Hailuogou Glacier

Hailuogou Glacier

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Hailuogou Glacier

Introduction: Hailuogou is an important part of national-level Mt Gongga scenic spot. It lies in the southe..

Tickets:There is a necessary condition for the formation of glacier that is the height of firn area sh..

Travel Tips:Best time to go  May and JuneAn average annual temperature is from 46.4F to 57.2F in su..

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Hailuogou Glacier Introduction

Hailuogou is an important part of national-level Mt Gongga scenic spot. It lies in the southeast of Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, east slope of Mt Gongga and is a skyscraping mountain in the east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Hailuogou Scenic Area is a low altitude modern oceanic glacier, complete virgin forest as well as integrative scenic area consisting of boiling, hot, and cold springs in Asia, nearest to mega polis and easiest to get. Hailuogou glacier is also called No 1 Glacier. It is 14.7 km long and is the longest in the 71 glaciers of Mt. Gongga. It occupies an area of 16 square km with highest height of 6750 m and lowest 2850 m. It possesses 3 steps longitudinally: first basin, the gestation place of glacier; second is icefall, 500 to 1100 meters wide and 1080 high that is the highest and grandest icefall in China; the third is glacier tongue, which extends 6 km into the forest, forming strange scene of the coexistence of forest and glacier. The activity of Hailuogou Glacier is very strong. In the movement of glacier, there forms glacier circular arch, ice cavern, glacial staircase, ice gate, ice lake and serac which are as glittering and translucent as jade and crystal.

Hailuogou Glacier Features

The crystalloid snowflake in original state will turn to granular neve under earth heating power and self-pressure, and then these granular neves will turn to medium grain, then thick grain. The granular neves will subside gradually under the pressure of upper granular neves then rime to granular ice. In the process of granular neve turning to granular ice, the thaw water run along with the granular neve and freeze the granular neve in the bottom and make the air between granules close and turn to air bubble. Granular neve contains more air bubble and the volume is bigger which looks white, so it is called "white ice". Because of further pressure, part of air bubbles has been removed and the remains have been compressed and gradually turn to blue block ice--glacial ice.

Hailuogou Glacier Tickets

There is a necessary condition for the formation of glacier that is the height of firn area should exceed snow line. Snow line is the height where the snow thaws every year, which is also called zero balance line of solid precipitation. If nowhere exceeds snowline, there can be no glacier.

Hailuogou Glacier Transporation

Block ices move under gravitation and form glacier. The process from snowflake, granular neve, and granular ice to block ice is called "ice formation" in glaciology. In this process snowflake turns to glacial ice after a series of recrystallization metamorphism. It is the difference between glacial ice and water ice. This process is very slow and usually needs several decades, even several centuries. The older the glacier ice, the clearer the ice mass is. If you watch close, you can easily distinguish white ice and blue glacier ice with compressed air bubble in Hailuogou.

The Best Hotels in Hailuogou Glacier

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    Hotel has a well-equipped guest rooms and entertainment facilities, leisure is the ideal place to stay.---

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    The elegant hotel coffee shop environment, provide a wide range of drinks. ---

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