Shangri-La Grande Canyon
The Bala Gezong Grand Canyon is a stunning work of nature. The largest altitude difference—from the main summit with an altitude of 5,545 m to the valley with an altitude of 2,000 m—is 3,545 m. Its greatest characteristic is "there is a canyon within or above another canyon and different canyons crisscross and connect with each other." The cliffs on both sides of these canyons are mostly 1000-2000 m, where the patterns of grotesque rocks and geological folds constitute a giant picture. In the luxuriant original forest, all kinds of exotic flowers and herbs as well as grotesque trees and vines complement each other; rows upon rows of cactus and palms alternate with endless rhododendrons groves and vast expanses of vegetation; a clean and beautiful river meanders forward, and now and then a gigantic wave rises high above water; a swath of the blue sky narrow like a line is wedged between the cliffs on both sides of the canyon, and there are also waterfalls pouring down from the cliffs and the echoing wall... everything seems made by magic and looks remarkable. The amazing canyon leave a host of mysteries to people: Is this the sculpture of the orogeny of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, or the ancient dynasty of the Cenozoic 80 million years ago, or pelagic organisms of subtropical plants in the Quaternary Period?
The Balaguezong Grand Canyon is a mythical place you must pay pilgrimage to when you travel in Bala Gezong. On both sides of the main trunk Shangri-La Grande Canyon, there are many branches, such as the Dalarong Canyon, the Bala Canyon, and the Nanka Zhuorong Canyon.
Only when we walked deep into the canyon could we feel the inner shock and visual impact brought by the Grand Canyon. This was a U-shaped canyon, and when we walked on the see-through path between the gurgling Gangqu River below and a steep cliff above rising straight up into the blue sky decorated with white clouds, everything seemed to be dangerous, singular and placid but also thrilling. Between the large chunks of rocks on the cliff wall, small squat shrubs and clusters of delicate and bright-colored wildflowers struggled for their life. Even black rocks were mottled with an assortment of mosses. Accompanied by such picturesque views, we walked to the end of the long path out of our awareness. Asang said further ahead was still the domain of Shangri-La Grand Canyon, but the road would be tough. Therefore, we walked on the beach towards the water, put on a life jacket and sat in a rubber boat. Sometimes rapidly and sometimes steadily, we drifted down the Gangqu River. A see-through walkway hanging over the cliff was the way we enter the canyon. This was a U-shaped canyon, and when we walked on the see-through path between the gurgling Gangqu River below and a steep cliff above rising straight up into the blue sky decorated with white clouds, we felt dangerous with our heart pulsing vigorously, but we also felt extremely cheerful. Deeper into the canyon was “Nanke Zhuorong”, a branch of the Grand Canyon of Shangri-La, where the views were even more gorgeous. The canyon was so deep and narrow that, when we looked up from below, only a swath of the blue sky narrow like a line was seen between the cliffs on both sides. It is about 4 km from the bottom to the top, and at present, only a section of less than 1 km is open to tourists. However, it is enough for us to appreciate the ambience of the heaven. There is an echoing wall in the canyon, and if you scream loudly at it, your scream will first travel far away and then bounce back.