Benzilan Town

Benzilan Town Overview

Chinese Name: 奔子栏 English IPA: Ben Zi Lan Location: Northwest of Yunnan Population (city): 8,900 Language: Tibetan Language Zip code: 674501 Tel code: (+86) 0887 Time zone: UTC+8

Benzilan refers to “beautiful sand dam” in Tibetan. Located in Deqin County, Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan Province, at the foot of Baimang Snow Mountain, on the west bank of Jinsha River, facing Shangri-La City and Derong County of Sichuan Province across Jinsha River, Benzilan is the only way to the “the Ancient Tea Horse Road”.

Highlights of Benzilan

Important Traffic Route: The Benzilan is an important traffic route from ancient times to the present. The Benzilan Ferry is the famous ancient ferry on the Ancient Tea Horse Road. It is also the“Ancient Tea Horse Road”that entered into Tibet or Sichuan from northwestern Yunnan.

Unique Ethnic Festival: Tibetan New Year is not popular here. Inhabitants celebrate Spring Festival with Han together. However, it’s different from Han, on New Year’s Eve, people are surrounded by a bonfire, drinking highland barley wine, dancing xianziwu, Tibetan guozhuang until next morning.

Multicultural Integration: Multi-ethnic culture blends together to form a unique picture.

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Benzilan Town Attractions

Located in the northwest of Deqin County Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, it has abundant tourism resources, including natural sceneries, Tibetan culture and so on. For example, Yubeng Village (雨崩村), Meili Snow Mountain (梅里雪山), Jinsha River Grand Canyon (金沙江大峡谷), Moon Bent (月亮湾), Baimang Snow Mountain(白茫雪山), Dongzhulin Temple (东竹林寺), Feilaisi Temple (飞来寺), and the the events for Buddhism, the Route of Inner Pilgrimage and the Route of Outer Pilgrimage around Benzilan. [...]

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Benzilan Town Tours

Benzilan tour packages are arranged with the destinations around Benzilan, such as Yubeng Village, Meili Snow Mountain, Feilaisi and other natural sceneries.  Get to the sacred Meili Snow Mountain, catch the rare opportunity to watch the beautiful sunrise at Failaisi, undertake a trail to Yubeng Village, trek along the fantastic trails to view the Mingyong Glaciers…all are worth your time! [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate in Benzilan The Pacific monsoon from the east is blocked by the north-south mountains of Hengduan Mountains. Rain falls on the east slope of the mountain. The wind forms the hot-blast air after blowing over the ridge to the west. The Indian Ocean monsoon from the southwest has sprinkled strong rainfall on the Dulong River and Nu River. The rainfall in Benzilan (374mm) is only one-tenth of that of the Dulong River (4,600mm), which forms the typical dry-warm valley climate. In the area of the Three Parallel Rivers, [...]

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How to Get to Benzilan By Plane Compared with other famous attractions, there are no direct flights to Benzilan. However, there are many flights to Shangri-La. Visitors shall transfer to Deqin County after arriving Diqing Airport. All of the long-distance buses from Shangri-La to Deqin Coutny pass through the town, for Benzilan at 2:30 a.m. from Feima (horse statue). By Train  The Yunnan-Tibet Railway under planning stretches to Lhasa in Tibet from Kunming in Yunnan Province. The ideal for the construction of Yunnan-Tibet Railway had been brought up early in [...]

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Festivals and Activities

As the main minority inhabited in Benzilan, Tibetans created brilliant culture and customs, among which the unique traditional festivals of  Tibetans enjoy good fame and attract tourists home and abroad to visit. 1. Spring Festival Tibetan New Year is not popular here. Inhabitants celebrate Spring Festival with Han together. However, it’s different from Han, on New Year's Eve, people are surrounded by a bonfire, drinking highland barley wine, dancing xianziwu, Tibetan guozhuang until next morning. 2.Butter Lamp Festival The Butter Lamp Festival is held at a small number of [...]

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Travel Tips

Useful Number Tourist Compliant: 0887-8412748 Telephone Number Inquiry: 114 Weather Forecast: 121 Fire: 119 Police: 110 Ambulance: 120 Tourism Information Inquiry: 0887-8412748 Deqin County Coach Station:0887-8413322 Banks Because Benzilan is a small place, there are no Banks of China. If you have any money exchange needs, please exchange it in Banks of China in Diqing. Therefore, please be ready for enongh cash. Best Time to Visit Benzilan Benzilan is very hot in summer due to the  typical dry-warm valley climate. Compared with other months, October is the best time to visit Benzilan, it will not be too [...]

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Useful Maps

If you go to somewhere new, maps play significant role in your travel. Maps can indicate the directions and locations for you. The maps will be helpful, such as the Map of Benzilan Deqin County, the Map of  Transportation in Benzilan Deqin County, Tourist Map of Benzilan Deqin County. [...]

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Benzilan Town Accommodation

Where to Stay in Benzilan There are a growing number of hostels and guest houses in Benzilan. They are different in standards and types, and also have wide price ranges.  It’s a better choice to stay there rather than Deqin County. Tourists can enjoy a fabulous view of Benzilan. Yunnan Exploration will provide the best hotels for you. The recommended hotels as follows: Name: Benzilan Restaurant (奔子栏饭店) Tel: +86 887 850 6188 Address: Near 214 National Highway, Deqin County (德钦县靠近214国道) Name: Xiangge Imperial Boutique Inn (香格皇家精品酒店) Tel: +86 887 898 9188 Address: No. 7 Briadge, [...]

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