10 Stunning Photos of Yading Nature Reserve, Sichuan

Yading is a national level reserve in Daocheng County, in the southwest of Sichuan Province, China. It is a mountain sanctuary and major Tibetan pilgrimage site comprising three peaks.

The peaks are seen as emanations of the three boddhisatvas Chenrezig (仙乃日), Jampayang (央迈勇) and Chana Dorje (夏诺多吉), with Chenrezig being the highest peak at 6032 meters (19790 ft.) above sea level.

Yading is within the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and is also part of the Sichuan Province.

Chenrezig is the Tibetan name for Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Infinite Compassion. The name Avalokiteshvara means “Lord who looks down with compassion.”

Local Tibetans believed that they will be able to achieve their wishes if they can worship Mt. Chenrezig three times in their life.

Chong Gu Temple (冲古寺), stands 3880 meters (12729 ft) high above the sea level, is located at the foot of Chenrezig Peak. Chong Gu Temple was destroyed badly; it has no data today to imply its building time.

Named after the bodhisattva of power and energy, Mt Chana Dorje reaches 5958 m (19547 ft). Among the three holy mountains, the shape of Mt Chana Dorje is closest to a pyramid.

This region was designated as a nature reserve in the late 1990’s. The famous snow lotus is found in these rocky slopes.

Jampelyang is a bodhisattva associated with wisdom in Mahayana Buddhism. Tibetans from the region have long considered the 3 peaks of Chenresig, Jampelyang and Chana Dorje to be the “abode of the gods”.

Pilgrimage circuits go around the entire region as well as around each individual mountain. Local Tibetans try and complete a circuit around the highest mountain in the reserve, Chenresig, at least once a year.

Photos from photo.cctv.com

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