"four rivers" — Sichuan province
is a basin with many rivers within it, including the Chang Jiang
and several of its principal tributaries. The character chuan,
like jiang and he means river but is not as commonly used.
To some, the Chinese character for chuan resembles flowing water.
Sichuan province is surrounded by high mountains, with the result
that high humidity and cloud cover are common throughout the year.
In the lowland areas, subtropical climatic conditions prevail.
|| 云 南
||The Chinese name for Yunnan translates as "south
of the clouds," a poetic name that also relates to the fact
that the province is located to the south of cloudy Sichuan province.
Yunnan province is made up of a plateau in the east and a rugged
western section. It is an area known for its clear skies and moderate
temperatures, climatic conditions that differ significantly from
the hot and humid areas surrounding it.