Nature and outdoors

Wild Place: Sichuan’s Bipeng Valley

Whatever the season, Bipeng Valley offers a welcome dose of untamed natural beauty

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Bipeng Valley is an untamed area of natural beauty found 200 kilometres northwest of Chengdu. The U-shaped valley borders Mount Siguniang to the south, the highest peak in western China; the Tibetan Plateau to the west; and the giant panda corridors to the north. Adopting vivid characteristics for each of the four seasons, the valley has colourful alpine forests and waterfalls in the summer, with frozen lakes and vast glaciers in the winter.