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This was the first time ever I took pills (Rhodiola)few days before I depart for a highland of 3000m above sea level in the month of September. Stayed in locals-run half wooden half concrete hostel, dinners were all home-made style; personally I find having local beef steamboat(牦牛火锅) pretty adventurous and exotic. Tsampa ( 糌粑a dough , - 酥油,犛牛乳酪yak butter和青稞粉barley flour), or a pao with sour veggies fried egg, a simple perfect breakfast to the local..and to me as a foreigner for the first two days, yeah...a cup of freshly-made warm butter tea from local Tibetan upon landing ZhongDian(中甸or Shangrila) deemed to have an immediate soothing effect for me, besides the Rodiola红景天 I took before I came.... Bumpy road ride in a taxi for about 4hour from the town of Shangrila to Fei Lai Shi(飞来寺,10KM to the East of Deqin 德钦县城, a town with rare monkey species金丝猴) was an unforgettable journey, not to mention the part of 40km stone-paved road right before reaching Deqin town (3400m above sea level),not to mention riding along the narrow valley driveway at the speed of above 90kmph (the road width is about the width of 2 car size, or smaller?!)(Though it was chilly outside, I am sweating in my thick jacket, gripping a car handle with my left hand tightly nervously! ), not to mention a passenger like me from tropical country had to endure fluctuation of temperature from 6C to 21C and drop back to 4C within hours. My long hour mountainous journey was rewarded with the view of vasts expanse of grassland fungi that are vertically distributed, the famous rivers (JinSha, Mekong), the magnificent view of snow-clad ridges of Mei Li (...it's a virgin peak with 6000m high!). It was a culturally astonishing journey overall as I learned the road from Shangrila to Deqin was part of the Ancient Tea-Horse trade route (茶马古道, Dali-Li Jian-ZhongDian-Lhasa-Nathu La Pass-Calcutta-Dhaka) since Tang Dynasty, named for the horses that carry the tea. From religous view, it is linked to the sacred buddhism. The devout pilgrims travel to the sacred mountain of Mei Li to worship;and there are Tibetans worship along this road and to the sacred place of Lhasa, for hundred of years. A word of cautious - this is a place where winter is not a good time to go. Interesting place in Shangrila County: Gandan Sumseling Monastry 松赞林寺, Pudacuo National Park,虎跳峡,碧塔海,雨崩村. Perfectly for people who are looking something different, seeking culturally differences activities, worshipping, exotic food exploring, family gathering, backpacking, seeking highland fun adventurous activities (photography, hiking, bush trekking), and for those who do not mind sitting in a 4-hour drive of 'roller coaster' taxi(in case you want to extend the journey to Deqin)...
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des paysages SUBLIMES, une ville colorée, faut aller voir le vieux monastère à l'entrée de la ville. Quand j'y suis allée, la ville était très calme, assez petite, et fortement peuplée de tibétains (en costumes tradi), mais peut être que les choses ont changé! Il faut se promener autour de la ville, c'est trop beau, parmi les plus beaux paysages que j'ai vu, les maisons tibétaines sont immenses et bien décorées. Lac Bita pas loin.
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Great place for sightseeing...
Especially if you like to see the nice and great mountains,.... while travelling from lijiang to shangri-la...
You will be able to see culture of the people there... Special place where i feel that the culture of the place is very special... However travelling in China, be prepare to change Hotel almost everyday... It's rather tiring...
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