The most beautiful part of Nujiang Gorge
starts from Binzhongluo. Bingzhongluo is another one-street town. It
has a strong Tibetan flavor as most of the inhabitants around it are
Tibetans and Nus and it is very close to Tibet itself. Immediately
outside the main street to the east, small plots of farms spread out in
terraces towards the river. There are more farms (mainly wheat) across
the river on a beautiful peninsula jutting into the river- the Plum
“Island”. The west of Bingzhongluo is backed by a few snow peaks.
Things to See:
Map: Around Bingzhongluo
Chala, Shuangla, Drung Village
There are easy and beautiful walks to nearby villages and along the
Nujiang. A few kms outside of town, the river widens and cuts very deep
and dramatic gorges. Villages on the other bank of the river are
accessed either by narrow bridges constructed of small wooden
planks/bamboo stringed together with rattan tied to trees; or by
sliding on overhead cables
that span the river. The cables are tied to trees on either side of the
river and to cross, one is suspended and slide from a rope loop
attached to a harness wear around the waist.
are 35 km from Bingzhongluo to the Yunnan-Tibet border. The road up
north is a gravel road that snakes along the Nujiang. It passes a few
small pretty villages including WuLi 五里. 20 km north of Bingzhongluo, there is a side trail leading to another charming Nu village named Qiunatong 秋那桶.
(accommodation in the village is possible, staying with villagers) .
Transport from town is available in the form of delivery trucks or
jeeps at about Y7.
From Qiunatong north,
the road goes into Tibet connecting the village of Tsawarong. The road
is only passable for a few months of the year due to snow. Even within
these few months, it is frequently blocked by regular landslides at
different segments. Therefore practically the road is not motorable for
at least 9 months of the year. The only reliable way north to Tibet
from here is by walking which is what the locals had been doing for
eons and still does.
Getting there and away:
See Nujiang Gorge - Getting there and away
Vans run when they are reasonably full between Gongshan and
Bingzhongluo. However there are enough people who make the trip north
to ensure that this is regular. The ride cost around Y10 following the
Trucks in Bingzhongluo run
north to various villages along the Nujiang including Wuli, Qiunatong,
and even further north to Tsawarong in Tibet when the road is not
blocked by landslides. Normarly they leave Bingzhongluo between 8:00
and 9:30 in the morning.
Bingzhongluo - Dimaluo:
The truck driver can send you from Bingzhongluo directly to Dimaluo village.
There are a few hotels in town. The best is Yudong Hotel 玉洞宾馆.
(Tel : 0886-3581153) with comfortable standard doubles at Y100 per
night with hot shower, possible to negotiate to Y80. Their dormitory
rooms are often fully occupied. One can get accommodation for about Y40
for a double with shared bathroom and toilet.
Mother Ding's Hostel 丁大妈家 in Chongding village 重丁村. (0886-3581144)
This hostel is quite famous among Chinese backpackers. All rooms have
either two or three beds, Y15 to Y20 per bed. Shared bathroom, a
beautiful court with nice views. Meals are around Y5 per person for
dinner and Y3 for breakfast. It is always fully booked during Chinese
holidays. There are several Nu families in Chongding village offer
home-stay to travelers. We found it was less convenient to stay at
Chongding village than in Bingzhongluo town if one would like to talk
to caravans, find bus and restaurants, buying provisions.
Written by CBP in July 2005
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