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Siguniangshan National Parks

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Siguniangshan National Parks

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The Third and Fourth Girls of Mount Siguniang

Siguniangshan National Park (四姑娘山国家公园 - lit: Four Girl Mountain National Park) is in Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province.

Understand

Mount Siguniang National Park lies 220km west of Chengdu, in the Qionglai Mountains of western Sichuan in China. The park is comprised of Mount Siguniang itself and the three most accessible valleys surrounding it. The nearest town is Rilong (日隆镇). The three valleys are called Changping Valley (长坪沟), Haizi Valley (海子沟) and Shuangqiao Valley (双桥沟). The first two lie adjacent to Siguniangshan, whilst the Shuangqiao Valley is 7km west of Rilong. The Changping and Haizi Valleys are accessable only by non-motorized transport while the third valley has a paved road and is where most of the tourists visit. The Shuangqiao Valley also has 28km of boardwalk extending to the valley's end, whilst the first 3km of the Changping Valley is equipped with a boardwalk.

History

Mount Siguniang National Park was approved for establishment in 1994 by the State Council of the People's Republic of China. An application for World Heritage status as part of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary: Wolong, Mt. Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains was submitted to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), leading to its inscription as a World Heritage site in 2006. The National Park is a category II national park under the IUCN’s Management Categories of Protected Areas.

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Because of its geographical location and diversified landforms, Siguniang Mountain is home to a diversity of animals, many of which are rated in China as first-class protected species. Its mammals include the Sichuan golden monkey, white-lipped deer, clouded leopard, snow leopard and occasional giant panda. It is also home to a number of iconic birds, such as the Chinese monal pheasant, Chinese hazel grouse, bearded vulture, Sichuan pheasant partridge, Tibetan snow-cock, and blood pheasant. Over 1000 plant species have been recorded in the national park.

Climate

Get in

Fees/Permits

Each valley has a different entry fee for both the high and low season. Haizigou (entrance: ¥60 and ¥40 in off-season, Dec. 1 - March 30), Changpinggou (entrance: ¥70 and ¥50 in off-season, Dec. 1 - March 30) and Shuangqiaogou (entrance: ¥80 and ¥50 in off-season, Dec. 1 - March 30)

Get around

See

Do

Buy

Eat

Rilong has a number of excellent restaurants serving Sichuan-style food, whilst there are also good restaurants in the Shuangqiao Valley 7km to the west. In Rilong, the Sisters Restaurant (姐妹饭店) serves excellent traditional Sichuan food, and allows non-chinese speakers to point at the ingredients on display out the front. The Bamboo Chicken Restaurant (竹香鸡饭店) specializes in chicken and bamboo hotpot, whilst the Douhua Fish Hotpot Restaurant (豆花鱼火锅) specialises in fresh fish hotpot. In the Shuangqiao Valley, the best, and most unique restaurant in the national park, is the “Cow Shed” (牛棚子饭店), which serves traditional Tibetan food, including freshly-baked bread with yak butter, yak and potato stew, and yak butter tea. A number of tasty, but less unique, restaurants are also located outside the gate to the Shuangqiao Valley.

Drink

Sleep

Lodging

Camping

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out

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