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Tips for Visiting the Magical Niubei Mountain in Sichuan

 2014-01-13    Donna    Tips    Sichuan    2340  

Niubei Mountain is located in Ya’an city which is part of Sichuan province and neighbours Luding county, the mountain is a branch of Erlang mountain which seperates the Qingyi River and Dadu River. Niubei Mountain gains its name from the shape of the mountain top which resembles the back of the bull. Niubei Mountain is a relatively new tourist attraction that was introduced only in 2009. If you’re planning a China tour around the Sichuan region, you must make visiting the amazing Niubei Mountain  top of your list.

One of the most spectacular scenery that can be captured at Niubei Mountain is the waterfall of clouds or otherwise known as the sea of clouds. The dream like view is truly magical as you feel like you have been transported to a wonderland. Since its introduction to the world of tourism in 2009, Niubei mountain’s popularity is growing quickly and attracts many photography lovers who want to capture the unique
picturesque view.

Visiting During Different Seasons

Prime Season - The best time to visit Niubei Mountain is between April and May, the mountain is 3,600 meters above sea level therefore weather is rather dry with less fog meaning it’s the prime season to catch the best scenery. The temperature is estimated around to be at -15 degrees at the coldest.

Rain Season - Visiting between June and November so happens to be the rain reason at Niubei Mountain. Therefore, we suggest that for safety reasons visiting during this season should be avoided as persistent rain and fog makes your trip more dangerous and the scenery is not so great due to the fog. During the rain season weather is slightly warmer but still -12 degrees.

Frost Season – From December until March due to frost and snow visiting the mountain proves to be much more difficult but nevertheless this is also one of the prime seasons to capture the most beautiful views of the sea of clouds. Temperatures plummet to -20 degrees during this season! However, we strongly advise against visiting during the winter months as safety cannot be guaranteed due to the frost and snow covered mountain routes.

What To Bring & Wear

Essentials – To visit the mountains you should be prepared for the cold with the temperatures Therefore, we suggest that you check out the weather before your trip and buy yourself a sleeping bag suitable for the season that you’re visiting. Also professional outerwear is very important along with everyday essentials and medication.


Niubei Mountain is still a new tourist destination so there is not a very large choice when it comes to accommodation. However, if you plan on staying at Niubei Mountain there are a few inns that can provide the basic overnight basic requirements and costs an average 50RMB per person.

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