Songping Valley Scenic Area
Songping Valley Scenic Area is situated in Songpinggou village, Diexi town, Maoxian County. It was the fourth batch of provincial scenic resorts approved by Sichuan government in December, 1994. It is the first provincial scenic spot on the west line of Jiuhuanxian Road. The scenic area starts from the two hills along the road of Jiuhuan-Maoxian-Songpan in the east. It extends from Diexi earthquake relic to Longchi Mountain in the south, and reaches Dayawo, Yunhua Mountain, and Huazi Hill in the west. It regards Huazi Hill, Maodaoshan Mountain as its boundary in the north. The whole area occupies 30 square kilometers, and has the protection area of about 160 square kilometers. The scenic resort is characterized in earthquake relic, ponds, forest, mountains, folk customs, torrential flow, unique stones, etc. It is a shining pearl on the tourist line of Chengdu~Jiuzhaigou Valley.
Songpinggou Scenic area is consisted of three valleys and six ponds. The three valleys are Songping Valley, Yu’er Valley, and Shuimo Valley. They are scattered with a shape of Y.
Songping Valley is the major valley in this resort. It originated from Luzilang of Riduowoshan Mountain. The total length from east to west is 39 kilometers. The central spots are Gongpeng Pond, Shuimo Valley, Bailazhai Pond. The central spots are 11.9 kilometers far away from the earthquake relic at Diexi town. In this area, it is rich in plants. There are over 50 families of trees, among which mainly are birches, firs, bushes, etc.
Yu’erzhai Valley is famous for fish. Yu’erzhai in Chinese means a village produces fish. Unluckily, the village was destroyed during the earthquake, and there is no fish any more. Above the relic of the village, there is the famous Yu’erzhai Pond. In this valley, the best spot is the forest scenery. In the forest, there live wild rabbits, marmots, wild chicken, etc.
Shuimo Valley is a branch of Songping Valley. It is over 10 kilometers in length. Shuimo Pond is very characteristic. It has over 60 year history. Therefore, it looks very more special than others.
Gongpeng Pond is also called Baishi Pond. It is located at the middle section of Songping Valley, which is 11.5 kilometers far from the entrance of Songping Valley. It is the biggest pond among those of at Songping Valley. The pond is over 1600 meters in length, 80 meters in depth. The water area is 403 Mu, and its volume is 10,000,000 cube meters.
★The Down Pond of Shuimo Valley:
The pond was formed by the earthquake. It lies at Shuimo Valley. And there is only one cave between the Down Pond of Shuimo Valley and Gongpeng Pond. The two ponds are connected by the break of the cave.
★The Upper Pond of Shuimo Valley:
It is 38 kilometers far from the Down Pond. Its altitude is 2900 meters. The water area occupies 110 Mu. It is 900 meters in length and has a volume of 800,000 cube meters.
★The Upper Pond of Bailazhai:
The Upper Pond of Bailazhai is situated at the down part of Gongpeng Pond, and only one kilometer far from it. Its altitude is 2470 meters. The water area is 101 Mu, and the volume is 700,000 cube meters. The length of the pond is 900 meters, and the width is 250 meters.
★The Down Pond of Bailazhai:
It is 0.5 kilometer far from the Upper Pond of Bailazhai. It has an altitude of 2430 meters. The water area here is 127 Mu. It is about 800 meters in length, and the volume is 950,000 cube meters. Thousands of fishes swim in the pond.
It is one kilometer far from the Down Pond of Diexi. The altitude is 2570 meters. It is 850 meters in length, and 200 meters in width. The water area here occupies 201 Mu.