Shibao Mountain mountain of stone treasure caves

Shibao Mountain Dali Yunnan
Shibao Mountain (Mountain of Stone Treasure) boasts many beautiful caves. Located in the unspoiled valley, Shibao Mountain is witness of royal court life in the Nanzhao kingdom and Buddhist influence in the region.

The Caves in the Mountain of Stone Treasure

Shibao Mountain consists of a series of caves and cave temples dating to the Nanzhao Kingdom. These caves, with 1300 years of history, are the finest examples of rock caves of Yunnan. Some also nicknamed the “Pearl of Yunnan”. Sculptures give an idea of life at the royal court of Nanzhao in the ninth century. At this time, Buddhism had spread in the area and, considering that related marks dating back to that time can be found in these caves. Indeed, there are Guanyin and other Buddhist images. So the Bai people who erected these statues had adopted the Buddhist belief. The site is located in a beautiful natural Shaxi valley, which remained intact. One must pass through this small ancestral town to reach the caves on the slopes of a nearby mountain. Overall, the setting is exceptional.

Yunnan Hanging Temple

A thousand steps give access to this magnificent temple. The hanging Baoxiang temple consists of pavilions clinging surprisingly to the cliff. Inside, beautiful Buddha statues in color are well preserved.

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  • Altitude

    2 900M Altitude Shibao Mountain
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