We had no idea what to expect during our stay in China, but luckily we had a fantastic local guide and dear friend to show us the good stuff. He led us to the best food spots and on an unexpected adventure into the Himalayas. Thank you a thousand times, Justin!
Justin lives in Kunming, in the Yunnan province of China. Yunnan is the southernmost province and apparently has a wide variety of incredible natural spectacles ranging from an old ass tea tree to some crazy petrified forest. We saw none of that. Instead we went straight to the top of the adventure list - Shangri La in the Tibetan Himalayas.
I can't begin to describe to you the sheer majesty of the Himalayas. Looking into that abyss took my breath away. I didn't want to stop gazing deeper into the mountains, somehow trying to understand the formidable power of nature and the deep secrets that are locked inside. My imagination runs wild with stories of the people who have inhabited the Himalayas. There must be magic in a life like that; to live in the shadow of the mountain is to truly respect the Earth.
Aside from the magnificent mountain scenery, we explored the famed prairies of Shangri La (even though they were covered in snow) from pony-back and we hiked to a Buddhist monastery that overlooked the entire valley. The city of Shangri La was beautiful at dusk and the prayer flags flying from the hills made for an enchanting ambiance. My photos certainly don't do this place justice, but here are some of the best ones!
"He found himself wondering about the wild lands...strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams..." - J.R.R. Tolkein