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Hailuogou Glacier

   Hailuogou Glacier
Hailuogou Glacier
(hǎi luó gōu bīng chuān 海螺沟冰川) is situated in the southeast of Ganzi Zang Autonomous Prefecture (gān zī cáng zú zì zhì zhōu 甘孜藏族自治州) of Sichuan Province (sì chuān shěng 四川省). It is the maritime glacier with the lowest altitude in East Asia. Hailuogou is also called the No. 1 Glacier (yī hào bīng chuān 一号冰川) for it is the longest one among all the 74 glaciers in Gongga Mountain (gòng gā shān 贡嘎山).

   Hailuogou Glacier
Hailuogou Glacier is 14.7 kilometers long, covering an area of 23.2 square kilometers. The highest peak is 6750 meters above sea level, while the lowest is 2850 meters. In Hailuogou, there is the highest and grandest glacier waterfall in China, which is 500 to 1100 meters wide and 1080 meters high. The glacier is streched into the virgin forest for 6 kilometers, and formed the fancy scenery of the coexistence of the glacier and forest. It is said that in Hailuogou you can experience four seasons, and different weather in one day. It is an ideal place for traveling, and exploration.

   The Golden Snow Peak
At the foot of Hailuogou, there are 45 peaks around, which are more than 6000 meters high. Each peak is covered with snow all year round. On a fine day, when the sun rise, the light are pouring on the peaks, makes the peaks golden.

   The Grand Glacier Waterfall
In Hailuogou, you can see the glacier pouring down from the high gorges. The grandest glacier waterfall is 10 times bigger than the well-known Huangguoshu Waterfall (huáng guǒ shù pù bù 黄果树瀑布). In Hailuogou, there are many hot springs, which make the virgin forest blear. It is a wonderful thing for you to appreciate the dancing snow in the hot spring.

Hot Spring in HailuogouThe virgin forest covers an area of more than 70 square kilometers. Walking along the road, you will be attracted by the changeable scene around. And you will see monkeys and racoons playing in the forest.

Besides the gorgeous natural scenery, you can also experience different culture of Zang Nationality. The colorful cloth, unique architectures, and pleasant songs and dance will impress you.

Hailuogou Glacier
Location: Moxi Town (mó xī zhèn 磨西镇), Luding County (lú dìng xiàn 泸定县), Ganzi
Admission fee: CNY 75
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Transportation: there are many tourist bus in Chengdu can take you to Hailuogou


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