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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Shangri-la Travel Guide
Location: Shangri-la is in the northwest of Yunnan Province, bordering on Sichuan Province.

Population: 154,100

Area: with an area of 11,613 square kilometers

Nationalities: distributing Bai, Li, Dai, Zhuang, Miao, Hui, Naxi, Yao, Tibet, Mongolia, Man, Nu, Bulang Minority Nationalities, etc.

History: Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the novel, Lost Horizon, written by British writer James Hilton in 1933. Nine years of planning and construction followed, with Stark overseeing every detail. The gardens included a cypress/tupelo swamp and breathtaking azaleas, Stark's personal favorite. There was also no shortage of wildlife, with swans, ducks, egrets, otters, rabbits, and more.

In 1946, H.J. Lutcher Stark opened his private oasis to the public. Word of its beauty spread throughout the country, and by 1950 thousands of visitors were traveling to Orange to experience Shangri-La’s wonder. The secluded utopia quickly became a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Climate: There are lofty and continuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep andgrand gorges, azure lakes and the bucolic villages at an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters. It has six types of climate such as subtropical, warm temperate zone, cool temperature zone, sub-frigid zone, and frigid zone. July and August is rainy making road travel bit uncomfortable. Winter is very cold reaching -7℃ or even lower some time. The average altitude of Shangri-La is 3380 meters and some people tend to nauseate.

Transportation: Air-Diqing Airport, 4 km away from the Shangri-la County and has flights from Shangri-la to Kunming, Chengdu, and Lhasa.

Railway- There is no railway traffic from Shangri-La County to Diqing Region currently but in the years of 2015-2018 the railway is expected to be in operation as the preparation of construction is ongoing now. However, there are railways in nearby cities; they are in Kunming and Dali. So you can take a train to Kunming or Dali first and then either take a plane or a car to the Shangri-La.

Local Specialties: There are some ornaments with Tibetan style, such as Tangka, knife and so on.

Local Food: The local specialties of Shangri-la feathers Tibetan cuisine. cakes, Tibetan butter tea- Zanba, Pipa Meat, Saimi Lamb, Guoben Hot Pot, yogurt, and Suolima-a kind of Tibetan Liquor brewed with the highland barley etc are recommended.

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