Yellow Dragon Valley:Huanglong Lushan National Park–Relaxing your whole body
Feb 27

The Mt. Siguniangshan Scenic Area is an unspoiled wilderness park located in western siguniangshan1Sichuan Province, near the town  of Rilong in Aba Autonomous Prefecture. It’s 220 kilometers (about 136 miles) from Chengdu, and will take you about five or six hours to reach by bus. The main attraction of this scenic spot is unspoiled natural beauty. The unusual shapes of the mountain peaks are rarely seen anywhere else in the world. The blue sky, clouds and mist, snow peaks, ancient cypress forests, rushing waterfalls, and alpine meadows make this area a nature lovers dream. The biggest scenic area in Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Mt. Siguniangshan Scenic Area includes one mountain– Mt. Siguniangshan, and three valleys-Two-Bridge (Shuangqiao) Valley, Long-Peace (Changping) Valley, and Alpine-Lake (Haizi) Valley.

Mt. Siguniangshan consists of four adjacent mountain peaks. It got its unusual name from a local Tibetan legend that says the four peaks are the embodiments of four pretty girls. At 6,250 meters (about 20,500 feet), the highest peak of Mt. Siguniangshan, known as "the little girl" is also called the ‘Queen Peak’ of Mt. Shu Shan in the Hengduan range. There is a higher ‘King Peak’ in Sichuan province but it is not in this area.

Mt. Siguniangshan is famed for its steep and imposing ridges. The high meadows are gorgeous throughout the four seasons. Hundreds of wildflowers burst forth in spring, giving way to luxuriant green trees and grass in summer. In the fall, the leaves on the trees blaze in color heralding the coming snows of winter. Because of the clear, blue sky, the thick forest at the foot of the mountains, the verdant grassland, and the murmuring streams, Siguniangshan is sometimes known as the ‘Alps of the Orient’. You may, in fact, think you are in southern Europe.

Two-Bridge (Shuangqiao) Valley

Two-Bridge (Shuangqiao) Valley is the most easily accessible valley with vistas of snowy peaks, pastures, grassland and forests. It is the most beautiful valley of Mt. Siguniangshan. With three sections covering an area of 216.6 square kilometers (about 83.6 square miles), the whole valley is accessible by tour bus. It’s the easiest and quickest way to see the valley because of the amount of distance and the ruggedness of the terrain. People visit this valley primarily for convenient nature sightseeing.

The first section contains some unique sights including Willow (Yangliu) Bridge, Yinyang Valley, the White Poplar Zone, Sun-Moon Mirror Mountain (altitude15, 747 feet) and Five Colors (Wuse) Mountain (altitude14, 673 feet). Yinyang Valley extends 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles), and occupies the area near the entrance to Willow (Yangliu) Bridge. Out of the narrow ravine and steep cliffs a brook flows quietly. Entering the valley, the bright sunshine is suddenly disappears. If you raise your head and look up, you can only see a sliver of sky. Sun-Moon Mirror (Riyue Baojing) Mountain stands next to Five Colors (Wuse) Mountain. A huge rectangular boulder split in two on the snow-capped mountaintop looks like two bright mirrors hanging over the horizon. Five Color (Wuse) Mountain is the most spectacular sight in Two-Bridge (Shuangqiao) Valley. The mountain is made from five colors of rock: red, yellow, green, blue and white.

In the middle section is the Driven fish (Nianyuba) plank road built along a cliff and the Shaji woods (Lin). Shaji is a small golden fruit, which is called the ‘King of vitamin C’.

In the last section are marvelous rock sculptures carved naturally by the wind. You can see wonderful shapes resembling an ape, a hunter, or a hawk beak. More than ten snowcapped mountains above 4,000 meters (about13, 122 feet), make the area a favorite with climbers.

Long-Peace (Changping) Valleychangpinggou

Long-Peace (Changping) Valley is long with gently sloping sides. In this valley, visitors enjoy outdoor activities such as  hiking and camping. Long-Peace (Changping) Valley is the favorite valley for tourists, because you can really get involved with nature. The old cypress path, the Lama Temple, the dry lakes and the waterfalls are peaceful and secluded. Hikers can easily reach Withered-trees (Kushu) Shoal via a plank road built into the cliff. But if you are yearning for the true beauty of Long-Peace (Changping) Valley. You must take a tour on horseback.

The valley floor is well protected by thick forest. Old cypresses, green pines, and firs blot out the sky and the sun. Beyond the forest, a sun-drenched alpine meadow lying at the foot of the mountain catches your eye. When you reach the foot of Mt. Siguniangshan, pitch your tent, and enjoy mutton roasted on an open fire, you will taste the true favor of nature. How delicious! Exploring Long-Peace (Changping) Valley requires a whole day, and there are no restaurants, so you must bring your own food and supplies into the valley with you.

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Alpine-Lake (Haizi) Valley is named after the numerous alpine lakes it contains, including Flower Alpine-lake (Haizi),  White Alpine-Lake (Haizi), Blue Alpine-Lake (Haizi) and Yellow Alpine-Lake (Haizi). One of the lakes, Flower Alpine-Lake (Haizi), was formed by glacial seepage during the 4th century. Visiting this valley is for people who have experience in mountaineering and exploration. You must take a tour on horseback.The beautiful surrounding mountains are reflected in the lakes where the non-squama Yunguyu (a type of primitive fish), the living fossil of this land, can still be found. It is interesting that the boulders scattered along the lakes, look like swan eggs from a distance. Most of the lakes are 4,200 meters (about 13,650 feet) above sea level, so only a few tourists have visited them. But the few who have say that their beauty is staggering. If you are a true lover of wilderness, Alpine-Lake (Haizi) Valley is definitely worth a visit.

