White Water Terraces (Baishui Tableland)
The White Water Terraces (Baishui Tableland) is located in the foothills of the Haba Snow Mountains, 101 kilometers (about 62 miles) southeast of the Shangri-la County. It is known as one of the most attractive destinations in mysterious Shangri-La and is an ancient Chinese landform with a history of 200,000 to 300,000 years.
|Emerald upper reaches of the stream|
The spring water runs down along the slope of the mountain, leaving an impression of a large white jade carving among the green mountain. The tableland lies layer by layer giving the appearance of a terraced field, so the local people call it 'a field left by fairies'. To the left of the tableland, there is a pool and a moon-shaped platform that is said to be the dresser of the fairies. During the autumn, the mountains around the White Water Terraces will be covered by various bright-colored flowers and leaves. Amid the mountains, the White Water Terraces will form a spectacular white contrast.
Besides being a beautifully scenic spot, the White Water Terraces is also the birthplace of Dongba culture of the Naxi Minority Group. According to legend, the first saint of the Dongba Religion was attracted by the fascinating scenery of this place on his way back from Tibet. He then stopped to missionize here. Later, the White Water Terraces became known as the Holy Land of the Dongba Religion. When the second saint of the Dongba Religion came here, he created the Dongba pictograph. Each year, on the eighth day of the second lunar month, the Naxi people will gather here to celebrate their traditional festival by singing and dancing all day and night.
* How to get there: Shangri-La Bus Station has two buses a day to White Water Terraces, at 9:00 and 14:00. The fare is CNY 26 yuan per person.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 30|
|Opening Hours:||7:00 - 17:00|
Time for a Visit:
I'm considering to travel Lijiang to Shangri-La via Tiger Leaping Gorge and Baishuitai if there is good bus connection at Baishuitai.
Kindly advise below bus schedule if anybody knows:-
1. Tina's GH to Baishuitai :What time bus leaving in front of Tina's GH?
As far as I know one bus pass there o/a 14:00 and it seems another bus in the morning (not confirmed).
2. Baishuitai to Shangri-La : What time bus leaving Baishuitai ?
Understanding that one bus pass there o/a 14:30 and it seems another bus in the morning (not confirmed).
Your kind assistance would be highly appreciated.
YHA shuttle bus between Lijiang-TLG-Shangri-la as of 10th Apr 2019:-
丽江国际青年旅舍 (International YH Lijiang)
丽江市古城区民主路885号（明珍广场公交站斜对面) arranging shattle bus to Tina's Guest House in middle TLG every morning 07:40 (CNY55) . Bus from Tina's GH to Lijiang and Shangri-la both bus are leaving 15:30 dalily.
2. As I know, there is no bus back to Shangri-La and it is better to hire a private car.
Thanks for yours below.
I may take YH shuttle bus from Tina 15:30 to Shangri-la if unable to find public bus in good connection.
I confirmed following public buses are operated daily:-
*Between Lijiang and Baishuitai via TLG
-Depart Lijiang in the morning and pass middle TLG o/a 14:00 due to stop at upper TLG 1.5-2hours
-Depart Baishuitai o/a 08:30
-Still not sure if there is bus which is pass "Middle TLG" for "Baishuitai" in the morning.
*Between Shangri-La and Baishuitai
-Depart Shangri-La 09:10 for Baishuitai
-Passing Baishuitai o/a 14:30 to Shangri-La
-Still not sure if there is bus which is pass"Baishuitai" for Shangri-La in the morning.
2. As I know, the buses from Baishuitai to Lijiang still operate. But I didn't find the exact bus schedule on the internet.