Shangri-la Backroads

Misty Morning in Shangri-la (Claire)

Misty Morning in Shangri-la (Claire)

We took the recommendation of Bill Weir and Alice and Andoni, cyclists we’d met way back in Almaty in 2005, and took a back road rather than Highway 214 to Tiger Leaping Gorge. We had at least one climb each day, one day we had three climbs totaling about 18 kilometers. The road is now paved except for washouts and we had very light traffic and beautiful views. Villages along the way were full of hard-working but friendly people eager to say “Hello!”. Coming the backway into Tiger Leaping Gorge was more fun because we didn’t feel so much a part of the tourist hordes. The big rock slide blocked vehicle traffic so we had the gorge to ourselves for most of the morning.

Shangri-la Vista

Shangri-la Vista

Clothsline in Shangri-la

Clothsline in Shangri-la

Plowing with Oxen

Plowing with Oxen

Fall Colors in the Mountains of Shangri-la

Fall Colors in the Mountains of Shangri-la

Nearing Another Pass With Moss Covered Trees

Nearing Another Pass With Moss Covered Trees

Shangri-la Flower

Chinese carrying burden of plants for animalsshangri-la flower

Travertine Pools of Bai Shui Tai

Travertine Pools of Bai Shui Tai

The main reason we went the longer, back way to Lijiang was that I (Claire) wanted to see the travertine terraces at Bai Shui Tai. Unlike at Havasupai, these terraces are perched on a hillside, rather than in a canyon.

Flower in Shangri-la

Flower in Shangri-la

Dahlias grow everywhere.

Carved Headstones

Carved Headstones

Village in Shangri-la

Village in Shangri-la

The expansive valleys on this route were stunning; deep enough that we couldn’t see all the way to the bottom.

Mountains of Shangri-la

Mountains of Shangri-la

Chili Harvest

Chili Harvest

View from our $4.20 room

View from our $4.20 room

Lunch Time in a Shangri-la Field

Lunch Time in a Shangri-la Field

All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up

Hava Snow Mountain

Haba Snow Mountain

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

After the rain in Tiger Leaping Gorge

After the rain in Tiger Leaping Gorge


Comments

Shangri-la Backroads — 9 Comments

  1. Your photos are stunning – look forward to the full disclosure at FHTV. Enjoy your travels – travel safe.

  2. The pictures are nothing less than SPECTACULAR! It only reconfirms for us that a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Okay, no amount of words would do these sights justice.
    Dick & Helen

  3. Hello again and glad you are on the road…again!
    Ditto what everyone else has written. The pictures are just wonderful and I especially like the flowers. Well,, really, I like all of then A LOT. You are great photographers, too! God bless.
    Bonnie Stone Russell \o/

  4. Hi Claire,
    I’m sitting in my cabin as our ship is docked in Shanghai. Boats are puttering by as if it was a busy Manhattan street. Your trip sounds even more exotic than mine. The photos are a perfect complement. Hope to catch up on more of your trip soon.

    Safe travels,
    Donna Hull

  5. Fantastic photography! Carol and I are excited to see all your shots and hear the full story at FHTV! Have a safe journey!

  6. Thanks to all of you. We really love the comments.Negative is good to! We’re glad you are enjoying the photos.Hope it gives you just a hint of what this trip is all about.

    all the best,
    Bob and Claire

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