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Leshan, Sichuan Province

    Leshan lies in the southwest of Sichuan Province. It has an area of 20 thousand square kilometers and a population of 6.59 million.
    The land surface of Leshan descends from southwest to northeast. The western part is mountains. It has a subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 17.4ºC, and has 333 frost-free days.Annual rainfall averages 1,389 millimeters.
    Leshan is rich in forest and water energy resources. Mineral deposits include rock salt, bittern, limestone, and saltpeter.
    Machinery, power, salt chemicals, construction material, and food processing are the main industries of Leshan. Leshan is a major producer of salt and a lager hydropower base in the southwest of China. The Gongzui hydropower station on the Dadu River is a regional power grid. The chief farm products include rice, rape, oranges, tea, silkworm cocoons, and pigs.
    Road transportation facility of Leshan is good. The Chengkun railway line runs through Leshan. Ferries can sail from Leshan to Yibin by the Min River.
    Leshan has many scenic spots and historical relics, such as the Emeishan scenic area that includes the Emeishan Mountain and the Grand Buddha, the small Three Gorges of the Min River, the Black Dragon Pond, and the Sansu Clan Hall. The local products and specialties are tea, oranges, grapes, lychee, and fermented bean curd.

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