Xinduqiao travel Raiders,the most beautiful place in autumn Sichuan
Text / xiongxia
Xinduqiao, also called Dong’eluo, is the first village in the west of Zheduo Mountain. And it is formerly known as Dong’eluo village, which isthe indispensable rest and supply depot when crossing the Zheduo Mountain, situated about 3300 meters above sea level. It is the north and south bifurcation of Sichuan-Tibet line, north to Ganzi, south to Litang and it is the only way from Tibet to Kangding. In the early 90s, there is no commerce, only blue sky,white clouds, woods, sunlight and shadow. Her beauty impressed the photographers from afar one by one.Photographers called here world of light and shadow and photographers’ paradise.
There has magical light, the vast expanse of grassland, curved creek, golden cypress and poplar, rolling hills with villages scattering in the meantime, cattle and sheep grazing graciously. Every autumn, photographers come here from south to north, hangingaround to pursue the magic of light and shade and the picturesque placein their dream. The best light is always in the morning or dusk. Standing on the ridge or hillside of the village, you will see the warmth of the morning sunshine shining on cypress and poplar under backlit and side light or waiting for the last ray of golden sunshine from the open earth and soothing ridge slowly remove away, but stay in your mind forever.
Tibetan village scattered in the rolling hills.The shallow river and the road flow side by side, painting colorful lines in the bright Autumn. There are blue sky, golden trees, red,black, and white Tibetan dwellings with smoke from Tibetan houses and grazing yak and horses as decorations in the saturated color block.
There’sno tourist attractions in Xinduqiao at all. What is beautiful is her natural environment, pastoral scenery, and share of the tranquil light on the road! So what kind of stunning scenery it has within 120 km?
From Xinduqiao town to Gongga Mountain viewing platform,Waze Town,Kangding.It is not so far. The panoramic view of Gongga Mountain and Xinduqiao town can be taken there and it is much suitable for shooting in the morning.
Tickets: 10 yuan. If riding to the top of mountain, 50 yuan / person
The best viewing season is from October to November, the best shooting time isin the early morning.
close to the top of the mountain.Then walk about ten kilometers,you will finally reach Heishi City. We don't know the origin of this city but there are a lot of legendary stories about it.Andthere is one of the best areas to shoot sunset and moonlight.
The best viewing season is the whole year, the best shooting time isin the evening.
If you start from Xinduqiao and head to Bamei, driving about 40KM, then you will arriveat Tagong grassland. The entire grassland is not very big, but it is imposing because of the Muya GoldenTower and the distant YalashenMountain, forming a very beautiful scenery with the summer wild flowers.
The best viewing season is in summer and autumn, the best shooting time isin the evening.
Bamei Stone Forest
The distance from Tagong Tower to Bamei is about 26KM.In the south-east of Bamei Town, 66KM away from Xinduqiao, there is the world of stones and soilswith an area of 5 square kilometers. Overlooking the stone forest,you will find it spectacular beyond your expectation.
The main body of the stone is the mylonite.The magic of stoneis on its surface which would change the color with the alternating seasons. The stones are generally silver-gray in spring and autumn, and are pale ink in rainy summer. Aftervisited by experts many times, Bamei Stone Forest is regarded as amazing as Guangxi and Guizhou stone forests.
The best viewing season is in summer, the best shooting time is in the morning and evening.
Quanhua Beach is Yulongxi.Although the water there is not as clean as Huanglong’s, it is beautiful and touchable. Xiyulong village is located in Liuba town, at an altitude of 4000 meters, 65KM from Xinduqiao. Quanhua Beach is an excellent location for appreciating Gongga Mountain, which is called “the King of Shu’s Mountains” and Scenic Splendor of China(a special edition of Chinese National Geography) shot GonggaMountainthere.You cango there from Xiyulong village by riding or hiking for 1 hour. It best to go back to Xiyulong village and stay there after visiting beach.
Tickets: 20 yuan (environmental protection fee)
The best viewing season is in summer, the best shooting time isin the evening.
Zimei Pass is the tourist attraction that every photographer would visit. You would not be unfamiliar if you read Chinese National Geography from time to time. Zimei Pass is about 118KM from Xinduqiao, at the elevation of 4550 meters,you can drive there directly. And have a close contact with Gongga Mountain. Zimei Pass,as a huge platform, is 5KMstraight from Gongga Mountain. It is incredibly shocking to see Gongga Mountain in such a close distance.
Tickets: 20 yuan (environmental protection fee)
The best viewing season is in spring and autumn, the best shooting time is in the morning,evening and night.
Xinduqiao has various types of accommodation from youth hostel, tent camp to high-level hotels.Five-star hotel is under construction. Houses are very tense in autumn which is the best season.Therefore,you’d better avoidchoosing hotels in National Day(from October 1-7) and book in advance after the holiday.
Xinduqiao food are mainly Sichuan cuisine, you can also eat a lot of Tibetan dishses.Butter tea, yak meat, tsampa, highland barley wine and buckwheat noodles are recommended.
The shortest route is Chengdu - Ya’an - Tianquan - Erlang Mountain Tunnel - Luding - Kangding - Xinduqiao, 400KM,about 7 hours.
Route with the best scenery is Chengdu - Yaxi Motorway - Shimian- Caoke - Hailuogou - Yajiageng- Kangding - Xinduqiao, about 9 hours.
About Public Transportation
There is no direct bus to Xinduqiao. You have to transfer to Xinduqiao after arriving at Kangding. There are many buses from Kangding to Xinduqiao and the ticketsare reasonable. You can take bus at Chadianzi, Xinnanmen, Shiyang and the North bus stations in Chengdu to Kangding.
How Many Days Are Enough for Traveling in Xinduqiao?
Xinduqiao is a place with many tourist attractions. The listed places above are all worthy.You can arrange your time according to your personal interests. In general, 3-4 days is enough for traveling, and of course, if you like the local environment, permanent residence is also nice!