70 kilometers (approx. 43 miles) northeast of Baotou, near a valley named Wudang Gou, lies the Wudangzhao Monastery which is a large Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is the biggest and the best preserved lama monastery in Inner Mongolia's Autonomous Region. 'Bada Gele Monastery' is its Tibetan name, meaning white lotus. 'Wudangzhao' in Mongolian means 'willow'. Willows are prosperous in the valley, thus the name.
The monastery was built in the Tibetan style. It is a group of white architectures built on the hills according to the principles of physiognomy. The white monastery stands out against the background of the green trees, making it appear very majestic.
The main buildings in Wudangzhao Monastery are composed of six halls, three living Buddha residences, and a funeral hall where the relics of several living Buddhas are preserved.
The six halls are Suguqin Hall, Dongkuo'er Hall, Queyiri Hall, Dangge Xide Hall, Ahui Hall and Ribenlun Hall. The Suguqin Hall is the uppermost one where all the lamas in the monastery gather to recite the lections. The floor is covered with red carpet, and the walls are covered with the colorful paintings depicting Buddhist stories. Queyiri Hall is situated to the west of Suguqin Hall. The Laughing Buddha is worshipped here. The hall is in fact a department where the Buddhist sutra and the religious philosophy are studied. Dangge Xide Hall is also named Jingang Hall, for several Jingang Buddha statues are worshipped there. Dangqi Xide Hall is the smallest hall in the monastery. In it are several Buddhist statues, among which the most notable one is a Buddha, named Daweide, who has nine heads, 34 arms and 16 feet.
According to statistics, there are some 1,500 Buddhist statues and abundant fine murals which reflect the historical characters, customs, myths and beautiful landscape. All the collections in the Wudangzhao Monastery are precious materials for studying the history and culture of minorities.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 60|
|Opening Hours:||08:00 to 17:00|
|Transportation:||Take bus from Baotou Long Distance Bus Station located near East Railway Station to Wudangzhao. It departs at 09:30 and costs around CNY 20.|
I will be coming from Beijing and find the travel info confusing. Is there a best way to travel there?
If you hire a car, the fare is about CNY300 for a round trip.
What do you suggest - one day trip from Baotou or night-stay somewhere close to monastery? For one day trip - what time does the return bus start? I definitely prefer public transportation than taxi.
For night-stay (actually this is the option I prefer) - is this possible at all? Any place to stay/sleep? And how much does it cost?
To go there, you can take city bus no.7 from the square of East Railway Station to Shiguaiqu; ticket fare is CNY10. Upon arrival, you'll find many buses to your destination; ticket fare is CNY15. The whole journey takes about 2 hours.
At Shiguaiqu, there are also many private cars taking visitors to the monastery. But is is a little expensive than the bus.
Sorry I'm not clear about the last bus returning back to Shiguaiqu. You may consult the driver when taking the onward trip. The last bus no.7 is at 17:20.