Surrounding the fertile confluence of the Yangzi and Min rivers 250km from Chengdu, where Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces meet, southeastern Sichuan has some intriguing attractions. The town of Zigong is a treat, with some well-preserved architecture, dinosaurs and salt mines, especially worth checking out during its Spring Festival lantern displays. Some 80km farther south, Yibin offers access to the aptly named Shunan Bamboo Sea. Both Zigong and Yibin are easily accessible by bus from Chengdu, Chongqing and Leshan. An interesting way out of the region is by bus east to Luzhou, and then over to another bamboo forest at Chishui in Guizhou province.
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