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Hailuogou Valley Snow & Glacier World, Red Stone Park 3-Day Trip

Hailuogou Valley National Park is situated in Luding County of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in west Sichuan region. The place is famous for its modern glacier, ice fall and hot spring. Hailuogou, in Tibetan means conch valley, while conch is one of the eight lucky treasures in Tibetan Buddhism.  Hailuogou Glacier is 15 km long, with its tale stretching into the virgin forests 2850 meters above the sea level. It is also the lowest among all the glaciers in the world on the same latitude. The ice fall, being 500 to 1,000 meters wide and 1,080 meters tall, is the largest ever found in China. There are three springs in Hailuogou, with the water temperature 50 to 80 degrees Celsius. More than 70 square km of virgin forest is also located in the region. The vertically distributed vegetation, and glacier together with the springs form a unique natural wonder in the region.

 HIGHLIGHTS

*Overlook the King of Sichuan Mountains - Gongkha Mountain, 7556 meters above the sea level

*To see the mysterious red stones that only survive on pure land 

*Enjoy Tibetan folklore mixed with a western church in Moxi Ancient Town

TRIP INFORMATION

- Tour code: CPT-WT-04

- Price: from $520 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Chengdu - Moxi - Chengdu

- Trip length: 3 Days 2 nights

 Detailed itinerary:

In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu. You will start the ice and snow trip soon! Driving out of downtown Chengdu, you will feel you are getting into another world, filled with green mountains and blue sky instead of tall buildings in the city. At around noon time, arrive in Moxi Town.

 

Have lunch and a short rest in a local restaurant.  After lunch, you will be transferred to visit Red Stone Park, which is renowned for the incredible red stones inside. Here, each piece of rock is covered with a beautiful red coat by Trentepohlia jolithus and piled up in the valley at two sides of river, just like jumping and flowing notes. Under the reflection of Snow Mountains, it is grand to be “the World’s Red Stone Park”. Besides the world’s unique red rocks valley, there are primitive and mysterious Ancient Tea House Rod, winding and zigzagging Wilson Patch, and towering and holy Yajiageng Snow Mountain peaks in the scenic spot. 

Getting out of Yanzi Valley attraction in the late afternoon, and then continue driving back to Moxi Town.  After dinner in a local restaurant, check into hotel. In the evening you are free to stroll in Moxi Ancient Town, with the old residence of Chairman Mao and a Christianity church.

Chengdu - 170 km - Ya'an City - 120 km - Moxi Town

In the morning, transfer to Hailuogou National Park's gate. Exchange to the sightseeing bus to the Grass Lake, enjoy the snow mountain, primeval forest and mist of the scenic spot along the way. Later you will enter the Glacier Rain Forest Footpath and reach Dongga Temple through the primeval forest. Take the sightseeing bus to Ganheba, take the cable car up to view the holy Gongga Snow Mountain and the Big Glacier. 

The process from snowflake, granular neve, granular ice to block ice is called "ice formation" in glaciology. In this process snowflake turns to glacial ice after a series of recrystallization metamorphism. It is the difference between glacial ice and water ice. This process is very slow and usually needs several decades, even several centuries. The older the glacier ice, the clearer the ice mass is. If you watch close, you can easily distinguish white ice and blue glacier ice with compressed air bubble in Hailuogou.

 

In the afternoon, walk in the Primeval Forest to feel the elusive life extending sensation. You can choose to get close to the glacier at the glacier wall path, or enjoy hot spring in the attraction.

In the late afternoon take sightseeing bus to attraction exit, and then be transferred to local restaurant to have dinner.  Return to hotel for a good rest.

Hailuogou Valley National Park

In the morning, bid farewell to Hailuogou! Drive back along the way to Ya'an first.

 

En route, visit Luding Chain Bridge, which is 103.67 meters long and 3 meters wide composed of 13 chains. In the long history of Luding Bridge, it is not only a traffic throat on the tea horse road from West Sichuan to Tibet, but also the frontier for ethnic harmony and national unity. The victory of Luding Bridge battle during the Long March of Chinese Red Army was appreciated "thirteen chains load a glorious page in the annals of the Chinese revolution". 

 

Have lunch  in a local restaurant.

 

Later go through the Ya'an - Chengdu Expressway, drive another 2 hours from Ya'an to Chengdu. Arrive in Chengdu in the afternoon. Transfer to hotel/train station/airport according to your travel plan.

Moxi Town - 100 km - Ya'an City -170 km - Chengdu

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary & necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√  Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

  Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√  Traveler's accidental insurance.

OUR SERVICE INCLUDES:

-- This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule.

-- China Panda Tour also provides French/German/Spanish/Russian/Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service.

-- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you with satisfying service.

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