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Kanbula National Forest Park

Kanbula National Forest Park

Located in the northwest of Jianzha County (jiān zhā xiàn 尖扎县), 131 kms from Xining, the Kanbula National Forest Park (kǎn bù lā guó jiā sēn lín gōng yuán 坎布拉国家森林公园) covers an area of 39.17 square km. The park is featured with its stone peaks of Danxia landform, forests and man-made sight. This scenic spot consists of hills, eroded hillock, and small basins among mountains, with 50 tourist attractions, of which Danxia landform, Buddhist temples, and Lijia Gorge Power Station (lǐ jiā xiá shuǐ diàn zhàn 李家峡水电站) are the highlights.Kanbula National Forest Park is an ideal place for sightseeing, worshiping, and summer resort. The weather amid the mountains can change very frequently. The middle segment of Nanzong Valley, which extends 5 km, should be the most beautiful place in the park.


Overview

Kanbula overview
The Kanbula National Forest Park is more than 200 kilometers away from Xining. It’s located in Kanbula Town, Jianzha County, and the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (huáng nán zàng zú zì zhì zhōu 黄南藏族自治州). It’s 2,100 to 400 meters above sea level, covering an area of about 4,774 hectares. It borders on the Yellow River in the north, abutting against the famous Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station. It’s the red conglomerate landscape. The surface of the rock mass is as red as the red glow. The mountains take on various shapes. They look like columns, towers, walls, forts, human beings or animals. They are very lifelike, such as, the Scissors Rock, the Waiting-For-Husband Cliff, the Stone Bamboo Shoot, the Fairies Get-Together, etc. There are eighteen perilous peaks in the Kanbula Region. Two of them, the A’qiongnanzong (ā qióng nán zōng 阿琼南宗) and the Neibaozong, are the most famous. In addition, the religious culture in Kanbula has a long history. Kanbula is the regeneration place of the Tibetan Buddhist. There are four temples in it. It is the only Buddhist resort where monks and nuns coexist.


History
Kanbula
The religious cultures have a long history in the area of Kanbula, which is the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism in its later period. Here is the home of A’qiongnanzong Temple, Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery (nán zōng ní gū sì 南宗尼姑寺), Nanzongzha Temple (nán zōng zhā sì 南宗扎寺) and Gabu Temple (gǎ bù sì 尕布寺), all of which have a history more than 1,100 years. Nanzong Temple and Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery are the only religious Buddhist places with monks and nuns coexist with each other in Qinghai Province China.


Geography

With a total area of 4,774 hectares, Kanbula National Forest Park is located in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in rural Kanbula Jianzha County, 200 km from Xining in Qinghai Province. With an altitude of 2,100 to 4,000 meters above sea level, it borders on the Yellow River in the north, abutting against the famous Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station. Lofty mountains extend far away with trees covered resembling a forest sea. The weather amid the mountains can change very frequently.
 
There are deflated hills formed in the northwest of Qaidam Basin for the long-term erosion of wind and sand, which are called red-cloud landforms. The unique Kanbula red-cloud landforms are mainly featured by wonderful peaks, high mountains, caves, precipitous cliffs and many rock peaks, stone columns and stone walls in shapes. The large mountains look like grand and vertical column, tower or castle; the small hills look like giant and strange animal of odd shapes. Meeting of Fairies (xiān nǚ jù huì 仙女聚会), “Qiangqi Hill” and “Nanzong Valley” are the most representatives of the landforms in various appreciable shapes.
 
Kanbula National Forest ParkThere are eighteen perilous peaks in the Kanbula Region. Two of them, the A’qiongnanzong and the Neibaozong, are the most famous. The A’qiongnanzong is surrounded by steep cliffs. There is only one path with stone steps, through which people can get to the top of the peak. The major portion of the path is cut out of the cliffs. At the top of the peak stand an ancient Buddhist temple and several small caves. Many Buddha statues are displayed in the caves. A great number of people come to here all the year around. The Neibaozong is a square separated peak. There are a lot rare plants on the peak. At the top of it, there are the Sky Pond and spring. Birds sing and flowers bloom on tree-covered slope. Gurgling streams flow along the valley accompanying the tranquil hollow. In a word, it's an enchanting landscape.


Attractions

A’qiongnanzong Temple

A’qiongnanzong TempleThe A’qiongnanzong Peak is surrounded by steep cliffs. There is only one path with stone steps, through which people can get to the top of the peak. The major portion of the path is cut out of the cliffs. At the top of the peak stand A’qiongnanzong Temple and several small caves. Many Buddha statues are displayed in the caves. A great number of people come to here all the year around. A’qiongnanzong Temple is the largest nunnery of Ningma sect of Tibetan Buddhism with more than 1,100 years of history. It is a historic site where three eminent monks from Tibet coming here to practice Buddhism and do missionary work have inhabited. In the period of Zangpulangdamamie Buddha, Tubo, the middle period of the 9th century, the three eminent monks come here. It is more than 1100 years up to now. Here, the sticking up peaks, the peculiar terrain of mountains, verdant woods, and the prattling spring water form magnificent scenery.

Tel: 0973-8728181
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
Admission Fee: CNY35


Nanzong Buddhist Nunnery

Nanzong Buddhist NunneryNanzong Buddhist Nunnery is located in the area of Kanbula, where the religious cultures are very advanced. As a Nyingma nunnery, it was built in Yuan Dynasty, with a history more than 1100 years. According to the legend, it is founded by a renowned hereditary living Buddha whose name is Gulangcang (gǔ làng cāng 古浪仓). Before 1958, the nunnery covered an area of 6.59 acres, with a Preaching Hall, a Buddhist Prayer Room and 150 Nun rooms.

Location: It is located in the area of Kanbula.
Transportation: Tourist can take a long-distant bus from Xining to Longwu county, where you can transfer to Wutun.
Opening Hours: The whole day
Admission Fee: CNY 20


Danxia Landform

Danxia LandformKanbula is well-known around the world for its Danxia karsts or hills. These land formations feature extraordinarily steep cliffs, elevated caves and archways and special ‘mesa’ or table tops. The mountains come in diverse shapes and sizes, likened to giants, castles, pillars and so on. The land formations are a record of the forces of gravity that have shaped this area, marking the transition from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Loess Plateau.


Kanbula National Forest Park

Location: In northwestern of Jainca County, 131 kms from Xining
Tel: 0971-3522252
Transportation: Take a bus to get to the Lijiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station at the Xining Long-Distance Bus Station at the cost of 20 Yuan. It’s 90-kilometer journey.
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
Admission Fee: CNY 30/person (For reference)
Recommended Golden Season: May through October


Accommodation

Name: Huangnan Hotel
Location: Zhongshan Road, Longwu Town, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Tel: 0973-8722293
Charges: CNY80

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 11:57
 

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