Wuzhi Mountain in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Chinese Name: 五指山
English Name: Wuzhi Mountain in Lhorong County, Chamdo
Location: Located in Lhorong County, Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day
About Wuzhi Mountain
In Chinese classic Journey to the West（西游记）, Sun Wukong（孙悟空）was crushed under the Wuxing Mountain（五行山））by the Buddha. Wuxing Mountain is transformed form the fingers of the Buddha, so it is also called Wuzhi Mountain（五指山）. Is there a prototype of Wuzhi Mountain in Journey to the West? Where is it? In reality, there are four or five famous Wuzhi Mountains. The most famous one is Wuzhi Mountain in the middle of Hainan Island.
But many people don’t know that there is also a Wuzhi Mountain in Tibet, which is located in Wengxi Wuzhong Mountain, Lhorong County, Chamdo Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. Wengxi Wuzhong Mountain is situated be No. 303 National Highway, 35 kilometers of the east of Lhorong County. Among layers of the mountains, there are a few graceful upright mountain peaks. No matter viewed from any side and any point, they are like three girls carrying water on their backs. People call it the “three sisters carrying water. Wuzhong Mountain is also known as Wuzhi Mountain because of the appearance of the fingers-like mountains. It is said that this mountain is recorded in the Heroic Epic of King Gesar, so it is believed and worshipped by the local people. Looked from a distance, the mountain forms a cornucopia shape. The upright mountain peaks point directly to the sky, and the surrounding peaks are very different and very strange. Against the blue sky and white clouds and golden autumn leaves, Wuzhi Mountain is particularly attractive.
Located in the Bangda Grassland, the Chamdo Bangda Airport is the world’s highest airport and has the longest runway. It is 136 kilometers (84.5 miles) from Chamdo County. As the first lateral airport in Tibet, Chamdo Bangda Airport started to be built in 1993 and finished in October, 1994. At present, it has air routes to/from domestic cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xian, and Xining; meanwhile, flights to/from Nepal are also operated at this airport.
Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to Lhorong County from the airport.
The airport inquiry number is +86 0895-4821004.
The Prefecture is over 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from Chengdu and over 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Lhasa. Every week at least three buses travel between Qamdo and the two cities. Apart from regular buses, the tourist bureau sometimes sends special buses to Lhasa for visitors. They do not drive at night, so the whole journey may take five or six days. For individual tourists, hiring passing cars, mostly freight cars, is the best choice. These cars usually pick up passengers at the bus station in Lhorong County, and visitors can negotiate the details with the drivers.
Attraction Travel Tips
- Traveling Hours: half a day
- Traveling Seasons: June to October.
- High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Better take some medicines for relief and keep warm all the time.
- As there is a large temperature gap between daytime and night, it is highly recommended to take along some pieces of thermal clothing, hat, and gloves and so on.
- Owing to the long distance and circuitous route, it is better to head for the attraction in the early morning.
- Please try your best to respect the religious belief and local customs.