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  • Lijiang Yufeng Monastery (Yufeng si )

    This small lama monastery is on a hillside about five km past the town of Baisha . The monastery sits at the foot of Mountain Yulongxue , and was established in 1756AD . The main attraction nowadays is the “ camellia tree of 10000 blossoms’ . Ten thousand might be something of an exaggeration , but locals claim that the tree produces at least 4000 between February and April . A monk on the grouds risked his life to keep the tree secretly waterd during the years of the Cultural Revolution .


  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong xue shan )

    The formidable Jade Dragon Snow Mountain dominate the Lijiang Plain , defining its western edge with their towering mass . The mountains’ western flanks drop steeply to the Upper yangzi River ( Jinsha Jiang ) , helping to form magnificent , deep gorges , and the highest peak is shanzidou , at 5596 . Storms
    frequently rage around the glaciers , rocks and perpetual snowfields of the five primary summits , however , the alpine meadows on the lower slope , where herders sing to their goats and cattle and collectors of wild medicinal herbs go happily about their business , are excellent hiking country 
    According to the research of geologists, for about 400 million years the area around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was the ocean and it was during the last 600 thousand years that the different landscapes had come into being because of the uprising of the lithosphere. Archaic legend about this mysterious and beautiful place goes like this: Once upon a time, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain were twins. They had lived on panning in Golden Sand River until one day an evil fiend usurped the river. The brothers were very brave and had a fierce fight with the fiend, Haba died in the fight and Jade Dragon drove off the fiend after wearing out 13 swords. For guarding the people and preventing the return of the fiend, Jade Dragon held the 13 swords in hands day and night. As time passed, the brothers had turned into the two snow mountains, and the 13 swords had become the 13 peaks. The mountain is a holy place for the local Naxi people not only because of the legend, but also because long time ago, it was a place for young lovers to sacrifice their young lives in honor of true love and to escape from the arranged marriages and feudal ethics.

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. In fact, one fourth of all plant species in China can be found here and 20 primeval forest communities shelter a big family of 400 types of trees and 30 kinds of animals which are protected by the state. These species live in different temperature levels and create different kinds of views. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is also called the "Natural Glacier Museum" for it has all types of glacier. Move down from the mountaintop and you can see rivers and pools, which are formed by the thawed snow water running along the valley and through the forests. The plants and the animals are different according to the altitude, so are the views. Every sight brings you a surprise and every step takes you to a new scene. Each of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has its own special character due to their different landscape and height. For instance, Yunshanping (Spruce Plateau) is grassland with gigantic spruces whilst Ganhaizi (Dry Sea) used to be a highland lake as its name tells, the meadow was formed after the water had dried up.
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Besides, widespread legends and myths of the Naxi ethnic minority and the unclimbed Shanzidou are all important attractive spots for those who come here.


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  • Baisha Mural

    The Baisha Mural is located in the Baisha Village on the plain north of Lijiang . the mural was made from 1385 to 1619 , employing the eclectic artist energies of Chines Daoist , Tibetan and Naxi Buddhists and local dongba shamans . This rich fusion had resulted in a tremendously powerful art , heavy in spirit and awe-inspiring in its presentation of the mystical world . Dominated by black , silver , dark green , gold and red colours , the murals in the back hall , overlaid with centuries of brown soot , are doomladen and bizarre , the scenes and
    figures , some still vivid in detail , are largely taken from Tibetan Buddhist iconography and include the wheel of life , judges of the underworld , the damned , titans and gods , Buddhas and bodhisattvas . There are trigrams , lotus flowers and even Sanskrit inscriptions on the ceiling . The deliberate damage done to the paintings is apparent and terrible , but the loss of the irreplaceable wooden statuary that filled the temple , of which there is no trace , is even more tragic .

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