In Qianwei County, Leshan City, Sichuan Province, theold-fashioned and narrow-gauge Jiayang steam train will embrace another peak tourist season. In every March and April, a large field of rape flowers would blossom here. The train passing through the golden flower sea attracts large numbers of tourists from both inland and abroad.
Time-line: The little train is considered as the "Living Fossil of Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century".
Jiayang Coal Mine, the earliest Sino-Britishjoint venture in Sichuan Province, was established at Bajiaogou, Qianwei County.
The railway connecting Bajiaogou to Shixi Town commenced to make coal transportation more efficient. Then the old-fashioned and narrow-gauge steam train, known as the "Living Fossil of Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century", was put into operation. So far, manual operations, such as coaling, braking and switching are wellpreserved.
Transformation in the early 1990s
Withgradually reduced coal recourses in the old mine, the train began to carry passengers.
The Jiayang steam train was listed in the Cultural Relics Protection Units of Leshan in the name of industrial heritage.
You can first take the Chengdu-to-Qianwei bus from Shiyangchang Bus Terminal for 3 to 4 hours, with ticket price of RMB 48. Then take thebus to Jiayang for an hour, with ticket price of RMB 3.5.
Or you can drive your own car and follow the route: Chengdu-Leshan-Qianwei-Shixi-Jiayang Railway Station.It takes about 3.5 hours.
Note: From now until May 10, the scenic spot from Sanjing to Caiziba will be carried out one-way traffic on weekends and national holidays.
Tips for Sightseeing Train
There are 8 stops and 4 scenic spots.
Stops (from outside to inside): Shixi, Yuejin, Bee Rock(Mifengyan), Rape Flower Dam (Caiziba), Fairy's Foot (Xianrenjiao), Jiao Dam(Jiaoba), Plantain Ravine Town(Bajiaogou) and Huangcunjing.
Departure Timetable(only for reference, such information will remain undisclosed on national holidays .)
Departure Timetable of Yuejin Stop: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00.
Departure Timetable of Plantain Ravine Town(Bajiaogou) Stop: 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30.
TicketPrice: RMB 80 per person for a single trip, RMB 160 per person for a round-trip journey, RMB 80 per person for mine exploring touratHuangcunjing.
Theme Tours:There are theme sightseeing and steam performances on the way from the first scenic spot to the last. No performance is offered on the way back, and tourists are not allowed to get off.
Best Scenic Spots: Bee Rock(Mifengyan), Rape Flower Dam (Caiziba)