西岭雪山 Xiling Snow Mountain
Xiling Snow Mountain---a World Natural Heritage, is a giant panda habitat and a national level scenic spot and historical site. Covering an area of 375 kilometers, it is located in Dayi County in the west Sichuan basin, 95 kilometers away from Chengdu. At 5,364 meters above sea level, the magnificent Daxuetang is the highest peak in the area, the number one peak in Chengdu and is snowcapped all year round. When the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu lived in the thatched cottage in Chengdu, on one occasion he was inspired by the gorgeous scenery and composed this eternal quatrain: the Xiling snow scenery is contained in the window and in front of the door, thousands of ships are stopped.
Xiling Snow Mountain is located in a three-dimensional climate zone and is suitable for visiting in any of the seasons. Flowers are in full bloom in spring, various waterfalls rumble in the summer, red leaves drift through the golden air in autumn and of course the beautiful blanket of snow in the winter. It is an ideal spot near Chengdu for leisure, vacationing, summer heat escape, mountain-climbing, skiing, or many other snow-related activities.
Front range of the Xiling Snow Mountain -- Dafeishui scenic zone. The ever-changing mountain weathers, the fragrant ancient osmanthus trees, breathtaking Yuangu Valley, lush primary forest, majestic waterfalls, dancing butterflies of different colors, home of the panda, peak of the golden monkeys, natural stone doors and uncanny labyrinths form a splendid landscape painting.
Back range of Xiling Snow Mountain—-ski slope scenic zone, is the warmest of its kind in China. The average daily temperature is about 0℃ in winter. The scene zone features world-class piping network and mobile snowmakers, the country's first PP400 snow pressing machine, more than 2500 sets of imported ski equipment, and seven slopes which could accommodate more than 2,000 people at the same time. In addition, to meet the needs of different users there are more than ten other entertainment activities to choose from, including the Bombardier snowmobile from Canada, Ranger off-road vehicles from the US and snow tubing.
滑雪场景区还是国内海拔最高、面积最大的高山草场。场内培植了近50万平方米的高山草坪，并开展了滑草、山地越野车、悠玻球（Zorb）、溜索、热气球、山地自行车、旱滑雪、水上航模和高山滑道等二十余项休闲运动项目。Within the ski slope scenic zone is the highest and largest alpine meadow in China. The alpine meadow, which measures roughly 500,000 square meters, is cultivated for use for more than 20 entertainment activities including grass skiing, off-road vehicles, Zorb, zip-line, hot-air balloon, mountain biking, dry ski, model seaplanes and mountain slides.
There are two cable cars in the zone, named Yuanyangchi and Riyueping. The transport cable car (total length 2,182 meters) can accommodate 2,000 people per hour and it could reach the topside terminal in just
six minutes. The Riyueping cable car (total length 2,500 meters, 1,000 meters drop) connects the ski slopes with Xiling Snow Mountain's main scenic zone—Riyueping (average altitude 3,250 meters). In the scenic region of Riyueping, a wide array of alpine meteorological phenomenon and landscape converge here including old-growth forest, sunrise, "Buddha light", sea of clouds, Yin and Yang mountain vista and mountain of gold at sunrise.
When standing on the Riyueping viewing deck and overlooking the surroundings, you could admire the number one peak of Chengdu, Mount Emei, Gongga Mountain and Mount Siguniang. There are several three-star hotels nearby including Dujuan Hotel, Yangguang Hotel, Fengye Hotel, Xuehua Hotel and Shandi Resort Hotel, along with the four-star Yingxue Hotel and the five-star Scandina Resort Hotel.
A series of services have been provided to meet the requirements of different tourists including dining, lodging, entertainment and mountain spring water spa. No matter the age group, or the preference for more tranquil relaxation or more active entertainment, any tourist can many ways to spend a good time in both the front side and back side of the mountain. A unique tourism brand, diverse entertainment activities, graceful natural landscape and snow tourism resources make Xiling Snow Mountain the best alpine sports and scenic spot in Western China and the best snow playground in the southern half of the country.