Wind Horse and Fish Sauce

traveling between the Himalayas and the Pacific

Author: Sven (Page 1 of 3)

Baishuitai - between Gorge and limestone terraces

Dark clouds chasing across the sky, it is cold and starting to rain. No Problem, We sit on the bus from Shangri-La to Baishuitai, in the bag with our passports extended China visa. We now have more than a month time, To explore Yunnan, so shall we. We drive on a narrow road over mountain passes and through river valleys towards the south. For three hours, it goes around a curve after another, up and down. Fortunately, let the bus window. We see green terraced fields, Mixed forests, but also dried-brown mountain slopes.

In Baishuitai there should be spectacular limestone terraces, which have formed over the centuries from the calcareous waters of mountain streams. For the Naxi People, Members of a minority with its own religion and Scripture, is the place an important center. To Naxi New Year many people come together here, to the nature gods to pay respect. In the early evening we reach our goal and be on the bus by three Naxi women received, each extolling us their accommodation. We take a decent Guesthouse is opposite the bus stop, of which we have previously read, and pay the equivalent of about 7 Euro per night, Our new Sparfuchs record in China. The only damper, that the WiFi in the room does not work.

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Best of Tibetian Shops

For the translation of their shop signs, traders and restaurant owners can often come up with something original in Tibet…

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Extension of Chinese Visa in Shangri-La (Yunnan)

Shangri-La in Yunnan is known as the city in China, in which one can extend his tourist visa easiest. We got our extension, would have saved us with the right information, but some routes. So here's our report.

First you should make sure, that the Hotel / Guesthouse login / registration (score) has carried out correctly to the police and can give a receipt. With this document you go to the police and exchanges it against an official certificate of registration (registration slip) a. We were only without the certificate of registration by the police in PSB, because we were told, the document from the Guest House would be enough. We were sent away again.

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Shangri-La - city without tap water

With our dusty backpacks we stand at the bus station in Shangri-La. We have already picked us a Guest House, das 'Kevin's Trekker Inn', However, pre-booked a room. By bus we drive to the old town, from where we have to walk up a hill. Unfortunately, the guest house is fully booked and so we stay in a cheap hotel next door. Here, however, neither work nor tap water Internet, so we are again the next morning with Kevin at the door. Lucky. One of the most beautiful room with a terrace and panoramic view of the city is just free. Because we want to stay here a few days, we get a generous discount.

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On the dirt road towards Shangri-La

Not quite relaxed we wake up at six clock in the morning in Xiangcheng. From the window we can look at the bus station, where just a bus to Shangri-La (Yunnan), our next destination, making ready to sail. Six clock departure was us (especially Sven) too early and loudly Lonely Planet to nine clock a second bus drive through here, we aim to take. One hundred per cent sure but we are not us, whether this information is actually true. We eat breakfast cereal with Nescafé and Kathi pressed air from the vacuum bags, to stow everything in their tight in size backpack.

Since we do not know exactly, when our bus arrives, we sit shortly after eight on the street outside the bus station and wait. The lady from the kiosk next door gives us small plastic stool, we return the favor by purchasing a cola and a 'Flavoured Drink', a delicious Chinese lemonade, as the not so sweet ginger ale tastes. Half past eight the ticket so far closed to open Office and we go to the counter, to us to ask for our bus. The lady translated using their smartphone app, that today would go no more bus to Shangri-La, until tomorrow at six clock. Such a crap, but we do not trust this woman and are still waiting.

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The difficult path to Xiangcheng

The beautiful scenery of Yading Nature Reserve haunts still around in our minds and dreams. But new destinations waiting for us, and the necessary extension of our China visa. So we start the long drive from Shangri-La to other Shangri-La, the big city in Yunnan. First waypoint is Daocheng, we have previously visited. The trip by minivan runs smoothly. A rider is quickly found and around noon we are there. We are strengthening in a small restaurant with Dumplings, Chinese tortellini with minced pork filling and garlic- and chili dip. From Daocheng from to Shangri-La only a bus drives every day and that morning at six clock. He needs about 12 Hours. We do not want to do to us. At about halfway still is a larger city, Xiangcheng. We hope, To get there today, Inserting a stopover overnight.

