Self-propelled raiders of Western Sichuan|If poetry, if painting, Ruoergai! A place comparable to the Hulunbuir prairie!
I remember that last time I was in Ruoergai was in 2020, and it has been 3 years since I left. Every time I think about it, I always miss him... Let's write about picturesque Zoig today!
In northernmost part of Sichuan province, at intersection of three provinces of Qinghai and Gansu, there is Zhuoergai, towering 3300-3600 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains, is a plateau and a basin.
The Ruoergai deserts stretch for hundreds of kilometers, spreading like a green carpet between heaven and earth.
The Yellow River, flowing from west, gracefully outlines meadows of Ruoergai, and then turns around and winds north.
Cows, sheep and villages are scattered across this beautiful swampy plateau with blooming flowers in spring and summer and golden flowers in autumn.
The Ruoergai pasture is second largest pasture in my country. It is known as "an oasis of northwestern Sichuan plateau" and Flower Lake.
1. When to go?
Zoyge is very cold in winter, cool in summer and short in spring and autumn. Both summer and autumn are golden seasons for tourism.
Summer (May-August) Since it is located on a plateau, temperature will not be very high: daytime temperatures are below 24°C and night temperatures are below 20°C. This is a naturally air-conditioned area, great for outdoor activities. During this period, mountains and plains in meadows are full of flowers, and shadows of flowers in flower lake sway, which is most beautiful time of year.
Summer is also rainy season in Ruoergai. Pastures are full of water and grass, full of water mobility.
Winter and spring (December-April next year) During this time, Zoig has severe weather and few tourists, but this is period of time when Tibetan festivals gather. climate can be overcome, this arrival in Ruoergai is best time to get to know real ethnic customs.
Autumn (September-November), Ruoergai in autumn is like a thick oil painting. Although there are no flowers in bloom in summer, after cold dew, splendor of autumn is even more beautiful. Large pieces of golden yellow aquatic plants sway in wind. golden lights.
Second, how to organize route?
Let's start from Chengdu, self-driving, 3 days and 2 nights can drive:
Day 1: Chengdu→Wenchuan→Li County→Moon Bei→Hongyuan County
Departure from Chengdu in morning via Duwen Expressway to Wenchuan (total 124 km, estimated travel time 1.5 hours);
After a 20-minute break, take National Highway 317, pass Miyaluo Scenic Area, arrive in Shujingxi City and have lunch (the whole journey is 160 kilometers and takes 2.5 hours);
After lunch, climb Zhencha Liangzi at an altitude of 4345 meters, and then directly enter Rilongba Prairie and go straight to Moon Bay Scenic Area through meadows (the whole journey is 107 kilometers and is expected to take 1 hour 50 minutes);< /p>
You can play for 3-4 hours at Moon Bay Scenic Area and then go to Hongyuan County for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Hongyuan → Jiuqu Yellow River First Bend → Huahu Scenic Area → Ruoergai West Ranch
After breakfast, depart from Hongyuan County to Huahu Scenic Area (the whole trip is 80 kilometers and takes 1 hour 30 minutes);
First stop is Jiuqu Yellow River First Bay scenic spot where you can play for about 2 hours;
Go to Huahu Lake before noon, this is the climax, you can play longer;
After leaving scenic area, head to Ruoergai West Ranch (the whole trip is 32 kilometers and takes 40 minutes);
You can stay at picturesque ranch at night, sit on hillside among meadows at night and fall asleep watching Milky Way in distance~
Day 3: Ruoergai→Hongyuan→Lixian→Wenchuan→Chengdu
Wake up in morning in pasture, you can ride a horse, run and fly a kite in meadow in west, and you can also take pictures and check as much as you want;
Departure and return, cross Zhencha Liangzi again and arrive at Shujing Temple for lunch (the whole journey is 40 kilometers and takes 30 minutes);
After lunch, you can go to Gangbao Tibetan Village (the whole road is 117 kilometers and supposedly take 2 hours) and play in Gangbao Tibetan Village for about 1 hour;
Finally drive straight to Chengdu (2 hours 30 minutes). Journey is over!
Third, important scenic spot
1. First Bend of Nine Bends of Yellow River
The Yellow River flows east from Gansu, and after confluence with Baihe River, which originates in Hongyuan, goes north together.
In a picturesque place on a hillside facing meander of river, there are several observation platforms. If you are not physically strong, you can take escalator up mountain and then down mountain on boardwalk.
This is best place to enjoy twilight on a sunny day. At sunset, winding river shines a little in rays of setting sun, and end of river looks directly to west. That's what "Sunset on Long River" refers to. !
2. Flower Lake
The Reer Dam in north of Ruoergai has three neighboring lakes, most famous of which is "Meiduokuo", which means "flower lake".
Aquatic plants are either dense or scattered across lake, and clear water reflects sky.
Each March, one by one, black-necked cranes return to Ruoergai from their wintering grounds and spend a new breeding cycle around Lake Huahu until November, when they return their young to winter.
If you have free time, we recommend going to Langmusi.
Langmusi is not a temple, but a small town. The northeast of city belongs to province of Gansu, and southwest belongs to province of Sichuan, on each side of which are Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
The panoramic view of temple opens on hillside behind two temples, among which sunrise can be seen on a small hillside at entrance to Bailongjiang Grand Canyon in Kirti Temple.