Tagong Prairie

Last updated by apolo at 2013-11-3

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Most of the scenic spots in the area are situated at both sides of Chuanzang (Sichuan to Tibet) Highway. They include rivers, grassland, forest, mountains, temples, Tibetan style constructions, as well as rich local customs and flavor of life. Yala Divine Mount in the scenic area stands on the prairie with loftiness and spectacularity. It is covered with snow all through the year, circled by mist mysteriously, and accompanied by wide green grassland and magnificent Tagong Temple. It presents the fantastic scenery of prairie. In summer and autumn the prairie is decorated with colorful flowers, clear waters, flocks and herds, tents, and various styles of temples. They display together to the tourist the wonderful and romantic landscape of prairie.

Tagong Temple

Tagong Temple is one of the famous Tibetan Buddhist temples of Sakyamuni School. It is reputed as Little Dazhao Temple as one of the Holy land of pilgrimage of Tibetan people in Kangba area. The temple was built up first in the ruling year of Jiaqing Emperor in Qing Dynasty. It has a simple and plain structure and a magnificent style. Around the temple are four pagodas respectively in white, yellow, red, and green. Lights in the pagodas are on all over the night. There are other pagodas of various styles nearby the four pagodas of four colors, constituting the wonderful scenery of the pagoda forest. Within the temple you can find the sculpture of Xuejia Banzhida, the initiator of Flower religion in the major hall. In the accompany hall exhibits the pot brought here by  Wencheng Princess when she was married to Tibet in Tang Dynasty. It is said that the sculpture of Sakyamuni in the temple was molded at the same period and is thus treasured as a rare cultural relic. The temple is visited by pilgrims, tourists, or investigators all over the year. Every year in late June according to Tibetan Calendar, the temple will hold grand Buddhist events and celebrations. From July to early April there is Shuabeizi Festival on Tagong Prairie, during which there are many activities such as civil horse race, dancing and singing, etc. On the prairie tens of various colors connect with each other in a cordial atmosphere.

Tagong Temple is composed of the following parts. First, the main hall. It is of Han-Tibet construction style. The lower part of the temple follows the traditional Tibetan pattern and made of stone. The roof of the temple is that of Han people. There are Sakyamuni and Saruan Gongganing sculptures in the temple. Second, Hufa Hall is a necessary part of the temple. It demonstrates an atmosphere of grandeur and royalty with Hufa Buddhist Sculptures. Third, Recumbent Buddha Hall. In Ludian Temple there are three sculptures of Sakyamuni at twelve. It is said they were brought here by Wencheng Princess in Tang Dynasty when she was married to Tibet. They are very important cultural relics and treasures of the temple.

Tagong Temple in Ganzi has high reputation among Buddhist believers. Forth, Pagoda Hall, also called Zhituo Pagoda. It is said that the pagoda has a sandal walking stick with supernatural power and is considered as the treasure of temple. Fifth, Buddhist Scripture Corridors. There are two scripture corridors in the temple. One is the Little Buddhist Scripture Corridor surrounding the Pagoda Hall; and the other is Large Buddhist Scripture Corridor surrounding the whole temple. Local herdsmen or pilgrims nearby often come to chant Mani Scriptures while moving the prayer beads in a clockwise way. Sixth, Zhafang (rooms for monks).

At both sides of the main palace are two constructions of Tibetan Bengkong Style as the accommodation of monks in the temple. Seventh, Lianhuasheng Palace. The hall is located at the right side of the temple and echo with Pagoda Hall. There is the sculpture of Lianhuasheng Master. Eighth, among the constructions of Larang Style at the right of the Pagoda Hall there is a grand copper sculpture of Qianshou Goddess of Mercy (Qianshou means a thousand hands). It is a wonder of Kangba County. The sculptures are created through exquisite craftwork and with vivid figures. Every year from 6th to 17th in June according to Tibetan calendar, there is the Hufa Festival during which religious activities called Qiangmu (means dancing of immortal persons) are hold in temple. A lot of sight-seers come to visit in an endless stream.

Pagoda Forest in Tagong Temple

The scenic spot is famous for Zhituo Pagoda worshipped in the hall of the temple. Zhituo Pagoda has rich romantic color. It is said the temple is built up according to the structure and style of the pagoda. Therefore the temple is named Zhituo Temple or Zhituo Sangzhulin Temple. Later more and more hierarchs and pilgrims come here to help construct pagodas. By now there is a forest of over 100 pagodas standing on the clear land in the left of the temple. Among them the most famous ones include White Pagoda in the east, Yellow Pagoda in the south, Red Pagoda in the west and Green Pagoda in the north. The pagoda forest boasts of a magnificent, grandeur, and solemn style, impressing you with grandness and vigor.

[Yala Divine Mountain]

Yala Mountain is covered with snow and cuddled by clouds and mist all through the year. Standing on grassland, the towering Yala Mountain is accompanied by the huge green grassland and the resplendent Tagong Temple, presenting to tourists the wonderful landscape on plateau. During summer and autumn the grassland will become a carpet of colorful mountain flowers. There are clear waters, flocks and herds, tents, pagoda forest, and temples adding radiance towards each other. The scenery of the scenic spot at that time is really gorgeous and romantic.   

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Tourists can start from Chuanding County, move west along Chuanzang (Sichuan to Tibet) Highway, climb over Zheduo Mount, cross Xindu Bridge, and travel north 33 kilometers to Tagong Temple.

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