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  1. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  2. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  3. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  4. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  5. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  6. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  7. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  8. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  9. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  10. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  11. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  12. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  13. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

  14. Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

Keywords: Danxia Landform, Grottoes

Location: 25 kilometers southwest of Jianchuan County

Occupation: 25 square kilometers

Ticket: CNY 30(including Baoxiang Temple), additional fee for Shizhongshan Grottoes is CNY 20 per.

About Shibao Mountain:

Built during the Tang and Song Dynasties, Shibao Mountain, also known as Shanbao Mountain, is  the southern branch of Laojun Mountain ranges. It is also the center part of the ‘Three Paralled Rivers”, a UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site. The landscape here is fascinating and beautiful. You may find different seasons in the mountain, and experience different weather within the distance for a few kilometers, as the elevation changes (from 2140 m to 3038 m). 

Here “The Stone’s in Blossom” (the name of Shibao means ‘Stone Treasure’ in Chinese) matches very well with the natural landscape of red sandstone turtle – back stones from created by a century of rainwater. One could imagine some stone figures to be a stone lion, a flower or a bell. Besides, the Danxia landscape is the most picturesque view of all, and it keeps developing continuously. Shibao Mountain is located in the midst of a picturesque landscape, with a broad view consisting of row upon row of mountain peaks, tranquil valleys, dense green forest, clear springs, and deep-buried ancient temple houses created by skilled Bai workers and talented artisans. 

Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali Shibao Mountain in Jianchuan County,Dali

 Shibao Mountain

Main Attractions in Shibao Mountain

Shibao Mountain scenic region is consists of the Shizhong Temple, the Baoxiang Temple and Haiyunju County. One hundred and thirty-nine statues of Buddha in 16 grottoes are scattered throughout Shizhong Temple, and Shiziguan and Shadengqing of the Shizhong Temple section. The Baoxiang Temple section is the most scenic attraction of Shibao Hills.Thousands of stone steps ascend to the Cascade, Stone Tower, Sky Ladder, and Ancient Bridge, halls and pavilions. The gate of the Shibao Hills is in the Haiyunju section.

▪ The Baoxiang Temple Ancient Architectural Cluster(宝相寺古建筑群)

With the title of ‘Yunnan hanging Temple’, was constructed in the Yuan dynasty (around 1291 A.D.). This cluster is made up of the Baoxiang Temple, the Tongming Pavilion, Linqun’an and the Jingding Temple. For a long time, the eight scenic spots in Baoxiang Temple touched the hearts of many literary people, who sang its praises. The landscape here is some of the most beautiful in the entire scenic area. It attracts flocks of wild monkeys that have taken up residence there. “Playing with the monkeys” in Baoxiang Temple can be one of the most interesting and fun activities in your tour.

▪ The Haiyunju Ancient Architectural Cluster(海云居古建筑群)

Haiyunju is regarded as a very tranquil place resting at the entrance of the mountain gate. It was constructed at the end of Ming dynasty (around 1684 A.D.) the temple is hidden in the dense pine trees, and the old cypress trees kiss the sky. Some monks’ cemetery pagodas stand solemnly against the white wall of the temple. It’s the best place to spend your leisure time. The clusters were divided into two courtyards and three departments, but linked with each other tightly. Those made the building look simple but tidy and strong. It’s full of examples of the ancient Bai craftsmen’s high level of skill and talent.

From the old time to now, Shibao Mountain has attracted many visitors, including the Great Chinese Travelers, Xuxiake of the Ming dynasty, the famous scholars, Yang shen’san and Li yuanyang, and also the high ranking monks Dandang and Dachu. In order to show their admiration for the famous Nountain, some of them wrote down the beautiful poems to praise Shibaoshan Mountain, which added luster to its fame.

▪ Shizhong Mountain Grottoes(石钟山石窟)

Shizhongshan Grottos

Shizhongshan Grottoes

Shibao Mountain is well known not only for its breathtaking landscape, but also for its marvelous grottoes. The Shizhongshan Grottoes, known as ‘the gem of the south in Yunnan’, were created by the ancient Bai People in the historical period of the Tang and Song dynasties. So far, a total of 16 caves and 139 sculptural images have been found.There are works made in both the Nanzhao Dynasty and in the Kingdom of Dali. A wide range of subject matters are featured in the Shizhongshan Grottoes, including Buddhist figures, political life of the Nanzhao Dynasty, religious beliefs of the Kingdom of Dali and images of people from other countries in Asia.

The artistic representation of the stone carvings is extremely creative. Under the precondition of not going against religious doctrines, the ancient sculptors tried everything to create the human-based images to artistic perfection, so as to present vividness via images and to influence all people in the mortal world. Bearing distinctive national characteristics and artistic vitality, the lifelike sculptures are not only treasures of Chinese stone carving art, but also the invaluable wealth of the Buddhist art.

Nearby Attraction:

▪ Shaxi Old TownShaxi Old Town is a stopover site on the Tea Horse Road with attractive and spectacularly preserved ancient architectures, ancient stage and ancient streets.

‣‣‣ Jianchuan Travel Guide

‣‣‣ Tours Including Shibao Mountain

 1 Day Shaxi Old Town and Shibaoshan Mountain Tour

 2 Days Shaxi Old Town and Shibaoshan Mountain Tour

Admission Fee:¥30

Opening Hours:7;00~20:00

Attraction Transportation:

You can take bus from passenger station in the downtown of Dali to Jianchuan County. The distance is about 70 kilometers and the price is CNY 30 per person. Then you can change bus to Shibao Mountain. The distance is about 20 kilometers and the price is CNY 12-15 per person.

Attraction Travel Tips:

Best Time to Visit:

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.

The Music Festival of Shibao Mountain

Bai people’s special traditional festival, is held once a year at Shibaoshan Mountain. It lasts three days, from the 26th day of the seventh lunar month to the first day of the eighth lunar month. During the festival, you can enjoy Bai people singing songs in their native dialect to the melodies floating from three stringed instruments. Some scholars both from home and abroad titled it ‘China Sing Town’.

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