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Yading Nature Reserve – das echte Shangri-La

The second night in Shangri-La have the dogs pity on us and create longer pauses Bell. So we run fairly well rested on eight clock three kilometers along the river past the pits and fences to the ticket office of Yading Nature Reserves. In Yading there are three Tibetans sacred mountains, of which the highest, Chenresig, 6032 Meters into the sky. All three have been hitherto never been climbed. However, Tibetans go around like the Chenrezig or all three mountains, which one is your faith to acquire great merits.

The visit of Yading Nature Reserve is no bargain. For admission and coach transfers, we pay per person converted ca. 30 Euro. The bus ride leads through a spectacular mountain pass. At the sight of the first snow-capped summit a murmur is heard by the bus. On a viewing platform, we make a stop. The Chinese make faxing and photos before the really beautiful mountain scenery. Soon we reach the entrance to the reserve. For the equivalent of a further ten Euro we take a kind of mini-tram on wheels six kilometers until Luorong Prairie on 4180 Meters above sea level. The walk here near the asphalt road would have cost us a lot of time.

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Shangri-La / Riwa - Where the dust never sets

James Hilton describes 1933 in his novel “Lost Horizon” a valley in the Himalayas called Shangri-La. The inhabitants live happily and be steinalt. Since then, Shangri-La is a synonym for paradise on earth, isolated from the outside world. In the year 2001 the city was renamed Zhongdian in the Tibetan part of Yunnan for marketing reasons in Shangri-La. It works, many tourists come to the village. Here it is in January 2014 burned the old town, but the reconstruction is in full swing.

The Yading Nature Reserve has one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes of China. Formerly a “Tip”, it is marketed aggressively lately. 2013 was on the 4400 Opened meters highest civilian airport in the world Daocheng Yading. A bus hour before the reserve was the small settlement Riwa. They existed until recently a few houses, but extended straight to a city, which for kilometers along the river and extends the side valleys up and many thousand tourists simultaneously to provide accommodation. Since those responsible thought, the Shangri-La-number but would not be bad here.

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Daocheng (འདབ་པ་རྫོང།) – Town pigs and Pagodaspaziergang

Von Litang aus wollen wir nach Süden in Richtung Yunnan weiterreisen und den Sichuan-Tibet-Highway verlassen. Ganz so einfach gestaltet sich dieses Vorhaben jedoch nicht. Die Busse in Richtung Süden starten bis auf den letzten Platz besetzt bereits in Kangding. Es ist Glückssache, wie viele Leute in Litang aussteigen. Wir treffen einen netten alleinreisenden Japaner, der ebenso wie wir nach Daocheng, der nächsten Stadt in Richtung Süden fahren möchte. Leider werden nur zwei Plätze im Bus frei und wir lassen ihm den Vortritt. Als Alternative zu den Bussen stehen Minivans bereit. Diese sind etwas teurer und fahren erst ab, wenn alle Plätze besetzt sind, was auch mal einige Zeit dauern kann. Wir haben Glück und eine Viertelstunde später sind wir bereits unterwegs und überholen auf der gut ausgebauten Straße bald den großen Bus.

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Litang (ལི་ཐང།) - Pilgrims, Dust and thin air

Wir befinden uns auf dem Höhepunkt unserer Reise. Über fast 5000 Meter hohe Pässe fahren wir im Bus in Richtung Litang. Der Sichuan-Tibet-Highway ist inzwischen größtenteils gut ausgebaut. Zwischen Xinduqiao und Litang jedoch sind zwei große Tunnelprojekte noch nicht vollendet und so genießen wir für wenige Stunden das Gefühl, that travelers had to endure many days earlier: On the old narrow pass road, mostly paved with potholes, partly sandy slopes, we screw us in curves up the hill. Alternating left and right lurks the hundreds meter deep abyss next to the road or oncoming traffic and only a few centimeters away from the tire. The suspension of the bus gets full roar. Light People take off from the seats, great people come up against the ceiling of the bus. Far down the road meanders, which we have already mastered. A thousand feet above the valley we reach the saddle of the pass. As everywhere in Tibet those distinctive points are adorned with plenty of colorful prayer flags and Kathi heart goes on.

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