Specials of our products: King of mountains in Sichuan—Gonka Mountain, one of top ten hot springs in China—Hailuo Valley Hot Spring, paradise of photography—Xinduqiao, pilgrim resort—Tagong Temple, the most beautiful village in China—Jiaju Tibetan Village, and oriental Alps—Mount Siguniang.
Introduction of the scenic spot:
Hailuo Valley: Hailuo Valley is located in east slope of Gonka Mountain, southeastern Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture in Sichuan Province, which is the fairly high mountain in east Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Hailuo Valley is at the foot of Gonka Snow Mountain and is famous for its low altitude. The crystal glaciers fly down from the steep valley. The glaciers turn the quiet valley into an icy and beautiful high building; the huge ice caves and the steep ice bridges make people feel at a crystal hall like in a fairy. Especially the unique ice waterfall, over 1000 M high, about 1100 M wide, it is over 10 times huger than famous Huangguoshu Waterfall, which is really charming and wonderful.
Mount Siguniang: Mount Siguniang is located in the boundaries of Wenchuan County and Xiaojin County of Aba Qiang Tibetan Prefecture in Sichuan Province, which is the highest mountain on Qionglai Mountains at east Hengduan Mountains. Mount Siguniang is 6250 M of the altitude, and holds the second position only after “King of mountains in Sichuan”—Gonka Mountain, which is called “Queen of mountains in Sichuan”, “Oriental Holy Mountain”, and “Chinese famous mountain”. The surface of the mountain is mainly Mesozoic and Paleozoic sandstone, slate, marble, limestone and crystalline limestone. These rocks are mostly resistant to weathering, and the peaks are tapered and steep, which directly tower into the sky. Around Mount Siguniang there are over 20 mountains with the altitude of more than 4000 to 5000 M which is covered by snow.
Day 1: Chengdu—Moxi
At 8 AM in the morning tourists start from Chengdu, and enter Ya’an. During the trip they can appreciate the plain scenery of west Sichuan, and listen the romantic stories about charming Ya’an and “Three Ya”. At around 12:00, tourists have lunch at Shiyang Town, pass by Tianquan County, pass through Er’lang Mountain Tunnel (4716 M), and appreciate the unique and totally two kinds of different scenery of the mountain. After that they enter Ganzi Prefecture, view the landscape of Dadu River and Dadu Valley, to experience the infinite charming sunlight. They go upward along Dadu River, they can arrive at Luding, visit the famous red tourist attraction—Luding Chain Bridge (about 30 minutes), to rewalk on the road like Red Army, to experience the atmosphere of 22 soldiers conquering the bridge, and to feel the powerful waves of Dadu River in summer.
At 17:00 in the afternoon, tourists will arrive at Moxi Old Town in Hailuo Valley. There are the relics when in Long March of Red Army, churches built by French in 1923, and relics of Tangfan Old Street, which make the old town more beautiful and charming. They can also visit the landmark of the town—Jinhua Temple and check in the hotel after dinner.
Day 2: Moxi—Hailuo Valley
7:00 get up
8:00 Tourists start their trip, take sightseeing car to pass by No. 1 Camp Site and No. 2 Camp Site, and pass through original forest. During the trip they can appreciate the landscape of original valley and forest, to experience the weather change of “four seasons in a mountain and different weathers in surrounding area”. In sunny day, you can see the spectacles in Hailuo Valley “golden sunset on the mountain”.
10:30 tourists arrive at No. 3 Camp Site, and then they can choose 3 ways to see the glaciers:
- You can take the cable to across the glaciers and go to the No. 4 Camp Site to see glaciers. It is easier.
- You can walk to the glaciers: you can take sightseeing car from No. 3 Camp Site to Cable Tickets, and walk along the sightseeing path to lookout. This needs half hours to 1 hour for one-way walking. While walking, you can go through original forests and enjoy the beautiful scenery. When you arrive at the lookout, you can also walk deep down the glaciers, to see them closely. However, walking is very tired, and needs a lot of time.
- You can also take the slider which is only in Sichuan to arrive at the lookout, and enjoy the scenery while walking. This way is not so tired, so it is suitable for those who are in weak condition and senior people. You can take the slider section by section, and the expense is from CNY 20 to 80 (not included). When they arrive at the mountain, they can enjoy glaciers, ice caves, ice windows, ice waterfall, ice ladders, ice needles and other ice spectacles. After they go down from the mountain, they can choose to enjoy the hot spring at No. 2 in Hailuo Valley (expense not included), and stay in Moxi Town in Hailuo Valley at night.
