Yonghegong Lama Temple

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, Temples, by Jack Li

Yonghegong Lama Temple is on the northeast corner of the City of Beijing. It used to be a eunuch supervisor residence. In the 33rd year of Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1694), the Emperor ordered the construction of an imperial residence here and granted it to his fourth son, Yin Zhen (later Emperor Yongzheng). In […]

Yonghegong Lama Temple is on the northeast corner of the City of Beijing. It used to be a eunuch supervisor residence. In the 33rd year of Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1694), the Emperor ordered the construction of an imperial residence here and granted it to his fourth son, Yin Zhen (later Emperor Yongzheng). In the third year of Yongzheng it became the temporary palace and its name was changed into Yonghegong. In 1735, Yongzheng passed away and his coffin was kept here for a short time; for this reason the temple’s green glazed roofs was revised into yellow ones (yellow is the colour exclusive to the Chinese emperors). Because Emperor Qianlong was born in the temple, the temple was considered a blessed place and was renovated to be of the same size as the Forbidden City with yellow roofs and red walls. In the ninth year of Qianlong (1744), Yonghegong was revised into a Lama Temple for Tibetan Buddhism. In 1983, the State Council of China listed it as one of the key Buddhist temples in the Han region of China. Yonghegong Lama Temple is a Buddhist temple of the highest scale throughout the country.

The temple is mainly composed of three delicate memorial arches and five magnificent halls, with a total area of 66,400 square metres of thousands of halls and rooms. It consists of Tianwang Hall, Daxiong Hall, Yongyou Hall, Falun Hall and Wanfuge Hall; apart from this, it also contains the East and West Side Halls, the Four Lecture Halls(the Scripture Hall, the Vajrayana Hall, the Mathematics Hall and the Medicine Lord Hall). From the south to the north, the sizes of the courtyards taper and those of the temples increase, so the layout of the temple is one of layers of courtyards with the major halls hidden deep inside, which is an aggregation of the architectural characteristics of the Han, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan nationalities. In the southern courtyard of the Temple there are three tall decorated archways, one huge wall carved with murals and a couple of stone lions. Walking past the archways you will come to a shaded path paved with quarry bricks, called Niandao (the Carriage Road). To the north is the main gate to the Temple, Zhaotao Gate, inside of which two Bell-drum Towers stand on each side, and outside there lies the richly decorated corridor. Beside one of the towers there is an impressive eight-ton bronze pot used for cooking Laba porridge (a traditional dish eaten on the 8th of the 12th lunar month) in the old days. Continuing to the north you will come to the Eight-angled Tablet Pavilion where the tablet recording the history of the temple is kept. The scripture on the tablet is written in Han, Tibetan, Mongolian and Manchu languages.

Yonghegong Lama Temple Attractions:

Yonghegong Main Hall

Yongyou Hall

Falun Hall

Wanfuge Hall

Yonghegong Lama Temple Stories:

1. Elimination of the Ghosts

In the Lama Temple two performances are respectively held on the 30th day of the 1st month and on the 1st day of the 2nd month of the lunar calendar. In the first one is called Yangui (the performance of the ghosts) and the second one Dagui (the elimination of the ghosts). The ghosts refer to those powerful anti-Buddhist aristocrats and pagans, and the performances are demonstrations to intimidate the heretics. So the actors put on furious and frightening looks in order to drive away or subjugate the evil spirits.

2. Dongshu Yard

Every Chinese emperor after Emperor Qianlong had to come to the Lama Temple at least three times a year to pay their respect to the Buddha. On the day of birth (August 25th) and the day of death (January 1st) of Qianlong, the emperors must visit the temple in rich and solemn attire and pay their respects to their ancestor; and on the Summer Solstice of May the emperors also came to the Temple to worship the Buddha and then retire to Dongshu Yard to eat noodle made of new wheat with sesame source. Dongshu Yard served as the main resting place for the emperors. According to the historical record, the then Dongshu Yard was as grand as the present Lama Temple, and the two distinct complexes composed the entire site. The Dongshu Yard had been a replica of the Imperial Palace in many ways such as its decoration, contents and layout; some officials and generals used to work here and one of their major jobs was to look after the huge collection of treasures and antiques stored there. In 1900, Dongshu Yard was looted and burnt down by the Japanese army. The splendour of the place has become past history.

