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Location:Lijiang, Yunnan

Yufeng Lamasery

The Yufeng Lamasery sits at the foot of the Yulong Snow Mountain in its south, 13 kilometers away from the ancient town. Built in the last year of the Kangxi Period of the Qing dynasty, it is one of the five important Lamaist temples in Lijiang. The layout of the Main Hall is a courtyard consisting of a gate tower, the main hall, and two side halls.

In the middle of the northwest courtyard grows a remarkable ancient camellia tree about 500 years old and is famous throughout the country. Each year, it puts forth thousands of blossoms group by group in late February or early March. The tree is strong with exuberant foliage and the blossoms are gorgeous with 9 stamens (pistils) and 18 petals for each. It is acclaimed as “the King of Camellia.”

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