After a more comfortable than expected night bus we arrived 20 degrees cooler and several thousand metres higher in Shangri La, a tibetean town formally called Zhongdian..
Sitting at 3500m we felt slight headaches but nothing major. We managed to see a lot in the few days we were there. Our guesthouse was a lovely rustic Tibetean place which was ran by a lovely woman called Loam. She was a fountain of knowledge and showed off proudly her amazing roof terrace which gave impressive views over the area. This included a small but beautiful temple that had outside it a huge gold pray wheel which sat at the top of the hill.
We also spent a day trekking around the area. We had lunch at a place in a village and sipped Yak Butter tea. It wasnt good. However the hot springs at the end of the trip and the views were.
The highlight of Shangri La, bar its views and Tibetean culture was the huge monestry. It sits imposing on the hill. A cool 85rmb and a bus ride later and you are able to stroll around this impressive place. The size is incredible, and the monuments and Buddhas inside are richly decorated. The views from the top are also excellent.
My highlight of Shangri La however was a simply mammoth Yak Burger with hand cut chips. Succulent and approx 1/2 pound of meat make for a superb burger! After Shangri La we went to the incredible Tiger Leaping Gorge...