•  Tianchi, a fairyland, the landscape changes rapidly 

Shangri-La Baishuitai

Sacred land,Inheritance of interracial charmInheritance of interracial charm

Baishuitai covers an area of 3 square kilometers and is a temperate climate with a lot of rainfall. The annual average temperature is 11.4 °C. This is one of the birthplaces of Chinese Naxi national culture. According to research, Baishuitai was originally worshipped as a god. According to legend, the first Saint Zudin Bashro of the Naxi Dongba was attracted by its beauty when he  taught back from Tibet to study the Buddhist scriptures, then he stayed here and set up an alter to preach, so Baishuitai is the sacred place of the Naxi Dongba religion believer. The nearby Naxi houses, costumes and handicrafts are also very distinctive.

The Naxi language refers to Baishuitai as a flower that “ShiBuzhi” means to grow up gradually. Baishuitai has the reputation of “Imperial Land”. On the left side of the Baishui Terrace, the shape of a spring is like a crescent moon, and the spring is full of overflowing. It is said that it is the place where the fairy dresses. On the lower left side of the Quantai, there is a stone sarcophagus, white as jade, shaped like a pregnant woman. It is the place where the local people worship the reproductive god. The Baishuitai is not only a beautiful place, but also the birthplace of the Naxi Dongba religion, religious activities and ethnic groups. The event's activities.

Baishuitai is located in Baidi Village, Sanba Township, southeast of Shangri-La County. It is 101 kilometers away from the county and 2,380 meters above sea level. It is the birthplace of the Naxi Dongba religion. Looking from a distance, the Baishuitai is really like a Layered terraces fields  in the green hills. Under the sunshine, it likes a frozen waterfall in photographic works. It is a natural wonder formed by the dissolution of calcium carbonate in spring water. The spring water containing calcium bicarbonate slowly flows down, and the carbonate gradually precipitates. It has formed platform mantle over the years, likes a terraced field, called “God’s Legacy Field” and covers an area of about 3 square kilometers, the largest Huaquan terrace in China.

 Scenic overview

The center of the platform is connected by more than ten spring pools, which are chained into “Tianchi”. From the top to the bottom, there are layers of clouds and snow, pure white, lustrous, dazzling, just like a silver world. The Huaquan island in the center of Taiwan is like a crescent moon, when water slides through, it likes pearls flashing and its beauty is incomparable. There are full of trees, flowers on the side of the spring pool. The skylight clouds and the mountains and the waters complement each other. With the change of the skylight clouds and shadows, the landscape changes rapidly, which makes people feel more infinite interests. Looking from a distance, the Baishuitai is carved like a huge white marble, and when the clear water flows from above, as if it was flowing through the silver and the milk, which is a spectacle.

Shilun Mandala

 Name meaning

 Geographic location

 Historical Origins

As early as the Tang and Song Dynasties, Baishuitai has become a famous tourist attraction in western Yunnan. On the stone wall of the source, there is a poem written by the Naxi of the Naxi in the Ming Dynasty. "One hundred years ago, the line was sacred, and once lived in the Buddha's place to protect Hongneng. Clouds and snow waves were three thousand ridges, and Yuxi silver hills were tens of thousands. The songs are the same as the dust, the layers of Qiongyong water are often condensed, and the Yangtze River is always the heart of the jade, so this superior is superior."


On the lower left side of the terrace, there is a natural statue, white as jade, and the local people regard it as a “Goddess of Reproduction”. Not far from the eastbound of Baidi Village,Not far from the eastbound of Baidi Village, there is a worth watching waterfall of more than 60 meters high.


According to the legend, Dongba Shiluo, the ancestor of Dongba, practiced into Tao  in White Water Terrace and was regarded as the Dongba Daochang. Every year on the eighth day of the second lunar month, the local Tibetan, Naxi, Yi, Bai, and Lisu nationalities will go to White Water Terrace for sacrifice activities to entertain and worship the gods. The the national flavor is very strong. White Water Terrace is an important tourist attraction in Diqing Plateau.

 Dongba Character

Dongba character is a pictogram with both ideographic and phonetic components. The form of the character is very primitive, even more primitive than Oracle, belongs to the early form of the character origin, but it can also completely record the collection. Dongba character is used by the Naxi ethnic group living in eastern Tibet and northern Yunnan Province, it originated from the Naxi religious books and the encyclopedia of Dongba Scripture. Since this character is mastered by Dongba (the wise man), it is called Dongba Character.

 Naxi Feb. 8 memorial ceremony (unique minority festivals)

On the eighth day of the second month of the lunar calendar, the Naxi people living in Yunnan, China, have a unique festivals called “Sanduo Festivals”.
The "Sanduo Festival" is a grand festival for Naxi people to sacrifice the greatest protector- “The God of Sanduo”, it is also the Naxi national legal festival. The festival originates from the Beiyue Temple Fair in Baisha Yulong Village.

 Fairy Lland (Shangri-La's Land of Treasures)

The Naxi language refers to White Water Terrace as "Shibuzhi Flower", which  means a flower is gradually growing. White Water Terrace has the reputation of “Fairy Land”. Stepping on the Terrace, you’ll see the white water terrace layer by layer, like a slanting moon scattered on earth, and also like the silver decorations of Naxi maiden.

 Yucai Yaochi Pool

The white and crystal clear, like the new moon's Huaquan Pool in White Water Terrace constitutes a beautiful picture. Her beauty is so natural, harmonious, refreshing and no artificial carving. This beautiful scenery has made countless tourists fascinated at first sight, lingering there and admiring the wonders of nature.

 AMing Spirit Cave

There is a cave under the Shangbai Peak opposite the White Water Terrace. It was a place to worship the God. Later, it was called as “AMing Necca” or “AMing Spirit Cave” because of the second holy ancestor of the Dongba religin, "Aminshro" has practiced here. According to legend, Dongba character is created by Aminshro here. If you walk east away from Baidi village,you can see the Baidi Waterfall with a height of more than 60 meters. In the autumn and winter, the water flow is small gentle. In the spring and summer, the water rush down and looks spectacular.

 Hiking along the White Water River (feeling the ancient heritage of the nation)

Starting from White Water Terrace, against the stream between the forests, through the virgin forests, plateau pastures, reach the source of the White Water River. White Water River is a river that lasts longer than my life. Everyone's mind is free, though we are bound by the reality in life, an unfettered mind can lead us to the whole world. Hiking on the White Water Terrace to feel the religious atmosphere and look for the ancient Dongba culture.

 Scenic information

Opening hours: 09:00-18:00;
Scenic ticket sales: 30 yuan / person

Attractions: White Water Terrace has the reputation of “Fairy Land”. Stepping on the Terrace, you’ll see the White Water Terrace layer by layer, like a slanting moon scattered on earth, and also like the silver decorations of Naxi maiden.
Tips: White Water Terrace is 100 kilometers away from the county. There is a bus to Sanba Township on every Sunday morning and afternoon. The bus ticket price is 16 yuan per person, and 4 hours to arrive. The bus in the morning will terminate at White Water Terrace, while in the afternoon, the bus will terminate at Haba Village. You can also take a taxi to there and it would take about 200 yuan per day.