Top things to do in Northern Sichuan

Top Choice National Park in Four Sisters Mountain

Hǎizi Valley

Considered by many the most beautiful of the three valleys in the Four Sisters Mountain area, Hǎizi Valley's eponymous lakes and majestic views of the Four Sisters peaks make it hard to disagree. It's a steep walk f…
Tibetan in Jiuzhaigou National Park

Ā Bù Lǔ Zī

The fanciest Tibetan restaurant in Jiǔzhàigōu, this excellent establishment is run by the same family behind Zhuo Ma’s Homestay (Zhuo Ma’s brother, Ke Zhu, is a Lhasa- and Běijīng-trained chef). There's an extensive…
Temple in Langzhong

Zhang Fei Temple

This temple is the tomb of local boy Zhang Fei, a respected general during the kingdom of Shu and hero of the Three Kingdoms epics, who administered the kingdom from here until his murder in the year 221. It’s on Xi…
Historic Building in Langzhong

Imperial Examination Hall

The best-preserved Qing-era imperial examination hall in China, with a number of in-character actors on hand to pose for photographs. On Xuedao Jie (学道街), which is parallel to Wumiao Jie, one block north.
National Park in Northern Sichuan

Huánglóng National Park

A trip to Huánglóng National Park is essentially a three- to four-hour, moderate hike up and down one small valley. However, the valley is stunning, with exquisite terraces of coloured limestone ponds in blues, gree…
Noodles in Langzhong

Zhēng Zīwèi

This friendly noodle joint is run by Grace, an English teacher and zither (箏; zhēng) player, and her cook husband. No English menu, but Grace can make suggestions. If she’s teaching or performing when you visit, go …
Cafe in Songpan

Emma’s Kitchen

Sōngpān’s main traveller hang-out is this laid-back cafe with wi-fi and fresh coffee (from ¥28), pizza and other Western fare, along with a range of Chinese dishes. Emma is exceedingly knowledgable and can sort out …
National Park in Four Sisters Mountain

Shuāngqiáo Valley

The longest of the three main valleys in the Four Sisters Mountain area is also the most accessible to tourists, with a wooden boardwalk that runs for about 30km of the valley's 40km length and regular shuttle buses…
National Park in Four Sisters Mountain

Chángpíng Valley

While the first hour or so of the valley walk is on a wooden boardwalk, after that it's muddy trails through yak-filled pastures and dense forests all the way to the end. There's a shuttle (¥20) from the tourist cen…
Gate in Songpan

West Gate

Atop a massive hill to the west of Sōngpān, the reconstructed West Gate is also the site of the only remaining section of original city wall. It's a steep climb up from the old town via either the Guānyīn Temple or …