Thursday, 13th September 2018,
We supposed to fly to Nyingchi by 8:15 in the morning. But due to bad weather there in Nyingchi, our flight was delayed for about an hour. I was practically cut out from all the outside world (and I was intended to that!), so I had no idea about the super typhoon mangkhut and how serious the outside condition was. (ノ*°▽°*)
Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters. [source: wikipedia]
Arrived at Nyingchi, our hotel was 2900 kilometers above sea level. ＼(￣▽￣)／
We had our late lunch in the hotel, tried on their traditional clothes in the hotel, walked around the hotel to enjoy the beautiful mountains surround us, then headed back to hotel before 3PM, headed to our first destination, King Cypress. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b
King Cypress (Chinese: 柏树王; pinyin: Bóshù wáng; also known as Great Cypress, or as Tibetans call it “the God of Tree”), is part of the Northeastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests and is located near the village of Bajie, about 7 km (4.3 mi) southeast from the town of Bayi, Nyingchi. King Cypress is surrounded by at least 0.1 km² of ancient cypress-trees with an average height of 44 m. King Cypress is said to be the “life tree” of Tönpa Shenrab Miwoche, founder of the Bön tradition of Tibet.[source: wikipedia]
The 2500 year old Cypress tree situates in Lingzhi or Nyingchi attracts numerous travelers all around the world, which situates near Pagyi village. That is the tallest and oldest Cypress tree in whole China surrounds by 1000 of small and big other cypress trees. It is said that 21 people can embrace the tree fully, which got 50 meters in height and 6 meters in diameter that looked after by many experts supervised from the government where they check after these tree’s growth. According to the experts, this cypress belongs to Yarlung Tsangpo cypress tree family.
Bayi or Nyingchi prefecture is also called the Switzerland of Tibet as apart from the oldest trees there are Oak trees and Mulberry trees all around the place, especially the Lulang Forest that arouses huge interest from Tibet travel and tours.
Our next trip to Lulang Forest was cancelled due to two accidents ahead our bus. It was really bad weather, wet all day long and there was landslides too. I was glad we were safe along our journey, so nothing to complained about. Our local Tibetan tour initially wanted to bring us to waterfall, but the idea was rejected by his office, so we ended up to Biri Mountain. (￣□￣」)
About 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away from the Bayi Town of Nyingchi City, Benri Mountain, aka Biri Mountain, is a sacred mountain of the Bon Sect, a primitive religion that was prevalent in Tibet before the arrival of Buddhism. According to legend, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, the founder of the Bon Sect, once practised Bon doctrines on the mountain. Therefore, it holds a dominant position in Tibet.
With an altitude of about 4,572 meters (15,000 feet), the lofty mountain soars into the sky. Luxuriant trees and blooming flowers, in different seasons, constitute marvelous scenery. When spring comes, everything is injected with vitality. In summer, rhododendrons spread everywhere and flutter in the gentle breeze. The golden autumn turns all tree leaves on Biri Mountain red and yellow, while winter creates a crystal world with ice and snow. Not having a single protruding peak and always shrouded by dense fog, visitors can hardly know the true face of Benri Mountain.
Around this Biri Mountain area, there were: Sejiagunqin Monastery is located halfway up the Benri Mountain. With a history of more than 1,200 years, it is one of the oldest Bon monasterie. Tree Funerals which is a giant hollow tree on the mountainside decorated with colorful prayer flags and offerings. It has another name ‘the Ladder to Heaven’. It’s a holy place where tree funerals are held. Locals put the dead bodies of young children into cases first and then hang the cases between the branches so the children’s souls will ascend to heaven quickly. There was also a museum which was closed when we were there due to no electricity.
From Biri, we headed to our late “healthy dinner” which was a chicken soup cooked in a stone pot. It was a caged-free chicken with mushrooms and a lot of veggies supposed to be very healthy but eventually almost “murdered” my stomach later at night. The-so-called Chicken Soup Cooked by Stone Pot is a famous Tibetan Food in Lulang district. Due to delicious taste and rich nutrients, it becomes one of most famous Tibetan foods. (￣ ￣|||)
Woke up in the middle of my sleep, 3AM, I was spaced out, my stomach was so painful like I’ve just swallowed shattered glass; shivering, my body was suuuper cold, and there was, like, someone put ice block on my face. For few minutes, I thought this was the altitude sickness, and my holiday has just started! I had never experienced altitude sickness before and had no idea how bad it could be! All those “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” movies I watched, never mentioned about AMS before!! I really wanted to bailed out from this trip and please just let me go home in my warm blankie and low-land of Singapore. I wanted to wake up Ling, my roommate, who was suffering from cough and cold, and asked her help to contact Annie or send me to hospital, or what ever, but half of my body was not responding well… ｡ﾟ･ (>﹏<) ･ﾟ｡
What do I do? What do I do!!! ｡･ﾟﾟ*(>д<)*ﾟﾟ･｡
Then it was like someone whispering on my left ear, I should take that Pochai Pills! Few weeks earlier, this pills was somewhat trying to introduce itself to me and asked me to bring it to Tibet – if you followed my twitter @purisu you would have seen one of my post few weeks ago about the pills. As weird as it sounds, once I could move my body, I took 2 bottles of the pills and went back to sleep. Three and a half hours later I took another bottle and that was it. The pills saved my life. ( ´ ▽ ` )
Here’s some pictures I took around the hotel in Nyinchi.
view from my bedroom’s window
Nyingchi was surrounded by beautiful mountains!
look at that girl with anello bag walking on a red carpet!
three yak statues around our “healthy chicken soup” resto
Okay. That’s it for today folks. For those who are prone with AMS, better get ready cause we will start our long-awaited mysterious city of Lhasa via land and it was not an easy one! ヽ(°〇°)ﾉ