Day 1: Arriving in Kunming. Take an evening walk at Green lake park & tasting the local speciality „Guoqiao Mixian“ across-the-bridge noodles.
Day 2: Arriving in Diqing airport, Shangri-La with approx. 100T population, altitude of 3,200m
Visiting Sumtseling monastery built by instructions of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Inspired by Potala palace and perched on a hill is one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in eastern Tibet.
The Tibetan prayer flags, each colour represents different element i.e. fire, water, sky, clouds and earth.
The white stupa which can be found in almost every corner of the town/ villages/ mountains which shows how the religious people are.
Driving to Dozong hotspring to have a hot bath & sauna, after having a strong sun intensity in the altitude of 3,200m
Day 3: Driving out of town to Napha lake & marshland. The lake is however dried out in the winter time.
then drive up to Nishar village which is rich in folklore & arts especially for clay and wooden arts.
descend through wild landscape, drive along the Yangtze gorge in Yunnan province
On the platform where I stand is the Yunnan province & the other side of the river is the Sichuan province.
Gradually approaching the Dhonpuling monastery
visting the humble nunnery before returning to Gyalthang [Tibetan language for Shangri-La the town]. There are beautiful rice fields in the surrounding.
I love this picture! Definitely one of my favourite taken picture during the trip.
Day 4: A 5-hour trek that begins near Shidag mountain in the east direction of Gyalthang.
Our first met with YAKs!
Met a friendly local Tsalang villager during the hike.
Arriving in Kochi village for our homestay with a Tibetan family. Served with smile and self-made bread, Yak butter tea & Yak cheese.
Day 5: A group picture with the host family before departing for the hike [another 5 hour trek to the surrounding mountains where the Kochi’s nomads graze their yaks].
The way the villagers dried their wheat etc for different purposes.
Arriving in Gyalthang’s traditional market and picture how the locals are busy in welcoming the Chinese New „Tiger“ Year 2010. It is amazing that the locals are still wearing traditional clothes & accesories in their daily life. This is showing their efforts in respecting & maintaining their worth culture.
Succeeded in turning the giant & heavy Tibetan praywheel only by 2 of us! It has to be turned for at least 3 times for respecting the 3 Buddhas.
Day 6: Driving down the hills to Lijiang. A town with 1 mio population. Take a walk in the huge & pretty old town.
Doing the tea ceremony in the old town. Started at 11pm – 00:30am. Drinking 6 different type of tea incl. 3 years Puer-cha, 7 years Puer-cha and learning how to brew different type of tea.
Day 7: Driving back to Gyalthang from Lijiang
Gyalthang at night
Sitting by the fire to warm us up in the minus Celcius degree
Day 8: Way up to Shika snow mountain 3,800m. Take a short hike in the Deer garden & picture live the nomad Tibetan villages & houses
Not forgetting to turn the Tibetan pray wheels on the way down
Riding horses in Shika’s valley/ meadow
A beautiful & strong 8 years old horse
Arriving in Gyalthang’s old town.
Invited by the hostel’s owner to join Nian fan „big dinner“ welcoming Chinese new year. Had „Yak hot pot“ with the newly known friends
„Fireworking“ after dinner to welcome the new year 🙂
Newly known friends in Gyalthang a night before Chinese new year
Day 9: Fly out Shangri-La and returning to foggy Zero Celcius Wuhan with a stop over in Kunming.