Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Travel Tips

On August 30, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Many people will worry about the accommodation in Tibet. Actually it is a not a problem there, you can live in the native’s house. The native house usually has a living room and there are some beds Tibetan beds along the walls. Hosts will put bedding in the corner of the beds, tourists also can [...]

Many people will worry about the accommodation in Tibet. Actually it is a not a problem there, you can live in the native’s house. The native house usually has a living room and there are some beds Tibetan beds along the walls. Hosts will put bedding in the corner of the beds, tourists also can prepare sleeping bag.

In addition, the Pai Town has good capacity of reception. Except the reception center, there is a family hotel street. The Pai Town is preparing to build a five star hotel which is located in the top of a hill. In the hotel, visitors can see three snow mountains include the Jiala Bai Lei, the South Jiabawa and the Duoweila.

Best Time to Visit Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

The best time to visit Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is spring and summer (from June to October). There are different views in different seasons. Spring is the best season. You will see the pink peach flowers, the pretty Rhododendron bloom in glaciers and many golden rape flowers cover with mountains. In summer, India monsoon brings marine moisture and forming a rare water vapor channel to nourish the southeastern area of Tibet. The South Jiabawa is coverd with the water vapor and clouds. People have little chances to see the whole picture of the mountain. But this season is the best time to explore the natural mystery of Tibet.

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Best Routes

Traditional Routes: Milin Country Pai District – Duoxiong La – Nage – Mani Weng – Beibeng. It is a traditional route, also a road from the north slope of the Himalayas to the downstream of the Grand Canyon. You can enter the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon by waterway or by walking. By waterway you can see the beautiful view of the highest mountain in world and the splendid view of the Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon. Also you can appreciate some natural and humanistic spectacles include the Benri Shen Mountain, Qujiao Wu Temple, the Buddha Palm Sand Dune, the Pine Greeting Guests and the South Jiabawa Peak. In Pai Town, you can choose tour by walking. Led by profession guide go into the depth of the Grand Canyon (about 40km), you can see the South Jiabawa Peak and the Yarlung Zangbo River closer, worship the holy mark of the Tibetan Buddhism “Dongbu Nong,” see the mysterious religious pilgrimage road of the “Zhuanjia La.” Or you can climb over the Duoxiong La Mountain and walk into the mysterious Motuo.

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Tickets

Open time: 9:00 AM – 18:00 PM

Tibetans are free of charge. Entrance tickets: 85RMB/person (allow to enter many times). In the 2nd floor platform in the afternoon will has a debate by lamas will attract many people. The low season Ticket: 35RMB/person (from 20th October to 20th April next year).

You will see the ticket office in the right hand when you enter the front gate. If you want to take pictures you need to spend another 90RMB.

How to Get to the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

By bus: take a bus from Lasa to Linzhi. The departure time of the bus is 8:00 AM and ticket is 155RMB. It has 633km from Lasa to Boyi Town of Linzhi. Then you will from Bayi to Pailong and visit the big turn of the Yarlung Zangbo River and the deepest canyon by walking from Pailong to Zhaqu. In the journey you can visit the Menba village, appreciate the original forests, at last you can from Pailong to Mikin by bus, then from Milin to the Jiacha in the south of the mountain and see the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon landscape.

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (Yarlung Zangbo Daxiagu)

On August 30, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Chinese Towns & Villages, Rivers & Gorges, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (simplified Chinese: 雅鲁藏布大峡谷; pinyin: Yǎlǔzàngbù Dàxiágǔ) or simply the Tsangpo Canyon or Tsangpo Gorge, is the longest and widest canyon the world. There is the most beautiful mounta in in China —-Namcha Barwa Peak. Also there are four cataracts with waterfalls between 30 to 50 metres. In the Yarlung Zangbo [...]

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon (simplified Chinese: 雅鲁藏布大峡谷; pinyin: Yǎlǔzàngbù Dàxiágǔ) or simply the Tsangpo Canyon or Tsangpo Gorge, is the longest and widest canyon the world. There is the most beautiful mounta in in China —-Namcha Barwa Peak. Also there are four cataracts with waterfalls between 30 to 50 metres. In the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, there are nine natural belts with all kinds of species including many rare and precious ones.

