The Ultimate Road Trip Guide to Zizhu Temple
Zizhu is a high mountain temple at an elevation of 4.474m (14,678ft) above the sea level, located in Dingqing County, in eastern Tibet, China.
The road to the temple, one of the oldest and most important temples of Bonism, is mostly unpaved and usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). The temple has been standing for over 300 years, and has been renovated many times. Dedicated primarily to Guanyin it was an important refugee for Bon religion after its defeat in 9th century. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time.
4x4 vehicle required. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Expect a trail pretty steep with lots of bends. Starting from 535 Country Road, the ascent is 10.7 km via 40 hairpin turns. The elevation gain is 852 meters. The average gradient is 7.96%.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic&video: Chinese bridge