Passing by valleys, mountains and joining
with thousands of small rivers, the Jinsha River rushes down from the Tibetan
Plateau into the south of the Sichuan Basin, with the Minjiang River from the
north converged, forming the great Yangtze River. Lying in the confluence of the
Jinsha River and the Minjiang River, Yibin wins the fame of the First City of
the Yangtze River because it is located at the top of the river.
Endowed by nature with beautiful scenery, Yibin
also has a lot of historic sites. In the center of the city is the Daguan
Building, which was built in the fifth year of the Yuanhe reign in the Tang
Dynasty (618-907); in the north bank of the Minjiang River is the Beiliu Pond
and it was built when Huang Tingjian lived in Rongzhou in banishment; the Old
City Tower on the site of the ancient dam was built in the third year of the
Leiguan reign in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127); on Zhenwu Mountain stands
the Xuanzu Palace and the temple group of Zhenwu Mountain; halfway up Cuiping
Mountain, which was said to be the birthplace of the divine warrior -- Nata, is
the Memorial Hall of Zhao Yiman. The Buddha and the Arhat sculptures on the
Qinfo Cliff are both of high artistic value. Yibin is the jade in the ancient
Southern Silk Road.
With an average annul temperature of 17oC
and a total precipitation of 1000mm, Yibin has four clearly demarcated seasons.
Spring comes early, summer is much humid, autumn has a lot of rain, and winter
is with a little frost or snow. The average frost-free period lasts 340 days.
Yibin is a city that features the southern subtropical