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Passing by valleys, mountains and joining with thousands of small rivers, the Jinsha River rushes down from the Tibetan Plateau into the south of the Sichuan Basin, with the Minjiang River from the north converged, forming the great Yangtze River. Lying in the confluence of the Jinsha River and the Minjiang River, Yibin wins the fame of the First City of the Yangtze River because it is located at the top of the river.

Endowed by nature with beautiful scenery, Yibin also has a lot of historic sites. In the center of the city is the Daguan Building, which was built in the fifth year of the Yuanhe reign in the Tang Dynasty (618-907); in the north bank of the Minjiang River is the Beiliu Pond and it was built when Huang Tingjian lived in Rongzhou in banishment; the Old City Tower on the site of the ancient dam was built in the third year of the Leiguan reign in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127); on Zhenwu Mountain stands the Xuanzu Palace and the temple group of Zhenwu Mountain; halfway up Cuiping Mountain, which was said to be the birthplace of the divine warrior -- Nata, is the Memorial Hall of Zhao Yiman. The Buddha and the Arhat sculptures on the Qinfo Cliff are both of high artistic value. Yibin is the jade in the ancient Southern Silk Road.

With an average annul temperature of 17oC and a total precipitation of 1000mm, Yibin has four clearly demarcated seasons. Spring comes early, summer is much humid, autumn has a lot of rain, and winter is with a little frost or snow. The average frost-free period lasts 340 days. Yibin is a city that features the southern subtropical climate.

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