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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 1st 2019

Hi All, I really love this festival. Second time I've been able to see some of the most beautiful lights I have ever seen. We stayed in the RongGuang Business Hotel. A big double ensuite room. Clean and warm and with our room at the back peaceful. A couple of nights is plenty of time here. We had visited the fascinating salt well before but we did visit to buy some traditionally mined salt. We had planned to visit the old town but the weather was chilly and miserable so we didn't bother. Food is a little difficult as many of the street stalls are not clean, watching the woman blow her nose on her fingers and then wiping them on her apron then serving some noodles! My stomach must be made of strong stuff!! On ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 24th 2016

Hi All, I have seen the lanterns in Shanghai and other cities at Spring Festival but none of them can compare to the one here in Zigong. The festival cost 40rmb for the lanterns that are set up in the park and an extra 30 rmb for a strange exhibition of balloon art and a refrigeration unit with ice sculptures inside. The lanterns were extremely beautiful and the colours were just amazing. There was also a stage with performances of dancing, music and comedy. We had a great evening just strolling around although it was starting to get very busy when we decided to leave. The festival becomes more expensive and a lot busier the week of Spring Festival so.it probably wouldn't be the best time to come. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 24th 2016

Hi All, Fascinating place to visit with the deepest traditionally drilled well in the world and it still produces salt brine. Zigong is famous for its salt and once upon a time there were wooden derricks and bamboo pipes all over the city. The bamboo ropes and bamboo poles may have been replaced by modern equipment but the process is basically the same as it has been for generations. It was great to go into the hot room where they use the natural gas that comes from the well to turn the brine into salt. It was lovely and warm compared to the cold winter's day outside. A great place to visit Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 24th 2016

Hi All, Great museum with many fossils of dinosaurs which have not been found anywhere else in the world and in huge amounts. The paleontologists don't seem to understand why all these fossils are piled up on top of each other, although the general consensus seemed to be that they were washed there in a flood. The museum was very well laid out and all the captions were in Chinese, English and Japanese. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong February 24th 2016

Hi All, Another interesting museum about Zigong's past glorys as a comercial centre for salt. The museum is housed inside a really wonderful building built by salt merchants in 1736. Again the exhibits and captions are very interesting and informative as to how the wells were drilled, worked and maintained. Zigong has been a wonderful place to visit. A very laidback city with some beautiful teahouses especially the WangYe temple teahouse which was huge and also empty.:D Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong June 11th 2014

The Zigong Dinosaur Museum near Zigong in the township of Dashanpu. In the 1980s a large number of dinosaur fossils were excavated 7 km NE of downtown Zigong, including a dinosaur named after the township, Dashanpusaurus . The Museum was established in 1987, and for you dinosaur enthusiasts…it has a bunch of sauruses: Omeisaurus, Gigantspinosaurus, Yangchuanosaurus, Huayangosaurus and Xiaosaurus - the largest number of dinosaur fossils in the world. It has some of the most unique and articulated intact dinosaur bone remains. Dr. Elshatory tried (unsuccessfully) to convince the museum staff to rename a flying pterodactyl the Wileypostosaurus.... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong June 11th 2014

June 11, 2014 (Xigong) On blindness prevention trips, the host town typically organizes something to let us see some of the interesting parts of the area. Xigong is known historically for its salt production process renowned as "Salt City" for its brine extraction techniques. In ancient China salt was regarded as the energy for body and valued higher even than gold. A tributary to the Yangtze River snakes through the city's core. The region is very humid and the visibility can be reduced dramatically in the area due to ground fog - attributed to the fact that it sits on what was once a vast inland sea. Changes in the environment caused the water levels to subside leaving salt, brine, and natural gas.The salt production is based on drilling deep wells (similar to oil drilling) and ... read more
Brine Extraction Drilling Rig

Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong June 11th 2014

June 11, 2014 (Xigong) Our blindness prevention trip was a bit different than previous years in that we went to a more urban environment to the city of Xigong. It is one of the four largest cities in Sichuan Province, and was selected to have us see, visit and engage with a group there that has committed to blindness prevention programs. I think it served as a great example of the type of relationship building and program development that we'll have to do to address the massive cataract blindness issue. We went on a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Xigong, and were met by the Hospital Administration on arriving there. We spent our time at Hospital No. 3 where they had started an ophthalmology program from scratch. We had a brief tour of the hospital ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong March 13th 2014

Geo: 29.3654, 104.771We got to Zigong with no idea of where we might spend the night…and we got very lucky. An American girl saw us at the bus station, looking lost and asked us if she could help. We ended up spending two nights in her small apartment on university campus. It was really nice. Zigong is not really on a tourist track. It is only famous for its salt mines and a site were many skeletons of dinosaurs were discovered. So we visited both the Salt museum and the dinosaur museum. I think we would agree to say that the salt museum is the most informative museum we have seen so far. The explanation in English were good and informative. And the exhibit is set in an old house. The Dinosaur museum is only worth ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong April 28th 2010

This morning, we checked out of the Yibin Grand and went to see the Shenhai salt well and accompanying museum. The town of Zigong, home to the well, museum, and local dinosaur fossils, represents the largest well-salt producer in the country, but you would never guess that from driving through the small town. The production of salt in China has old roots, and learning about the history behind the well in the museum was a lot more interesting than I think most people expected it to be. The ingenuity of the people who created the world's first salt well more than one thousand meters deep can't be overlooked, and seeing the old well, still in operation, still bringing up hauls of brine, was an experience I've never had before and probably won't have again. Before our ... read more




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