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.
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 City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected AreasWorld 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. The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxipeople, who live in a handful of small hamlets. Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and hikers.
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.
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.
It’s really summer holiday, and many of our friends back for good or go home for holiday. So it’s only our 5 girls stay at the dorm. And every day, we visiting new place to try new restaurant or shopping.
It’s summer holiday. My friend suggest us to join tour to Long Qing Xia 龙庆峡. Long Qing Xia 龙庆峡 is located in north west of Beijing-Yanqing county, just north of the Great Wall at Badaling and 80 kilometers (50 miles) from downtown Beijing. We join a tour group.
It took about 2 hours by bus to go to there and we can see Badaling Greatwall on the way there.
Long Qing Xia 龙庆峡, often called Long Qing Xia Gorge. The gorge, reputed to be the “Little Three Gorges”, features clear water, wooded mountains, and wonderful karst caves. The gorge’s main attractions are the Longqing Gorge Cruise, Baihua (hundred Flowers) Cave, and the Shenxianyuan (Immortal) and Jingang temples. Near the entrance, a grand waterfall plummets down 50 meters (164 feet) from the dam above. A long, dragon-shaped escalator carries visitors to the dam, where the cruise begins. On both sides, eerie mountains and strange formations inspire visitors’ imaginations as they have for centuries. You can marvel at the huge, natural Buddha stone and a hill rising from the water like a great bell. Another hill, named Fengguan (Phoenix Coronet) Isle, is considered the symbol of the gorge. Fengguan is surrounded on three sides by water and closed off by high mountains on the fourth. (credit)
Then we write the cruise, Long Qing Gorge Cruise. Along the cruise, we can see the mountain, and some attraction such as Buggee Jumping.
Then we will ride Cable Car.
And walk around.
We are walk in the peak, so we can see the view from uphill. After walk along the path, we go back to the entrance.
This place is beautiful, too bad when I go there it’s cloudy and no blue sky. When you visit this place on summer, it’s not feel hot at all, it’s cool because many garden in there. And this place is not far from Beijing so very suitable for one day trip.