This is one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited in China. Gansu province’s Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture is the home to one of the most beautiful natural scenes in China. The Yellow River spreads itself out in the Liujiaxia Reservoir. We caught a boat across the reservoir to the Bingling Temple, where there are 183 caves or grottoes with statues and sculptures carved into them. The sandstone cliffs are an attraction enough, but the walk along the elevated catwalk through a gorge while viewing 1000-year-old artwork, makes this place even more special.
Bingling Temple, or Bǐnglíng Sì (炳靈寺) is remote. It can only be reached during summer and fall when the water levels are high enough to take a boat across the Liujiaxia Reservoir. We took a share van from the bus station in Linxia to Lianhua Tai. It may be difficult to find other people to share with, in which case you might have to pay for the whole van yourself. When you arrive in Lianhua Tai, walk down to the reservoir where the boats are parked. Someone will likely approach you. A private boat will cost around 600 RMB, but if you find people to share with, you can probably get it for a lot cheaper. We shared with one other couple and the cost was 150 RMB each. The boat ride, which is very beautiful, takes about a half hour. You’ll be dropped off at Bingling Si where you’ll have a few hours to wander around before getting back on the boat and heading back. The cost of Bingling Si is 50 RMB. Overall, it’s an expensive day, but one that will surely be a highlight of your vacation.
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