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Mt. Siguniang, also called Four Girls Mountain or Four Sisters Mountain, which is located in the bordering area of Xiaojin County and Wenchuan County in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, about 220 km away from Chengdu. It is the highest mountain of Qionglai Mountains in Western China. And with a similar outline and surroundings, Mt. Siguniang got another title 鈥淐hinese Alps鈥 (or 鈥淓astward Alps鈥?, which is preferred by a multitude of climbers. 

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Brief Introduction of Mt. Siguniang

With the exploring of this sacred mountain, more and more visitors are indulged in its beauty. The steep singular peaks, breathtaking natural scenery, abundant various species, perfect trekking routes... make Mt. Siguniang a holy land for climbers, a labyrinth for hikers and a fairyland for photographers. 

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Besides, Mt. Siguniang is like a huge natural oxygen bar and a colorful paradise of animals. The natural ecology is protected well here. There are more than 1200 kinds of plants and 31 kinds of animals living in Mt. Siguniang. If you are lucky, you will find some rare medicinal herbs like gastrodia elata (澶╅夯), fritillaria (璐濇瘝) and cordyceps sinensis (鍐櫕澶忚崏), and lively cute wild animals like pandas (鐔婄尗), snub-nosed monkeys (閲戜笣鐚?, snow leopards (闆惫), Bbearded vultures (鑳″厐楣? and red deer (椹箍) , etc. 

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What to See

Mt. Siguniang is well-known by its four main scenic spots, i.e. four endless peaks, Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley and Haizi Valley. 

Four Peaks

Mt. Daguniang (The Elder Girl鈥檚 Peak 澶у濞樺北) 鈥 Located in the southernmost of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, it is 5355 meters high above the sea level. 4000 meters or below of the mountain altitude zone is high mountain meadow, and you can see shrubberies and wild flowers everywhere, and yaks and horses graze on the hillsides leisurely, you may even find a kind of wild fungus as huge as a bowl. But 4000 meters or above of the mountain altitude zone is barren and rocky, nearly on life on it. Even in summer, there is a small amount of snow on the top of the mountain, and while during the October to the April of the following year, there will be knee-deep snow. 

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Mt. Erguniang (The Second Girl鈥檚 Peak 浜屽濞樺北) 鈥 Located in the south of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, next to the Mt. Daguniang, it is 5454 meters high above the sea level. Every summer, the mountain is covered with green trees and grasses, and if you keep exploring the mountain, you can not only find many rare animals which live in the canyons of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, but also amount of precious Chinese medical herbs hidden in the Tibetan region. Besides, Mt. Erguniang has a sharp and narrow peak, and it is covered with snow all the year round, which is so beautiful. 

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Mt. Sanguniang (The Third Girl鈥檚 Peak 涓夊濞樺北) 鈥 Located in the middle of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, it is 5664 meters high above the sea level, and about 200 kilometers away from Chengdu. The landscape here is so beautiful, the complex landforms, abundant animal and plant resources (among which the giant panda is the most famous) make it a charming place to visit. In addition, you will have a chance to experience the unique Tibetan & Qiang ethnic culture. The Mt. Sanguniang鈥檚 peak is steep and narrow as well, and covered with snow throughout the year. What is worth mentioning is that, the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center 鈥 Wolong Nature Reservation is just seated in Mt. Sanguniang Scenic Spot. 

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Yaomei Peak (The Youngest Girl鈥檚 Peak 骞哄宄? - Located in the northernmost of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, it is 6250 meters high above the sea level, which is the highest of the 4 peaks. Praised as the 鈥淨ueen Peak of Mt. Shushan鈥 (alongside another famous mountain called the 鈥淜ing of Sichuan鈥 鈥 the Mt. Gongga, which is 7556 meters above the sea level), Yaomei Peak is the toughest trekking peak of Mt. Siguniang. 

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Shuangqiao Valley (鍙屾ˉ娌?

Also called Double-bridge Valley, it is located in the northwest of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot. Shuangqiao Valley has a total length of 34.8 kilometers, covers an area of 216.6 square kilometers. Great and high mountains are on both sides. In this valley of an elevation of 400 meters, birch forest (妗︽湪鏋? of low mountain area, spruces (浜戞潐), firs (鍐锋潐), red woods (绾㈡潐), and a large group of sea-buckthorns (娌欐), shrubs (鐏屾湪) and larches (钀藉彾鏉? of high mountain area can be seen commonly. 

