Bayi District Attractions
Bayi, a wonderful and brilliant district famous for its attractive natural landscapes and brilliant cultural relics, has dozens of attractions to appeal the visitors including: Seche La Mountain, Peach Blossom Valley, Lulang Forest, Benri Holy Mountain, Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon, Buchu Monastery, Lamaling Monastery, etc.
▪ Seche La Mountain: Located to the east of Nyingchi County, the Seche La Mountain is a part of the Nyainqentanglha Mountain Range, the watershed of the Nyang River and the Polung Zangbo River.
The Sichuan-Tibetan Highway passes by. Standing at the mountain pass at 4,728 meters above sea level, one can admire the sunrise, sea of cloud, endless forest and the grand Namjagbarwa Peak. The Benri La Mountain near the Dagze Village on the western slope of the mountain is a sacred site of the Tibetan Bon Sect and one of the four great holy mountains in Tibet. All year, devotees make pilgrimages to this spot from all areas. Every tenth day of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar, a grand mountain worshipping activity is held, which is called "Nangbolhasoi," meaning "seeking for treasures from immortals."
▪ Peach Blossom Valley: The peach blossom dotted with Tibetan residences and towering snowy peak in a distance makes Nyingchi a dreamlike land.
▪ Lulang Forest is a typical plateau mountain meadow featuring stunning alpine scenery, located in Lulang Town, Nyingchi County. Nestled between the mountains and glaciers, it has an elevation of 3700 meters, consisting of vast expanse of plants, villages and variety of vegetation, stretching 15km long and 1km wide like a sea of forest from a distance. Decorated with distant clouds and snow-capped peaks, the endless pines feasted all your eyes depicted a wonderful landscape and idyllic scenery. Walking closer to view, it will surprise you more with its tranquil pastoral, blossoming flowers, gurgling streams, marshy grassland, etc. Like its name in Tibetan, meaning a place to forget your homesickness, Lulang Forest indeed delights you with its breathtaking landscape, authentic rural scenery and pure Tibetan lifestyle, lingering long enough in your memory.
▪ Benri Holy Mountain: located in the north bank of Yarlung Zangbu river that has a beautiful legend about its trees in special shapes. The Benri La Mountain near the Dagzê Village on the western slope of the mountain is a sacred site of the Tibetan Bön Sect and one of the four great holy mountains in Tibet. It is located in the southeast of Pulha, north of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Pilgrimages attract devotees throughout the year. "Every tenth day of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar, a grand mountain worshiping activity is held, which is called "Nangbolhasoi," meaning "seeking for treasures from immortals. Each year during the Sagadawa Festival the pilgrims will come to worship and circle around the holy mountain." Seven Bon temples were built around the mountain.
▪ Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon: The downstream of Yarlung Zangbu River makes a sharp turn aound Namjagbarwa Mountain and flows to the south in Nyingchi, hence the precipitous canyon. The featured view of Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon has to be combined with the magnificent Namjagbrawa Peak which is 7782m high, dominating near the Grand Canyon. There are many wild peach trees along the banks along the river in the canyon, Travelers don’t have walk several miles down to the canyon. They can enjoy the great view from road along the southern mountain side of the canyon.
▪ Buchu Monastery is a temple in an ancient monastery about 28 km south of the modern town of Bayi, which replaces the old village of Drakchi, in Nyingchi County of eastern Tibet. The two-storied monastery has a striking golden roof which can be seen from afar. There have been only eight monks living here recently. Previously the temple contained images of the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava, and the upper floor had eight images of Amitayus which have not yet been restored. The lower part of the large Padmasambhava downstairs survived, and still contains the zungjuk or mantra-core.
▪Lamaling Monastery also known as Zangdrok Pelri Monastery (桑多白日) and Burqug Lamaling (布久喇嘛林寺), is a Buddhist monastery located near the village of Jianqie (简切村), Burqug Township, Bayi District (former Nyingchi County), in Tibet, on a small hill 1.5 km south of Buchu Monastery.
The monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect, translated as the Ancient Ones; their lineages go back to the first infusion of Buddhism from India to Tibet in the 7th century CE. The Nyingma sect incorporated many of the traditions of the native Tibetan Bon religion, which respects nature and local nature spirits.