Shangrila - where the sky is blue and the grass is green.
Originally, the plan was to go to Tibet and the surrounding area. But the unrest arising from protests before the Olympics, and the huge earthquake that took thousands of lives in Sichuan meant that I have to make do with a 2 day tour from Lijiang to satisfy my curiosity of Shangrila.
Yes, I do know, no matter which part of the world I go to, the sky will always be blue and the grass will always be green. But standing in Shangrila, you can't help but be amazed at how blue the sky really is and how green the grass is. Coupled with the lovely flowers in bloom, you will fall in love with this place instantly.
After a day of stopping and taking pictures, we were brought to a Tibetan house to so-call experience the Tibetan way of life in the outskirts of Zhongdian. Although most of us felt that the 180RMB(about SGD 32)extra for this so-call Tibetan experience seemed a bit too much, we thought we might as well do it after travelling for so long. We were warmly welcomed by the Tibetan family with the traditional white scarf and wine. Upon stepping into their house, we had barely warmed the seats when they started serving the food. Noodles, chicken soup, yak butter milk, biscuits.....the whole table was filled with food.然后主角就上场了——烤全牛和考全羊。
Finally, the "main cast" of dinner arrived,ie.roast yak and goat, Tibetan style.晚餐下肚后，接下来就是藏式歌舞表演。虽然听不懂他们在唱什么，但还是很投入，因为歌曲都很好听。一边喝着美酒，一边啃着羊肉，一边欣赏藏民们的表演，真的是很享受。
Next up, was song and dance, the Tibetan way. Although we could not understand what was being sung, we were still captivated by their lovely voice. Wine cup in one hand, roast goat on the other, it definitely made the money worth. 隔天一大早就起床，来到了这个香格里拉之行的最后一站——普达措国家公园，中国的第一个国家公园。天不作美，一直下着细雨，气温特别低。虽然影响了游玩普达措国家公园的兴致，但却遮盖不了这个地方的美丽。
The sun was barely up the next morning, when we had to set off for the final destination of this two day tour, ie. Pu Dacuo National Park. The continuous drizzle meant that we had to walk around the park in the cold with the umbrellas over our heads, but that could not spoil the beauty of this place. 虽然在这短短的两天看到的“游客骗钱商店”比什么都还多，看不到香格里拉真正的美，多少有些失望，但一路上所看到的景致已经足以说服我，一定要再来香格里拉！ ～伟
Although we saw more of tourist trap shops than the real beauty of Shangrila, the lovely scenery we saw from the bus is enough to convince me, one of these days, I must be back! ～wei