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Changping Valley (闀垮潽娌?

Located in the northeast of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, Changping Valley is 29 km in all, occupies a land of 100 sq. km., which is well-known for its beautiful natural landscape and unique-particular Gyalrong Tibetan folk customs. It is a perfect place for you to enjoy the nature and experience the colorful folk culture at the same time. There鈥檙e some characteristic spots I would like to recommend to you: Zhangmu Tebetan Village (妯熸湪钘忓), Gelug Sect Lama Temple (鏍奸瞾娲惧枃鍢涘), Ancient Cypress Path (鍙ゆ煆骞介亾), Dead Tree Beach (鏋爲婊?, Pure Heart Cave (鍑€蹇冩礊), Drum Stone (鎿傞紦鐭?, Golden Rooster Ridge (閲戦浮宀? and so on. 

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Haizi Valley (娴峰瓙娌?

Haizi Valley (Lake Valley) lies in the east of Mt. Siguniang Scenic Spot, and gets its name due to the large amount of lakes (The local people call the lakes there 鈥淗aizi鈥?). The valley is 19.2 km long and covers an area of 126.48 sq. km. It has flat terrain and native meadows. The Haizi Valley is also the birthplace of Zanla River, and the ancient fish from the quaternary are in good survival so that people can learn more about the land from these living fossils. And the main attractions of the valley include Guozhuangping (閿呭簞鍧?, Big Lake (澶ф捣瀛?, Flower Lake (鑺辨捣瀛?, Couple Lake (澶娴?, etc. 

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What to Do

Trekking

A trekking trip to Mt. Siguniang is very popular among hikers from all over the world. As one of the top 10 mountaineering bases of China, Mt. Siguniang has perfect mountain landscape, and the difficulty of trekking varies from different style, which can be saying that it is a family-friendly outdoor activity.  

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There鈥檙e various trekking routes provided for you, such as One-day Leisure Hiking (Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley & Haizi Valley are all good places for one-day leisure walking, because all these valleys are one way in and the same way out.), Camping Trek from Changping to Bipeng (It takes 4-5 days.), Camping Trek to Mt. Daguniang Summit (You will need 3 days & 2 nights to do the trek.), Camping Trek to Mt. Daguniang and Mt. Erguniang Summit (You need 3 nights probably.), etc. 

Or, if you want to try something exciting, then ice climbing and rock climbing are your perfect choices. 

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Photography

Different sceneries vary from different altitudes of the peaks, just like a pure young girl in an exquisite costume. What a splendid visual feast! With clouds and mists floating in the blue sky, eminent snow-covered peaks are partly hidden and partly visible. And the ancient forests, sapphire-like lakes, roaring waterfalls, vigorous blossoms and beautiful alpine meadows make this area a nature-photography lovers鈥 paradise. 

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Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Travel to Mt. Siguniang, you shouldn鈥檛 miss the serious of tasteful local delicacies. For example, the Tibetan Hotpot (with yak meat & wild mushrooms & other local precious materials in it 钘忓紡鐏攨), Stewed Chicken with Fritillaria (璐濇瘝鐐栭浮), Stewed Duck with Cordyceps Sinensis (铏崏鐐栭腑瀛?, Preserved Ham Fried with Fungus (鑰佽厞鑲夌倰鏈ㄨ€?, Roast Whole Lamb (鐑ゅ叏缇? are worthy to try. Moreover, tasting some special snacks like Dried Yak Meat (It is crisp and palatable.骞茬墻鐗涜倝), Yak Butter (閰ユ补), etc. are also good choices to know the food culture here. 

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Watch the Featured Local Activities

Mt. Siguniang is full of Tibetan and Qiang ethnic cultures atmosphere, so you can enjoy the rich and wonderful featured local activities in your tour here. 

Chaoshanhui (鏈濆北浼? 鈥 People dress up in religious costumes and gather together to worship the goddess of mountain for a better harvest next year on lunar May 4th, and dance enjoyably and have a big feast. 

