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Balhagelzong, a mysterious wonderland in Shangri-La

Publish Time: 2016-10-13 Author: From: Kangba TV

Balhagelzong is located in Nixi Township, Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Here, natural landscapes feast tourists’ eyes. Clean air, jagged stones, the power of nature is so magic!

Around mountains is a historical tribe - Balha Village, meaning “a Tibetan village from Batang” in Tibetan. In the morning, smokes rise from kitchen chimneys, mixing with mists and fogs. With birds twittering and flowers blooming, children play games. People get up at sunrise and retire at sunset. What an idyllic world.

On this magical land grows a thousand-year-old Bodhi tree, a luxuriant tree leaning on cliff. It’s understood that this tree is already over 3,000 years old, dubbed as “one of the three sacred trees of the world”.

Birang Grand Canyon is a world of cliffs. The altitude difference between the highest peak, at 5,545m, and the lowest valley, at 2,000m, is up to 3,545m. The altitudes of those cliffs vary from 1,000m to 2,000m. Rock textures and geological folds are just like kinds of large landscape paintings, mighty and awe-inspiring. What a lively art gallery!

Here, a natural pagoda is one of major scenic spots. The pagoda is the only pagoda recorded in the Tibetan Tripitaka. For that reason, it’s has been worshiped by devout believers as a symbol of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Around Birang sacred mountain are 18 highland lakes, small and large, clean and sacred. According to legends, they came into being after a fairy accidentally broke her dressing mirror.

Birang is an idyllic site surround by mountains and plants. People get up at sunrise and retire at sunset. It’s really a Shangri-La.


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