Reserves and Holy Monntains in Dechen & Zhongdian


Bitahai Lake 
Baishui Terrace (White Water Tableland) 
Meili Snow Mountain Range (The Prince Snow Mountain) 
Haba Snow Mountain 
Baimang Snow Mountain
Towns in Dechen 
Monastery in Dechen  
Shangri-la

Bitahai Lake
A primitive cover of coniferous trees, and highland lakes, alt 3540M, 25km east of Zhongdian county, its Nature Reserve covers about 14.18 sq kms,  the lake covers about 159hectares with average 20m deep and deepest as 40M. Azaleas blossoming around May dotted up and down the mountains, with many rare wild flowers and animals walking around, and meantime the fish in the water are always found lethargic sleep on the surface of the lake for swallowing some lightly as it drunk by Azaleas. And about 2hours by trek or horse ride to the Lake form the end of the car road.

Baishui Terrace (White Water Tableland)
Located in the Naxi people village (Baidi village, mean white earth village) of Sanba township at the foot of Haba Snow Mountain, alt 2380M, covers 3000sq meters, about 90km to Zhongdian county seat. The spring water flows down step by step through the white terraced fields (the wonder formed by calcium carbonate sinte) to the bottom, like a picture of "thousands of clouds tides and snow waves." 08Feb in Chinese Calender, the Naxi people gather to celebrate the 08Feb festival with performance of dances and songs.

Meili Snow Mountain Range (The Prince Snow Mountain)
Lies at the 10km east to Deqin county, many peaks in the range, and 13peaks of them over 6000m altitude, the highest is Kagebo Peak per its alt 6740M. The Kagebo Summit, the highest in Yunnan, is surrounded by other peaks, and its foot lies a modern monsoon maritime glacier, a geographical rarity, given its lowest latitude and highest altitude. Only 800meters from its foot to Lancangjiang River. 

Baimang Snow Mountain
Lies in Deqin county, on the roadside from the Ganden Sumtsanling or Guihua Monastery up to Deqin, between the Jinshajiang River and the Lancangjiang River with snow-capped peaks over 5000m alt. its Nature Reserve covers about 188000 ha. Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey, the 1st class protected animal in China, living in this area, with many rare animals and plants. And no driving from Dec to Apr due to the snow and ice.

Haba Snow Mountain.
Lies at the northern of Gelthang township, between the Hutiaoxia (Tiger leaping gorge) town and Sanba village. 12km from the west to the east, 16km from the north to the south, covers 21947ha. And it highest peak 5396m stands 120km to the southeast of Galthang town.

Shangri-la
"Shangri-la" in Tibetan word mand "Land to sacredness and  peace", in  "The Lost Horizon" described as Zhongdian area of Diqin TAP in Yunnan.  "Shangri-la" just stands for Zhongdian area only for some people's understanding, but normally; it presents this area between Zhongdian in Yunnan, Daocheng, Derong and Xiangcheng in Sichuan;  largerly, big "Shangri-la" consists of Dichen in Yunnan, parts of Ganzi TAP in Sichuan and parts of Changdom in Tibet. Officially, as a county is Zhongdian's name now; economic and politically, there is a "Economic & Nature Zone of Big Shangri-la" standing for 3parties such as Diqin TAP in Yunnan, Ganzi TAP in Sichuan, Changdom in Tibet.

 

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