in Gesar are usually 5-10℃ cooler than in urban areas.
Gesala is only place where you can walk from Panzhihua to Lugu Lake. It is a true pure land and "heaven on earth" in eyes of Yi people. A sea of swaying pine forests The green pine forests are home to rare species such as Fritillaria, Matsutake and Chonglou.
Compared to vast pine forest, Azalean Sea is more famous here. As largest base of wild rhododendrons in China, listed in Guinness Book of Records, it gradually appears in area during flowering. period every year. Against backdrop of a withered meadow, it is even more charming.
3. Isala Village
More than 600 years ago, after "Hongwu Pingdian" of Ming Dynasty, soldiers from Nanjing, Jiangsu and Changsha, Hunan Province were ordered to build village of Tuosala, which means "a place where water cannot seep". These soldiers married local Yi women, and their descendants continued to mix with local Yi people to form today's Lipo Yi people.
The decorations here are primitive and poorly developed.
Because it is the largest natural Yi village in China, more than 96% of inhabitants of this village are of Yi ethnicity.
The village still preserves ancient and magical talking about ancient music and sheepskin drums.
4. Ertan National Forest Park
This is a semi-artificial and semi-natural landscape created after Yalong River was intercepted by a high dam, including Ertan Power Plant reservoir, dam, and surrounding mountains and forests of over 400,000 mu.
Ertan National Forest Park, known as Bailey Gallery, looks like an ink painting of a landscape.
A misty green lake surrounded by green mountains and lush dense forests.
In this green forest of 700 square meters, every breath is filled with smell of oxygen ions, which makes people feel fresh.
5. Zhuanxu Dragon Cave
The cave is located at intersection of Longzhu Mountain and Anning River and is named after Zhuanxu, one of five emperors born here.
In light of multi-colored lights, a dazzling array of stalagmites, stone pillars, stone chimneys and stone mantles fascinates.
The scale of karst cave is not small, 1.8-kilometer path in cave goes up all way, first half of cave is filled with water vapor, and road is slippery.
Known as "the first cave in southern Sichuan", Zhuanxu Dragon Cave has highest negative ion content in country, and is truly a natural oxygen bar.
6. Hongge Hot Spring
Hongge Hot Spring is located 35 kilometers from urban area of Panzhihua and is known as "strange spring in Sichuan Province" because it is rich in more than 60 trace elements beneficial to human body, such as radon, radium and fluorine.
The Hongge hot spring, which exudes thick fog all year round, forms a subtropical landscape when bauhinia flowers are in full bloom.
Thanks to excellent quality of water at 57 degrees Celsius, you can relax physically and mentally after a bath.
Panzhihua Fresh Fruit Tasting Tips
The climate of Panjihua is very suitable for cultivation of subtropical fruits and vegetables. Abundant fruits are fragrant all year round. It is a fruit growing area, as famous as Sanya and Baise.
Sufficient sunlight and low rainfall create sufficient moisture and high sweetness of panzhihua fruits.
According to incomplete statistics, about 40 kinds of fruits are grown in Panzhihua. Among them, Panzhihua mango, Panzhihua medlar, Zhongba strawberry, Hongge navel orange, Panxi Datian pomegranate, Yanbian watermelon, Yanbian mulberry, and Miya medlar are geographical indication products certified by Ministry of Agriculture.
Panzhihua Fruit Market Time:
January-March: Loquat, strawberry, papaya and navel orange appeared on market.
April-June: papaya, cherry, mulberry, nectarine, blueberry, sweet apricot, blueberry, watermelon, grape, lychee, cherry tomato, etc.;
July-September:Watermelon, Mango, Longan, Plum, Lotus Mist, Sydney, Pomegranate, Guava, Dragonfruit, Kiwi, Red Grapes, Peaches, etc.;
October-December: Strawberry, Mango, Dragonfruit, Grapefruit, Ponkan, Navel Orange, Winter Jujube, Custard Apple, Green Jujube, Lemon, Persimmon, Sugarcane, etc.p>
The hallmark of Panzhihua cuisine is salty side dishes!
A hallmark of Yanbian dishes is use of green pepper and spicy millet instead of red oil, while retaining spicy flavor without losing original flavor of dishes.
1. Salted Beef
Yanbian beef is a must-have delicacy in Panzhihua and is topped with ground pepper, shallots, millet and other ingredients.
2. Lamb noodles
The lamb is tender and delicious, and with rice noodles it is smooth, taste is really unforgettable.
3. Nine bowls
"Nine plates" is nine bowls of dishes, because "nine" is a homonym for word "long", which means "long and long". Each dish is mostly meat, tasty and satisfying.
4. Copper hot pot
Pork, lamb, beef offal, chicken and duck are stewed with soup. After soup thickens and meat rots, vegetables such as radishes and yams are boiled. Everyone sits down and shares a meal, enjoying warmth of winter.
5. Butter bottom of meat
Meat in butter is a local delicacy in Panzhihua. After cooking, meat is soft, but not mushy. Appetizing and invigorates the spleen.