Jade Peak Monastery

Monastery in Baisha

Jade Peak Monastery is on a hillside about 5km past Báishā. The last 3km of the track requires a steep climb. The monastery sits at the foot of Yùlóng Xuěshān (5500m) and was established in 1756. The monastery’s main attraction nowadays is the Camellia Tree of 10,000 Blossoms (Wànduǒ Shānchá). Ten thousand might be something of an exaggeration, but locals claim that the tree produces at least 4000 blossoms between February and April.

A monk on the grounds risked his life to keep the tree secretly watered during the Cultural Revolution.