As one of the three holy mountains set at Yading Nature Reserve, Xian Nairi is the tallest of them all, measured as 6000 meters.
It is the first mountain you see when you travel to Yading: a stunning peak standing in front of you is quite shocking. The snow on top of the miuntain forever stay up there.
Yading of Daocheng is a very far place to travel to though. You will need at least two days by driving. Now they have an airport that allows you to fly there within two hours but many visitors suffer the mountain sickness due to its high elevation above sea level. At Yading the altitude is basically above 4000 meters, making the walking in the park a challenge. However lots of visitors cone here to see the beatiful views in spite of these challenges because its beauty worths the efforts.
Muli is known as a county-level town in Sichuan. It is by far the most remote place I have traveled in Sichuan. Its remoteness consists of two factors, first is the road and the second is the people. And yet its beauty is obvious.
To get to Muli you will have to get to Xichang, which is a big city in Sichuan and easy to get to by flight, train and car. By car it is 7 hours from Chengdu. So from Xichang, a Yi people place to Muli, it is another 8 hour’s drive through the gorges and over the mountains. The people that live along the driving road include Chinese, Yi, Tibetans and even Mongolians. The town of Muli itself is not very big but very interesting. It stands on side of a mountain facing the river. Driving into from the mountains feels like a surprise to first time visitors.
The people are taller in Muli and it is difficult to tell weather they are Chinese, Yi or Tibetan. Their skin is more tanned probably because of the sun. And the women there are very beautiful. Everyone feels friendly and it seems they all are sharing the town of Muli and the atmosphere. There is a square in the biggest park in the town and people come here to dance every day at 7.00pm. The dancers are Tibetan, Chinese, Yi or Mongolians. I don’t think Chinese people are good dancers but here I was wrong.
Muli is probably famed, if it is, by Muli Monastery, which is a hundred-year old Buddhist monastery that Joseph Rock described in his book and had a photo of the head monk of Muli monastery on the cover of National Geography in America. Muli Monastery is however not located in the town of Muli but hours’ driving from the town.
Muli is beautiful and far. Muli is not so far if you have the time to explore it.
Sertar Wuming Buddhist School is open to the public. Everyone can visit it in 2016. It is located 20km south to the town of Seda and one full day’s drive from Chengdu.
It is one of the favorate places in Sichuan for photographers. The stunning views of Sertar are of densely built monk dormitories and temples in the valley of Larungga. At present the road at some sections are still under construction but it will be compeleted soon. By then the driving will be shorter from Chengdu.
Mount Zhaogong, or Zhaogongshan is a good place in Chengdu to do a day hike. Zhaogongshan is one of the mountains located west to Dujiangyan and one of the Taoist mountains around this place. It is 70km’s drive from Chengdu, you can arrive there by only 1.5 hours’ of driving.
The hiking is quite difficult in one day due to it is very steep. Elevation gain is about 1200 meters and will descend the same distance and elevation. Considering this and the steep trails, the walking is quite strenuous. It will normally need about 3-4 hours walking up and about 3 hours walking down. Time to do the hiking is from April to October for it is warmer and without snow on the trial. When there is snow, it is much more difficult to walk. Because it is quite strenuous, this day hike may not be a perfect place to spend one day there walking, but if you are well trained or want to be trained, this is the perfect place for you.
Also this place is one of the natural habitats of wild pandas. On the trial you can see many bamboos growing everywhere. One needs to be really lucky to see a panda in the wild here.
December is a good season to travel to Hailuogou. Hailuogou Glacier Park is one of the biggest glacier parks in China. It has big and amazing glaciers from the peaks of Minya Konka.
From April to October, you will have higher possibilities of raining weather while traveling to Hailuogou Glacier Park. Spring is from late March to early June in Hailuogou. Spring is still very cold but also you may have raining days while traveling there in this season. From June to September it is the monsoon season at Hailuogou Glacier Park. From October the weather will be better but it will also get colder. December is the winter time. It is dry and usually will have clear sky, which makes it a good season because you can see the peak of Minya Konka from the park. If you travel to Hailuogou in other seasons, you have higher chances to catch rain or fog.
Last Week in Kangding we had a heavy snow. Road to Zheduo Pass was closed due to the heavy snow. Drivers had to put the chains on the wheels while driving. And many self-driving visitors stuck in Kangding for a while.
Heavy snow is normal in Kangding in winter. Usually the first snow came by October each year and last until the next April. But in a sunny day it can be quite warm. And in Kangding in winter, there are usually more sunny days than snowy days.
If you plan to travel here in winter, it is better to read the weather forecast before hand and prepare for possible bad weather. Sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the snow everywhere and a strong walking boots are helpful.