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Tour of Shangri-La

By ChengAn | | Updated: 2018-06-21 16:10
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  The Maqu Yellow River Shouqu Prairie, picturesque Sangke Prairie, Zoige marsh wetland and beautiful Jiuzhaigou are all charming attractions along the route. Some of the most renowned scenic spots along the Shangri-la tour, starting from Lanzhou, are:

  Gannan Grasslands甘南草原

  Gannan Grasslands [File Photo]

  Located in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwestern Gansu Province, the Gannan Grasslands cover an area of 37.58 million mu (2.51 million hectares) and primarily stretch out through Gansu's Maqu, Xiehe and Luqu counties. It is known to be one of China's six most beautiful grasslands, featuring crystal lakes, vast grassland and various kinds of rare animals. It contains a large number of famous scenic spots, including Gahai Lake, the largest fresh-water lake located in the grasslands, and Labrang Monastery, an important cultural relic under state protection.

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  Jiuzhaigou Valley九寨沟

  Jiuzhaigou Valley [File Photo]

  Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in the northern part of Sichuan Province. It is part of the Minshan Mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau, extending over 72,000 hectares.

  A branch of the Baihe River, the upper stream of Baishuigou Valley, Jiuzhaigou Valley was named after the nine Tibetan villages located along its length. With an elevation ranging from 2,000 m to 4,500 m, the valley is covered by primary forests and 108 lakes. It is known for its crystal lakes, multi-level waterfalls, colorful forests, snow-capped peaks and Tibetan culture. Over 140 types of birds can be found in the valley, together with many other kinds of endangered animals and plants, including pandas and Sichuan Takins.

  Thanks to its beautiful landscape, Jiuzhaigou Valley has been branded a "fairytale world" and a "fairyland on earth." In 1992, UNESCO put the area on its World Heritage Site List and in 1997 named it a World Biosphere Reserve.

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  Shangri-La香格里拉

  Shangri-La [File Photo]

  Located at the junction of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan, Shangri-La – Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture – corresponds fairly closely to the description of Shangri-La in the popular British novel "Lost Horizon," a mystical, harmonious valley. Shangri-La means the "sun and moon in heart" in Tibetan. The azure sky, extensive fog-enveloped snowy mountains, steep grand gorges and a boundless stretch of grassland add to its breathtaking beauty and the stunning scenery. The multi-ethnic culture also makes the place very attractive. In addition, the area abounds in natural resources from valuable plants to mineral deposits and wildlife.

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