The scenery in Yading Scenic Spot is the most beautiful part in Daocheng County. Giant snow mountains, precipitous cliffs, mirror-like lakes, magical glacier, vast meadows and primitive forests in Yading have created a peaceful earthly paradise for us. The Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains, Luorong Pasture, Chonggu Temple and Pearl Lake and Milk Lake are all must-go places for shutterbug.
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Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains
Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains refers to Chenresig (Xiannairi), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong) and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji). They respectively represent the Bodhisattva of Mercy, Wisdom and Wrath. They are regarded as the sacred mountain which can protect the Tibetan people in Yading.
The best location to shoot Chenresig is the lake side of Pearl Lake, which is located one mile away from Chonggu Temple. The best time to shoot is from the sunrise to mid-day. Afternoon is not suitable for taking photos because the backlight makes framing easily getting dark, and creates glaring light. If you want to shoot the golden Chenresig and its reflection in the Pearl Leak in summer, you need to get to the Pearl Lake before 6 am. While in autumn, the best time to shoot golden Chenresig is around 9 am.
Luorong Pasture is the best location to shoot Jambeyang. Cowshed on the pasture is a relatively good position on the Luorong Pasture. The best time for shooting is 6 am in summer and 7:10 am in autumn. The sun will fall behind the left back of Jambeyang, and this will cause backlighting when shooting, so it’s not suitable to shoot sunset photo of Jambeyang. Another good time for shooting is at moonlit evening. You can shoot the fairy-tale scenery of Jambeyang.
The best location to shoot Chanadorje is the pasture around Chonggu Temple, and the best time is from afternoon to dusk. Another good location is Luorong Pasture. When autumn comes, the bushes are red, the larches are golden, and the sky is blue. The contrasting of the cold color and warm color will bring a strong visual impact for your photo, which highlights the pure, sacred and majesty of Chanadorie. Both forenoon and afternoon are suitable to shoot.
Chonggu Temple occupies an ideal location in Yading Scenic Spot. Standing on the green and yellow meadow with blue and transparent sky over its head, facing the thousand years of snow mountains in distance, while the sleeping canyon lying behind, Chonggu Temple is like the door of heaven, where you feel you were so close to god’s world. Any photographic novices can take good pictures in Chonggu Temple due to its advantaged position. You can see Chenresig and Chanadorje in here, and all things around the temple can be the foreground of the two mountains. The best time to shoot Chenresig in here is from early morning to mid-day, while Chanadorje is from afternoon to dusk.
In Luorong Pasture, herds of sheep and cows are scattered over the grassland and enjoy the great sunshine and pure lake water. Snow peak, forest, pasture, rivulet, lake, waterfall and wooden house compose a most beautiful picture. This pasture is surrounded by the Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains, thus, it’s also a great place to shoot the Three Religious Lord Snow Mountains.
Milk Lake and Pearl Lake
Start from Luorong Pasture and proceed along the valley between Chenresig and Jambeyang, you will arrive at the Milk Lake, which is located at the foot of Jambeyang. The lake surface is bright with many colors, and the mountain’s reflection in the river looks more holy and pure. Pass Chonggu Temple and keep walking for about half hour, you will arrive at Pearl Lake. Pearl Lake is hiding behind a small forest, and it’s actually a bigger pond. Verdurous water shines quietly under the reflection of the sky. Chenresig’s reflection on the lake surface keeps invigorating the lake.
Scenic Spot around Daocheng County
Along the way from Daocheng County to Yading Scenic Spot, there are also many scenes deserving your visit, like beautiful Banghe Village and Red Grassland. In Banghe, white poplars scatter randomly along the road, a few white pagodas lie among the undulant mountains and forest. In Red Grassland, red, blue, white and yellow, only a few colors, however, you’ll be amazed when you feel the strong visual impact formed by these colors.
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Banghe Village is only about 5 miles away from Daocheng County. The fabulous idyllic scenery of Banghe Village is composed of river, farmland, birch forest, hamlet and temples. This is a great place to shoot the autumn scenery of Daocheng. Banghe’s scenery is more suitable to shoot in before the sunset. At this time, there will form an acute angle between the sunlight and the ground. If there is a kitchen smoke or fog at this time, the picture would be more beautiful. Along the road from Jinzhu Town to Yading Village, the best location to shoot Banghe scenery is 2 miles away from Jinzhu Town. You can shoot Banghe River and afar village facing the sunlight at the road side, and then, just before the sunset, turn your camera to shoot the birch forest’s shadow against the sunset.
Red Grassland is located at Sangdui Town, which is only about 28 miles from Daocheng County. Once the September comes, there will be full of red grass. This scene will continue to mid-October. During the golden autumn, the birth forest is shining from afar, while in front of the forest is a little pond which is full of red grass. The Red Grassland is actually small, however, it’s definitely deserve your visit. The best time to shoot is from the sunrise to forenoon. At this time, the red grass is facing the sunlight, thus, the color of the grass is brighter.
Best Season for Photography
The best shooting season is autumn, from the end of September to middle of October. At this time, the air visibility is very good and the photo shot at this time has a good transparency. At another hand, autumn is the most colorful season. Photo at this time has rich layers, just like an oil painting. Dawn and dusk are very good time for shooting. If you want to shoot sun shining on the snow mountain, you should be prepared before dawn. In the morning, the sun angle is very low, and the mountain and forest have abundant light and shade levels, which gives the photo more depth.
Tips from Our Experts
1. Recommended equipment：wide angle lens, telephoto lens, small aperture, tripod, graduated filter and polarizer
Place like Daocheng Yading has numerous things to shoot, thus, it’s wise for you to prepare full photographic equipment. Wide angle lens is essential in landscape photography and it will bring a different visual impact to the photo. Telephoto lens will help to shoot the remote snow mountain and forest. The light is weak in dawn and dusk, so you need to use small aperture to increase the depth of field. While long exposure time is needed to make the photo clearer, thus you need tripod to steady the camera. When you shoot on the plateau, light and shade contrast is rather strong, it’s better for you to use graduated filter and polarizer to make sure the photo can be exposure correctly.
2. Don't hesitate when shooting
The weather in Yading is changeable and unpredictable. Sometimes, sunshine is gone too soon, maybe only in several seconds, so it’s important to capture the scene. Don’t hesitate when you shoot. You can modify the photo later if your photo is not very good, but if you miss the scene, it’s too late to regret it.
3. Medicine preparation
Yading is a high attitude area, you may face harsh living conditions, so aged and frail should act according to their abilities. Prepare some medicine to ease altitude sickness. Vitamin complex tablets, cod liver oil and cold medicine should also be prepared according to actual situation.
4. Warm notice
There is large temperature difference between day and night, so prepare enough warm clothes. Rain-proof and snow-proof equipmentand sunblock shall be also prepared.
Killing living things is strictly prohibited; it’s forbidden to take away anything from the holy mountain; don’t protect the natural environment in the scenic spot.
6. Transfer advice
From Chengdu to Daocheng Yading, you can take bus, and this will take about 2 days to get there. Another way is by flight, it’s only takes 1 hour to fly from Chengdu to Daocheng. In the scenic spot, some sections are allowed battery cars, but most transportation vehicles are horse and your foot.
7. Accommodation advice:
Daocheng County and Yading Village provide hotels for tourists. You can also stay at Chonggu Temple and Luorong Pasture, however, the accommodation and facilities here is not good as Daocheng County and Yading Village.
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