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The ‘real’ Shangri-La: Yading Nature Reserve

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Yading Nature Reserve is Shangri-La – whether in reality, or in strong resemblance to the Shangri-La described in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. It is heaven on earth; the mountains majestic, the colours a painter’s pallet. That is, if you zone out the Chinese tourists and the ready-made boardwalks. It is not the rugged outdoor experience that might do this park… Read more »

Bus hopping from Shangri-La to Chengdu

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Last summer (2016) I travelled through China. I decided to bus hop from Shangri-La to Chengdu, because it would bring me to the Chinese Himalayas and the Tibetan Plains. It was the only rational decision a mountain lover could make – and boy, was I happy.  How I Thought It Would Be Some people like the sound of adventure that… Read more »