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28 June 2010

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All in all we've spent around two weeks in Shangri-la, the town with the mythical name. The great dissappointment is when you find out the name has nothing to do with James Hilton's novel "Lost horizon". The Chinese authorities just thought it would be great to have a famout town and gave the previously named Zhongdian this famous name. Still it's a nice town, as long as you stay out of the newer areas and come in low-season. We made a nice hiking trip and an extremely dissappointing horse riding trip (more of a horse guiding trip), that never the less offered some beautiful vistas. Shangri-la has a completely different feel than all other Chinese towns we'd seen before (as long as you stay in the historical centre), since the population is - apart from government imported Han-chinese - purely Tibetan. Different faces, a different language and completely different architechture.

And again I haven't managed to keep the number of pictures down. There's 84 of them, so don't miss out on the second page with photo's!