Shangri-la

Trip Start Jul 30, 2012
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Trip End May 14, 2013


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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Monday, October 29, 2012

It's pretty complicated to get into Tibet at the moment (apparently you can only go in a tour group with at least four other people with the same nationality as you - absurd!) so we made do with getting very close from the Chinese side. As we got closer to Tibet in the bus you could see the landscape and buildings change drastically as if we were entering a different country.

Shangri-la is a small Tibetan town in the mountains, with a square in the center of the old town where loads of people come together in the evenings to dance. In the daytime people set up barbecue stalls in the square and cook meat (we tried yak!) and vegetables. There was also a temple with a huge gold-coloured cylinder (I'm sure it has some kind of technical religious name but I've no idea what it is) which you turn three times for good luck. It's very heavy so needs lots of people to get it moving but we managed to get it round three times!

The main highlight of Shangri-la for me was the huge Tibetan monastery just outside the town. It was really beautiful and totally unlike anything I'd seen before. The buildings were white with gold decoration and there were coloured flags hanging across them. There are 600 monks living there so the whole place was very atmospheric with chanting coming from the temple buildings. When we were in one of the tempes we could hear a lot of people chanting but that part of the temple was closed off by a curtain. A man told us we could go in, which we weren't very convinced by but he was very insistent that it was ok so in the end we did. I still don't think we were supposed to be there but it was incredible - there were hundreds of monks sitting in rows chanting!


Shangri-la es un pueblo o ciudad pequeña que está bastante cerca del Tibet y por tanto tiene bastante cultura tibetana. Es más cuando estábamos yendo para allí me quede dormido en el bus, y aunque solo dura unas tres horas cuando me desperté parecía que estaba en otro país. Tanto los edificios como el paisaje eran distintos. Incluso la gente parecia distinta con sus trajes del Tibet y bastante mas morenos. Después en el hostel nos dijeron que más o menos la mitad de la población del pueblo hablan tibetano y mandarín.

El centro de la ciudad tiene su encanto especialmente por lo complicado y caro que es entrar al Tibet. Visitamos dos templos tibetanos bastante pasotas, con las paredes blancas y los techos llenos de oro!!!

En uno de estos templos estubimos haciendo girar una campana gigante (dicen que si le das tres vueltas tienes buena suerte). Era tan grande que hacen falta unas 10 personas para que arranque XD. Pero por más divertido fue que mientras por intentabamos nos entramos un grupo de chavales chinos super simpáticos que los habíamos conocido antes en el tren de Dali. Así que igual hasta da suerte de verdad XD
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Tania on

Habría sido divertido que os hubierais dormido los dos y os despertarais en otra ciudad que no tocaba, jajajajajajaj

jenny_dani
jenny_dani on

Te imaginas que nos despertamos en el Tibet. Habría sido muy divertido (si nos dejan entrar).

jenny_dani
jenny_dani on

Te imaginas que nos despertamos en el Tibet. Habría sido muy divertido (si nos dejan entrar).

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