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Mugecuo Scenic Area: Explore the Secret Land in Western Sichuan

Located in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, the Mugecuo Scenic Area is a National Scenic Spot covering an area of 350 square kilometers. It contains six main scenic sites, including Red Sea Grassland, Mugecuo Lake, Rhododendron Valley, Yaochi Feiquan, Seven-Color Lake, and Fragrant Grassland. Many other plateau lakes, hot springs, and virgin forests are nearby.

Except for its beautiful scenery, there are multicultural communities like Tibetan and Qiang ethnic groups in the Mugecuo Scenic Area. You may encounter a cultural shock, but it will be a unique experience to visit a place with Tibetan and Qiang traditions and cultures.

Mugecuo Scenic Area is a must-visit attraction on your Sichuan tours. If you are planning a trip there, we can customize Sichuan tours to Mugecuo Scenic Area for you.


Mugecuo Scenic Area Facts

  • Location: Northwest of Kangding County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
  • Opening Time: 8:00 – 18:00
  • Time Needed: About 5 hours
  • Best Time to Visit: June to October
  • Suited to: Nature lovers, photographers, hikers, culture explorers
  • Ticket: CNY 105 (Extra CNY 90 will be charged fora the sightseeing bus)
Mugecuo Scenic Area
Mugecuo Scenic Area

What to See and Do in Mugecuo Scenic Area

Mugecuo Scenic Area is home to many awe-inspiring scenic attractions, and here are the top things to do in this scenic area.

  • Bask in the splendid views of Mugecuo Lake, also called Wild Man Lake, the largest alpine lake in Sichuan surrounded by spreading grasslands and virgin forests.
  • Encounter the spectacular Rhododendron Valley, which turns into a sea of flowers when rhododendrons blossom in months between April and  Never miss this attraction on your Sichuan tours to the Mugecuo Scenic Area.
  • Delight in the spectacles ofYaochi Feiquan, where the hot springs are considered to have medical effects for eye ailments, rheumatism, and more.
  • Venture to Seven-Color Lake, a plateau lake of a crescent shape whose color changes according to the sunlight and weather conditions.
  • Uncover the mystery of Mount Camel Hump. It looks like the hump of a camel, and that’s why it got the name.
  • Take a walk on the vast Fragrant Grassland and indulge yourself in the green grass.


Best Time to Visit Mugecuo Scenic Area

Mugecuo Scenic Area is a tourist attraction at a high altitude, and the best time to visit is the months between June and October. During this period, the climate is generally warmer, and you will see vibrant grasslands, running rivers, and more beautiful landscapes. However, if you want to see blooming rhododendrons, you are suggested to visit there during months from April to July.

Kangding Mugecuo Scenic Area
Mugecuo Lake

How to Get to Mugecuo Scenic Area

After you arrive in Kangding, there are feasible ways for you to get to the Mugecuo Scenic Area.

By car: Driving there is considered to be the best way as the Mugecuo Scenic Area is 26 kilometers from Kongding City and no public transportation is available on weekdays. Generally, it takes about 40 minutes to get to the Mugecuo Scenic Area.

By taxi: An optional way for you to get to the Mugecuo Scenic Area is by taxi. It costs about CNY 100 to 150 per car, and you can carpool and split the fare.


Attractions nearby Mugecuo Scenic Area

  • Kangding Ancient City: It is the birthplace of the popular love song named Kangding Qingge. This ancient city is 27 kilometers from the Mugecuo Scenic Area, and it offers beautiful landscapes as well as folk customs for you to experience.
  • Luding Chain Bridge: Built in the Qing Dynasty, this chain bridge has played a very significant role as a link between two sides of the Dadu River. Walk through the chain bridge, and experience its grand sight. You can drop by there on your travel to Mugecuo Scenic Area in Sichuan.
  • China National Highway 318: It is the longest national highway in China with stunning scenery. When the highway winds through Kangding, you can see the mountains in the distance covered with snow, yaks, and goats eating on the grassland, and clear water in the blue lakes.

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