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Summer Resort - Shangri-la

 

  • First Stop: Bita Lake

Bita Lake Nature Reserve, located in the eastern part of county town of Shangri-la, is 35 km away from the county town of Shangri-la. The nature reserve centers on Bita Lake, which is adjacent to Luoji Village to the east, south and north and borders on Jianjian Town. The length of its longitudinal distance approximately hits 60 km, and its latitudinal length approximately hits 14 km wide, covering a total area of 1,418 hectares. Tibetan meaning of "Bita Lake" is the place where oak trees form mats. There are wide varieties of national senior protected animals and plants in the reserve, including the fish named to be "hemibarbus labeo" by biologists. The fish is prehistoric life left from ancient quaternary glacial period, and it is succulent tender and delicious, spreading the session of the dish titled with "Salted Fish with Eggplant ".

Bita Lake, located at core of the reserve, is featured with 3,539 m of elevation above the lake, approximate 3,000 m of transversal distance, approximate 700 m of width in longitudinal distance with maximum width of 1,500 m and minimum width of 300 m approximately, average depth of 20 m, and maximum deep of 40 m.

To visit Bita Lake, take the bus from county seat of Zhongdian to Shuangqiao with the ticket price of 20 Yuan. The distance of the road extends by 25 km, and the remaining trip to the lake may be reached on foot or riding a horse with the rent of 30 Yuan. You are recommended to walk, in that way you are allowed to exceptional dialogue between the nature and inner heart when you shuttle amid the woods.

Entrance ticket for scenic spot of Bita Lake: 30 Yuan

  • Second Stop: Ganden Sumtseling Monastery

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, namely "Guihua Monastery", is five kilometers away from Shangri-la County. It is a provincial key cultural relic protection unit. The monastery is largest famed Tibetan Buddhism temple in Yunnan. The monastery covers an area of 500 Mu and is fenced with a solid and thick city wall. The monastery is set up with five gates including Zhaya Gate, Duke Gate, Dongwang Gate, Longba Gate and Lugu Gate. Two primary temples including Zhacang Temple and Jikang Temple are built at the highest points and middle of the monastery. The monastery, facing to the south, is engraved five-storey building construction. And 1,600 people may be accommodated to sit down to chant Buddhism scripture. Surrounding walls are "cabinets of numerous rolls" of Tibetan scriptures, and the main hall is consecrated with the bronze statue of the 5th generation of Dalai.

Stupas of famous monks' remains are lined up, and dazzling gold, silver, and famous paintings are treated internally. Soaring tower for bells and drums are erective, and the sound is hearable within the distance of 5km when the drumming for time telling is given out in the morning, afternoon and evening; the roof is decorated with glazed tiles and looks like the palace, shining flashing golden light, brilliantly and splendidly.  "The Buddha shines are noticeable around 50km approximately."

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, 5 km away from Zhongdian County, may be reached by taking No.3 Bus at Jiaotong Hotel stop of the county seat, and it is also reachable by take minibus exclusively for tourists with the fares of 2 Yuan and by taxi with the expense of 10 Yuan to arrive.

It is required to travel in clockwise direction to visit the Buddhist temple, that is to travel from the left to the right.

Price of entrance ticket for Ganden Sumtseling Monastery: 10 Yuan

  • Third Stop: Baishuitai

Baishuitai located at Baidi Administrative Village, Sanbai Town in the southeast of Shangri-la County and 101 km away from the county seat, is erected with the elevation of 2,380 m, and it evolves from that the calcium bicarbonate in the water undergoes the decomposition reaction of by sunlight, and forms calcium carbonate, a white sediment, constantly covering the surface and thereby forming various karst landform.

Baishuitai, called "Baipuzhi" in Naxi language, indicates increasingly growing flowers, and it is one of biggest Huaquan terraces in China. It covers an area of about 3 square kilometers. Baishuitai is not only a scenic destination but also one of cradles of Naxi Dongba culture.

The regular buses starting from the county seat of Zhongdian to Sanba Town with the ticket price of 20 Yuan, are available in mornings on odd-numbered days. The passing road is dirt road, and the destination is reached to get off in Baidi Village .

Entrance ticket price of Baishuitai Resort: 30 Yuan

  • Fourth Stop: Napa Lake

"Napa Lake" in Tibetan language means "the lake at the back of the forest". It is a typical seasonal lake, and it shows totally different views all the year round. It looks like a cloud of prairie in the period of late summer and early fall, which [FS:Page]seems to be the carpet intertwined with clusters of flowers, meadow and highland barley. It turns into broad waters in the winter like a huge mirror. As one of the most scenic spots with plateau characteristics in Shangri-la, Napa Lake is not only the biggest grassland in the whole Shangri-la County but also ideal habitat for black-necked cranes, national-level animals and rare birds.

It is the best season to visit Napa Lake Nature Reserve in June annually, when the grasses and flowers sprout shoots in the grassland and green grass shade in Napa Lake. Various wild flowers blossom successively during that period, and beautiful flowers and luxuriant grass grow up on the boundless prairie. Herds of cattle and sheep go ups and down with the bushes of grass, while the view featured with "cattle and sheep appear in the grassland under wind blowing" is available everywhere.

 

  • Fifth Stop: Meili Snow Mountain

A series of magnificent and beautiful snow peaks are arranged from the south to the north in western suburban of Deqin County, and it is famous Meili Snow Mountain. Kawakarpo Peak, main peak of Meili Snow Mountain, featured with 6,470 meters of elevation, is the highest peak in Yunnan province.

