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Shangri-la China

Our flight landed at Shangri-la late evening and it was so quiet with not many cars or people. We had a transfer to the hostel, it was pitch dark on the roads and we arrived at the front of a house that had nothing surrounding it for what feels like a 5km radius. As we settled in a comfortable room of our own, we went downstairs to the lounge to watch the World Cup with other backpackers. Then I noticed the girl who sat across from me, her voice and body language reminded me a whole lot of a university friend back from Australia. When half-time came, I went up to her and asked ‘Are you Yvonne?’ and she was like ‘OMG, Michelle?!?!’ We couldn’t believe we would bump into a friend who we haven’t seen for the past 8 years in the middle of nowhere. The next morning, I was woken up by the sound of birds chirping and cows moo-ing! It was so peaceful and relaxing, just the break I needed. Highly recommend:

Pudacuo National Park – After paying the entry fee and bus shuttle fee, we hopped on a bus with a guide who explained which stops we can get off, follow the walking trail and hop back onto another shuttle. My photos speak for itself, it was so tranquil and peaceful.


















Lake Napahai – cycling around the area is around 7km which takes about 3-4 hours there and back. But after 30 mins I was totally buggered, although I really wanted to go on I had to turn back to take a break. The green and yellow fields were so pleasant; my eyes have not seen so much green for such a long time. Now thinking back, my lack of energy might be because of the high altitude which I never took into account















Shika snow mountain 4500m above sea level – It is breath taking, and I mean literally. As you ascend nearly 1000m sea levels in 20 minutes on the cable, once you reach the top you are speechless.











Charming tiny old town – Roam the streets and admire the buildings mainly filled with shops, restaurants and hostels. Try some street food, local yogurt and cheese, hot-pot or even some Tibetan food. Visit the monastery and admire the colourful prayers hang all around for wish of blessings. where each colour symbolises a different element. For example, blue is for sky, white is for air, red is for fire, green is for water, yellow is for earth. Watch men and women, old or young, gather at the courtyards as they dance away joyfully at their traditional dances after a day’s work which attract both local and tourist crowds.


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