Mount Siguniang got its name from a Tibetan legend

In most of the legends or tails, girls are likely saved by princes from the devil, and they live happily for the rest of their life. However, in the legend of Mount Siguniang, the four sisters sacrificed themselves to defeat the devil and protect their people.

Mount Siguniang, or Mount Four Sisters, situated at the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province. It is the highest mountain of Qionglai Mountains with the main peak of 6,250 meters above sea level. The main peak is covered with ice and snow and surrounded by clouds and mist, which is known as Yaomei Pea. 'Yaomei' means the youngest sister in Chinese, which means it represents the youngest girls among the four sisters.

In the legend, a devil had to eat a human's heart and drink his blood every day. To save the people, four sisters' father started a war towards the devil, but he lost his magic mirror and failed in the end. The four sisters decided to take revenge for their father and continue his last wish - bring peace back to the region. However, the devil is too powerful, and he even cheated to the water goddess who then brought huge rain threatening all the life here. Three older sisters turned into mountains so that the devil can be imprisoned under the hills.

But the devil's power is boundless, and even three mountains cannot prevent him. At that moment, the youngest sister took her father's magic mirror back. She also turned in to a huge mountain and sit right on the chest of the devil, meanwhile, she threw the mirror up to the sky, and the rain stopped. In the end, the devil died under the mountains, and the rain became ice and snow covering the peaks for a thousand years. The remarkable day was on lunar May 4th, so people gather together on the day every year to worship the goddesses of the mountain for a better harvest next year.

Mount Siguniang is part of Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its unspoiled wilderness. The highest peak, Yaomei Peak, is listed on one of the top 10 renowned climbing mountains in China.

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