The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon scenic zone locates in Linzhi, a border town in Tibet. There are extremely gorgeous views such as Namcha Barwa Peak, Niyang River, Daduka Castle and Jialabailei Peak. Travellers can explore adventures in Shengdijiala, walk on the Motuo Route, visit Wujinbeilong and go to the Jiala Palace. Nature spreads every step here. In villages of the Tibetan, Luoba and Menba ethnic groups, you can feel a mysterious, historical and religious atmosphere everywhere.

The north of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is Daduka Village of Milin County (2880 metres above the sea level). The south of the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is Baxika Village of Motuo County (115 metres above the sea level). The Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is 504.9 kilometres long. Its average depth is 2800 metres and it can reach 6009 metres at the deepest place. The Yaulu Zangbo Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world. In the canyon glacier, cliffs and steep slopes connect together with big rivers. The natural environment is very hard for people to conquer. Until now, there are still a lot of places in the Yaulu Zangbo Grand Canyon that mankind has never been to. It is called the last mysterious spot in the earth.

Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Stories

1. Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

It is said the sacred mountain Gangrenboqin Snowy Mountain had four children. They are Yarlung Zangbo River, Shiquan River, Xiangquan River and Kongque River. The four children set up a deal to set off separately and meet each other at the Indian Ocean. Yarlu Zangbo had been through many difficulties and then reached the Gongbu Area. However he was deceived by a sparrow hawk. Seeing the other three had gotten to the Indian Ocean earlier than him, he run into the Nanjiabawa Peak immediately. He rushed all the way, and did not care about high mountains and steep cliffs in order to meet his brothers and sisters as soon as possible. What he couldn’t foresee was that, he jumped into the cliff and he could not make it through ever again. Therefore he stayed at the cliff for the rest of his time and it was in the legend how the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon was formed.

2. Huge Pines along the Yarlung Zangbo River

Once upon a time when the first Tibetan temple Sana Temple was being built, slaves were trying to transfer woods into the location of the timple by water. The construction of the temple lasts for years and many slaves died during this period. A virtuous raven saw all this. It thought it was such a pity. So it stood on the mountain and shouted to the slaves that,’’ The temple has been built. There is no need for woods. Don’t move them anymore.” Hearing this, the slaves stopped their work immediately. Many of woods were abandoned along the river. Then these woods settled their roots into the ground. The woods grew into huge pines along the Yarlung Zangbo River. However this raven was punished by the Budda later. It could not cross the Jiazha Mountain anymore. Thus people can only see raven in one side of the mountain. There is not even one raven in the other side.

The Elephant Trunk Hill Travel Tips

On August 30, 2011, in Guilin, Nature Scenery, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Elephant Trunk Hill has a history of more than 1000 years.  When travelling in Guilin, climbing the Elephant Trunk Hill, visiting “Zizhou” (a state), enjoying the the light breeze at the Lijiang River bank and appreciating “Chuanshan Taying” are a must.  Climbing the mountain takes just 15mins and you can rent a boat to [...]

The Elephant Trunk Hill has a history of more than 1000 years.  When travelling in Guilin, climbing the Elephant Trunk Hill, visiting “Zizhou” (a state), enjoying the the light breeze at the Lijiang River bank and appreciating “Chuanshan Taying” are a must.  Climbing the mountain takes just 15mins and you can rent a boat to enjoy the scenery and take breathtaking pictures.

Best time to the Elephant Trunk Hill

The best time to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill is from August to October.  In summer, the temperatures in Guilin and many other cities of China are extremely hot.  However, at the foot of the Elephant Trunk Hill, near the river bank, you can appreciate the scenery and enjoy the pleasant breeze.

Elephant Trunk Hill Best Routes

Elephant Trunk Square——Huijiang Pavilion——Puxian Tower——Elephant Eyes Tower——Shuiyue Hole——Three stars Island——Yunfeng Temple——Buddhist relics Tower and more.

Elephant Trunk Hill Tickets

Opening time: in slake season, 7:00am—9:30pm; in boom season,6:30am——10:00pm.

Ticket Price: 48RMB/person. (Ticket is free after 7:00pm, but it is recommended to plan the trip adequately, as the sun sets before 10pm and it can be dangerous.)

Others: In the daytime, if you take a private boom raft, you can come in without a ticket.  But you have to pay 10—15 RMB for the boom raft.

How to get to Elephant Trunk Hill

1. By bus: take free bus line57,58, special line4A or line2——get off at “Wenchang Bridge”station.  Go across the bridge, you will find the hill.

