Editor's note: Sichuan is a wonderland to tour all year round, but the best time to visit the province may be the period from April to November. Tourists should pay attention to traffic information during the rainy season from April to October, when road damage or obstruction may occur after heavy rain. As the weather in Sichuan can be complicated, tourists are also advised to check weather forecasts beforehand when traveling in the province.
Here, China.org.cn has compiled some of the best tourist attractions to visit in Sichuan in four different seasons--spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Southern Sichuan Bamboo Forest
Best time to visit:: May
Sixty-eight kilometers southeast of Yibin City, you find an extraordinary natural bamboo forest, covering a total area of 60,000 mu (4,000 hectares), including 500 hills.The Bamboo Forest scenic area, situated at an elevation ranging from 600 m to 1,000 m, features as many as 58 different bamboo types. Strong and dense, from a distance they seem to resemble a green ocean. The scenic area also features mountains, rivers, karst caves, lakes and falls. In the middle of the forest you find many cultural relics and historical sites, such as the Bamboo Forest Museum, the old folk residences on Mount Xijia and fish fossils.The scenic area has very enjoyable weather with a year-round average temperature of 15.5℃ (60℉). It is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and gaze out over the beautiful landscape. It has been described as "one of the top 10 most beautiful forests in China." [Photo/China.org.cn]