Budget Travel to Yunnan and Tibet of China This Summer

Entering June, it’s possible to imagine a deep blue sky and plateaus covered in tall grass blowing in the wind, this is one of the most special and most untouched parts of China. One wishes that they could awake amongst the grand and looming mountains amidst a field of lush grass next to a river. Let’s go to the beautiful western China!

Previously the western plain was one of China’s poorest regions. However, after years of development and reform, this area has flourished and has given birth to the now thriving industry of eco-tourism.

At present, western China boasts wild and boundless vistas and panoramas of unparalleled natural beauty as well as a rich tapestry of cultural heritage and unique culture, making it an attractive destination for tourists who want to venture off the beaten-track. Travel to western China is also currently extremely affordable; but a word of warning: the increased exposure of western China to foreign tourists is not only pushing up the cost of travel but also altering the natural experience. This article will introduce some of the must-see locations around the vast land which is west China in the hope that you can travel there in the future.

Yunnan – The land above the clouds

1. Classic travel routes

Since ancient times Yunnan (clouds in the south) has been called the land above the clouds to describe the mystical Yunling Plateaus. Firstly, scenery aside, Yu Nan is home to 26 different ethnic minorities each with their own different language, culture, education, festivals, religion, dress and marriage customs. Among the most renown of these minorities include the Naxi people, Dali’s Bai people, and the Yi people in Beima. Yu Nan also has annually celebrates the unique Water-Sprinkling Festival, the flare festival and the cutter bar festival.

The classic travel route typically take by tourists includes Li Jiang, Da Li, Lugu Lake, Shangri-La and Xishuangbanna. Many tourists take this tour more than once, there’s simply too much to see. Spring is the best time to travel in Dali, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna are suitable all year round and Shangri-La and Lugu Lake are best to visit during late spring or early summer.

2. Exploration Tours

1) Nu River

People say that Lijiang invokes the romantic and consumerist side of people, the Nu River does neither, it is a perfectly unspoiled haven of serenity. Located in the Northwestern Corner of Nujiang, Lisu Ethnic Minority Prefecture represents an amazing cross-road both geographically and culturally, Yun Nan to the North and Tibet to the West and the main channel to and from Burma. With the world heritage listed “three parallel rivers”, this is really one of China’s premier eco-tourist scenic spots and a key stop on the Shangri-La ecological tour route.

The Nu River originates the Tanggula Mountain range flowing right through Yunnan including the Mt. Fu Gong and Mt. Lu Shui and the finally meeting the Indian Ocean, one of the more amazing features of this river is a 300km canyon that runs through parts of Yunnan. This fertile yet rugged river valley has created a unique cultural melting-pot of different ethnic minorities, including the Bai people and Tibetan people, the rich mix of cultures and minorities seems as varied and colorful and the landscape that surrounds them.

Hot locations: Bing Zhong Luo Basin

While the Nujiang River gushes from the peaks of the Tibetan plateau to the Indian Ocean the Bingzhongluo River meanders and winds its way like a length of Chinese silk.

In the Bingzhongluo area, there live several ethnic minorities, including that of the Nu people, the DuLong people, the Lisu people and the Tibetan People. The river links these regions and seems to bring together a mix of different religions as well as a plethora of different unique animals and plants. The traditional architecture of these minorities is also something to be appreciated. This is really a region of amazing diversity which seemingly plays host to both man and spirit, who coexist together.

Horse caravan is a unique form of transportation in Yunnan; the Bingzhongluo River has traditionally been a pathway that leads these horse caravans from deep inside Yunnan to the lofty windswept plateaus of Tibet.

Hot locations: Nu River Canyon

Between the Nu River, the Lan Cang River and the Du Long River, the Nu River Canyon is the most breathtaking scenic location. Nu River Canyon is the longest, most mystical and most magnificent canyon in the world. The Nu River Canyon in ancient times was channel used by the emperor to travel through Yunnan to the Bingzhongluo River, with a length of 600 kilometers and 3,000meters at its deepest point this canyon is truly spectacular. Trips along the Nu River are so visceral because of the clean, glassy water, the sweet smell of flowers and the thick virgin forests which cover both banks, in the winter the forests are dusted in pure white snow. As a poet once quoted: “ten miles of every changing climate, a mountain of ten thousand different things”.