3. The Luohan Dish of the Lama Temple

The Luohan Dish of the Lama Temple is related to a Buddhist festival¡ªWeisai Festival, meaning the Day of the Full Moon. To the Buddhists this is a day of great importance because it is bound with the birth, the enlightenment and the Nirvana of Sakyamuni. In May, 1990, the then chairman of the Chinese Buddhism Association proposed to make the day of the full moon in April of the lunar calendar the memorial day of the Buddha for all the Han Buddhist temples. On that day, the monks living in the Lama Temple will light up one hundred crisp oil lamps one by one and put flowers and flower casts made by crisp oil and Zanba (a kind of food made of barley flour) around them. At noon a big lunch will be held for all that comes to the temple, including monks and worldly people. This lunch is called Luohan Dish and is made up of vegetables only. According to the Buddhist doctrines, all Buddhists should stick to vegetables as a demonstration of the quality of Buddhist mercy and benevolence as well as an important part of daily Buddhist practice. Vegetables are symbols of simplicity and purity, and are believed to be conducive to a heart of mercy and benevolence. The name, Luohan Dish, comes from the Eighteen Arhats who, under the instruction of Sakyamuni, would never achieve nirvana so as to stay in this world and spread Buddhist doctrines to the people. Usually, to make Luohan Dish, monks of all the temples carefully select eighteen kinds of vegetables in honour of the Eighteen Arhats.

Ice Hockey A Hit in Beijing

On August 31, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, Entertainment, Featured China Stories, by admin

When one thinks of the sports in which China excels, swimming, gymnastics or track and field usually come to mind. But ice hockey? While the sport may not have as big a following as soccer or basketball, there are an increasing number of youngsters who are learning about slap shots, hat tricks and teamwork.   […]

When one thinks of the sports in which China excels, swimming, gymnastics or track and field usually come to mind. But ice hockey? While the sport may not have as big a following as soccer or basketball, there are an increasing number of youngsters who are learning about slap shots, hat tricks and teamwork.

 

Flying Tigers

Nestled in a newly built neighborhood on the northwest side of Beijing, high up on the fourth floor of a massive shopping complex, is one of this city’s newest ice rinks. It is also the site of an ice hockey camp for young, talented players.

For several weeks last month, the Flying Tigers hosted a summer camp for these young players. Most were from Beijing, but some came from as far away as HongKong and the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

“Initially coming to China where hockey isn’t their main focus, I was very impressed with the skill level of the kids right from the 04-05s, right up to the big kids,” said Kevin Masters, one of several coaches flown in from Canada. “The specifics of the skating and the individual type skills are absolutely comparable to what we see back home in Canada.”
Supportive parents

And where there is ice hockey – a sport that requires a lot of time and money – there are always ice hockey parents cheering their kids on and giving pointers.

“When my son started playing ice hockey, we had just seen the movie Transformers and he thought goalies look like Transformers with all of their pads on and because of that it was his favorite position,” said Zhou Jianwei, whose eight-year-old son is a goalie.  Zhou says that in China, where many families have only one child, his son is learning more than just a sport.

“Many kids [in China] lack a sense of teamwork and what it means to work hard for what they want to get because their parents have taken care of everything for them. But since he’s started playing ice hockey, he’s slowly begun to understand how to work together with his teammates to accomplish a goal and gained a sense of how [in society] people need to help one another to get things done,” Zhou said.

