Mount Siguniang (Four Girls or Four Sisters), or Siguniang Mountain is lying at Xiaojin County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, in Northwestern Sichuan province, about 220km away from Chengdu city. After the discovery of this sacred mountain in 1980s, Mount Siguniang shined visitors’ eyes for its steep peaks, breathtaking natural scenery, and abundant species that are similar to those in the “Alps” in Europe, as a result, it awarded the “Oriental Alps”, “A Sacred Mountain in the East”, “China’s National Scenic Area”, “China’s National GEO-Park”, “National AAAA Tourist Attraction”, and “World Natural Heritage of Habitat of Giant Panda in Sichuan”.
The whole Scenic area of about 450 square kilometers is composed with Mount Siguniang, Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley and Haizi Valley. Mount Siguniang consists with four peaks that are transformed from four fairy sisters are always covered with white snow, namely the Eldest Sister Peak, the Second Sister Peak, the Third Sister Peak, and the Fourth Sister Peak (or Yaomei Peak), like four girls wearing white veils. Among them, Yaomei Peak of 6250 meters high above the sea is the second highest mountain in Sichuan area and enjoys the reputation of the “Queen of Sichuan Mountains”and is listed as one of the “Top 10 Famous Climbing Mountains in China”.
Mount Siguniang and three valleys that show the most beautiful and real view of this Scenic Area are the top classical attractions for tourists. Check them below for detailed information.
Most famous for Yaomei Peak that is the highest and fairest among other three and has rich natural resources, Mount Siguniang possesses lush forests, colorful flowers spreading the whole field, pure white snow mountains, adorable giant pandas, typical ethnic culture of Tibetan and Qiang people, etc.
Shuangqiao Valley is located at the northwest of Rilong Town, covering an area of 216.6 square kilometers. Since it has splendid scenery in autumn as well as amazing sea of flowers and tourists can see its different views at various locations, this valley becomes the most appealing spot in Mount Siguniang.
Also situated at the northwest of Rilong Town, Changping Valley is 29 km long. Numerous visitors and cameramen come to this treasure place to appreciate its splendid sightseeing of wide spread of grass field, blossoms as well as red cobblestones and ethnic custom of Jiarong Tibetan people.
Haizi Valley is at the east of Rilong Town and named so for its multiple “Haizi” (lakes). This valley is broad and smooth with original meadows and ancient Quaternary fishes. The more than ten “Haizi” of alpine lakes are very gorgeous and clear like crystals so that you can see the lakebeds.
Since Mount Siguniang is endowed with Tibetan and Qiang ethnic cultures, you can enjoy the featured local activities and special food in your trip here. Skim the following words to see the featured activities in this place.
Hiking is the best way to see the elegant south Europe sightseeing of Mount Siguniang. Along the way you can see the fascinating view of the super high snow peaks, azure sky, glittering and translucent lakes, bright-colored flowers, vigorous animals, dense forests, and so on.
A fair legend says that the four girls transformed into peaks on lunar May 4th, so people here gather together that day every year to worship the goddess of mountain for a better harvest the next year. During the festival, they will dress up in religious costumes, have a feast all together and dance enjoyably.
Guozhaung is a kind of circle dance with Tibetan traits. This typical art with strong power and graceful postures expresses the purity, industriousness, brave and kind of Tibetan people. It’s the best time to enjoy this great perform at night, when a ring of people stand around a bonfire and dance in joy.
Mountain Siguniang has a series of tasteful local food. The Tibetan Hotpot with yak meat, wild mushrooms and other precious materials is very worth to try. Moreover, well-chosen dried yak meat is crisp and palatable. Yak butter, roast whole lamb, etc. are also good choices to know the food culture here.
Mount Siguniang belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate area. But for the big altitude difference of terrains in the scenic area, there are temperate zone, cold temperate zone, subfrigid zone, frigid zone and permafrost zone. So it is said that there are four seasons in one peak and every 10 miles shows different climates in Mount Siguniang by local people. Mount Siguniang has an annually average temperature is 17.1℃. Dry seasons and rainy season are very distinctive here. Furthermore, it has an average annual precipitation of 931.5 millimeters and rich sunlight with a high percentage of 51%. As a result you are suggested to take enough clothes, common medicines, rain gears, sun cream and sunglasses.
It is recommended to visit Mount Siguniang during July and August when you can experience the full mountain of colorful blossoms and cool water floating from the mountain peaks. What’s more, mid-October to mid-November is best period to enjoy the splendid view of autumn of Mount Siguniang.
Drive from Chengdu to Mount Siguniang for 245km and 10 hours via Chengguan Expressway, Duwen Expressway, Zhongtanbao Tunnel, G213 and s303 (via Pi County, Dujiangyan, Yingxiu and Wolong).
By Other Means
You can take a coach at Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Terminal for about 5 hours, and then take a local minibus to Mount Siguniangshan. Besides, we provide comfortable cars for you to get here directly, so that you can focus on the sightseeing.
Various hotels and hostels in Rilong Town near Mount Siguniang are all very comfortable and clean with reasonable prices. You can find 4-star hotel like Mingxing Garden Theme Hotel and Jinkun Hotel have nice room and high quality services. 3-star hotel like Jinfeng Hotel and Guishan Business Hotel are well equipped and tidy. Moreover, you can choose a special inn to enjoy the particular local custom, for example, Lotus Inn with Chinese and English Services enjoy beautiful landscape and have exquisitely decorated rooms. Changpingyi Inn is very close to Haizi Valley and Changing Valley, and you can view the appealing look of Yaomei Peak. Under the Heaven Inn with nice garden and cozy and artistic decorations is a Tibetan style house.
We have collected some very useful maps about Mount Siguniang to make you have a better understanding of location of Mount Siguniang. You can feel free to use them to plan your trip easily.
Besides Mount Siguniang, there is a list of top attractions not very far away, so you can spend more time to visit these places to experience the charm of Sichuan Discovery now!
Chinese Pinyin:sì gū niáng shān
Literally:Mountain of Four Girls
Language: Mandarin, Sichuan Dialect, Tibetan & Qiang Language
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
You can plan your trip to Mount Siguniang for 2-3 days to appreciate the “Queen of Sichuan Mountains” - Yaomei Peak, the Eldest Sister Peak, the Second Sister Peak, the Third Sister Peak, Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley and Haizi Valley. But if you don’t have enough time, it is recommended to spend 1 day to visit Yaomei Peak that is the essence of this scenery area.
Besides, you are recommended to go to other famous attractions like Jizhaigou Valley, Huanglong National Park, Dujiangyan and so on to discover more beautiful destinations in Sichuan province.
You can feel free to contact our professional travel consultants to customize your own itineraries which would perfectly suit your likes and requirements.
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