The backpackers can get to the Gong Mountain by bus first and then hike to the Bingzhongluo district along the Nujiang River.

Unknown plateau with rivers and lakes-Eryuan West Lake

2) Eryuan West Lake

On the journey from Dali to Lijiang, you will pass through the Eryuan reservoir, 60 kilometers from Dali. The Eryuan West Lake boasts a magical pond and a vast plateau of rivers and lakes, a truly remarkable panorama of breathtaking views, its views are unparalleled but this area remains hidden for most tourists.

Sisters of Bai Ethnic Group on Eryuan West Lake As a fresh lake on plateau, the Eryuan West Lake is comprised of West Lake, Jiangwei, Luoping Mountain and Snail River. In these parts the water is always inky blue with Chinese water reeds gently being tugged at by lapping waves on the lakeside. Most amazing there are minority communities who live on islands in the middle of these lakes, it’s as you’ve wandered into a painting. There is not only the unique architecture of the Bai people to marvel at but also their unique and rich culture heritage to enjoy.

The Eryuan Wetland also in Yunnan represents the second biggest wetland in China and has a diversity of fish and birdlife, the temperate climate helps these species survive there all year round.

3. Current Season Information

Shangri-La Indian azalea

June is the season when the Shangri-La Indian azalea comes into bloom; there are over one-hundred varieties of this flow across the rugged terrain of Yunnan. These fragrant and colorful flowers bloom in such numbers that they block of the sky with an explosion of vibrant color. Purace Park is a great destination for tourists in Shangri-la because it has a myriad of different bird and animal species (i.e. squirrel); it truly is a haven of natural beauty!

Amazing Tibet 1. Classic Travel Route

Traveling to Tibet always takes courage and the loss of inhibition. Sitting on the South-West border of China Tibet is a mix of natural beauty and mystical cultural uniqueness. It doesn’t matter which one of Tibet’s world famous landmarks you visit, whether it be Mount. Everest, Yaluzangbu Canyon, some sacred lake, the Potala Palace or the Virgin Forest all are unique to Tibet. As Tibet has been isolated from China for such a long time it still possesses highly unique culture and heritage.

Tibetan man dancing happily on the Tibetan Kangba Art Festival

2. Exploration Tours

1) Northern Tibet Plateau

The best time to visit the Northern Tibet Plateau is in summer.

The Northern Tibet Plateau is often referred to within China as the QiangTang Prairie. Here weathered herdsmen making living by herding yaks and sheep. The wool from these animals spun to a high quality and then sold. Nylon tents with five colors are available here: red, blue, yellow, green and white. Ancient rock carvings and the skeleton of a wooly mammoth all exist in this amazing landscape.

Tibet festival clothing is noticeably unique especially amongst young to middle aged girls; these expensive garments include a full gown and several bronze and brass ornaments hanging from it. The unique sound of a ringing bell can be heard across Tibetan plateaus during festive holidays.

2) Grand Nianqing Tangla Snow Mountain

In the place 100 kilometers from Tibet, there lies the world-famous Nianqing Tangla Snow Mountain, bordering Namucuo Lake to the north. The 7117-meter high mountain is covered with snow all year around, surrounded by mists, full of mysterious atmosphere.

The Nianqing Tangla Mountain and Namucuo Lake is both the most attractive holy mountain and lake in Tibet and age-depend couples. They attract thousands of visitors every year and have become the largest religious holy land and scenic spot. Well worth visit. It’s well worth a visit.

3 Current Season Information

Sagadawa Festival of Tibet

In sunny June of Tibet, the most ceremonious annual religious festival of Tibetan-Sagadawa Festival is coming. During the Sagadawa Festival, activities to memorize the Buddha Sakyamuni are quite a lot and offerings will be given to the poor. Visiting Tibet during this season is surely a good opportunity to experience the unique Tibetan flavor.

Travel Tips

Transportation: There is direct flight between Guangzhou and Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotels are quite easy to find in Lhasa. There are lots of hotels for accommodation from budge hotel to luxurious 4-star hotel.

