Throughout the many travels I have done, this one comes close to being my top destination. From the breath taking views to the different cultural experiences, this trip has opened my eyes.
We started off the trip in Lijiang city, within the Yunnan Province of China. This city is situated at an elevation of 2,400m above sea level. Upon arrival to our hotel, we pass through streets that seem to be in the midst of trees and mountains. Once we arrived at the hotel, its was another world. Passing through the traditional Chinese styled building, I entered the garden where I saw the beautiful traditional folk dance performed by the locals.
After resting, we ventured out to explore the old town of Lijiang. Here’s an interesting fact, did you know, that the architecture of the Japanese animated movie, “Spirited Away” was inspired by the buildings of the Old Town. Anyway, back to the old town. As we walked through the town, it was like the town has come alive with the night. Lights glows at every corner, restaurants, and shops were full of people, from tourist to locals. As the name suggest, all building within the old town are in traditional architecture, therefore, it makes you feel as though you have left the modern world and enter into the pass.
The next day, we visited the the gorge or the Guanyin Canyon. As a Buddhist, visiting this canyon is very spiritual. From the sprinkle of the waterfall to the wind blowing the prayer wood panel hung along the trees and arch, I felt more at peace then I have ever been. We then later climb up the Tianmen mountain and walked through a glass walkway along side of the top. That was both terrifying and thrilling experience, but it did let me take some beautiful 360 shots. However, the thrill did not stop there, in order to get back down the mountain, we had to use a slide made of stone and slide down on our bum, which I tell you, it was not like playing at the park.
Following this thrilling act, we finally head up towards the true city of Shangri-La. As this city is 3,160 m above sea level, we were not able to run or jump around as the air is super thin. If I only have one word to describe this city, it would be tranquility. Due to the altitude, all the locals seem to have this calming presence, and you will feel the relaxation they created around the city. After a night rest, we headed to the Yulong Snow Mountain or better known as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. This mountain is 5,596 m in height and as we took the cable cars towards to top, we all had to use this oxygen pulp to help ease our bodies around the high altitude without getting sick. Yet, through all this, it was both figuratively and realistically breathtaking. The sun shines and the light beams reflect through the cripes white snow, was an image I will never forget.
After that, we ended our trip by going back to Lijiang, and then we flew back home. Throughout this trip, I have met a lot of locals, from people that works at the shops to hotels, and just the residence of the area, all gave me such an incredible experience and showing me true hospitality. Welcoming us into their homes and teaching us their traditions, I am truly grateful. If you ever had the chance to visit, I would highly recommend and if you have visited please do leave a comment down below, and let me know what your experience of visiting the true Shangri-La.
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