Text by Mai Tian
One day, an urbanite steps out into the concrete jungle to see the familiarly number faces of commuters to smell the stench of burning gasoline to hear the honking acrecching and rushing.Something innocuous becomes the straw that breaks the camel´s back,and he can´t take it anymore. Such stories are all too familiar in internet posts .periodicals and gossip .The most positive conclusion is usually recognizable as well:a trip to the airport and an escape to a place such as Hainan.Lijiang .Hokkaido.Honolulu,Rio de Janeiro or even the Alps save the day.
When life is sated with exhaustion but void of passion,many feel imprisoned by the metropolises of human indifference .More and city dwellers are frequently getting away not only to find rare relaxation ,but also to once again find themselves.
However,for the 9 to 5 crowd ,a trip to a place like the Alps can be a massive undertaking .For residents of Asia,a practical getaway to somewhere slightly more accessible serves as a good trial run. For many in China.Siguniang Mountain in southwest China´s Sichuan Province is the perfect destination.
Siguniang from Chengdu is to rent a car or bus with other
travelers. Chengdu, a long-time gateway to Tibet and western Sichuan, boasts well-developed chartered travel business, and the cost is lower than in China´s coastal areas.
Road conditions in western Sichuan are generally less than ideal. After the massive Wenchuan Earthquake in,2008 many roads fell to pieces and re-construction remains ongoing. Rugged road conditions and taking the scenic route make the trip to Siguniang on the uncomfortable side. Some travelers start from Chengdu early in the morning, around 7:00 a.m., and don´t arrive in Rilong Town until stars cover the sky.
Straddling the border between Xiaojin and Wenchuan counties in Sichuan´s Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Siguniang Mountain is the tallest of the Qionglai Range. Siguniang, literally meaning "four maidens," consists of four peaks stretching across 3.5 kilometers. The members of the peak quartet sit at heights of 6,250 meters, 5,664 meters, 5,454 meters, and 5,355 meters, respectively. Snow capped year round, Yaomei (literally "youngest sister") Peak is the highest and most stunning of the four, so much so that when some mention Siguniang Mountain, they actually refer to Yaomei Peak.