"BINGLING CAVESStarting from..." Xi'an Favorite Tip by SirRichard

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Favorite thing: <BR><font color=red><font size=+1>BINGLING CAVES</font></font><BR>
Starting from Liujiaxia Dam, Bingling Si is two hours away upstream on the Yellow River. Between June (sometimes as late as July) and October, tourist boats depart daily from the dam to Bingling Si, while during the winter months the water level is too low for boats, and there is no access by road. The river trip to the caves is striking, some cultivation ties along the riverbanks among the otherwise barren, yellow-brown hills and ridges. <BR>
Dasi Gou (Big Temple Gully), the entrance to Bingling Si, is surrounded by <font color=red>giant rocks</font> shaped like gnarled fingers. If the time and water lever is permitted, the visitor can climb up the sandy gully through the high yellow rock gorges to the Upper Monastery. In some tiny mud huts, built against the rock-face, a small community of Tibetan lamas is living there. They tend a small, newly reconstructed temple housing early Qing-dynasty sutras. The temple was destroyed three times, and ruins of the lamas' former quarters are scattered about. If you want to travel the caves, any one of the travel agencies in Lanzhou can arrange the route for you. And also, there are inexpensive Chinese tour buses that depart from the bus station in front of the Shengli Hotel early in the morning. It is also possible to take a public bus to Yongjing and then catch one of the tour boats. Take along a lunch-box, as facilities at the site are minimal. A permit to photograph the Bingling Si cave interiors costs RMB 800.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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