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CHINA'S SHANGRI-LA 
Hidden away in northern Yunnan Province is China’s Shangri-La. Once part of the ancient Tea and Horse Road linking China with Tibet, the rugged region is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lakes, grasslands and remote villages inhabited by Tibetans.    

LOCAL PLACES
Stay in the villages of Ringha, Tacheng, and Benzilan and meet the locals. Enjoy their warm hospitality and experience their daily lives over a bowl of butter tea.

Hike around the magnificent landscape, decorated with prayer flags and shrines.

Learn how Tibetan Buddhism is practiced and plays a fundamental part of everyday life. Hang your own prayer flags along your journey.



SACRED SPACES
The Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery, or Little Potala Palace, was built in 1679 and hosts the Gedong Festival. Join devotees from the region to worship and watch the traditional Buddhist Cham dance, performed by monks in colorful costumes depicting deities, ghosts and animals.
 
In 1905, French Jesuits built a stone Catholic Church in the village of Cizhong. Attend Sunday Mass where bible verses are read in Tibetan and worship a statue of Jesus seated in the lotus position like a Buddha.


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By hanging flags in high places, they will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind flows over the surface of the flags, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras.


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