Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dukezong Temple

The temple is beside the Dukezong Old Town on top of a hill. It has a golden giant prayer wheel.









The giant prayer wheel





Turning the prayer wheel



According the Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning such a wheel is just as effective as reciting the mantra  orally.


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So if you can't recite the mantra, spin the prayer wheel instead







Dukezong Old Town





Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dukezong Old Town

Shangrila consists of the Tibetan Dukezong Old Town and the modern area. This old town has a history dating back to 1300 years.  












Shangrila

This place was  known as Zhongdian before changing its name to Shangrila in 2001. Shangrila is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. It is 3,300 m above sea level. Some people may experience altitude sickness here. You may buy some oxygen canister, just in case.





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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tsu Gou Grassland

This is one of the many  places  for riding horses.







Tibetan boy


Bitahai

"Bitahai” means “the Lake of Tranquility” in Tibetan language. This lake is situated in the Pudacuo National Park in the Shangrila county.














Tiger Leaping Gorge

This gorge lies between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. It is the narrowest part of the  Jingsha Jiang (Jingsha River) where (according to legend) a tiger once leaped across the gorge  here.





It is a 3 km walk along the gorge











Walking through a tunnel



The water is calm here









Finally we reached the Tiger Leaping Gorge
at 3900 m below the peak



The water flows thunderously here as the gorge narrows





Then it was a long walk back



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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

White Water River

"Baishuihe" literally means White Water River. The water is clean and unpolluted.





Terraces of  travertine



The cloud covering the mountains



Crystal clear water