Kawakarpo Peak is the shrine venue for Tibetan Buddhist. In the period of later autumn and earlier winter, groups of pilgrims Tibet from Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu, visit here on foot with sheep and crutch for a long journey to worship this psychologically natural pilgrimage monument. Kawakarpo is one of major scenes with “concurrent flowing three stream” and of national-level key scenic spot in Yunnan Province. Thirteen Taizi peaks surround and erect around Kawakarpo, and Mianchumu (goddess sea peak), featured with beautiful outlines, is said to be the wife of Kawakarpo in tales.

The glaciers and cirques under Kawakarpo are continuous, and “Mingyongqia Glacier” and “Sinongqia”, like two long dragons in the form of silver scale and jade nail, extending from the altitude of 5,500 m to the forest belt of forest within 2,700 m, are modern monsoon marine glaciers with rare low latitude and elevation.

Meili Snow Mountain shows the most beautiful scenery during the period from January to May, and it is very difficult to see general view of the snow peak in Summer and Autumn.

Four regular buses depart from Shangri-La County to Deqin in the morning on daily basis. The depart time respectively starts from 7:20 AM (minibus), 8:20 AM (bus),  9:20 AM(minibus), 12:00 PM with the ticket price of 33 Yuan. There is a regular bus from Deqin Bus Station to Yongming Village at 4:30 PM on daily basis, the duration of driving lasts more than one hour, and charged 13 Yuan /people. The regular return service from Yongming Village to Deqin at AM 8:00 is available on daily basis, and the thicket price is 13 Yuan / person.

Yongming Glacier of Meili Snow Mountain may be reached by starting from the county seat of Deqin County to Yongming Village. This section of the road is accompanied with the plateau and steep path, posing higher requirement on physical condition of tourists. It is not allowed to rashly access if personal physical conditions don’t allowed. Individual sections are too risky, and the walk is required.

Ticket price of Mingyong Glacier: 60 Yuan

 

  • Sixth Stop: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge, as the name suggesting, is said to be famed because of the leap of the tiger from huge stone in the midway of the stream. It is a famous gorge in the world immediately following grand turning of Brahmaputra. Its sizes involves the length in 20 km, drop in 213, narrowest width in 30 meters, and elevation drop in 3,900m between Yulong Mountain and Haba Mountain on both sides. Tiger Leaping Gorge is famous in the world by virtue of upstream Tiger Leaping Gorge, midway Tiger Leaping Gorge, and downstream, and there are 18 rapids along the whole gorge.

Ticket price of Tiger Leaping Gorge Resort: 50 Yuan

 

  • Seventh Stop: Shudugang Lake

Shudugang Lake, located in the northeast of Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, is 35 kilometers away from the county seat. The lake is featured with the altitude of 3,705m, covering a ponding area of 15 square kilometers. Shudugang Lake is surrounded by mountains, and its annual average temperature hits 35 ℃. The rainfall hits 580m, and the rainy season extends from June to October.

Shudugang Lake, as one of the largest lakes in Shangri-La County, is featured with clear lake. Ample Shudu-style schizothorax fishes with golden bodies and cracks in abdomen are produced in the lake, and the fish fresh is delicate and delicious. The lake is also the home to a large number of water hyacinth, wild ducks, tadorne casarca and other birds.

Ticket price of Shudugang Lake Resort: 30 Yuan

 

  • Eighth Stop: Haba Snow Mountain

Haba Snow Mountain N[FS:Page]ature Reserve, located in the southeast of Zhongdian County, is 120 km away from Zhongdian County, covering a total area of 21,908 hectares. The elevation of its primary peak hits 5,396 m, and minimum elevation of Haba Snow Mountain is Jiangbian Administrative Village, the elevation of which only hits 1,550m, and the elevation difference hits 3,846m. The area of the whole natural reserve involves the peak with steep cliff, and rubbles-based beam with jagged stones and glacier. The terrain with the altitude lower than 4,000m is moderate.

The landform shows ladder shape distribution, and the climate zones including the temperate zone, cold temperate zone and frigid zone are successively distributed. It may be concluded as microcosm of the entire northwest of Yunnan, and the temperature difference between the foot and the hits 22.8℃. 

Haba Snow Mountain Nature Reserve is cold-temperate zone coniferous forest-typed nature reserve which was set up for the purpose of protecting natural landscape with vertically distributed alpine forest and Yunnan-native golden monkeys, wild asses and other monkeys. The three-dimensional distribution of freezing vegetation zone, alpine meadow and alpine shrub, fir, spruce, montane evergreen broad-leaved forest zone and dry hot valley shrub grass belt are shown in the reserve, and a wide variety of plants are available.

The protected area involves cordyceps, fritillaria, rhizoma panacis majoris, gastrodia elata, saussurea involucrata and other valuable herbs; and the orchids and wild peony flowers are available everywhere; nationally Grade I protected animals including Yunnan-born golden monkeys and wild asses; nationally Grade II protected animals including snow leopards, Siberian musk deer and alpine musk deer inhabiting in the dense primeval forest. Natural views of the protected area mainly consist of main peak of Haba Snow Mountain, alpine moraine lake, rhododendron and mountain waterfalls. The height of main peak of Haba Snow Mountain is 5,396 meters, whose peak is frozen with snow all the year around. The highest peak is tall, straight and aloof, and four small peaks are around the main peak, like a crown of silver ray in remote distance.

With the seasonal change and alternative and change of Yin and Yang the snow peak changes unpredictably, sometimes it looks like misty cloud, being flickering; sometimes it is misty and ethereal, rippling amid the snow peak in silky and tiny manner, "white clouds unwittingly linger as if they are intentional, and they are intertwined". There are various moraine lakes in the reserve, and most of them are featured with the elevation of 3,500m and above, and the scenery of Heihai Moraine Lake, Yuanhai Moraine Lake, Huanghai Moraine Lake and Shuanghai Moraine Lake are the best.