Songping Valley Scenic Area
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-3
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.
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How to Get There?
The distance between Chengdu city and Songping Valley Scenic Area is 250 kilometers. It takes 55 kilometers to Dujiangyan city. Then visitors should traverse to Maoxian County along Jiuhuaixian Road. They will enter the scenic area after driving 8 kilometers more along Jiuhuanxian Road, and after 10 kilometers further driving, they will finally enter the scenic center. The price for renting buses or cars: It takes 700 RMB in one day for the van with 12 seats, or a jeep with 8 seats, 900 RMB with 20 seats, and 1000 RMB for a tourist bus with 30 seats.
1) Accommodation: The hotels at the scenic area: There are two hotels at present. One is Diesong Mountain Villa and another is Shenpiao Center. Diesong Mountain Villa: There are 72 luxurious and standard rooms. Hot water is supplied within 24 hours. There are air conditioners in the luxurious rooms. In summer, the hotel also provides tents for those who love to camp outside. There is a meeting room, which can contain 50 persons. 300 people can have dinner in the dining room at the same time. Visitors can taste local food and wild animal meat, etc. The price in Shenpiao Center: 200 RMB for the luxurious room, and 100 for the common standard room. 2) Specialties The area is rich in rare wild Chinese Medicines. There are 184 families, and 574 species of plants in total. In 1984, it was calculated that the total volume of the Chinese medicines reaches over 5400,000 kilograms. In the grasslands with the altitude of 3700~4200 meters, there are many treasured traditional Chinese medicines. Moreover, it is also rich in animals, such as golden snub-nosed monkeys, brown bears, deer, etc. 3) The best travel time: Visitors can travel here at anytime throughout the whole year. However, the better travel time is spring and fall. 4) Notes: a. Visitors can consider traveling here together with Jiuzhaigou and Honglong, as Songping Valley is quite close to those spots. b. The scenic area was just developed. The facilities here are not so good. So visitors had better prepare well to meet any difficulties. c. The area is very large. Visitors should travel by riding a horse. So, visitors should be more careful. d. Visitors traveling in no tourist agencies can take a bus to Maoxian county at Xinnanmenbus station in Chengdu, then traverse to Songping Valley at Maoxian County.
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