Xidang Hot Spring in Deqin County, Diqing
English Name: Xidang Hot Spring
Chinese Name: 西当温泉
Attraction Type: Hot spring, village, trekking
Best Time to Visit: From October and May
Recommended Visiting Time: 4 Days
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: Free
Altitude: 2,450 meters
Location: Xidang Village, Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province
Why is Xidang Hot Spring So Special?
If you plant to trek from Feilai Temple to Yubeng Village, you have to go through Xidang Hot Spring. When pilgrims arrive at Xidang Hot Spring, they usually bathe here to wash away a dust.
Where is Xidang Hot Spring?
Xidang Hot Spring is located in Xidang Village of Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. It is on the road from Feilai Temple to Yubeng Village.
How to Get to Xidang Hot Spring?
►By plane: Fly directly to Shangri-la city (Zhongdian), and then take a local bus to Feilai Temple in Deqin County. Finally, you can take the bus, ride a house or trek to Xidang Hot Spring.
►By scheduled bus: There are regular bus routes to Feilai Temple from a number of nearby destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang (albeit, via Shangri-la), and Shangri-la itself. Then you can take the bus, ride a house or trek to Xidang Hot Spring.
►By charter bus: One of the easiest ways to get to Xidang Hot Spring is to take a charter bus. A number of even easier ways to get to Xidang Hot Spring is to hire a minibus, a car, or a cross-country jeep – they are available everywhere.
History & culture
Xidang Hot Spring is a holy soup given by the mountain god Kawakarpo. People who are about to enter the Yubeng to pilgrimage will usually bathe here to wash away a dust.
Best Time to Visit Xidang Hot Spring
You can choose all the seasons to visit Xidang Hot Spring. But if you also plan to visit Meili Snow Mountain, the winter and spring periods between October and May is a good time. The best season is after the end of October, when you can view the main peak because of the nice weather, clean air and the high transparency there. However, in other seasons, to see the main peak you have to depend on your luck. You are more likely to have a chance to see the snow-covered mountain in the early morning when the sun has just come out.
Accommodate at Xidang Hot Spring
There are several inns in Xidang Hot Spring with cheap price and simple condition.
Recommended Visiting Route
Yubeng is a secluded small Tibetan village tucked away at the foot of Meili Snow Mountain in Deqin county, the northwestern corner of Yunnan Province. It is only accessible by foot or horse/mule. But the trip, however arduous, is worth it. Yubeng is divided into an upper and a lower section. Both parts offer fabulous views of the Mei Li Snow Mountains. Lower Yubeng is smaller, quieter and closer to the lakes and waterfalls that you will likely visit during your stay.
Feilai Temple, the best place to watch goden peaks of Meili mountain at sunrise. So if you plan to watch sunrise, it’s absolutely a good idea to live at Feilai temple the night before. But actually it is unusual to see the goden peaks. The peaks of the mountains are often surrounded with clouds due to the high altitude they are. And this makes more interesting for Meili. There’s a kind of saying that, if any Japanese appears in this area then people can’t see the golden peaks that day. This is because Japanese are not welcomed by Tibetan people. Yes, they hate Japan and Japanese, just like people in northeast of China.
It is called the Lancang River after it reaches Changdu. The river runs south until it leaves China at the Nanla Bayout of Yunnan Province and therefrom changes its name from the Lancang River to the Mekong River. The river finally empties into the Pacific Ocean in the south of Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam.
Useful Travel Tips
► Check with the hotel or guesthouse whether there is water for shower before checking in it for its lack of water in this area.
► The ultraviolet rays are strong and you may need to bring something anti-sunburn.
► Tibetans there is always very quiet and respectful. Believe it or not, at least we do as the Romans do or show the courtesy.