Echoing Wall and Cliffside Glass Walkway
Bala Village, on the gentle slope of this huge canyon, are surrounded by numerous mountaines. A panoramic view reveals that, much like the paradise surrounded by eight-petal lotuses on some Thangkas—Shambhala, Bala village are surrounded by eight holy mountains. When you pass through the quiet and enigmatic Bala and walk slowly in the direction of the morning sun for 500 meters, you'll reach the best site for sightseeing—the echoing wall. In Tibetan language, the echoing wall is called "Shisha Andong", when means the first petal in the east of the eight-petal lotuses. Different from other mountains featuring luxuriant forests, this mountain is scattered with sparse vegetation and its cliff is so steep that it is almost vertical. If you scream loudly at this unique cliff, the sound waves will be reflected back by the rocky wall and keep ringing for a long time around your ears. In Bala Village, many people like to sing at this place, because the echoing wall will provide melodious old songs with natural harmony and summation tones so that they can have a lingering taste. If something makes you unhappy, you can also make a scream at this way. The sky is expansive enough and the canyon is deep enough to encompass all your grievances and unhappiness. Moreover, the breeze in the valley and the crisp birdsong will make people quickly feel refreshed and cheerful again.
On the cliff, there is a footpath that only allows one person to pass at a time meandering towards like a swath of white silk. I have to admire the bravery of people in Bala village. It is also a true portrayal of the arduous life of canyon inhabitants in the past. Today, on the meandering walkway, you can watch the panorama of the Shangri-La Grand Canyon, the Bandan Lamu God and the Gezong Mountain. "The summits are shrouded in clouds and mists, and the mountains look verdant from close range and livid from afar." You can take a beautiful picture easily by camera or smart phone, especially in the early spring when peach trees are in full bloom near the village. Against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, chimney and incense smokes rise slowly to the sky. After Khampas men give out a loud shout “Lajieluo”, human beings and gods complete an exchange with each other. Villagers work in the fields and monkeys not far away frolic around and forage food. In this scenario, human becomes one with nature and four seasons compatibly and fantastically come together.
Faced with the glass walkway with a vertical drop of 700 m and clouds drifting from the feet, some people might feel afraid. However, under the temptation of beautiful views, they can't help but continue to move forward. A step forward as well as a turnaround might incur a change of views, and beautiful views are everywhere: you'll see the firmament and snow-capped mountains if you look up, and the emerald river if you look down. . . The scenic area is considerate for the tourists: it has set up four sightseeing platforms at the best site for photography on the 1106 m walkway. Greeted with the beautiful views along the path, you'd better calm down your excitement a little rather than blurt out the well-known lines by Dufu, "Try to ascend the mountain’s crest: It dwarfs all peaks under our feet", or can't wait but lament like ancient people. If your eyes are overwhelmed by so many beautiful views, you might as well close your eyes and feel the secluded beauty of Bala Gezong, a work of nature through millions of years of creation.