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3-day Trip to Mount Siguniang and Balang Mountain

Ngawa, Sichuan
Monday, January, 4, 2016
3 days
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Why are you supposed to go to Mount Siguniang?

Mount Siguniang is regarded as the Deity Mountain by the local Tibetan people. It is said that four pretty girls battled against fierce monsters in order to protect pandas there, and finally they became four towering and charming mountains, which is Mount Siguniang. It is combined by four mountains, with their altitude of 6250 M, 5664 M, and 5355M respectively, located in northeast of Hengduan Mountains and highest area of Qionglai Mountains.

The main peak Yaomei Peak (6250 M), 102.9 degrees of east longitude and 31.1 degrees of north latitude, is the highest peak in Qionglai Mountains. The mountain consists mainly of limestone. Due to the perennial nature of weathering and erosion, the mountain is very steep, and there are many cliffs on the edge ridge. There are a few glaciers hanging in south main peak and the glacier tongue directly extends to the foot of the mountain. On west and north slopes there are terrifying steep rocks of hundreds of meters high. However, under the steep rocks, there are green grass, lush forests and high mountains and valleys with clear brooks.

Mount Siguniang is famous for towering, splendid and steep mountain body, which towers into the blue sky, covered by snow and looks silver. At the foot of the mountain, there are lush forests and green grass. The clear brooks are flowing, just like a picture of the landscape in south Europe. It is called “orient Alps”.

Day 1: Chengdu—Shuangqiao Valley

At 8:00 in the morning tourists start their trip from the hotel, go upward along Min River, pass by Dujiangyan and Zipingpu water conservancy project, and arrive at Yingxiu along Duwen highway. From Yingxiu, tourists will pass by Gengda County, arrive at Wolong, to experience the relics after “earthshaking, collision of mountains and continuous changes” of Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, and to feel the power of nature; after lunch tourists can along Wolong Valley appreciate the beautiful scenery of bridges in valley, flowing brooks, withered vain, and old trees. Then they can climb over Balang Mountain (Yakou 4523 M), to enjoy cloud sea, red and white azaleas, usnea, alpine meadow; they can experience the vertical change from evergreen broadleaf forest to alpine desert, feeling the weather changes of “four seasons in a mountain and different weather in surrounding area”. After when they arrive at Mount Siguniang in the afternoon, the guide will arrange them to visit Yinyang Valley, Five Color Mountain, Sun Moon Mirror, Ginseng Fruit Valley, Seabuckthorn Forest Cliff, Nianyuba, Hunter Peak, 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. (If tourists arrive at destination too late on the first day, they can visit Shuangqiao Valley on the second day.)

Comments:

Shuangqiao Valley is 34 KM long in total; it will take about 3 hours to finish visiting by sightseeing car; in the scenic spot, there are sightseeing car station on each tourist attraction; please get up or off the car at the station and pay attention to your valuable stuff and your own belongings.

Accommodation: Rilong Town

Day 2: Changping Valley

After breakfast tourists go to visit Changping Valley, to experience walking through the original forests, walking over brooks and seeing snow-capped mountains from long distance. Here they can see Daguniang Peak, Erguniang Peak, Sanguniang Peak and Siguniang Peak, and also see Camphor Tibetan village, Gelug Monastery, quite road between lush poplar trees, beach of fallen leaves, Jingxin Cave, Xishen Pool, Drumming Stone and Jingji Ridge. (Lunch: picnic in the valley) Changping Valley is located at the foot of Mount Siguniang, 30 KM long in total. In the valley the vegetarian is very lush, and there are large area of original forests, plenty of old and original poplar trees. At the end of the forests, wide high-mountain meadow is in the hug of mountains, which make people feel like far from the mundane world. Without decorations from man, all scenery are natural. The passionate color of red stones shows the power of nature. Tourists can walk or ride a horse to enter the valley. Walking adventure extends to Bipeng Valley in Li County.

Comments:

Changping Valley is 29 KM long in total. Usually it will take about 6 hours to visit the 10 KM of the first section. After entering the valley, they can choose to walk or rent a horse to ride (riding fee: CNY 100 to 300, not included)(must be careful, remember to rent a horse with insurance); tourists will stay long hours outdoors, the sunlight is powerful, the radiate is strong, so they should bring sun glasses, sun umbrella and sunscreen; please obey rules in scenic spot, ban smoking, littering; if you disobey the rules, you will be fined at least CNY 500; the altitude of Mount Siguniang is from 2500 M to 3800 M, tourists should walk down from the high altitude to low  altitude; do not do tense exercise to evade high-plateau sickness; tourists can visit the scenic spot following the guide or by themselves, but they should in advance confirm to their guide for leaving the scenic spot or take a bus back to hotel.

Accommodation: Rilong Town

Day 3: Mount Siguniang—Chengdu

After breakfast tourists go to Maobiliang to see the whole view of Mount Siguniang. After taking photos, they leave Mount Siguniang, and look back it in the bus, to recall the splendid posture of orient holy mountains. When they climb over Balang Mountain, they can experience again the landscape of Wolong Valley (Wolong natural reserve is located in southeast slope of Qionglai Mountain, southwestern Wenchuan County of Aba Tibetan Qiang Prefecture in Sichuan province, 120 KM from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, with convenient transportation. This reserve was established in 1963, covering 20 hectares, which was one of the earliest comprehensive national reserves in China, “Science Education Base” and “Patriotic Education Base” named by Sichuan and China.).

After lunch in Wolong, they will pass by Yingxiu, and return Chengdu along Duwen highway. Finally they finish this trip pleasantly.