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JOURNEY TO SHANGRI-LA

C hina Shangri-la Eco-tourism Zone extensively covers 82 counties (districts) in 9 prefectures, autonomous prefectures and cities in southwest area of Sichuan, northwest area of Yunnan and southeast area of Tibet, namely 40 counties (districts) in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture and Panzhihua of Sichuan Province, 24 counties (cities, districts) in Dêqên Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture and Lijiang of Yunnan Province, and 18 counties in Qamdo Prefecture and Nyingchi Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The tourists are too obsessed with it to leave the beautiful Shangri-la. It is the “most pure land in the world”. There is splendid scenery everywhere: lofty and holy snow mountains, vast and boundless prairies, winding and zigzagging rivers, quiet and beautiful lakes, resplendent and magnificent temples, devout and simple herdsmen, herds of sheep and cows… It can satisfy all your expectations, inspire your thoughts of nomadic and agricultural civilization, and bring you endless imaginations. There were female culture zone of Dongnv Country and distribution area of Ancient Tea Horse Road (ancient tea route), and some areas belonged to Xikang Province in history. It is also the “Tibetan-Yi-Corridor” with such unique resources as female culture and chieftain culture resources in the eyes of anthropologists. It is deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Prayer flags fluttering with wind, big and small Marnyi Stones, lamas of all ages, mysterious prayer wheels and Om-mani-peme-hung in different forms can make people shocked.