Shangrila 香格里拉市 # Yunnan – China

Shangri-La or Xianggelila 香格里拉市, is a county-level city in Northwestern Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China and is the location of the seat of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, bordering Sichuan to the northwest, north, and east.

Shangri-La 香格里拉市 was formerly called Zhongdian County 中甸县 Zhōngdiàn Xiàn but was renamed on 17 December 2001 and upgraded into a county-level city on 16 December 2014 as Shangri-La (other spellings: Semkyi’nyida, Xianggelila, or Xamgyi’nyilha after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. Formerly, the Tibetan population referred to the city by its traditional name Gyalthang or Gyaitang, meaning “Royal plains“. This ancient name is reflected in the Tibetan Pinyin name within the town of Jiantang 建塘 Jiàntáng, the city seat.

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Elevation: 3.160m2 (10.370 ft)

Because it’s near Tibet, then the sky feels very near to us. And the oxygen is very thin, I feel sick when first arrive there. But after for a while, it’s getting better.

From Shangrila, we go back to Dali and stay one night before take night train to Kunming.

Lijiang Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡 # Yunnan – China

Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡 Hǔ tiào xiá is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Lijiang CityYunnan in southwestern China. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.

Legend says the name comes from a hunted tiger escaping by jumping across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres (82 ft) wide), using the rock in the middle.

At a maximum depth of approximately 3,790 meters (12,434 feet) from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.[3] The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets. Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and hikers.

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We can go down near the gorge, but becareful, it’s slippery and you can get wet.

From the Tiger Gorge, we continue our journey to Shangrila City.

Summer Holiday Yunnan 云南 Trip # Yunnan – China

I didn’t go back home this summer holiday, and my friend, VV ask me if we want to take some tour to other province. We decided to go to to Beijing Tour BTG office, located near Guomao. My friend “A” take his parents to tour using this agent, and he said it’s good.

Actually, I forgot where is the office located because I heard that it’s moved. That time when I visit the office, they are in renovation.

After looking for some tour package, we decided to go to Yunnan 云南 because the date is suitable for us and I heard Yunnan 云南 is very beautiful. We take Kunming 昆明 – Dali 大理 – Li Jiang 丽江 – Shangrila 香格里拉 Tour for 9 days tour with price RMB 5.500/person.

We depart from our dorm at evening, to take flight to Kunming 昆明 at night. If I’m not wrong, our flight is at 21:00, China Eastern and will arrive at Kunming 昆明 at 00:50 the next day. Arrive at the airport, there’s staff from BTG agent that waiting for us at the airport and help us to check-in.

waiting room

Arrive in Kunming 昆明, our guide has already waiting for us at the arrival. Then we go to hotel to rest.

This tour agent has very good service. We stay at 4* hotel.