Food: The food in Lhasa mainly includes Tibetan Cuisine and Sichuan Cuisine. Nepal and India restaurant can also be found in Lhasa. You can try some traditional Tibetan food, such as Zanba, dried beef and mutton, barley wine and Buttered Tea.

Custom: Since there are many people attending the Sagadawa Festival for receiving offering. You should prepare enough small changes. When taking photos of people, please respect the subject.

Was Jesus Related to Moses and La Madeleine in a Mystic Reincarnation in the History of the Bible?

Some stories seem to beg for answers when reading through the Bible. I still remember the first questions that came to my mind the first time I read it. Over and over I read the words: He rose again from the dead. So, when did He rise the first time? The first family populated the world with only sons. Who did they marry?

Being raised Catholic my studies as a child were more geared to Catechism than Bible study. Yes, I grew up before Bible reading by Catholics was a part of religious life. So, I was in my forties before I ever picked up the book and made the decision to read it. Now, I can’t put it down.

There is a definite path that leads one to the fulfillment of finding truths and answers to the many questions that present in life. Each person is unique and to find the answers that your soul is searching for is almost magical, like embarking on the yellow brick road. The answers you seek are imparted as you reach a certain level of understanding. There is no one rule that applies to everyone and that is the adventure in finding your own truth.

I had a remarkable experience the first time I read my Bible. I heard a televangelist say that you would get a blessing if you read the Gospels and Acts in 30 days. So, that was where I began. Well, in 30 days I was so excited that I had read all of those pages that I was like a child at Christmas expecting my blessing.

To understand my blessing, first let me explain my situation at the time. The only reason I decided to read was because I had nothing else to do. I had just left the city after finishing up work on a high voltage U.S. Senate race and had moved to the country to marry a farmer and rancher. Now, it was winter, the wheat was growing and there was nothing to do.

The expected blessing did not disappoint! Within three days I got a phone call. My former boss asked if I would come to D.C. for a few weeks and organize her office! Well, let me tell you, that Bible traveled to D.C. with me! And, oh, what a delight it is to share the adventures and mysteries that have evolved over the years. My spiritual journey literally took me on a path of travel. I began traveling with my husband all over the country when he sold the farm and resumed his work as an insurance adjuster. From the Northridge Earthquake to the devastating Hurricane Katrina, I met wonderful people, worked long hours with my husband and still found time to spend on my inner spiritual quest.

Answers began presenting themselves in a variety of ways. Books would appear as if by magic that contained answers about people who intrigued me. Who was Jesus? Why did the devil fight with the angel over the body of Moses? What is reincarnation? Answers to these and many other questions found me as I sought them out. I learned about the original family and discovered there was more to that ancient murder than had ever been revealed.

I kept a journal to record the concepts that came to me in dreams and insights, and to compare apocryphal works to the sacred text in my Bible. The wonder of it all was how these lost manuscripts and legends fit into the scriptures and completed the story. They did not change the story, they enriched it.

So many answers were resolved when I stumbled upon such books as the Forgotten Books of Eden and the Lost Books of the Bible. I studied Kabala, Zohar, and a Course in Miracles; learned about synchronicity by Jungian advocates. I read Eastern mystics, and then discovered all of the Western Catholic mystics, including my very own patron saint, Therese of Lisieux, along with St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.

The combination of stories found in these books along with inner spiritual revelations brought new understanding about the persons of Moses and Jesus. Spiritual aspects of their lives magnified and glorified them even beyond what is commonly known.

My soul was satisfied with the answers that it had gleaned over the years. Then, someone suggested that I read Dan Brown’s novel about the purported marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene who is known and beloved in France as La Madeleine. I really wasn’t interested in a story with such wild and preposterous allegations about my Lord. But, then I made the decision to read it. Immediately I was thrust into a new adventure of mystery solving.

This time I had a foundation laid and I was being drawn into the most exciting adventure of a lifetime. Like a swimmer approaching the shores of an ocean, I took one step after another until an overwhelming flood of information swelled like a wave and plunged me into new depths of learning while raising me to new heights of understanding. The excitement that ensued was unmatched by any previous spiritual experience as the pieces of the puzzle began cascading into place, forming a picture I had neither dared, nor could have begun to imagine.

