Derong


Derong County Seat Songmai 
Jinshajiang Canyon (Sun Canyon) and the 1st Bend of Jinshajiang River 
Mayi Gorge & Momgou Valley Nature Reaerve 
Xiayong (Shayong) Nature Reserve 
Gajin (Kyachen) Snow Mountain 
Wenjia (Wingkya) Monastery and Holy Mountain 
Longrong Monastery 
Derong County Seat Songmai
Derong county, located southwest of Sichuan, 1030km to Chengdu, and 144km to Zhongdian, Yunnan province, Hengduan Mountain area. The complex geological formations of the Hengduan Mountain Range and of the plateau have given the area its unique geographical features, characterized by range upon range of tall mountains and deep valleys, numerous crossing rivers. Derong, in Tibetan, mean gorge or canyon, the Yarlung Tsampo Grand Canyon. So, there are serveral rivers such as Jinsha, Dingqu (Dingchu), Suoqu (Sochu), Maye and Gangqu (Kanchu) within less than 3000sq kms,alt from1990M to 5545M, county seat Songmai township 2420M,   and with its various attractives, different scene from one another. Song & Dance style as: Xianzi in the north as in Palyu county, Xueqiang in the south, the robust Nine-step Guozhuang, the Reba, Zanie etc, all full of life and typically Tibetans.

Jinshajiang Canyon (Sun Canyon) and the 1st Bend of Jinshajiang River.
Each river has its one attractive gorge and ravin, 10km to county seat northern is the Feiniao Gorge (Bid-flying gorge) in the deep valley of Dingchu river which flows through the entire county area from the north to the south; and collect the waters from Mayi river  and Sochu river before into Jinshajiang river. From there little down, the Jinshajiang river flows more abundant and the valley more expansive, and sooner it relax a bit, and slows down its pace and makes a horseshoe curve around the pyramid-like peak of Rizhui. Jinshajiang Canyon and 1st Bend located between Gyashul (Jiaxue) and Muyong village, 60km to county seat, its deepest over 1000M

Mayi Gorge & Momgou Valley Nature Reaerve
Mayi gorge is charming and graceful, no transportation to be there but only horse riding. There are many lakes, waterfalls with natural scenery and grassland.

Xiayong (Shayong) Nature Reserve
40km to the county seat, and also to  be there by horse riding or trekking, located area around Sochu river after entering Sochu Gorge. This fairyland holds 10 lakes, many snowy  peak, grassy marshlands, primitive forests, waterfalls,  glaciers and rare mountain animals with Tibetan wooden houses dotted around. The famous and most attractive as: Burogatsong Snowy Peak, Damenri (Tamshi) Holy Mountain, Cirencuo Holy Lake (Qirentso) with length 1000M+ width 500M and alt 3900M, Cuolancuo Lake (Tsonantso) alt 4000M and Yanggongcuo (Yamkongtso) alt 4100M, Yangliecuo (Yamnytso) lake alt 4100M,   Lanzirong with its mountains around and a little lake, Langlong Valley about 10kms with its primitive forests, Selazha (Seratsa) Limestone Caverns.

Gajin (Kyachen) Snow Mountain
Located at the northwestern of and 40km to  Songmai town, alt 4921M, and there are Front Gajin Mountain and Back Gajin Mountain, between them is the grassland for Tibetan herding with its tent dotted among the snowy mountains, forests, grass, and herds.

Wenjia (Wingkya) Monastery and Holy Mountain.
Wenjia Mountain regarded as a holy place in Tibetan Buddhism, legends say that there lees the golden key which can open the gates of 108 holy shrines in the Tibetan-inhabited areas, the peak about 4769M, and many prayers be there trekking round the holy mountain for their pilgrimage. Wenjia monastery is built against a limestone cavern half way up the mountain slope, probably the only temple architecture of such design as it merged into this holy mountain, with a spring in the cavern gushing all year round which is believed to be sacred water and pilgrims drinking, watering for the good fortune, in the stone cliff of the main temple are hundreds of natural charaters as "Wen" in Tibetan.  

Longrong Monastery.
One of the 13major monasteries of the Yellow sect in thd Kham area, located in Rilong township, its featured wooden and clay carvings with vivid Falun, figure etc, covers about 10 hectoares and houses 500 monks with 10000 volumes of Buddhist scriptures. and its affiliated monasteries more than 12. In the Tibetan New Year, it holds the Sorcerers' Dance ceremony to drive away evil spirits, eliminate disasters and pray for good fortune, many Tibetans vome to attend the ceremony which goes on for three days and nights. In day time devoted to watching the sorcerers' dance and night time Gala parties with singing and dancing and lots of drinking of wine with buttered tea.

 

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