The Lost Horizon
One of the roads from the Tiger Leaping Gorge was leading to Shangri-La. It was not really a mystical and mythical Himalayan utopia but a city originally called Zhongdian. Since December 2011 it changed its name to the place out of James Hilton’s novel to promote tourism in the area.
Located at 3,317 meters it was one of the coldest places I visited during my trip in China. It was also the last stop before heading back to Lijiang and Kunming and later flying to much warmer Laos.
A city with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Reaching Lijiang situated at the base of the Eastern Himalayas felt like reaching an important milestone during my trip in China. Firstly, I was just one step away from the Tiger Leaping Gorge. That incredible place was at the top of my bucket list and I was finally in a city with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – a snow-capped giant looming over it and forming one side of the famous gorge. Secondly, after 16 days of intense and funny adventures with my friend our time on the road was sadly coming to an end. Marianna was going back to Poland. I still had more than a week in China before setting off for Southeast Asia.
A view of rooftops in Lijiang
Following a 20-hour train journey from Guilin to Kunming, I was excited to finally make it to Yunnan. It was the final province I had planned to visit in China. The place I was looking forward to the most as I couldn’t wait to hike and see the snow-capped mountains.
Beautiful scenery around Dali
On the way from Kunming to Dali I could finally see the blue sky and notice that the landscape was more rugged. As soon as Marianna and I made it to the Old Town, just by the Erhai Lake, I did not have to wonder why Dali is such a popular travel destination. It had it all! Breath-taking views of the Cangshan Mountains, charming small streets and most importantly a pleasant atmosphere. Continue Reading