Truths began to surface about Jesus and Mary Magdalene, la Madeleine, that both tantalize the imagination and boggle the mind of this spiritual seeker.

Travel to Enlightenment

Traveling through Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan with my girlfriend, Christine, I am reminded of, not only, how enjoyable it is to directly experience new people, places, cultures and beliefs, but also how stimulating travel is to our personal growth and development. Travel is one of the fastest and most effective ways to gain insight into yourself and the world.

The Law of the Triangle states that when two opposites come together, there is the potential to create a third entity. By encountering new and different stimuli you are prodded into examining your previous beliefs. Conversely, when there is no new stimulus, there is no incentive to change – you tend to stagnate.

By traveling you can consciously act to discover differences which have the potential to create new perspectives for you, as well as seed new ideas in others. Travel is an accelerated learning course, in which you are motivated to expand and modify your previous assumptions about life.

Every great spiritual teacher has spent at least some time traveling. While obviously the teacher desires to share his or her knowledge, which is made easier by traveling, there is also the direct stimulating effect of travel.

Buddha’s life story of forsaking the cloistered walls of his father’s kingdom to explore the world is a case in point. He was unaware of the poverty and lack of wisdom that prevailed in his father’s kingdom. Only by travel did this knowledge reach him and inspire his quest for enlightenment, which he later shared to influence billions of people.

Moses, Jesus, Mohamed and John the Baptist all spent time in the desert or on a mountaintop. While the mountaintop is a metaphor for communing with God, in the more literal sense, both actions represent a change in the immediate environment as a means to gain insight. In these cases it is a lack of external stimulation which is sought, which eases access to your inner senses.

If you are like most people, you spend a vast amount of time reliving your past or, conversely, worrying about your future. While is it is possible to affect your experience of the past by using such mystic techniques as Mental Alchemy, the most powerful place to be is the present. After all, only by acting in the present can you affect your future.

Travel is a built-in mechanism to induce you to stay in the present.

We are all creatures of habit. A man who shaves will begin his shaving ritual by starting on one side of his face and will invariably continue to do so for the next 60 years of his life. Most people will drive along the same path to the office on a daily basis. It would be easy to pass an exciting or noteworthy event and ignore it, as you have placed yourself into a virtual trance.

Any time your mind “knows” or you say “I know that” there is a tendency to shut off any potential for learning. This is not the ideal environment for insights to arise.

Travel stimulates your mind by exposing you to new activities. There are so many new ideas and objects to explore that your mind does not have the chance to say “I know that.” By traveling you creating a highly effective environment in which to grow and develop.

Synchronicities occur far more readily when you are living in the present. This is partly because you recognize these meaningful coincidences when they occur, but more importantly because you are able to tap into your subconscious mind. When you are in the present, you are in the flow of life and you are acting to manifest these coincidences.

One of the greatest gifts I have ever received came while traveling. I was waiting to meet with Mark and Andrea to plan for last year’s Sacred Journey to Peru. Eating a continental breakfast at the Inn of Sedona, my eyes locked onto a beautiful Chinese woman who entered the room radiating joy. I waited for her to approach my table and asked her to join me. She considered it, but declined my invitation, preferring to sit at a counter overlooking the beautiful red mountains of Sedona.

I thought about joining her immediately, but dismissed the idea as being too forward. I waited for another opportunity to ask her to join me, which came a few minutes later when she arose to get some fruit. This time, she accepted my invitation and we discussed our many shared interests in travel, spirituality and healing. When she learned about my upcoming trip, she stood up and announced that she was coming with me to Peru. She did, and Christine has enriched my life ever since.

What is the chance that two people living on opposite sides of the globe would ever meet? Would either of us have noticed the other if we had been immersed in our typical workday ritual? Would I have been so aggressive to ask her not once, but twice, to join me, and would she have accepted if either of us was not fully present?

From a pure statistical perspective, to have all these circumstances come together would have been virtually impossible. But the universe conspired to arrange these synchronicities, and we chose to recognize the opportunity and act by being in the present. Travel facilitates such moments.

While it is certainly possible and desirable to live in the present and experience unlimited synchronicities within our normal everyday lives, there are many times when we need a little stimulus. Consider taking a trip. Your life may change forever.