China’s colder northeast provinces are largely considered the home of ice hockey in the country. And, a large majority of the players on China’s national ice hockey team grew up there.
New ice rinks

Now, with new rinks in Beijing, that is starting to change. Local hockey organizers note that the number of U16 or 16 year-old ice hockey players in Beijing is likely to surpass the number of players in the northeast in the next season or two.

The reasons, they say, are because more families in Beijing can afford ice hockey, which is an expensive sport, and because the northeast is opening up to other sports, which is taking players away from the ice.

Cao Zhennan says her father played hockey while growing up in the northeast and helped to get her son interested.  She says the lessons her son learns from ice hockey far outweigh any future prospect of making the national team or playing more competitively.

“Ice hockey is a fast and physical sport, it’s a really a fun sport,” Cao said. “On top of that, he’s a boy and we got into the sport hoping it would help him become more courageous. It (ice hockey) also gets more interesting as the kids learn how to work together and make a lot of new friends.”

Charlie, an 11-year-old, who plays right wing, says his friend Abiyasi got him interested in the sport a year-and-a-half ago. Charlie says the sport has other benefits besides keeping him away from computer games.

“I think it’s fun. It’s good for my health and it’s not boring!” Charlie said.

 

More teams

Mark Simon, vice president and head coach of the Beijing Imperial Guard Hockey Club, one of several teams in the Beijing Junior Hockey League, says team rosters have been growing in recent years.

“A group of us, our club and a few others started a league in 2008 and 2009 with four teams, which included about 50-60 players,” Simon said. “Now, last season in 10-11, we had about 25 teams, so about 300 players, 300-350.”

Simon, an ex-banker from Montreal who started playing ice hockey at the age of five, says he left his gear in Canada when he first came to China. Several years later, he works for a company that builds rinks in Asia.

He says that as far as Asian cities go, Beijing is quite spoiled.

“To have four full ice sheets is quite rare,” noted Simon. “And that is one of the reasons ice hockey is growing here a lot more quickly than in places like Hong Kong. Hong Kong has got a huge hockey following, a lot of kids playing, but they are very limited by the number of ice surfaces they have.”

 

Just getting started

Lane Moore, another coach who is helping out at the Flying Tigers camp, says ice hockey is just getting started in Beijing.

“With their development of new rinks, new ice surfaces, the numbers in Beijing are going through the roof and I am hearing in Shanghai it is the same way and I just think the potential for ice hockey in China is going to keep going,” Moore said.

Both he and Kevin Masters say they never expected to be running an ice hockey camp in China, and certainly not on the fourth floor of a shopping mall. But they say the publicity from curious shoppers helps build interest in a sport that they say is quickly on its way from a novelty to the mainstream.

 

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Wild Elephant Valley

On August 30, 2011, in Activities, China Attractions, Nature Scenery, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Wild Elephant Valley is located in the north of Mengyang Town, Jinghong City (Xishuangbanna). The wild elephants moved about most often in this area, which gives the name Wild Elephant Valley. The virgin forests here are the home of wild elephants. They often come here bathing, seeking for food or playing in the water. […]

The Wild Elephant Valley is located in the north of Mengyang Town, Jinghong City (Xishuangbanna). The wild elephants moved about most often in this area, which gives the name Wild Elephant Valley. The virgin forests here are the home of wild elephants. They often come here bathing, seeking for food or playing in the water. China has long been an elephant producing country. However, with the enlargement of the human inhabitant area and gradual changes of the natural environment, there are only about 300 Asian elephants living in the virgin forests of Xishuangbanna. Here naturally becomes the best place for wild elephants to stay and live. In 1990, the government began to set up a forest park and open to visitors in 1996, with viewing the wild elephants and the tropical rain forests as the theme of the park. The houses for watching wild elephants are all built uniquely on the trees, so visitors can watch the elephants closely, and the visitors are quite interested in this kind of buildings. When watching the elephants, you can stay next to the various birds, and meanwhile the pleasure of enjoying the butterfly garden, 2 wonderful elephant shows everyday will all give you a lasting memory about your trip to Xishuangbanna. The wild Chinese elephants live in the equatorial forest of Xishuangbanna of Yunnan Province. Wild Elephants Valley is the place in Xishuangbanna where wild elephants move about most often and frequently. Convenient in traffic, distinctive in equatorial forest landscape and easy to see wild elephants, it has become the popular tourist site in Xishuangbanna. Here also holds the first elephant training school. The tamed ones can bow and nod to give the visitors a warm welcome. Visitors can have a fun ride on the elephants’ backs or trunks. Even a massage by those huge but amicable animals!

