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    The ‘real’ Shangri-La: Yading Nature Reserve

    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 justice, at least not when you stay within a day’s walk of the entrance. However, it is still quite the climb, and the beauty is mesmerising regardless of people passing by.  In my previous articles I wrote about Shangri-La and the road from the pittoresk Chinese town that leads into the mountains to…