|• Pinyin||Zǐtóng Xiàn|
Location of Zitong within Sichuan, China
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
It has an area of 1438 square kilometers, and a population of 380,000 in 2002. It is 172 kilometers from Chengdu, and 49 kilometers from Mianyang, and is regarded as a pearl on the economic development golden line in Sichuan.
The county has a long history and stunning scenery. It was made a county as early as B.C. 285, in Qin Dynasty.
Zitong has three historical sites listed in the official list of Chinese national historic sites.:
- Qiqushan temple (Qiqushan damiao, 七曲山大庙)
- Liye tower (Liye que, 李业阙)
- Wolongshan temple (Wolong shan Qianfo yan shiku, 卧龙山千佛岩石窟)
Also the Qiqushan Temple, who is since 1996 on the official list of Chinese national historical sites was partly destroyed by the earthquake.