Because of dramatic geographic differences in the Sichuan region of China, visitors often leave the area with a range of experiences. Many rave about the natural landscapes ranging from unusual mountains to waterfalls to limestone caves. Others become dedicated to wildlife conservation after visiting the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu.
In March 2008, the Sichuan region of China was struck by earthquake, affecting thousands of Chinese citizens, expats, and visitors to the country. Matador contributor Joanna Wong writes about the Sichuan region and special volunteer efforts of the Green Long Volunteers in the quake's aftermath