Siguniang Mountain is well-known as the Oriental Alps, the paradise for both photography and outdoors sports. The mountain has four peaks. Siguniang means four maidens or four daughters in English. It refers to the four peaks. The summit is the No. Four Maiden, or Yaomei in Chinese. She is known as the Queen of Mountains in Sichuan Province, the second highest one in the province. The summit is 6,250 meters(20,505 feet) above sea level. The mountain attracts visitors with its awe-inspiring natural beauty. It is a wonderland where people can be enchanted by the mirror-like lakes, the snow-capped mountains, the murmuring streams, the virgin forests, the wild animals and birds. It is located in Xiaojin County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Group’s Autonomous Prefecture, around 200 kilometers(124 miles) away from downtown Chengdu, taking about 4 hours to get to the scenic area by a car. The whole scenic area consists of three valleys, namely, Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley, and Haizi Valley.
Photographing in Shuangqiao Valley and trekking in both Changping Valley and Haizi Valley
Exploring the authentic Tibetan culture
Pay a visit to Wolong Giant Panda Base
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At 8:00 A.M., your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Then, you will ride your car for almost four hours to the scenic area. After lunch, you will go to visit Shuangqiao Valley. It takes about 4 hours to tour in the valley. Sightseeing buses shuttle between the entrance and the last bus stop. The most ideal sightseeing spots for photography are Sigunacuo Lake and Longzhucuo Lake.
You will stay overnight in the same hotel during your tour around Siguniang Mountain.
At 8:30, you will go with your guide to the entrance of Changping Valley. Then, you will take a sightseeing bus to the Siguna Lamasery. It is the start of your trek. Muluozi Pasture is the furthest sightseeing spot you can reach in a one-day tour. The distance between the start and the end is 10,368 meters(6.44 miles). Usually, it takes about 8 hours to accomplish the round trip. Most of visitors can not walk to the pasture, they usually return at the end of the paved walking path. The paved path stretches 6km(3.73 miles) into the valley from the lamasery.
Compared with Changping Valley, it is more difficult to trek in Haizi Valley. That is the reason why we arrange the Haizi Valley tour on the third day. The start of your trek is the entrance and the end is Dahaizi Lake. The lake is 17 km(10.5 miles) away from the entrance, is about 3,800 meters(12,467 feet) above sea level. You need to spend at least 10 hours for the round trip.
You will set off for Chengdu in the morning at 8:30. On the way back to Chengdu, you will pay a visit to Wolong Panda Base. The panda base is about one hundred kilometers(62 miles) away from Siguniang Mountain. After lunch, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Chengdu.
√ On-line professional consultancy
√ Helpful local guide
√ Well-trained professional driver and comfortable vehicle with ample space
√ Mineral water(one bottle of mineral water per person per day)
√ Entry to all attractions listed on your itinerary
√ 24-hours helpline covering the whole of your tour
√ Accommodation in Siguniang Mountain
Hotel accommodation in Chengdu
Activities Recommended for Enriching Your Tour
Are you still wondering how you could kill time before going to bed? We have listed two highly recommended activities below for your preference. If you are interested in our recommendations, just feel free to contact us to add it.
Face-changing Show(one and a half hours)
Face-changing refers to the painted masks Changing. It is a significant cultural heritage of China, is the highlight of Sichuan folk art, as well as a national secret. Only few masters have grasped the skill. Only they know how to change their masks in a magically quick succession. Many tourists exclaimed that the face-changing was extremely amazing.
Sichuan Food Cooking(three to five hours)
To eat in China, taste in Sichuan, as a popular saying goes, Sichuan Cuisine is legendary in China for . In fact, you can also easily try to cook Sichuan dishes in Chengdu. Sichuan Cuisine Museum is located in Pidu District, Chengdu. It takes only one hour to get to the museum by driving from your hotel. The trip to Sichuan Cuisine Museum offers you a chance to cook the world famous Sichuan Dishes, such as Kungpao Chicken and Mapo Tofu. English speaking cooks will show you how to cook Sichuan dishes.
Useful Tips for Your Tour
1. We highly suggest you to prepare some food for your trek in both Changping Valley and Haizi Valley.
2. The altitude in Siguniang Mountain is quite high, ranging from 3,000 meter(9,843 feet) to 3,800 meters(12,467 feet) above sea level. Sometimes, people may suffer from Altitude Sickness, when they travel on a high plateau. Click here to learn more about the Altitude Sickness.
3. The average temperature in Sigunaing Mountain is much lower than that in Chengdu. Even you make your tour in summer, you still need to pack some thin down jackets for your tour.
4. We can also arrange a camping trip for our clients from Siguniang Mountain to Bipeng Valley, as well as the climb to the No.1 Peak and the No.2 Peak. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
5. If you think that photography is more important for you than trekking, you may ask your guide to check the weather and take you to Changping Valley on the first day so that you can spend a whole day in Shuangqiao Valley on the second day.
A tripod, a filter, telephoto lenses and wide angle lenses are needed. Both Sigunacuo Lake and Longzhucuo Lake are the most ideal places for a view of reflection. The best time to get to the lakes is before 9:00 A.M., because the lakes usually ripple from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. in sunny days. For the Four Maidens Peaks, Changping Valley offers several viewing platforms for photographers to get good angles. But the best one is not in the valley. It is called Maobiliang Mountain Ridge. The viewing platform is located by the road leading to the town, is 7 km(4.3 miles) away from the town. The four peaks are beautiful and awe-inspiring. When the weather is good enough, the mountain peaks turn yellowish pink under the rays of sunset.
Author: Tina Luo