Welcome to Bāyī
Bāyī (བརྒྱད་གཅིག་; 八一), a recent Chinese creation close to the small county capital of Nyingtri, is the largest town along this stretch of Hwy 318. Bāyī is surrounded by forested hills and the descent into town offers fine views of the valley. Ask your guide to show you Bayi Pelri, on the east side of town. This holy mountain is associated with the epic battles of Guru Rinpoche against an array of evil forces. The kora around the mountain takes a few hours though it is highly unlikely you will be allowed to join it. Locals tend to be coolly curious rather than friendly toward foreigners.