Tour Guide Hiring & Car Rental Service in China
Location:Jianchuan, Dali, Yunnan

The Shibao Hills of Jianchuan

Located in Shaxi Township,25 km south of Jianchuan County, Shibao (Stone Treasure) Mountain got its present name because in the mountain was a reddish purple rock looking like a stone bell standing on the ground.The grottos are found in three different areas,namely Stone Bell Temple. Lion Pass and Shadeng Valley. The 16 grottos and the 139 statues make up one of the most beautiful grotto complexes in South China.It is also known as the “treasure of the south”.The carving of the grotto continued through the Nanzhao and Dali periods (738-1253 A.D.). The grottos in Shizhong Temple and the statues carved on the rock are the essence of this place.

There are eight grottos and carvings in the Shizhong Temple area. The carvings in the first grotto is” King Yimuxun Discussing Political Affairs” , the second ” King Geluofeng on an Inspection Tour” , the third ” Ksitigarbha” (one of the four Budhisattavas in Chinese Buddhism),the fourth “Three Hua-yan Saints”. the fifth” Wenjipin” (a figure in Vimalakirtinirdesa-sutra),the sixth” Mingwang Hall” , the seventh” Budhisttava Ganlu” , and the eighth” Virgina Ayangbai”. The other three grottos with carvings are scattered in the Lion Pass Area. They are: the ninth grotto with” King Xinuluo and his Concubines and Attendants”. the tenth” Goddess of Mercy Incarnated as an Indian Monk” , and the eleventh ” Persians” . The rest of the grottos are to be found in the Shadeng Valley, with statues of Buddhas and Pusas (Budhisttavas) in the twelfth grotto, a statue of the Acuoye Goddess of Mercy in the thirteenth,statues of one Buddha and his two disciples in the fourteenth, a statue of the Heavenly King Pishamen in the fifteenth, and a statue of the Black Heavenly God in the sixteenth.

As a mixture of Han and Tibetan cultures, the grottos have delicately carved statues.The statues of the royal family of Nanzha, a national key cultural relic, have a distinguishing local ethnic feature.

Other scenic locations in the Shibao Mountain are Haiyun House, Baoxiang Temple and other places of interest. Every year, a grand singing contest of the Bai nationality is held here at the end of the seventh and the beginning of the eighth month of the lunar year.

The optimal season to visit the Shibao Hills is the end of the 7th month and the beginning of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. There is a traditional singing and dancing jamboree held each year, which never fails to enchant visitors.
Jianchuan is 524 km from Kunming. Bus tickets can be purchased from any bus station in Kunming to Jianchuan via Dali.

You may also like:

Daxu Ancient Town Daxu Ancient Town is situated at the east bank of the Li River, 23 km (14.3 miles) southeast of Guilin City. Having a history of more than 1000 years, the town originally formed in the early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126) and was the leader of four renowned ancient ...
Pudacuo National Park As the first national park on China's mainland, Pudacuo was open to visitors in 2007. It is about 22 kilometers east from Shangri-la county seat. Pudacuo is the transliteration of “Mandala” or “Putuo” which refers to a sacred mountain of Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Me...
Lubuge Hydropower Station The Mini Three-Gorge in Luoping, Yunnan Lubuge small Three Gorges is 55 km east to Luoping County, 14 km long, and 100-500 meters wide. It is one of nature fine carved gallery displaying the magic of nature and risk. Lubuge Small Three Gorges scenic area with a ...
Shaxi Ancient Town Shaxi once played an important role as a bustling trade station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road, an important branch of the Silk Road. Just over one thousand years ago, this ancient trade route connected Tibet with Eastern China. In exchange for teas from Yunnan, Ti...
Nujiang Grand Canyon The Nujiang (Nu River) Great Canyon is a spectacular 315 kilometre long marvel of nature in northwest Yunnan province in southwest China. The Chinese call it the Grand Canyon of the East: a direct comparison with the more famous Grand Canyon in the USA. There is...
Xian Drum Tower The Drum Tower is located northwest of the Bell Tower of Xian, across the Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square. Both of them are called the 'sister buildings' or 'morning bell and dark drum'. In ancient China, especially from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the drums were u...
Yunfeng Mountain Yunfeng Mountain, also called Mt. Jian, is situated to the northwest of the county seat of Tengchong County, Yunnan Province. Its highest peak is 2,445 meters high. Mt. Yunfeng Daoist Temple was initially built in the Ming dynasty. According to legend, at that time so...
The Dai Ethnic Folklore Village The Dai Ethnic Folklore Village is located beside the Liusha River 1.5 kilometers southwest of Jinghong City. It occupies an area of 667,000 square meters, 534,000 square meters being land and the rest being water. The village is divided into the southern and the nort...
Grape Valley Grape Valley sits on the western slopes of the Flaming Mountains, thirty-minute drive northeast from the Turpan county. Looking at the Flaming Mountains in the distance from the city of Turpan, one can see nothing but glowing barren red sand. Only the Grape Valley, p...
Huaqing Hot Springs Situated at the northern foot of Mt. Lishan in Lintong County, 50 kilometers from Xian City, Huaqing Hot Springs are famed for both its dainty spring scenery and the romantic love story of Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) and his concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (6...