Liangtaigou Valley 凉台沟

Location: Sichuan Province, Aba Tibetan Prefecture, Lixian County  四川省 阿坝藏族羌族自治州 理县

How to get here: 20 minutes by car from Bipenggou Valley 毕棚沟 (see this post for more details) to the beginning of Liangtaigou Valley.

A roadblock prevents cars from entering the valley, but a 19 kilometer long winding asphalt road continues up through the valley all the way to the top where Lixian County ends and Xiaojin County 小金县 begins.

The road ends abruptly at the county border, but according to the original plans the road was supposed to continue down on the other side of mountain all the way to Siguniangshan Mountain 四姑娘山. The two counties couldn’t agree how to proceed, Lixian County doesn’t want any traffic here because they intend to develop the valley into a tourist area, but Xiaojin wants a throughway between the two counties.

The result: a dead end asphalt road without any traffic at all, a perfect 19 km hike up through a beautiful mountain area, and then back down again. We didn’t meet one single tourist during the whole day we spent here, and it was absolutely quiet (except for nature’s own sounds).
A hidden gem unknown to most tourists, and an even better experience than the more famous Bipenggou Valley.

Liangtaigou is full of red stones, see photos below.

Time of visit: October 2015

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