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Yang Causeway Travel tips

On August 30, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Yang Causeway is the setting sail dock for pleasure boats in the Lijiang River. Scenery of this area is the essence of wonderful scenery in the Lijiang River scenic spot. Besides the beautiful landscape, ridges and peaks, waterfalls, flowers and trees and waterside cottages are all attractive for tourists. There stands a mountain in the […]

Yang Causeway is the setting sail dock for pleasure boats in the Lijiang River. Scenery of this area is the essence of wonderful scenery in the Lijiang River scenic spot. Besides the beautiful landscape, ridges and peaks, waterfalls, flowers and trees and waterside cottages are all attractive for tourists. There stands a mountain in the rear of Yangdi Village, the mountain peaks of which look like a pair of inverted trotters. Yangdi has the harmonic tone of trotter, that’s where the name comes from.

Best time to visit Yang Causeway

The best time to visit Yang Causeway is May to October. Fine weather and limited rainfalls make it suitable for tourists to visit Yang Causeway in these months.

Yang Causeway Tickets

Travelling along Yang Causeway on foot is free of charge.

How to get to Yang Causeway

Yangdi asphalted road that connects Guiyang road is the main access to Yangdi County, as long as 13 kilometers. Country roads include Zhongnan-Tuling, Tuling-Xialong, Zhongnan-Tangjia and Yangdi-Banbiandu. Except villages like Yangdi, Zhongnan, Tuling, Tangjia and Langshi, other villages have not been open to traffic. There are scheduled buses between Yangshuo and Yangdi, which come every twenty minutes and are very convenient. The so-called “Golden Waterway” the Lijiang River crosses over Yangdi County, as long as 16 kilometers. The path winds along mountain ridges all the way, keeping back a lot of glamorous landscapes. In recent years, the fashionable ecological walking tour that takes Yang Causeway as the starting point advocates “green ecology, human landscapes and natural landscapes”. Those characteristics have turn Yang Causeway to a hot tourist spot and tourists come one after the other in a continous line.

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Golden Mountain and Li Six Bridges

On August 30, 2011, in Guilin, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Golden Mountain At the back of village committee of Shuangquan Village in Yangdi Town, there is a mountain made of four hilltops that called “Golden Mountain”. It is said that villagers can pick up “gold” on the mountain all the year round. As to the origin of the name of the mountain, there exist two […]

Golden Mountain

At the back of village committee of Shuangquan Village in Yangdi Town, there is a mountain made of four hilltops that called “Golden Mountain”. It is said that villagers can pick up “gold” on the mountain all the year round. As to the origin of the name of the mountain, there exist two versions among villagers. One is said that in the beginning of Liberation period, some archaeology personnels reached the mountain top, found a lot of golds and dug them away. Others who heard about their experience began to call the mountain “Golden Mountain”; the other version says that the mountain is rich in calcites which has great value, therefore being called “Golden Mountain”.

