Discovering Shangri-La in Lower Yubeng Village, China
Several places in China's Yunnan Province claim to be Shangri-La, but only one is convincing enough to be the real deal. After an all-day hike (or donkey ride) over a high-altitude pass a stone's throw from Tibet, you will find yourself in another world, with views of Meili Snow Mountain, where Tibetan pilgrims share their bread with hungry travelers and all the paths are lined with prayer flags. Eat dumplings and spend the night in a Tibetan barn, then take day hikes to a sacred waterfall, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, and a vibrantly blue ice lake. The hike in and out of Yubeng Village is a challenge, but your spirit will thank you for it.