Day 3: Moxi—Danba
After breakfast tourists farewell to Moxi Town in the morning haze, look back the splendid Er’lang Mountain, recall the charming Hailuo, pass Kangding (the town of love songs), climb over Zheduo Mountain (4298 M, the natural boundary between Tibetan area and Han area, and arrive at Xinduqiao (paradise of photography), to appreciate he natural landscape. Xinduqiao is like a picturesque Shangri-La. The wonderful sunlight, the boundless grassland, the winding brook, the rows of poplar trees which will show different colors based on different seasons, the continuous mountains, the Tibetan villages, and the stocks grazing peacefully…… The beautiful plain scenery in west Sichuan makes it to be the “world of sunlight and shadow” attracting photographers. Then tourists will pass by Tagong County. “Tagong” means the place even the fairy do not want to leave. It is said that when Princess Wencheng brought with the scripture of 12-year-old Sakyamuni and passed by here, but she failed to take him away. Finally she had to build Tagong Temple there and brought another Buddha scripture from Chang’an to Lhasa. They can go to visit “Dazhao Temple”—Tagong Temple (ticket of CNY 20 per person, not included), see 12-year-old Sakyamuni, see unique Suyou Flower planted by Princess Wencheng in Tibetan area and spin the prayer wheel with happiness and faith, to experience the firm faith and sincerity of believers far from here. Tourists can feel the rich Tibetan Lama folklore, play on Tagong Grassland, enjoy the grassland scenery and view Yala Deity Mountain (AKA Muya Deity Mountain) covered by snow all year round. After that they can view Huiyuan Temple from the car, pass by Bamei, and appreciate Donggu Natural Plant Scenic Spot (more than 10 KM long) during the trip. Inside the scenic spot, vegetation appears different according to the altitude. The can also see Red Stone Area, enjoy beautiful red poplar woods and arrive at Danba (the country of watchtowers) in the evening.
Day 4: Danba—Mount Siguniang
After breakfast, tourists will go to the most beautiful village in China—Jiaju Tibetan Village, to experience rich folklore of Jiarong Tibetan people. That day tourists can get up early to take photos of morning scenery in the village which is regarded as the country of thousands of watchtowers: bridges, brooks, snow-capped mountains, Tibetan villages, and cooking smokes.
Danba region was called Jiamo Chawarong (shortly “Jiarong”) in ancient times, which means people living in the valley area under mild climate, one of the four valleys in Tibetan area (also called Jiarong People), which is an important part of Tibetan nation.
After that they can go to Mount Siguniang, to visit Shuangqiao Valley, Yinyang Valley, Five Color Mountain, Sun Moon Mirror, Ginseng Fruit Valley, Seabuckthorn Forest Cliff, Nianyuba, Hunter Peak, Niupengzi, Niuxin Mountain, Abi Peak and Yeren Peak. Shuangqiao Valley scenic spot is wide and flat, the tourist attractions are in close places, and cars can drive on the whole route. Inside of the valley there are main mountain views. And within the area of 216 square KM, there are dozens of mountains of over 5000 M. With the mountain brooks, it is just like a landscape gallery presenting to people slowly. There are also rare original Seabuckthorn Forest with the history of thousands years, and flat and wide high-mountain meadow. In summer, all kinds of flowers put into blossom, with fragrant scent. If you wander there, you would feel like being in a fairyland. Now green and environment-friendly sightseeing cars are offered, so tourists can visit the whole scenic spot more comfortably and conveniently.
Accommodation: Moxi Old Town
Day 5: Mount Siguniang
After breakfast, tourists can go to visit Changping Valley to pass through original forests and walk across the brook, and view snow-capped mountains. From there they can see Peak Daguniang, Peak Erguniang, Peak Sanguniang and Peak Siguniang, also they can see Camphor Tibetan Village, Gelug Monastery, Poplar Tree Road, withered tree beach, Jingshen Cave, Xishen Tank, Leigu Stone, and Jinji Valley. (Picnic inside the valley for lunch) Changping Valley is located at the foot of the Mount Siguniang, more than 30 KM long in total. In the valley there are lush vegetation and original forests, and winding poplar trees and pines. At the end of the forests, large area of high-mountain alpine meadows are surrounded by mountains, which makes people feel mundane from the world. Without man-made decorations, all these are natural. The passionate color (red) of Red Stone Area shows the power of nature. Tourists can walk or ride a horse into the valley, and they can walk till Bipeng Valley in Li County. If time permitting, you can choose to visit Haizi Valley (expense not included, responsible for your own safety), and you can walk or ride a horse to Guozhuang Valley. People from Chaoshan Valley see Mount Siguniang as the dragon head and Guozhuang Valley as dragon tail. If you can climb to Mount Siguniang which means you climb to the dragon tail. This is the best place to view Mount Siguniang, is the fix place for people to visit Mount Siguniang on May 4 in lunar calendar, and is also a good place for Jiarong Tibetan people to pilgrim and enjoy Guozhuang dance.
Day 6: Mount Siguniang—Chengdu
After breakfast tourist leave Mount Siguniang, look it back on bus, recall the splendid oriental holy mountain, and climb over Jiajin Mountain Scenic Spot. Jiajin Mountain area is located at the boundary between Baoxing County and Xiaojin County, famous for its high mountains, relics of Red Army, snow-capped mountains and folklore. Pandas are half wild and half reserved, which makes a natural and beautiful picture. On June 7, 1935, the First Army of Red Army entered Baoxin County, marched northward, conquered the first snow-capped mountain—Jiajin Mountain on their Long March, and met other army (the Forth Army) at Xiaojin County, at the north mountain. Jiajin Mountain develop an excellent tour route of panda to the outside world, and panda tour also becomes a brand product of international tourism. Jiajin Mountain was listed as provincial scenic resort in 1994. After the tour in Jiajin Mountain, tourists will pass by Baoxing County, Lengzi and the rain city—Ya’an, return Chengdu and finish their trip pleasantly.