A breathtaking sight found in China, Yading Nature Reserve has become a popular destination for hiking. The mountains are a sight to see and its significance within the Buddhist community makes it a well -loved attraction. It was officially declared a nature reserve for the first time during the end of the 1990s.
For anyone who wants to be closer to nature, hiking through Yading is a recommended activity. Most people find that the best season to visit is autumn. As a natural reserve it is the home of China’s three holy mountains, which are Jampelyang, Chenresig and Chana Dorje. The belief held by Tibetan Buddhists is that these mountains are symbols of energy, compassion and wisdom; three things that the Buddhists believe are necessary when it comes to achieving enlightenment.
Hiking To/From The Frog Lake
Many tourists that visit Yading Nature Reserve take a hike to The Frog Lake. It generally takes two hours to hike from Yading to the lake and another two hours to hike back. The Frog Lake is the site of the much loved Xiaowahu Trail, which is a big hit with both locals and tourists. Many that have made this hike have considered it a way to warm up before hiking up the Chenresig Mountain. The mountain takes an average of two days to scale and descend, according to those who have done it. The Frog Lake hike is said to be less intense than other hikes. It is recommended that any tourist staying in a hostel arrive at the beginning of the Frog Lake hike by rented car.
Milk Lake situated at the saddle between Jampelyang and the south face of Chenresig
Chenresig Mountain has several landmarks that most hikers are interested in seeing. These include the entrance to the trail, the Chonggu Lodge, the Five Colored Lake and the Milk Lake, the Luorong Grasslands and the campgrounds of the trail. Hikers love the Luorong Grasslands for its ponds and winding streams. Once they pass the Grasslands they come to the Milk Lake. Those who have made the hike have said that it takes three hours to get from the Grasslands to the Lake on foot. The Milk Lake is said to be a color resembling milky turquoise. Tourists marvel that the Milk Lake was created thanks to runoff from a glacier. Hikers will come to a split in the trail where they will find that they can easily explore the Five Colored Lakes before reaching Milk Lake. A sight to behold, one side of Milk Lake is bordered by mountain sized cliffs.
Most people that make this hike reach the mountain ridge’s top on the second day of the hike. Their descent back down the mountain brings them to Pearl Lake on the way to the Lodge. When hikers reach it they have a great view of the Chana Dorje Mountain. At the Lodge hikers can travel back to the trail’s entrance by car.
The History of Yading
Guru Rimpoche Padema Sambhava arrived in Yading during the 8th century. He wanted to recognize the Buddhist religion in Yading. Sambhava named many of the area’s peaks after figures in the Buddhist faith.
Yading’s Natural Reserve was discovered during the year 1928 by a man named Dr. Joseph Rock. It has been billed the world’s last Shangri-La. Tibetans make it a point to make a pilgrimage to the reserve at least once during their lifetime. Dr. Rocks had pictures and writings pertaining to Yading published in National Geographic in 1931; making the world aware of Yading for the first time. This was the first time Yading pictures had been shown to the world. These pictures were later used as a basis for author James Hilton’s “Lost Horizon,” which was novel published in 1933. The area of Yading was known by Tibets living in the area some 800 years before the rest of the world knew.
Many foreign travelers were not familiar with Yading until 2015 where Yading is been listed in many guidebooks aimed at tourists interested in visiting China.
How To Get To Yading
Tourists have a few options when it comes to getting to Yading. There is a bus station located in Chengdu whose busses make one trip to Yading per day. Stopping in Daocheng County; the bus trip to Yading, lasts anywhere from 22 hours to 24 hours. Many tourists choose to instead travel from Chengdu to Kangding by bus, which takes anywhere from nine to 12 hours. Buses leave from Kangding and travel to Yading, which takes anywhere from 11 to 13 hours. Once arriving in Daocheng County on the bus tourists can travel via rented van, where they can purchase their tickets to get into the Yading Nature Reserve.
In 2013, Daocheng County opened its first airport. Between May and October, the most popular time of year to visit Yading, there are two or three daily flights that transport passengers between Daocheng and Chengdu. This drops to one flight per day starting in the middle of October and ending towards the last days of April. The May to October tourist season sees three or four weekly flights that originate in Kunming and Chongqing and transport passengers to Daocheng. Passengers can then take a shuttle from the airport to Yading.
Those who prefer to travel in a private vehicle can rent one, complete with a driver, to pick them up in Chengdu and take them to Daocheng so they can reach Yading. Passengers are permitted to request stops along the way so that they can take in all the local sites.
Getting Around In Yading
Though many visitors to Yading are content to hike through it, others can choose to take a park bus or even ride a horse between Long Long Ba and Chonggu Monastery.
Hiking through the Yading Nature Reserve is increasingly becoming a popular activity for many tourists. This is one of TravelledPaths’ Amazing Places to hike before you die.
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