When I was so depressed and wanted to leave.. I saw this cute little black piggy running around in the grassland near me and lightened up a bit.. so I yell "oh so cute! let me take a picture with you!!" As soon as I jumped over the fences and ran towards it... it ran away, fast like the wind.. and vanished behind the fog.... when I turned around.. I found that my friend was laughing so hard that tears came out of her eyes...
"I saw fear in his eyes... its like he saw Godzilla running towards him... wahahaa" * she said...
That's why you all couldn't get a good look at that cute piggy.. instead.. I got a horse picture for you.. they didn't run away...
Napa Hai, with the nearby Yila Prairie, forms the largest prairie in the Shangrila area. It is famous for the broad boundless grassland, all kinds of lovely vegetations, yaks, sheep and black neck cranes.... what a wonderful places...
It was raining when I was there, all I can see was yellow grassland and and the gray foggy sky~ obviously not as good as I expected...
White pagoda everywhere. It's not difficult to find one in ZhongDian. This one is located on a small hill, 15 mins walk from my guesthouse. These 2 women were praying (sounds like singing) while walking around the pagoda. After walking one round, they put a stone beside the pagoda, until they finished. They are very kind and friendly, however as being a Christian, I rejected their offer to join the praying team and opportunities to learn their prayer.
Many village houses along the road. Most of them built by wood, with stones on roof top to avoid strong wind blowing off the shelter.
I guess these people do not always see outsiders, whenever they see bus passes by, these local villagers will come out to look at us.
I have no idea on what this is. There are many of these kind of small stone pagoda along the road. Some people said inside the stones is a Tibetan Religous Book, where people will simply put a stone on it when they passes by, making it a small pagoda. Some suspected it is a tomb. Please tell me if you know.
Situated in Baidi Village, the 50 meters high Bai Shui Tai covers an area of three hectares. It gradually took form by accumulation of calcium carbonate in water in millions of years.
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The Napahai Lake is 3270 meters above sea level and covers 660 square km. Mountains stand by it on three sides and 10-plus rivers flow into it after zigzagging through the grasslands. In autumn , the prairie changes into a golden color and rare birds such as black necked crane and bar-headed goose flock to the area for winter .
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Song Zan Lin Monastery, also called Guihua Monastery, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province, as well as one of the 13 large lamaseries in the Kangzang region (the joint area of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan). The monastery is 5km from the seat of Zhongdian County...
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An overview the roaring Jin Sha River down the george, photo taken on the bus from Lijiang to ZhongDian. Jin Sha River is the upper stream of ChangJian River, length 1560km, it flows across 4 provinces: QinHai, Tibet, Yunnan and SiChuan.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River , a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River
Bi Ta Hai is the Tibetan language, translated to our words means robur carpet, there is the core of Shangri-la, fresh air, clear lake, you can feel just in haven.
Pa Na Hai is a large wetland, bacome a lake in rain season, change to garssland in other times, herdsmen camped themselfs on it
Song Zan Lin lama temple is the biggest lama temple in this area, Buddha and mural painting in this temple is very special
ZhongDian is a small, peaceful and clean city, all within walkable distance. High populations of Tibetan making everything in this small very Tibet.
Having a bowl of the famous "Over the Bridge Noodles" for lunch.
Also note the nice big beer to wash it all down.