Shangri-La is Real: in Southwestern China, on the Border of Tibet

Shangri-La is Real: in Southwestern China, on the Border of Tibet

The mythical Shangri-La isn't as mysterious as you think.

Shangri-La, or Zhongdian (Xiānggélǐlā, according to modern Chinese), is located in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. Being so close to Tibet, there are a number of political arguments that have taken place over this region.

The relationship between Tibet and China is a touchy subject. As a foreigner, I was able to enter Shangri-La on a Chinese visa. Personally, out of respect for both parties, I take no public stance. I only want to show you my photos from this remarkably unique region.

The vast landscape of Shangri-La.

The vast landscape of Shangri-La.

Deserted.

Deserted.

Before getting rocks thrown at our bikes and shot with BB guns!

Before getting rocks thrown at our bikes and shot with BB guns!

On the outside, looking in: a harsh difference.

On the outside, looking in: a harsh difference.

Monk housing.

Monk housing.

A raised Tibetan temple, looking out over the small township.

A raised Tibetan temple, looking out over the small township.

Traditional Tibetan prayer flags.

Traditional Tibetan prayer flags.


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10 Responses to Shangri-La is Real: in Southwestern China, on the Border of Tibet

  1. 2 Digital Nomads May 24, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Impressive photos

  2. Laurence May 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Great shots. i visited here in 2001, I hear it’s changed a bit 🙂

    • Jeremy Foster May 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Probably. The town itself seemed quite touristy, but I still enjoyed it. I can’t imagine it would have been like that 10 years ago!

  3. Ryan O'Rourke May 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Looks incredible!

    • Jeremy Foster June 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      It was definitely one of the more unique places I’ve been. It’s quite a gem.

  4. Green Global Travel October 16, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    These images are absolutely gorgeous! This is a part of the world that I have yet to see and so appreciate the opportunity to experience the landscape, architecture and people through your images!

  5. Derek4Real October 16, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    WOW! The more of your China posts I read the more I want to skip my next couple of countries and head there right now! Breathtaking photos as well, great job 🙂

  6. Jennifer Dombrowski October 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m getting such a bug to go to China! How interesting to see this part of the world must be.

    • Jeremy Foster October 19, 2013 at 12:40 am #

      It’s such a bizarre place. I do hope you get to experience it one day!

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