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Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

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Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park Introduction

Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park

The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park is situated on the east slope of the Gongga Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, to the southwest of Luding County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It borders Kangding, the hometown of love songs in the southwest. The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park is famous for snow-clad mountains, clouds, glaciers, forests, hot springs, sunlight and red rocks. Also it is known for the Tibetan and Yi corridor, ancient south Silk Road and Long March culture. This scenic area is 296 kilometers away from the provincial capital city Chengdu in the east, 100 kilometers away from the Kangding Airport in the north. In this area there are the tallest mountains closest to the big city in the world. The Gongga Mountain is the main peak of the Hengduan Mountains and is the king of the mountains surrounded by such as Emei Mountain, Siguniang Mountains.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park has an unparalleled wonderful landscape. The warm humid air flow from the Pacific and Indian oceans arrives here after crossing the Erlang Mountain and stops in front of the Gongga Mountain, which constitutes the most varied magnificent natural scenes of cloud and mist in the world. Moxi Terrace has a warm climate with the yearly average temperature of 19 degree centigrade and is a vacationland. The direct distance between Moxi and the Gongga Mountain is less than 10 kilometers but the elevation goes up from 1,300 meters to 7,556 meters, involving seven weather and plantation zones in one area, leading the world in the number of the zones involved. The Gongga Mountain is the tallest snow-clad mountain in the world viewing its relative height. The coexisting glaciers, natural hot springs, primitive forests are unique and fantastic. The magnificent glacier waterfalls look like silver rivers rushing down from the sky. The tall trees are luxuriant. The sweet spring water results in clean streams or waterfalls. The area is like a fairyland hiding in mist or being flooded by sunlight. The large red rock shoals and snow-clad mountains form a delightful contrast against the blue sky. The towering mountains, the largest modern glaciers with the lowest elevation among those with the same latitude in the world, alpine lakes, numerous quality hot springs, primitive forest and quantitative rare animals and plants let tourists experience four seasons in one day here.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

The park has updated its transport and tourist facilities and has been selected one of the key national scenic areas, one of nature preserves and geoparks in China. Also it has selected as one of the 4A tourist areas and China's only glacier forest park. It is a place for sightseeing, leisure, recuperation, summer and winter vacations, ecological and scientific research, exploration, mountaineering, photography, sports and conferences; it is really the largest tourist destination in southwest China.

Sacred Mountain Tour

The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park lies in the core area of the Hengduan Mountains, and many of the peaks here are covered with snow all the year round. Gongga Mountain, towering 7,556 meters in altitude in the heart of Shangri-la, is reputed to be the "King of the Mountains in Sichuan. The highest peak of the Hengduan Mountains, it is surrounded by 45 icy peaks more than 6,000 meters in altitude and some 100 snow-capped mountains more than 5,000 meters in altitude. They are the highest mountains closest to a large city in the world. Viewed from afar, the Gongga Mountain looks like a huge pyramid, standing in a majestic manner amongst other peaks.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Modern Glacier Tour

Gongga Mountain is a place of China's most maturely-developed modern glaciers, where hundreds of glaciers cover more than 300 square kilometers in total. Of those, the 16-square-km No.1 Glacier, stretching 14.7 kilometers in length with its end extending six kilometers into a primitive forest, is the largest, lowest-elevation modern glacier in the zone of the same latitude in the world. The glaciers coexist with forests and hot springs. They are accessible to tourists. Along these glaciers, there are ice lakes, ice pagodas, ice bridges, ice caves, crevasses, ice palaces, and ice castle gates, all glittering in brilliance. A huge icefall, measuring more than 1 ,000 meters in both width and height and consisting of numerous dazzling ice cubes, looks like a Milky Way running down from the heavens. Ice avalanches happen year round.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Hot Springs Tour

Contrast to snow-clad mountains and glaciers, hot springs in the Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park bring constant warmth to the gully year round. Bathing in spring water, you will really feel the warmth brought about by the thermal heat from the bottom of the glaciers. Whether in the flower-blooming spring, the cloud-haunted summer, and the maple-leaves embellished autumn, or the snow-flying winter, the hot springs will make your mind fresh, clear and peaceful.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Primitive Forest Tour

At an altitude of more than 6,000 meters, the Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park area features diverse climatic zones and flora zones, home to more than 2,500 kinds of plants ranging from subtropical to frigid zones. Walking uphill along the mountain path, you can easily find the constant changes in vegetation landscapes, which vary from palm trees and green bamboos in the mountain valley to age-old trees and vast expanses of wild azaleas in virgin forests, and up to colorful wild flowers and lichens at higher altitudes.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Red Rock Tour

Red rocks are one of the most precious gifts bestowed by nature to Gongga Mountain. Large expanses of red rock shoals are scattered in the scenic areas of Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park, Swallow Gully, Nanmenguan Gully, and Yajia Ridge. Clad with red moss, the rocks piled up on both sides of the rivers come to be a red flow that makes its way downstream alongside with the rivers, thus composing an amazing spectacle of nature.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Wild Flower Tour

The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park area is one of the world's most famous production bases of alpine flowers. In spring, the blooming mountain flowers compose a sea of multiple colors: in summer, the mountains are carpeted with green grass; and in autumn, the entire place turns gold. Thanks to a favorable ecological environment, grown here are hundreds of species of plants, including primrose, gentian. Saussurea, Meconopsis integrifolia,alpine azalea, Kangding magnolia, redwood, Taxus chinensis, and Picea brachytyla. Of these, the Meconopsis integrifolia is a world-famous flower, and Kangding magnolia is a globally rare species that is unique to the Hengduan Mountains and blooms in early spring before leaves come out. Blossoms in four colors, red, pink, purple and white, may he found on one same magnolia tree, and the petals emit elegant fragrance. In May and June each year, the alpine azaleas are in full blossom in red, purple, white, yellow, and light green, carpeting the entire mountain valley.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Culture and Custom Tour

The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park is a habitat of the people of 13 ethnic groups including the Han, Tibetan, Yi and Bai who jointly created brilliant historical and ethnical culture. The colorful Tibetan and Yi costumes, Tibetan-style buildings, unique catering, straightforward Kamba men and beautiful Kamba girls demonstrate typical and unique cultures of costumes, catering, religions and marriage. Along this tea-horse south Silk Road, the simple Catholic Church (Site of Moxi Meeting), quiet Moxi, classical streets, Jinhua Temple, Guanyin Temple, Dinghai Shenzhen and other scenic spots and their development have illustrated the profound culture of the Conch Gulley

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park

Cloud and Mist Tour

Clouds and mist make the Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park a unique natural scene. In the gully, the precipitous cliffs produce deep and quiet valleys with clouds and mist above. The landscape in the gully is changeable all the time, like a fairyland. The sunset glow, Buddha light, sea of clouds, rainbow make the Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park more attractive. Sometimes the mist is like a piece of thin chiffon around the peaks and sometimes it moves swiftly 1, 000 meters down the cliffs, making the Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park more mysterious.

Hailuogou National Glacier Forest Park