Shangri-la. the very name is an incantation that evokes images of a mythical mountain paradise where peace reigns and life approaches perfection. Drawn from the pages of James Hilton's 1933 classic, Lost Horizon, Shangri-la has become synonymous with exotic escapism, a connotation not lost on the tourist industry.Daocheng and Aden in Sichuan,are praised as the true Shangri-La. If you are just planning a China travel to refresh yourself, Daocheng in Sichuan region would be a good choice for you.
The county of Daocheng lies near the conjunction areas of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, belong to Sichuan Province. Traditionally, there are two routes to go there –from Kunming, or Chengdu. It covers 7,323 square kilometers and its 30,000 inhabitants are mainly Tibetans people. Economically, the county is a region of partial agriculture and partial animal husbandry. Here, the winding and majestic mountains like billows of the sea alternate with valleys, and the scenes are various and bewitching. The hikers can experience the real remote village life and the geographical wonders. Mt. Haizi (Lake), parallel to Daocheng River and with an altitude of 3600-5000m, is the largest remnants of glaciations on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Mountains, valleys, and cultural relics absolutely bring you with unforgettable memory. If you are a trekking-lover, they trekking the Daocheng area would make your China tour packages more memorable and interesting.
Mainly, there are two popular trek routes to Daocheng and Aden. Route 1:From Chengdu via Muli; Route 2: From Lijiang via Lugu Lake.
Route 1:From Chengdu via Muli
Veins horseshoe ringing voice, the eyes of the holy sun, his breast is the ambition and love of the prairie. Daocheng Aden sleeping in the years glaciers persist radius of 7323 square kilometers of land in memory of the earth’s most ancient and most genuine of nature’s most pure heart. It was time forgotten, for thousands of years, the rising sun, keep his silence great unrivaled beauty. Here has the most pure lives, most outstanding vault of heaven the eagle, free-living wild animals, forest, grassland birds singing mildly, quietly grazing in the pastoral. Daocheng Aden, there is everything you can think of, but also beyond all you imagine. Before enjoy your China tour of trekking, bringing the related map of China would help you a lot.
Route 2: The Ancient Tea Horse Road Trek——From Lijiang via Lugu Lake
For thousands of years, only humans and horses treaded the mountains of Southwest China as they followed an ancient pathway through the Chinese hinterlands and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Along the unpaved and rugged pathway that was formed, commodities like tea, salt and sugar flowed into Tibet. To any China tour deals of trekking theme, they sounds incomplete if they miss the tea horse road trek——from Lijiang via Lugu Lake.
Meanwhile, horses, cows, furs, musk and other local products made their way to the outside world. The road was called the tea-horse ancient road, and it stretched across more than 4,000 kilometers, mainly through Southwest China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The ancient commercial passage first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Many student also like to change themselves in this trekking way along their student tours to China.
For more than 1,200 years, the road promoted exchanges in culture and religion, and saw ethnic migration that closely resembled what was experienced on the well-known Silk Road. Along the ancient road lived more than 20 minorities. Concentrations of beautiful and mysterious natural landscapes and traditional cultures developed in various sites, including Dali old city, Lijiang old city, Shangrila, Yarlung Zangbo River Grand Canyon, Potala Palace. The road features temples, rock paintings, post houses, ancient bridges and plank roads. It is also home to many national minorities and their dances and folk customs. Why not book a China vacation packages and trekking this way to challenge yourself?
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