Daocheng Yading

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Daocheng Daocheng, located on the southeast of qinghai - Tibet Plateau and the east of Hengduan Mountains, is a county on the southwest border of Sichuan, China. This county, subordinated to the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, extends, across 27.58' - 29.30'north latitudes and 99.56' - 100.36' east latitudes, 174km from the south to the north and 63km from the west to east. It covers an area of 7323 square kilometers.

Daocheng County is special in geographical features, Its north is higher than its south, the west higher than the east. Running and majestic mountains look like billows of the sea. Hence, the high - altitude mountain and deep serene valley with gurgling brooks and broad pastures are covered with snow all the year round. The scenes are various and bewitching.

In the north of Daocheng County lies the plateau area with broad valleys. Mt. Hai - zhi (Lake), parallel to Daocheng River and with an effect of glaciation on the Qinghai - Tibet Plateau, traditionally called "the Old Ice Cap of Daocheng". With its glacial erosion scattered here and there, and 1145 (lakes), can be found in an area of 3200 square kilometres. With the size and number of its haizhi exceptional in China, Mt. Haizhi has become the most important base for the study of the topography of quarternary glaciers. In 1982, fossils of dinosaur teeth and eucalyptus were unearthed in the center and the south of the county respectively. Its rolling hills, criss - crossed valleys, scatterd lake boulders and the forest of rocks of grotesque shapes make Mt. Haizhi magnificent and charming.

The middle of Daocheng County is mountain plateau, including the Bowa Mountain and the Chitu River. On both banks of the river are broad pastures and stretches of forest. Mt. Bowa, grand and scenic, is sharply distinct during the four seasons: in spring and summer, azaleas bloom to vie each other for beauty; in autumn, leaves as red as flame cover the trees, while in winter, snow clothes all and gleams white In the south of the county are mountains and valleys. Mt. Echu, parallel to Dongyi River and with an altitude of 5140m, is as charming and attractive as a pertty fairy sitting upright on the clouds, although it is lofty and majestic. What is most fascinating about Mt. Echu is its autumnal tints: the bright red, lucid yellow and delicate green make the mountain colourful. "Both heavy and delight makeup are compatible with it". The Dongyi River, rushing down from MT. Echu like a steed, has two bands rock. The rumbling waves and series of waterfalls wonderfully correspond to the mountain.

Adjacent to Mt. Echu is Daocheng Sacred Peaks - the Heavenly Charms in the Snow World which are well - known among the Tibetan people. They consist of three snow peaks whose names were, according to a legend, confered by Dalae V.Xiannairi, the north peak with an altitude of 6032m, means Mother Buddha; Yangmaiyong, the south peak with an altitude of 6032m, means Mother Buddha; Yangmaiyong, the south peak with an attitude of 5958m, means Manjuist Buddha; Xiaruoduoji, the east peak with an altitude of 5958m, means the Buddha with warriors'hands. The total coverage of the peaks isabout 800 square kilometres.The Daocheng Sacred Peaks covered kilometres, the Daocheng Sacrded peaks covered with snow all the year round are grand and majestic. On the maintainside are colourful lakes which are gorgeous and changeful; at the foot of the mountain, on the pastures are rare fowls and valuable animals that co - exist harmoniously with the people. The peaks are regarded as sacred peaks by the Tibetan people; and visited by continous stream of devotees.

Daocheng has a long history of culture of the 13 monasteries in the county, Xiongden Monastery and Gonggaling Monastery are the best known. Grandly constructed, Gonggaling Monastery possesses a bronze statue of Maitreya presented by Dalai V.Xiongden Monastery, built on the Ming ynasty, keep 100,000 books of Buddhist scriptures, and in the same monastery several hundreds of Buddha fogures, huge or small, are consecrated, one of them os the sandal wood figure of Sakyamuni presented by Banchan IX. The Tibetan people in China are of the same forefathers, but because of the non - group living and the separation of mountains and revers all the Tibetan people do not share the same language, costumes or customs. With the strong religious atmosphere, with the strong religious atmosphere, Daocheng bears some unique and abstruse cultural flacours. Daocheng os a pretty country maiden who has been staying at her boudoir and undnown to the outside world. Its heavenly natural scenery, simple and unsophisticated customs, and mystical primitve human landscapes, having broken through the barriers of time and space, shine with charm and enchantment which have attracted photographers, whose artistic pictures present its beauty and charm before us. The beauties can't be enjoyed by a few people, they belong to the humandind. We sincerely hope that all those who love the beauty of nature and life will come to share the charms of Daocheng.