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city, west-central Sichuan sheng (province), southwestern China. It is situated in the mountainous western fringe of the Sichuan Basin on the Qingyi River, about 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital. The city is a communications centre near the crossing of two main routes-one running west to Kangding and to the Tibet Autonomous Region and another running north-south from Chengdu to the southwest. Averaging more than 200 days of precipitation per year, Ya'an has earned the nickname "The Raining Town."