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Tibetan Guozhuang Dance (閿呭簞鑸? 鈥 A kind of circle dance with Tibetan style. The dance movement can be classified into 2 categories roughly: one kind is graceful posture with slow rhythm, and the other kind is enthusiastic and passionate dancing with rapid rhythm. The movements are mostly simulating animal forms. The best time to enjoy this great performance is at night, when people dance around a bonfire merrily. 

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How to Get Here

External Transportation

Upon arriving at the Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (鎴愰兘鍙屾祦鏈哄満the nearest airport to Mt. Siguniang), you can take the airport bus to Minshan Hotel, and then switch to Bus No. 82 to Chadianzi Passenger Station (鑼跺簵瀛愬杩愮珯), where to take a bus to Mt. Siguniang. If you don鈥檛 want to change buses, you can take a taxi from the airport to Chadianzi Passenger Station directly. 

Tips:

There鈥檚 no direct shuttle bus to Mt. Siguniang in Chengdu, so you can only take a bus from Chadianzi Passenger Station and arrive at Xiaojin County firstly, and then head for Mt. Siguniang by bus. 

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Internal Transportation

In Shuangqiao Valley and Changping Valley, there鈥檙e sightseeing buses. In Shuangqiao Valley, you need to visit from Tourist Reception Center to the last stop Changhe Dam by sightseeing bus all the way; in Changping Valley, you can take a sightseeing bus from Tourist Reception Center to the Lama Temple (about 7 kilometers), and then choose to continue your trip on foot or riding a horse. 

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When to Visit

Mt. Siguniang can be visited all the year round, but the best travel time is July and August, when the scenery is the most beautiful and the climate is the most comfortable. 

Opening Hours

Open all year round.

Peak Season (April to November): 07:00-17:00

Off Season (December to Next Year March): 08:00-17:00 

Ticket Price

Peak Season (April to November):

Shuangqiao Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 80 per person

Sightseeing Bus Ticket: CNY 70 per person 

Changping Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 per person

Sightseeing Bus Ticket: CNY 20 per person 

Haizi Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 60 per person 

Off Season (December to Next Year March):

Shuangqiao Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 50 per person

Sightseeing Bus Ticket: CNY 70 per person 

Changping Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 50 per person

Sightseeing Bus Ticket: CNY 20 per person 

Haizi Valley

Entrance Fee: CNY 40 per person 

Outdoor Activities Fee: CNY 150 per person (including camping & climbing, etc.) 

Horse Riding Fee: CNY 320 per person 

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Travel Tips

1. Accommodation: Various hotels and special inns are alternative. And they are all very cozy and clean with reasonable prices and good services.

2. Clothing: There is a saying in Mt. Siguniang 鈥淐limb one mountain in a day, you will experience four season; different weather varies in each ten miles.鈥 So you should prepare different clothes properly.

3. Different Seasons to Visit:

[Spring]

In spring, the average temperature in Mt. Siguniang may reach -10鈩? Even in a sunny day, it is just -2鈩? Besides, there will be a large temperature difference between day and night, so you must prepare warm clothes in advance. Furthermore, the light will be dazzling after snow, so be sure to wear sunglasses. 

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[Summer]

The climate is mild and small day & night temperature difference in summer. You can travel light. But, you need to pay attention to the strong sunlight in the daytime and the rain season. So I recommend you to bring wind-proof and warm clothes, water-proof shoes and an umbrella or a raincoat. And don鈥檛 forget the sun block! 

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[Autumn]

The weather in autumn is changeable. It is necessary to bring different thickness of clothes. And you should always be aware of the weather conditions to put on or take off clothes accordingly. 

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[Winter]

Winter is the harshest season in Mt. Siguniang. It is cold and dry. Although there鈥檙e many sunny days, it is not warm at all. So if you travel to Mt. Siguniang in winter, you should prepare adequate supplies to keep warm and retain moisture. Most importantly, remember to wear sun cream. And even it won鈥檛 be too snowy and windy, but you鈥檇 better not to go out too early in winter.

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4. Other Top Attractions Not Very Far from Mt. Siguniang: Jiuzhaigou Valley, Leshan Giant Buddha, Daocheng Yading, etc. If you have more time, these popular scenic spots will let you experience the endless charm of Sichuan Province of China!

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