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Yading Nature Reserve

 Daocheng Attractions

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Introduction to Yading Nature Reserve (亚丁风景区) 

Yading Nature Reserve is located in Daocheng county of Sichuan. The nature reserve was made known to the world in the 1900’s after famous American explorer Dr. Joseph Rock visited Yading. However, Yading Nature Reserve still remains relatively unknown to many travelers to Tibet and Sichuan as its rarely enlisted in tour guides and books. 

The Yading Nature Reserve covers an area of 1,344 square kilometers and has an average elevation of well over 4,000 meters. Famous attractions in Yading include the Five-colored Lake, Milk Lake, Chonggu Temple and Luorong Pasture. 

Yading is sitting at an altitude of over 2,900 meters, to the southeast of Daocheng County. It was unknown to the outside world until the late 1990s. Three adjacent yet separated mountains comprise of its main body. There are scenic spots such as the Mengzi Grant Canyon, Mount Echu, and Axi high mountain park inside Yading. Yading’s natural landscape is almost uninfected by the human development. It has one of the best preserved eco-system in China.

Yading is affected by Plateau monsoon climate. The annual average temperature swings from -5 degree Celsius to 12.1 degree Celsius. In January, the coldest month in Yading, the temperature can drop to 27 degree Celsius below 0. Sunshine is abundant in Yading all year round. Rain and snow are more likely to fall at night. Snow mantles from September to May next year. The best timing to Yading generally are April, May, September and October. 

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Daocheng County, Garze Prefecture, Sichuan Province

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Main Sights

Five Colored Lake, Milk Lake, Chonggu Temple, Luorong Pasture

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Travel Information

Admission: 270 Yuan / Person

Opening Hours: 7:00AM - 6:30PM

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1. There are direct buses from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Daocheng which costs approximately 260 Yuan.

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Travel Tips 

1. Tourists should avoid visiting during Golden Week and summer holidays.

2. Warm clothing should be brought along due to temperature difference between night and day.


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