Li Six Bridges

According to the plan, after the restoration of Yang Causeway, the six bridges of Huanbi, Liujin, Wolong, Yinxiu, Jingxing, and Junyuan will be reconstructed on the bank. Li Six Bridges is the six pearls of Yang Bank, where the soul of it lines. The desigh of Liliu Bridge refers to the Six Bridges on Su Bank, which takes the semicircular arch and over semicircular arch as the keynote, fully showing the beauty of Six Bridges lying quietly over the water like a rainbow. The decorate stone of side face use the Gaohu stones; the pavements use the bluestones of Zhejiang; the breast boards of the bridges which can best show the texture of Li Six Bridges use the Putian blue stones.

Yang Causeway

Golden Pheasant Mountain and Moonlight Island

On August 30, 2011, in Beaches, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Golden Pheasant Mountain In the north of the village, there is a mountain like a rooster pecking grains off the ground. While in the east of the village, there is White Tiger Mountain. The waterfall runs down from the mountain, like the silver pearls spreading on the river, therefore comes the saying “golden pheasant pecking […]

Golden Pheasant Mountain

In the north of the village, there is a mountain like a rooster pecking grains off the ground. While in the east of the village, there is White Tiger Mountain. The waterfall runs down from the mountain, like the silver pearls spreading on the river, therefore comes the saying “golden pheasant pecking white rice”. There are two sand bars in the river as if two mandarin ducks are tumbling merrily about in the water, so it is called “Mandarin Duck Beach”, under which there is “drum stone”. On both banks of Yang Causeway, forests of bamboos form a ten-mile natural green screen,swaying in the green hills, beautiful rivers, plunging waterfalls, and shallows. Here you can feel a sense of quiet and beautiful, peaceful, harmonious and tranquil. During the low water period, Yang Causeway, as the beginning of the travelling, is full of people and quite lively, totally a fantastic association of activity and inertia. There are seven shallows here such as Mandarin duck beach”, Shuangquan Beach, and Drum Beach.

Moonlight Isle

Travelling down the river, after passing by Shuangquan Beach and Luogu Beach, tourists can see an isle in the center of the river, whose area is over 200 mu(13.4 heactares). When being looked down form high places, the isle is like the moon of lunar 7th or 8th of each month, shining upon in the Lijiang River. This isle is just the well-known Monlight Isle, which is arboreous. The naturally grown turfs are thick and soft, with the moistening of the Lijiang River, they become evergreen all the year round. Especially in spring and summer, the isle is exuberant and full of vigor.

Yang Causeway

 

Yang Causeway

County of Yang Causeway is in the northern part of Yangshuo County. The government is located on the dyke Yang Causeway, which is 39 kilometers way from the county and 50 kilometers away from Guilin City, accounting for 102.8 square kilometers. The one-hundred-mile Lijiang River with “one mountain, one river and one poem” is like […]

County of Yang Causeway is in the northern part of Yangshuo County. The government is located on the dyke Yang Causeway, which is 39 kilometers way from the county and 50 kilometers away from Guilin City, accounting for 102.8 square kilometers. The one-hundred-mile Lijiang River with “one mountain, one river and one poem” is like a colorful landscape painting with poetry in it. If we see Lijiang River as a long lyric poem, then the part from Guilin to Caoping is just the prelude of the poem while the part from Caoping to Yang Causeway is the main theme of it. The breathtaking landscape of Yangshuo comes into your eyes as if a skylight is pulled open slowly.

The Yang Causeway begins from the Yang Causeway Guanyan village, and then comes to the Xingping sightseeing area. The river, as long as 18 kilometers, is the golden part of Lijiang River. The Yang Causeway road is only 12 kilometers away from the second class highway of Guilin. You can take a special train or common passenger bus from Yangshuo or Guilin to the Yang Causeway dock. The river is 46 kilometers away from Guilin to the north and 47 kilometers away from Yangshuo to the south. When the water is shallow, the Yang Causeway will be the starting point of Lijiang River traveling, for the boats can not go through the water segment of Lijiang River between Guilin and Yang Causeway.

