Yibin is planning to build a new urban area outside the old one. The 130,000-strong population will be relocated from the old one to the new one over 10 years to make room for the city's new commercial center.
The 11th Provincial Sports Games of Sichuan opened August 2 in Zigong's Nanhu Sport Center. Click here for more photos of the opening ceremony.
According to the result of an online survey, 30.3 percent of Sichuan netizens would choose to live in Chengdu if they could. Another 18 percent said Mianyang was their ideal city, while 8 percent voted for Leshan. Ya'an and Nanchong rounded out the top five Sichuanese cities for living.
The latest official panda census says that there are now a total of 1206 wild giant pandas in Sichuan, up 33 percent from the 1980s, and 246 in captivity.
A coal miner was killed in an August 7 gas explosion
in Shifang. Five others were buried alongside the victim but were rescued. Another coal mine explosion killed 10 and injured two in Neijiag's Weiyuan County on the morning of August 11.
A group of "car-crash" scammers in Shuangliu was arrested earlier this month. Their method: Choose a target, break the left arm of one of their accomplices with a steel rod, and then cause a collision with the victim's vehicle. They would then extort compensation for the broken arm from their victim.
First there was the legendary Umbrella Brother, now there's route 76 driver Liu Yunhong, who, after eight years of practicing, can determine the denomination of a coin just by hearing it clatter into the bus's pay box. What's more, he can even tell difference between counterfeit and real coins just by listening.