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.
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.
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.
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
Admission Fee: CNY35
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.
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