2. Around the hill: you can enjoy the scenery on boat, bike or walking

Puxian Tower

On August 30, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Nature Scenery, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

The Puxian Tower resembles a hilt on the back of an elephant or an elegant bottle, and is therefore called the hilt tower or the bottle tower. It was built in the Ming Dynasty and is 13.6 meters high. The base of the tower is a two-tier octagonal Xu Mizuo, which is a type of [...]

The Puxian Tower resembles a hilt on the back of an elephant or an elegant bottle, and is therefore called the hilt tower or the bottle tower. It was built in the Ming Dynasty and is 13.6 meters high. The base of the tower is a two-tier octagonal Xu Mizuo, which is a type of foundation originated in India. In the northern part of the second tier, there is a Puxian bodhisattva carved lightly in stone. The Puxian Tower is situated on the top of the Elephant Hill. It commemorates the story of Puxian bodhisattva journey on the elephant’s back. The image of an elephant carrying a bottle symbolizes peace, beauty and happiness in many Asian legends. The elephant trunk rock is located next to the water moon cave and the trunk of Elephant Hill, as its name suggests. The rock is 1.9 meters high, 3.3 meters wide and 13.5 meters long, covering the area of 44.5 square meters. The rock is the best viewing point of the Lijiang River scenery.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Eyes Rock

On August 30, 2011, in Cool Places, Guilin, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Situated between the south and north of the Elephant Trunk Hill, the elephant rock has an area of 274sqm and the length of 52.8m.  This 2m high and 5m to 10m wide rock was formed earlier than the Shuiyue Cave (Water Moon Cave). It was named according to its location which was just in the [...]

Situated between the south and north of the Elephant Trunk Hill, the elephant rock has an area of 274sqm and the length of 52.8m.  This 2m high and 5m to 10m wide rock was formed earlier than the Shuiyue Cave (Water Moon Cave). It was named according to its location which was just in the eyes of the ‘Elephant’ (the hill).  Visitors can reach the rock coming from the south of the hill; going across the rock, they can get to the top of the hill. There is no way to reach the northern eye from the mountain.  Both of the two eyes (holes) are perfect to appreciate the beautiful scenery.  From the left-hand side, the Lijiang Hotel and the panorama of the city and the mountain come in sight.  From the right-hand side, the shadows of small sailing boat floating between the mountain and the tower create a picturesque scene.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Water Moon Cave

On August 30, 2011, in Cool Places, Guilin, More Cities, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

The Water Moon Cave is located between the ‘elephant trunk’ and the ‘elephant legs’. 12000 years ago, the earth crust rose and the Lijiang River narrowed. That tiggered the formation of the Water Moon Cave. It is a round cave, which can be seen through, 17 meters long, 9.5 meters wide and 12 meters high. [...]

The Water Moon Cave is located between the ‘elephant trunk’ and the ‘elephant legs’. 12000 years ago, the earth crust rose and the Lijiang River narrowed. That tiggered the formation of the Water Moon Cave. It is a round cave, which can be seen through, 17 meters long, 9.5 meters wide and 12 meters high. The total area of the cave is 150 square meters. As the bottom of the cave is under water, the cave changes its size following the rise and fall of water. The entrance of the cave faces towards the sun, and is called Chaoyang Dong in Chinese. The cave looks like a moon floating on the water. The image is very vivid so the name Water Moon Cave is still used today. “The water moon of Elephant Hill” is the famous scenery, depicted in many poems. The water moon and the moon rock on Chuan Hill enhance beauty of the area – one in the sky and another on the water. That forms the unique scenery known as the “two moons of Lijiang River”. In the cave, there used a pavilion named Chaoyang, built in Song Dynasty and  renamed as Deyue pavilion (meaning ‘get the moon’) in Qing Dynasty. Unfortunately, it has been destroyed. On the wall of the cave, there are over 50 cliff stones carved with the essays of such famous ancient writers’ as Lu You, Fan Chengda and Zhang Xiaoxiang.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill

On August 30, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Li Shan, Yi Shan or Chengshui Shan (‘shan’ meaning hill/mountain in Chinese) is located between Peach Blossom River and Lijiang River in Guilin, Guangxi province. Its most common name is the Elephant Hill, as the hill resembles a giant elephant stretching its nose to get water from the river. [...]

