Southern Sichuan Silk Road Tour

 

Day1    Chengdu-Qionghai Lushan Tourism Zone

 Qionghai Lake - Lushan Mountain Scenic Area 

Qionghai Lake located at the foot of Lushan Mountain with area of 31 sq.km., average depth of 14m and maximum depth of 34m is formed by prehistoric geological conformation movement. As a lake formed by earthquake, it expanded during the two mega earthquakes in 1536 and 1850 recorded in the historical data and took over the original fertile farmland and villages. During the scientific investigation activities in the 1970s, the house footstones are actually seen beneath the clear water. However, Qionghai Lake, surrounded by green hills, is quiet in ordinary days.

 Transport 

Take a flight from Chengdu to Xichang, and then a taxi through downtown to the Qionghai Lushan Tourism Zone. Visit the lake created during an earthquake and learn about the legends surrounding it. It is believed that in the light of the full moon people can see a town at the bottom of the lake, which represents prosperity lost due to the earthquake.

  

Day2    Qionghai Lushan Tourism Zone-Mt Luoji Tourism Zone

 Luoji Mountain Scenic Area 

Luoji Mountain winding for 100km is located at the south bank of Qionghai Lake, 38km away from the urban area of Xichang, with the main peak at 4,368m altitude. It gets its name as it looks like a hair coil. It is called "Anboha" in Yi language, meaning 500 peaks. There are 36 deep ponds and pretty lakes of various sizes and colors in the mountains, and the altitudes of most of them are more than 3,000m. It is endowed with abundant subtropical plants, complete ancient glacial sites, wide-spreading azaleas, karst caves, waterfalls and other splendid unique landscapes. The azaleas on Luoji Mountain are very beautiful and there are millions of mus of azaleas around the six to seven lakes of different sizes at the place called "Sandaohai (Three Lakes)" or "Changhaizi (Long Lake)". In May, the azaleas turn the place into a red sea, reflecting its alias of "Yingshanhong (mountain reddening)". It is also characterized by the hot spring waterfall in Dacao River Gorge. The splashing water, lofty peaks, unique rocks, green pines and old vines create a painting of perfect combination of hardness and softness, cool and warmth. The third-layer waterfalls formed by the heights become hot spring ponds of different sizes. The two ponds with each one at one side of the water curtain cave and accommodation of only 2 people for each are called "Yuanyang Ponds (Mandarin Duck Ponds)".

 Transport 

Take a coach from Xichang to the Mt Luoji Tourism Zone, so-named because of its spiral coil shape, which passes some spectacular scenery along the way. There are 36 beautiful pools and lakes of different colors and sizes, almost all above altitude 3,000m. One of the top 10 scenic zones in Sichuan, it is resplendent with many subtropical plants, complete ancient glacial ruins, oceans of azaleas, massive karst caves, and other spectacular and unique landscapes.

  

Day3    Mt Luoji Tourism Zone-Ertan National Forest Park

 Luoji Mountain Scenic Area 

Luoji Mountain winding for 100km is located at the south bank of Qionghai Lake, 38km away from the urban area of Xichang, with the main peak at 4,368m altitude. It gets its name as it looks like a hair coil. It is called "Anboha" in Yi language, meaning 500 peaks. There are 36 deep ponds and pretty lakes of various sizes and colors in the mountains, and the altitudes of most of them are more than 3,000m. It is endowed with abundant subtropical plants, complete ancient glacial sites, wide-spreading azaleas, karst caves, waterfalls and other splendid unique landscapes. The azaleas on Luoji Mountain are very beautiful and there are millions of mus of azaleas around the six to seven lakes of different sizes at the place called "Sandaohai (Three Lakes)" or "Changhaizi (Long Lake)". In May, the azaleas turn the place into a red sea, reflecting its alias of "Yingshanhong (mountain reddening)". It is also characterized by the hot spring waterfall in Dacao River Gorge. The splashing water, lofty peaks, unique rocks, green pines and old vines create a painting of perfect combination of hardness and softness, cool and warmth. The third-layer waterfalls formed by the heights become hot spring ponds of different sizes. The two ponds with each one at one side of the water curtain cave and accommodation of only 2 people for each are called "Yuanyang Ponds (Mandarin Duck Ponds)".

 Transport 

Take a bus from Luojishan to Panzhihua, and visit the well-known Ertan National Forest Park. Nestled into the side of the Hengduan Mountains, the park is high and steep with vertically distributed vegetation. With more than 700 types of plants amidst lush foliage and spectacular geographical surroundings, the park provides an ideal habitat for native animals. With beautiful lakes and mountains, it is one of the most picturesque scenic attractions in southern Sichuan.

  

Day4    Return to Chengdu

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