Meili Snow Mountain In, Yunnan, China
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Monk with Prayer Beaded Necklace, China
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Shangri La Monastery Building Sumtseling, Zhongdian, China
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Red Lantern in China
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Rice Terraces Field Farming Village, Longsheng, Guangxi, China
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Yulong Xueshan in, Lijiang, Yunnan
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Chinese Opera, China
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Mrs. Christine Ekberg
AMAZING JOURNEY, Thanks so much

Back now and still recovering from our amazing journey. It was a fantastic trip.

Mrs. Marilyn L. Geary

IN SEARCH OF SHANGRI-LA

We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements
Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursion to accommodation
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In 1933, British author James Hilton wrote about a mystical earthly paradise in the mountains of Tibet that he dubbed ‘Shangri-La’ in his novel Lost Horizon. The utopia he depicted told of a mythical land isolated from the outside world – a ‘Garden of Eden’ where people enjoyed lengthened lives far beyond the normal lifespan. Although his musings were fictional, much was inspired by his readings of National Geographic accounts about several regions around the Himalayas.

One such place is Zhongdian, which has now formally renamed itself Shangri-La County to reflect its accurate likeness of the utopia Hilton described.

Our four-day, three-night ‘In Search of Shangri-La’ tour provides a glimpse at some of the most picturesque landscapes and terrains of Southwest China and includes visits to: Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world; Baishuitai, a collection of stunning limestone pools; Nixi, a small pottery town nestling on the mountain side; as well as spending time at Songzanlin Monastery and the Mingyong Glacier.

THE BACKYARD DIFFERENCE
  • Enjoy a picnic breakfast while taking in a sublime sunrise over the Meili Xue Shan mountain range at Feilasi Temple
  • Learn the ancient art of thangka at a school in Zhongdian
  • Visit the Songzanlin Monastery and observe the daily life of the 600 monks who live around Lamuyancuo Lake
  • Take a tour of Pudaocuo National Park, a large natural area that contains over 100 endangered animal species, including the Red Panda and Asiatic Black Bear
  • Try the Tibetan specialty tsampa, a mixture of yak’s butter, tea and flour in the small mountainside village Nixi
  • Take part in the daily dance ritual in the Zhongdian’s main square
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge –...
Zhongdian (Shangri-La)
Deqin – Zhongdian (Shangri-La)
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