Elephant Trunk Hill, also known as Li Shan, Yi Shan or Chengshui Shan (‘shan’ meaning hill/mountain in Chinese) is located between Peach Blossom River and Lijiang River in Guilin, Guangxi province. Its most common name is the Elephant Hill, as the hill resembles a giant elephant stretching its nose to get water from the river. It is one of the best examples of the landscape of Guilin. The main attractions in the Elephant Trunk Hill area are the Water Moon Cave, the Elephant’s Eye rock, the Puxian Tower, the Hongfeng temple and the exhibition hall of the Taiping revolution site in the temple. Nearby, there is a stupa, marking the location of Kaiyuan Temple, which used to stand there. The water moon cave is located between the elephant trunk and the legs, resembling a bright moon floating on the water. This famous scenery is known as the “water moon of Elephant Hill”. An inspiration for poets and artists for over thousand years, it has been a must-see for visitors to Guilin since Tang Dynasty. The Elephant Trunk Hill is one of the national 4A-level scenic spots. You can take No.2, No.23, No.16, No.57, No.58, and No.88 buses to get there. Covering a total of 118800 square meters, it preserves a rare type of karst topography. There is a stone path leading to the peak of the hill. In the past, the Taiping army used to station there, as the top of the hill is flat. On the eastern side of the peak, there is a brick tower built in Ming Dynasty, known as the Puxian tower. A Puxian Bodhisatva is displayed there. The tower resembles a round bottle or a hilt, which is why it is also called bottle tower or hilt tower.

Elephant Trunk Hill Attractions

Water Moon Cave

Puxian Tower

Elephant’s Eye Rock

Elephant Trunk Hill Story

The recently rebuilt Yunfeng temple is located at the south foot of Elephant Trunk Hill. In the temple, the historical relics of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom are displayed. In the western part of the temple there is a stupa. Kaiyuan Temple is a site of profound historical value, known already in Tang Dynasty, as a residence of renowned Jianzhen monk. Nowadays, the Kaiyuan temple no longer exists. The only object reminding of the temple’s glorious days is the stupa.

Shangri—la Travel Tips

On August 30, 2011, in Activities, More Cities, Nature Scenery, Tours, Travel Info, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Shangri—la is a place where has steep mountains, extensive grassland and deep valleys.  Cross—holes and Dianxi Wonder are opening their arms to the visitors on the desolate Chama trackway.  Inside the snow mountain, mysterious alpine lakes such as Bita Lake, Shudu Lake, Pana Lake and more are waiting for you to uncover their mystic veils.  [...]

Shangri—la is a place where has steep mountains, extensive grassland and deep valleys.  Cross—holes and Dianxi Wonder are opening their arms to the visitors on the desolate Chama trackway.  Inside the snow mountain, mysterious alpine lakes such as Bita Lake, Shudu Lake, Pana Lake and more are waiting for you to uncover their mystic veils.  In Shangri—la, Meili Snow Mountain is its essence; in Meili Snow Mountain, Yubeng Village is its cream.

Best Time to Shangri—la

The best time to Shangri—la is from May to July, September to October.  Except for these months, Diqing is in the rainy season.  Low temperature and poor road condition bring a lot of inconvenience to the trip.  If you meet a rainfall, you can do nothing but waiting or leaving.  The road condition becomes worse after a snowfall.  It will take you a long time to wait for the snow’s thawing.  You have to make your decision with careful consideration when you leave for Diqing during Spring Festival vacation.  In those days, the outside temperature reaches -3℃ to 8℃.  Moreover, night is colder.  As a result, local people don’t want to go out; drivers are so afraid for the frozen road that they don’t prefer to do business.  If you visit there from June to September, bringing some plastic bags with you is recommended, because they are good protections of yourself and your shooting equipments.  Camping on the grassland in summer, bonfire is necessary.

Shangrila Best Routes (not available )

Shangri—la Tickets

Entrance ticket is free.

