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Songpan County

Songpan County is part of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, about 311 km north of Chengdu. It borders Beichuan County on the southeast, Jiuzhaigou County and Zoige County on the north. There are four main ethnic groups, Tibetan, Qiang, Hui and Han, who live on this land. Among them the Tibetan accounts for the majority of the population up to 37.19%. Being known as "the Gateway to Western Sichuan", Songpan County is a famous historical city in Sichuan Province and also a historic border town in ancient times. Sonpan is located in the middle section of the Min Mountain, and east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The landscapes differentiate largely from east to west, with salient topographic relief. Mountains make up the major landform of Songpan, among which the highest Peak Xuebaoding-the dominant peak of the Min Mountain range-stands aloft 5,588 meters above the sea level.

Songpan County

Songpan has plenty of magnificent natural sceneries of high standards and the total forest coverage rate reaches 37.2% across the county. Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, including the main spot Huanglong Valley as well as the ambient spots Muni Valley and Xuebaoding Peak, are regarded as "Paradise on Earth". The six unique scenic features, colored pounds, beach flows, snow mountains, canyons, old temples and folk-custom, are famed all over the world. Huanglong Reserve has already been listed on the World Nature Heritage Site and Man and the Biosphere Programme.

Songpan County

Apart from rich natural sceneries, Songpan also has many distinctive cultural sites, such as the Songpan Ancient City, historical location of Maoergai meeting and Memorial Monument of Red Army’s Long March in Chuanzhusi. Ethnic featured cultures of Tibetan, Qiang and Hui are also resourceful in Songpan. Traditional Tibetan New Year, Horse-racing Festival, Mountain Strolling Fair, Guozhuang Dance, marriage customs are of exotic wonders. Tibetan buttered tea and local costumes are attractive too. Speaking of Qiang tribe, the unique Qiang New Year, handmade Stone towers and delicate embroidery add more specialties to their culture.

The comprehensive natural scenes, together with characteristic cultural sites and splendid civilization of minority ethnics, make up an unparalleled Songpan, attracting millions of travelers from all over the world.