See firsthand why Sichuan is so beloved by local and international travelers alike, by hitting the road and exploring the numerous cultural and scenic attractions around Neijiang. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Zigong, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast, and Dazu 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the west.
Step back in time while you are learning about the Sichuan area. Take a trip to some of the old towns for which this region is well known.
Sometimes, one of the most effective ways to get a feel for a place is by tapping into the expertise of locals. This region has a range of cycling tours and culinary tours.
Local foods are one of the keys to getting to know about an area. So stop by some of the region's cafés and restaurants. You will learn that poultry and tofu are regularly used components in local meals. Taste some popular local dishes, like kung pao chicken and Sichuan hot pot.
Practicing some handy phrases in Mandarin can be all it takes to transform a run-of-the-mill vacation and a rewarding journey into the rich psyche of Sichuan. One example of a handy Mandarin phrase is "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" (Would you like todance with me?). "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān" ("This gentleman/lady will pay for everything") is also useful.
At the end of your adventure in Sichuan, you'll be sure to bid this region a sad "Zàijiàn" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be heading home with photos and memories that you'll have for years to come.