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Shimen Moya Stone Inscription

Last updated by meimeili at 2015/11/9

General Information

The Shimen Moya Stone Inscription is located near the ancient post path traversing Gongshan and Fugong. The strategic location of the path makes it difficult to access, that’s why the Chinese locals call it “Shimen” or stone gate.

The Shimen Moya Stone is considered a Chinese heritage, as it has withstood the test of time. It was engraved by the great calligrapher Wan Yuan in the year 509 AD.

The Shimen Moya Stone Inscription contains a narrative of how the Gongshan locals excommunicated Nai Huisheng, their local leader. It also tells the story of how the residents divided the mountain by heating the stone with fire and pouring cool water on the stone in order to model it.


In the olden times, cliffs, rocks and natural stones served as ‘paper’ where public works were written. Because of the irregularity of the surface, and the inability of the calligrapher to use a grid, Moya brings a distinct type of beautiful writing.  


The Shimen Moya Stone Inscription is located in Nujiang, an autonomous prefecture located in the Yunnan province. The name was derived from the Nujiang River, the longest undammed river in all of Southeast Asia.

The Shimen Moya Stone Inscription’s altitude is due in part of Nujiang’s natural features – its high mountains and long rivers. The terrains slope gracefully from north to south.

With its varying temperatures, the best time to visit the Shimen Moya Stone Inscription – and Nujiang in particular – is September, after the monsoon season has passed.

Nearby attractions

The Nujiang district is one of the best places to visit while in China. It is home to several tourist destinations near the Shimen Moya Stone Inscription.

After visiting the said site, tourists should visit the three parallel longitudinal rivers, namely the Dulong, Lancang and Nu Rivers. The Nu River is said to be the most beautiful, however, these three tributaries all boast of picturesque sceneries – virgin forests, high mountains and roaring rivers.

If you love seeing unique flora, then you should visit the nearby Dulong Gorge. The locals regard it is a natural museum of plants. Located at the crossroads of the Burmese border and Northern Yunnan, this beautiful gorge is only available from June to September, as the snow blocks the narrow path from October to May.

Where to Stay in Nujiang

Apart from the Shimen Moya Stone Inscription, there are many great tourist destinations in Nujiang. If you want to enjoy all the sights and attractions, it’s recommended that you stay for a night or two in Nujiang. Here are some great hotels where you can rest well and experience the local culture of Nujiang, all at the same time:

Nujiang Hotel – located at 331 Chuancheng Road, Lushui, Nujiang.
Yong Le Grand Hotel – located at Xiangyang South Road, Lushui, Nujiang.
Xianggela Hotel – located at Lushui, Nujiang.

Enjoying the Nujiang Specialty

Trekking the Shimen Moya Stone Inscription will truly get you sweaty. Rehydrate yourself after your descent with some of Nujiang’s specialty wines. The most famous wine to try is the Bamboo section wine, considered a specialty among Dulong locals. It is usually consumed during big celebrations.

Meat wine and egg wine are other good choices, especially for those who want to build up energy. These Nujiang wine specialties are believed to nourish the body.

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How to Get There?

Take a bus from Liuku to Gongshan, and then hire a car to Cikai Town.

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More Tips:
Be careful when you are watching the stone inscription, because you are on the side of a cliff.

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