The Mt. Siguniangshan Scenic Area is a mystical and beautiful land. Ancient, simple, unspoiled mountains and water, and the special sights of three valleys in different seasons all attract you here to enjoy nature.

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Tips:
a) Bring anti-altitude-reaction medicine.Mt. Siguniang belongs to the high altitude area, the altitude of Rilong is about 3200m, part of the people will have different reaction for the altitude sickness, you are suggested not to do violent exercises, drink more water, eat more vegetable and fruits. Prepare some common medicine such as vitamin E and antihistamine. The elder and weak consult the doctor before traveling to Mt. Siguniang, the people who have got high blood pressure, heart disease and coronary heart disease should be careful to travel in this area.

b) The daily temperature differnce is amazing, please bring enough clothes for the cold morning and night. The sunlight and ultraviolet are strong, sunglasses, a hat, and sunburning cream should be at hand.

c) Be sure to have proper mountaineering water-proof boots as, otherwise, hiking might prove quite difficult. In summer sports wears are usually proved to be unnecessary, for other seasons, proper mountaineering equipment will play an important role during your traveling in the valleys.

d) All the hotels and restaurants are in Rilong, so bring a tent and food with you if you want to spend the night in the valleys.

e) The best months are May,June, September and October

f) Becareful when riding on the horse at the scenic spots,choose the suitable horse and saddle, follow the grooms instuctions.

g) Since all the hotels and restaurants are situated in Rilong town, you’d better bring a tent and some food with you if you have the willingness camping in the valleys.

h) There are many small innes opened by local people in Rilong town. Most have double room or room for more people.Some will supply Tibetan special food. Maybe you will have interesting to try. 

Transportation: Coach leaves once a day from the Chengdu West Gate Bus Station (setting out at 6:30) or Chengdu New South Gate Bus Station (setting out at 7: 30) to Rilong Town.
Regular bus leaves from the Chengdu Chadianzi Passenger Transport Center four times a day (leaving at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 12:00) or the Dujiangyan Passenger Transport Center three times a day (leaving at 6:30, 10:00, 12:00) to Rilong Town.

Back ground information on Ice Climbing in Shuangqiaogou Siguniangshan.

Siguniangshan, oriental alps,  is the best ice climbing area in China, Siguniangshan is the paradise of ice climbing in China, every year in winter, the state Ice Climbing team will practice ice climbing in Siguniangshan. In Siguniangshan Mountain, Shuangqiaogou Valley is the best valley for climber to climb ice, and Changpinggou Valley is the better one valley for climber to climb ice.

1, You must apply the permit to be there for climbing.
2, Best time to Ice Climb, Dec to Mar, and best place in Shuangqiao Valley, better in Changping Valley.
3, Usually about 10`C in day time in winter.
4, 120 of Ice Walls in Siguniangshan, and 60-70 of them in Shuangqiao Valley, from 60 to 500 meter in height; from 1 to 30meters in width; as well as from WI2 to WI7 M8.
5, Only about 5000meters mountains in Shuanqiao Valley, and 34Km for Shuangqiao Valley in length.
6, In general, the Ice Walls divided into 7 areas.
7, And 6 of Ice Walls for example as follow(name just for reference, not fixed till now)

A, Lower Nianyuba Ice Wall, about 60meters in height,WI4+: 1st scetion 30 meters, WI4+, Ice Pillar route, 2nd section 15meters, WI2, soft slope, 3rd section 15meters, WI3+–WI4. Sun light 09:00-11:00.

B, Renshenguoping Ice Wall, about 180meters in height. 1st section, 40M, WI3, 1-15meters in width, thin wall; 2nd, 60M, WI2, 20-40M in width, soft slope; 3rd, 60M, WI3; 4th, 20M, WI4+.

C, Upper Xueshan Laowu Ice Wall, winds hard, cold, 2 ice pillars from 60 to 70 meters in height. one on the left: 1st section about 20M, WI3; 2nd, 40M, WI4+. Another on the right: 1st, 30M, WI3, good ice; 2nd, 30M, WI4+.

D, Lower Xueshan Laowu Ice Wall, 500M in height, no sun light: 1st, 150M, WI2-WI3-, soft slope; 2nd, 50M, with both WI3+ (30M) and WI5(20M, ice pillar); 3rd, 200M, WI2-Wi3+.

E, Wuseshanzhuang Ice Wall (N31`02`47.0`, E102`47`13.3`, 3365M), 60M in height. 1st, 20M, WI2+; 2nd,40M, WI4-WI4+

F, Upper Nianyuba (N31`09`19.8”;E102`45`38.2”; 3633M),120M+ in height, WI3-WI4.

8, The difficult ice falls located at about Shaji Forest area, about WI6 and above.
9, The difficult ice wall as Bragon Breath with 320 meters in length with WI7 M8. 
Above for your reference only.

The landform , animals and plants flower

The present landform is formed by following events:
a. The mountain movement in Mesozoic period.
b. The activities of volcano and glacier in Cenozoic period.
At present, a big hanging glacier and an ice floor are left. There are a lot of rock peak and lakes and marshes. This area is in the east part on the Trans Himalayas which is called the treasury of the gene, and can observe various plants. In summer, a lot of alpine plants make a beautiful flower bloom. There is a lot of medicinal herb, too. And a lot of animals live in.

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