City of Yaan, looking down from Mt. Cai (蔡山).
The hill ranges opposite belong to Mr Meng (蒙山),
in which there is a trail through that Great Yu (大禹), three saint
emperors ruled the Middle Kingdom thousands years ago,
went to implement his monumental flood control project, as
legend goes. Human casualties and property damage from the
Saturday earthquake mainly occurred at the small towns and
villages in the surrounding mountainous areas.
The ancient Shangli Town with over 2,000
years of history locates in Lushan County (芦山县),
the epic centre of Saturday earthquake. It is a waterside
scene in the town before 8.02am on April 20.
Like a typical traditional
man-made environment in China, it is a piece of visual
feast that attracts visual
artists from all over the country. When the quake stroke,
a about a thousand arts students were scattered around
painting the townscape.
This is a piece of natural wonder in the
mountainous area of Yaan before the earthquake
In this natural paradise, giant
pandas have cultivated a bamboo chewing life-style
long before humans started cultivating their vegetable
gardens. In fact Yaan is where these over-weighted vegetarians
were first discovered by the outside world.