Yang Causeway is the typical mountain area of “nine mountains with half water and half field” and the people here are honest and simple. It is far away from the noise of big cities and there is no pollution of modern industry. This part of river is twisted, with blue water, numerous attractions, reflection of those mountains, and verdant forests, where you can best experience the beauty of “the river is like the green ribbon while the mountains are jade hairpin”. The main attractions are Xiangba Island, Banbian Qidu, Watching the Moon, Fairies Pulling the Querning Stone, Moonlight Island, Water Curtain Cave, and Wonderful View of Lang Stone.

Yang Causeway county is the typical “Karst” landform and there are many mountains in this area, which are far more than the area of field. There are only 10009 mu (1mu=0.0667 hectares), among which 6394 mu are paddy field and 3615 mu are grazing land. People here depend on the agriculture to make a living and the main grain cops are rice and corn. The grain output of 2002 is 3947 tons, with personal proportion of 349 kilograms; the main cash crops are citrons, clausena lansiums, oranges, and persimmons. It is rich in mineral resources, especially rich in calcites, which cover an area of 40 square kilometers of Tangjia Village. The degree of whiteness of the mineral is over 95%. Now there are 3 points which have been exploited with the annual output of over 60 thousand tons. The productions are sold in or far beyond the village.

Yang Causeway Acctractions

Golden Pheasant Mountain and Moonlight Island

Golden Mountain and Li Six Bridges

Yang Causeway Story

Yang Causeway

Yang Causeway is a famous scenic site at the shoreside of the Lijiang River. There is neither row of verdant poplars nor mellow willows. Then why it is called “Yang Causeway”? In fact, the name s from two local mountains: Yangjiao Mountain and Yangdi Mountain. A long time ago, a huge goat that attained the way and became an evil spirit lived on the mountain. The goat could graze up green grass in several miles overnight. Because of the big capacity for eating, all grasses and leaves were eaten up by the goat. At last, it began to gnaw at riceshoots and vegetables. As a result, local farmers suffered disater and poured out their endless grievances. After the Jade Emperor knowing about the incident, he sent Might Miracle God to subdue the goad. Hearing about the news, the goat hid in a sequestered grotto, successfully dodged the Might Miracle God.

However, the Might Miracle God learned that the goat had already got used to eating, so it would be impossible for the goat to stay too long in the grotto. Consequently, the Might Miracle God pointed by finger and then a cloud of glossy and green riceshoots with growth vigour appeared. The delicate flavor of the riceroots gradually floated away into the grotto. Afterwards, the Might Miracle God turned himself into a sapling standing besides the field.

The goat became extremely hungry after hinding for several days, so it watched towards outside for quite a long time after riechening the delecate flavor of the riceroots. Of course, the goat didn’t see the Might Miracle God, it became so happy that it ran at full speed towards the riceroots and began to graze madly. At this time, the Might Miracle God appeared and angrily rebuke to the goat: “Do you know it’s wrong to ruin crops?” The goat felt a little shocked and scared first, but it was self-assured for its ability and then shouted as tough as bulls: “Do you want to have a competition? Never think that I am afraid of you.” The Might Miracle God became very angry and then wielded his sword. There is no time for the goat to react, one of its hooves had been cut off. The goat immediately became furious, glared its blood-red eyes and rushed towards the Might Miracle God with its two horns which looked like mountain peaks. The Might Miracle God sneered and then wielded his sword again towards the horns. The two horns were cut off with a loud noise. The goat felt so aching that it rolled on the ground. Seeing the scene, the Might Miracle God showed his natural sympathies and didn’t put it to death. The goat knew that itselt was not the adversary of the God and then escaped in a hurry.

From then on, there are two more mountains in this area, one is the Yangjiao Mountain turned by the horns, the other is the Yangti Mountain turned by the hooves. However, in the Guilin dialect, “yangti” and “yangdi” have the same pronunciation. Posterities of local Guilin people thought “yangti”was quite vulgar. In order to be well matched with the beautiful scenery, the name changed to “yangdi”.

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