It's no surprise Yibin is so popular with travelers; the region is an Aladdin's Cave of great natural and man-made attractions. Zigong, lays 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the south, while Luzhou sits 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the west.
For a glimpse into the spiritual side of Yibin, be sure to spend a little time at the area's many temples.
If you're not the kind of traveler to go on vacation just to unwind, the Yibin area offers a number of action-packed activities such as horse riding and mountain climbing.
You'll often find the essence of a place is by exploring the restaurants and cafés in the area. Try something off the menu and strike up a conversation with locals. Poultry as well as tofu are often used in dishes in this area. Sample a couple of the popular local dishes, like kung pao chicken and Sichuan hot pot.
Learning some handy phrases in Mandarin can be the difference between a simple vacation and a rewarding journey into the heart and soul the Sichuan region. "Nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ" means "Would you like todance with me?" Or try "Zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān" (This gentleman/lady will pay for everything).
When it is time to leave Yibin, you'll be sure to bid this place a fond "Zàijiàn" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be leaving with wonderful memories that you'll have for years to come.