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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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