Grand Shangri La Circle Cycling Adventure Tour to Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Daocheng and Shangri-La
This itinerary begins from Heqing(鹤庆) County，Dali，which is Tibet’s distant relative, then to Caohai Wetland（草海）, Stone Forest（石寨子）, Guanyin Valley（观音峡）, Lijiang Ancient Town（丽江古城）, Lugu Lake（泸沽湖）and Legendary Lugu-Yading Road（“泸亚路”）. Next, we visited Daocheng（稻城）, Xingcheng（乡城）, Shangri La（香格里拉）, Xiaozhongdian Town（小中甸）, Tiger Leaping Gorge（虎跳峡）, Lashihai（拉市海）, finally left from Lijiang Ancient Town to the beginning place. The silver accessories and bronze containers the Tibetan used were almost made by Bai people of Heqing, some of them even being exported to far-off Nepal and India, etc.. Therefore, we decide to depart from my hometown—Heqing, to start our Shangri La-Cycling.
We traveled through many assorted habitations of minorities, such as Bai ethnic, Naxi ethnic, Yi ethnic, Mosuo, Mongolian, Pumi and Tibetan, etc. The custom and culture along the road is unrivalled. There are two world-famous beauty spot, Lugu Lake and Yading Village（亚丁村）, and the road connects each other is Lugu-Yading Road. This road starts from Lugu Town of Yanyuan County（盐源县）, and extends from the north-west to south-east, passes through from Daocheng of Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture（甘孜藏族自治州） to Muli（木里） and Yanyuan of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture（凉山彝族自治州）, at last, ends in Yading Village, the whole distance of 255 km. The Lugu-Yading Road is called the “pilgrim’s road of Sichuan” by railway experts. Its toughness, trenchers and hardship speak for itself. Consequently, it also gained a fame of “scenery secluded in a boudoir.
Date: July 22nd,2014-September 1st, 2014, 11 days’ duration.
The whole plan of 1314 km cycling as following:
At Yunnan Province, many other minorities also celebrated the Torch Festival, but each of them takes it in a different way. Bai people hold the festival at 25th June every lunar year. It is spoken as “Fu Wang Dance” in Bai’s language, which means “carnival June”. Wherever it is city or country, montane area or flood plain, there is no exception not to celebrate. In Bai people’s mind, it is the second ceremonious festival compare to the Spring Festival. Large bonfires are lit while people sit, sing, and dance around them, and every family are supposed to prepare the dainties, assorted material of festival. Additionally, every married girl should return their first home to have a reunion. Before the festival, what be sold pervasively along the bazaars are symbols of the Torch Festival, like small buckets with bamboo sticks, small torches, paper sachets, and pineapple flowers that were used by women to dye red nails, the festival atmosphere is very rich.
Day 1: Heqing County → Caohai Wetland → Xintun Town → Qihe Town of Lijiang →Guanyin Valley → Guanpo( A highway of Lijiang, you will cycle upslope five kilometer here.) → Lijiang Ancient Town → Dadong Country ( you will cycle upslope 15 km and downslope 18 km at here.) → Sown Mountain Highway → Mingquan Town ( upslope about 22 km) the whole distance of 152 km or so. Accommodation at Mingquan Town, triple room, 20 yuan per person, 30 yuan per person for meal.
Day 3: Luowa Jetty → Lugu Lake Town (you will view the dazzling scenery of Lugu Lake along the way.) → Dazui Village ( upslope 10 km, then downslope 13 km) → Qiansuo Country → (cycling intermittently up and down about 26 km) → Wujiao Mongolian Country, the whole distance of approximately 73 km. From today on, start our journey along the Lugu-Yading Road. (This road starts from Lugu Town of Yanyuan County, and extends from the north-west to south-east, passes through from Daocheng of Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture to Muli and Yanyuan of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, at last, ends in Yading Village, the whole distance of 255.805 km.) The way lead to Qiansuo is newly dug and built, so that there are many pits and holes. Dazui Village is a habitation of Naxi people. It belongs to Muli, but later in 1956 was a part of Yanyuan’s territory. Accommodation at Wujiao Mongolian Country Hotel, costs 20 yuan per person; 20 yuan for a meal.
Day 4: WUjiao Country (upslope 36 km) → Yakou (downslope 27 km) → ( up and down slope 8 km) → 915 Linchang(up and down slope 25 km → Guzeng (upslope 10 km), the whole distance of 101 km. After departed from Wujiao, we have to tramp over the Luopuluo Mountain, which situated an altitude of 4160 km. The Lugu-Yading Road extends about 40 kilometers above the altitude of 4000. If you have altitude sickness, please pay attention to this. We accommodated at Zhaxi restaurant, located at halfway up the mountain, which just costs 20 yuan per person. 30 yuan per person for dinner. The host is very friendly and warm. At the second day, its Tibetan style breakfast is free. Moreover, the host cooked many potatoes for us. Thanks so much.
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