Bita Sea: 30 RMB/person

Napa Sea: 30 RMB/person

White Water terrace: 30 RMB/person

Songzanlin Temple: 85 RMB/person

Feilai Temple: 20RMB/person

East Bamboo Grove Temple: 30 RMB/person

Mingyong Glacier: 78RMB/person

Shangri—la Gorge: 20RMB/person

Shudu Lake: 15RMB/person

Tiansheng Bridge Hot Spring: 15RMB/person

Tiger Leaping Gorge: 50RMB/person

Pudacuo National Park (Bita Sea and Shudu Lake are included): 190RMB/person

Riding in Bita Sea: 60RMB/person

Tibetan Songs and Dances: 30RMB/person

Visit to Tibetan House: with a meal, 135RMB/person; without meal: 15RMB/person

Blue Moon Gorge: 220RMB/person

How to get to Shangrila

By air: Zhongdian Airport is the largest airport in the northwest regions.  At present, flights to Kunming, Chengdu, Lasa, Banna and Shanghai have been opened.

By bus:

From Kunming to Zhongdian: take bullet train at Kunming Bus Station.  The 720km way will take you 12h and 171 RMB.  Departure time: 8:20am.

From Lijiang to Zhongdian: the mileage is 200km.  It will depart 3 to 5 buses every day from 7:00am to 15:00pm.  The ticket price is 25RMB.

From Dali to Zhongdian: the mileage is 300km.  The ticket of the midibus is 35RMB/person.

From Panzhihua in Sichuan Province to Zhongdian: the mileage is 470km.  The regular buses depart to Zhongdian every day.  Ticket of a sleeping berth is 90RMB; ticket of a hard seat is 60RMB.

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Napa Sea

On August 30, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Popular Provinces, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Napa Sea’s meaning is a lake in the rear of forest in Tibetan.  Because of the wet climate, the grassland is more flourishing than other places.  The grasses are so verdant that they resemble a boundless carpet covering on the ground.  Sheep, horses and cattle graze in the field, gathering in crowds and groups.  Mingling [...]

Napa Sea’s meaning is a lake in the rear of forest in Tibetan.  Because of the wet climate, the grassland is more flourishing than other places.  The grasses are so verdant that they resemble a boundless carpet covering on the ground.  Sheep, horses and cattle graze in the field, gathering in crowds and groups.  Mingling with the grassland, they formed a picturesque picture of nature.  Though named as Napa Sea, it is a representative seasonal lake.  The scenery in different season has its own characteristic.  When spring is changing into summer, the field looks like a carpet which is ornamented with gorgeous flowers, verdant grasses and fertile highland barleys.  In winter, it changes into vast waters as flat as a mirror.  As the most distinctive attraction of plateau and the most ideal habitat of rare black—necked crane, Napa Sea has the largest grassland in the county.  And the best time to visit Napa Sea is June.  In this month, you can find wild flowers in blossom contending in beauty; horses, sheep and cattle strolling all over the grassland.

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Gedan Songzanlin Temple

On August 30, 2011, in Historical Relics, More Cities, Temples, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Chinese name of Gedan Songzanlin Temple is Guihua Temple. It is 5 kilometers far from the Shangri-La County. It is a provincial-level key cultural relic’s protection unit. The temple is the largest famous temple of Yunnan Tibetan Buddhism. The total area of the temple is 500 hectares. The wall of the temple is strong [...]

The Chinese name of Gedan Songzanlin Temple is Guihua Temple. It is 5 kilometers far from the Shangri-La County. It is a provincial-level key cultural relic’s protection unit. The temple is the largest famous temple of Yunnan Tibetan Buddhism. The total area of the temple is 500 hectares. The wall of the temple is strong and thick. The temple has five gates and each gate has a name, they are Zhaya, Duke, Dongwang, Longba, Luba. The two main temples, Zacang and Jikang, are built in the highest, located in the center of Gedan Songzanlin Temple. The temple, sitting in the south and facing northward, is a five-floor Tibetan carved building which can accommodate 1,600 people chanting. Each side of the wall in the temple was used to store the Buddhist Scriptures. In the front of the main hall enshrines the fifth Dalai statue. Behind the statue stand the pagodas which store the remains of famous monks. The pagodas contained an array of gold, silver and famous paintings. There is a tall bell tower located in the south. When the bell rings to tell the time at dawn, at noon and at dusk, you could hear it from 10 meters. The roof of the temple was paved with golden tiles. The tiles are shining and dazzling, resembling Buddha’s Halo.

You could take No. 3 bus at the Traffic Hotel in the Shangri-La County to get to the Gedan Songzanlin Temple. Or you can take the tourists bus, it only costs 2 Yuan. And you will spend 10 Yuan by taxi.

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