Mugecuo Scenic Area
Endowed with numerous lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, dense woods, fragrant flowers, peculiar peaks, and grotesque rocks, Mugecuo Scenic Area presents picturesque scenery all the year round. As it is situated in the north of Kangding County, the home of love songs in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan, this site is also known as Kangding Love Song Scenic Area. As a main attraction within Mount Gongga, the whole site occupies an area of about 74,132 acres (300 square kilometers), integrating pristine landscape with diverse entertainment activities.To tour inside, visitors need to take the sightseeing bus up to the Mugecuo Lake. After a stay there and the surrounding Red Sea Grassland, stroll down while appreciating the amazing scenery. One can also use the sightseeing bus to get down, which can be hopped on an off freely at any of the stops set beside major attraction sites.
Also called the Wild Man Lake, Mugecuo Lake, with an altitude of 12,140 feet (3,700 meters), is a large plateau lake. The water surface covers about 741 acres (three square kilometers) and the deepest point is more than 230 feet (70 meters) below the sea level. The lake is surrounded by pines, cedars, and rhododendron trees on three sides and neighboring the vast Tagong Grassland on the rest side. With unpolluted water and lush vegetation, the lake and its surrounding areas are frequently vitalized by wild animals, like goats, ducks, deer and grouses.Connecting Wild Man Lake, Rhododendron Valley is a gorgeous belt traversing the scenic area. More than 68 kinds of rhododendrons are discovered here. When all the rhododendrons are in blossom, the valley becomes a world of flowers. The flower season usually lasts from the late April to July.
Continuing downward, you will reach Yaochi Feiquan, the amazing boiling springs with medical effects. Containing lots of trace elements beneficial to health, the springs have distinctive medical effects on eye diseases, gastrosia, and rheumatism. One unique spring, originating from rocks, is named Stomach Nursing Spring by the local people. It is said that by drinking the water, your stomach will be invigorated. The highest temperature of this spring can reach 194 ℉ (90 ℃), providing a perfect condition for making the special snack Beancurd Jelly Egg. Put an egg in the spring pool and wait for about ten minutes. Ladle out the egg and open a hole on the shell. One will find the egg whites are not totally congealed and very much like beancurd jelly. Suck the egg whites and then peel the shell to eat the yolk, you can have an enjoyable experience. Beside the Stomach Nursing Spring, there is an Eyesight Improving Spring, for it’s said that the spring water can heal eye diseases and improve one’s eyesight. Next to Eyesight Improving Spring is the spring where to enjoy foot spa.
About 3,281 yards (3,000 meters) far from the boiling springs, there is the Seven-Color Lake, also a plateau lake. The lake surface takes the shape of a crescent, covering approximately 49 acres (20 hectares). The tones of the lake vary among seven colors according to weather conditions, hence its name. In the morning, the lake is as clear as a bright mirror, reflecting the blue sky, white fleecy clouds and snow-capped mountains. When the sun is setting in the evening, the shimmering lake resembles a beauty wearing a golden veiling. The temperature of the Seven-Color Lake can rise up to 153 ℉ (67 ℃), making it an excellent spa resort.
The mount opposite to the Seven-Color Lake is Mount Camel Hump. There is a legendary story about the origin of this mount. Once upon a time, the camel of a deity survived in the Gobi Dessert. When passing by this place, it was obsessed with the beautiful Seven-Color Lake. Then the camel bent its head down into the lake and drank, with its humps upright. Finally, the humps formed Mount Camel Hump. On the left side of the Seven-Color Lake, there is a snow-capped hill. As it looks like the lotus seat of the Goddess of Mercy, it is called Lotus Hill.
The last major spot is the Fragrant Grassland, which leads to the exit of Mugecuo Scenic Area. The grassland, decorated by flowers, is a pretty carpet surrounded by endless undulating hills, providing a good place for galloping a horse.
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